I imagined this going differently.

February 10, 2011


For some reason I’ve owned a hot water bottle since we’ve lived in this house. I haven’t used it in …… ever? (It was still in the box.) Lately, though, I’ve been enjoying it’s hot-watery goodness. Tuck it under your feet when you’re curled up on the couch under a blanket – it almost makes t.v. watching bearable.

Getting it ready tonight, though, I thought that this would be my post for the day. Then I proceeded to pour some near-boiling water over my thumb. Here’s the kicker, though – I didn’t stop pouring. I’m used to plunging my hand into fairly hot water to warm up my hands, so this didn’t really hurt.

Until later.

Then it hurt quite a bit.

Cool water. Cool water. Put your burn in cool water.  It's a fire safety song from school.

My feet are warm, though.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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4 Responses to “I imagined this going differently.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    How could you stand the hotness? Do you still have your donut-cooking callouses or something? That was cool, wasn’t it? We used to be able to grab donuts out of hot oil with our bare hands! (okay… maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration)


    • Lauren Said on:

      I still tell that story -- how when we’d make the cake donuts sometimes my pinky would accidentally dip into the fryer and I was ok. I bet that’s how they train ninjas.


      • Peggy Said on:

        That is the oddest thing I’ve ever heard. You should go on a one-manwoman road show: Watch the amazing woman put a cigerette out on her pinky; be astonished as she lights her own pinky on fire!


  2. Peggy Said on:

    Geez, I haven’t seen one of those hot water bottles since I was a kid! I didn’t even know they still made them….and isn’t it odd that it hasn’t changed at all… No ‘new & improved’ … still red, still rubber, still the same exact shape.

    I decided to see when the 1st red, rubber hot water bottle was made…and although I didn’t find that, I did find this add from 1933.
    Apparently if you wanted a ‘Reliable’ Hot water bottle, you had to pay more.



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