Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I'm gonna hurl

This is just a very quick one because I feel so very sick. If I Twittered it would just be a Twitter.

I've just pulled Mr. Minimal's I-pod Nano (that he bought with his own money) out of the dryer. And I don't mean that the little guy put it in there as a prank.

No, it's gone through the warm/cold wash, and the almost dry cycle in the dryer.

I am sick and tired of them leaving stuff in their pockets. The older two are 16 and 13 fer crying out loud. If it's not a tissue which messes up the whole load, it's a ten dollar bill (they claim) which is unrecognisable by the time it resurfaces.

In the past, Mr. Minimal has left his cell phone in there and it too, came out sparkling and fluffed up. We told him then that we weren't buying him another one and he could have one of the Ball & Chain's ex-ones. (That's not a phone that belonged to the Ball & Chain's ex, you understand, but an ex-phone of the B&C. The B&C has only ever been married to me - as far as I know. I'll get back to you on that one.)

But here's my dilemna - he bought it with his own money and he uses it all the time. Agghh! Should I have sensed that something was in the pocket? Actually, now that I think about it, he usually takes his headset and I-pod out and dumps them on my desk every night (another cause for a rant), so perhaps it's the Queenager's.

If that's the case, I'm doomed. I'm going to be whined to death, I can see it coming. Pray for me.

19 comments:

  1. Doomed but matoor. I once put Pokemon Gold (which might mean something to some of you) through the washing machine. I admitted nothing and it continued to work flawlessly. I was soooo lucky!

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  2. Deny everything. And whatever you do, do NOT accept responsibility for this; if they're old enough to own an i-pod nano, they're old enough to deal with the consequences of not bothering to take it out of the pockets of a laundry-bound pair of jeans. (Of course ask me again in 5 years time and my answer will be totally different!)

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  3. Lay the blame firmly where it's due - The washing machine - No, the kids...

    None of them take care of their stuff - I washed my son's mobile 'phone in his school troos, it was never the same again, and he had to wait until the contract ran out before I would replace it - Terrible mum that I am... Mind you, perhaps it's genetic, as I've washed my husband's credit card twice now! I am on my knees thinking good thoughts for you, ExPat x

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  4. Oh dear! Take no blame, it is absolutely not your fault. Are they old enough to do their own washing yet? Then it could never be your fault again. On second thoughts, that could make matters worse!

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  5. Yes, with rosie. Make them do their own washing. Mine did theirs from the age of about fourteen, not always with good results but at least I didn't have to do it.

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  6. Yes, I'm in the middle of trying that but Sunday's project resulted in the stuff being left in the dryer for about 5 hours. And now it all needs to be ironed. (Sometimes it's just quicker to do it myself, but I know, I know.....)

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  7. Guilt if you do. Guilt if you don't. The parent's lot.

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  8. before anything goes into the washing machine, I search all pockets & do up zips. I have had many a washing machine pump ruined by a three inch nail and menfolk always leave things in their pockets.
    Not fair I know.....

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  9. Oh, lord! After he stops whinging, tell him for now on he does his own laundry.

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  10. I think I would completely deny everything. Put the dried-out i-pod back in your kid's room somewhere and take no responsibility whatsoever. If they come at you with an accusation of knowing they left it in a pants pocket that went in for the wash, then you've got them bang to rights.

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  11. Now here's another reason why I'm not a parent by choice!! At least when I leave a tissue in a pocket it's my own fault.

    I'm with Dave PnM on this one. I also think if they're wise enough to operate it, they're wise enough to take care of it too!

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  12. Difficult one this but I do agree with some of your other commentators in that he does need to take care of their stuff. I only have little ones and I already can't stand that they walk on their toys and throw them etc. So now if anything is broken I make them throw it out (not doing great for the landfill). It is hard though, because he did buy it himself but I do think it would be a great lesson on learning to look after his stuff.

    Good luck on this one - don't envy you.

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  13. Hello - nice to meet you. I'm so happy to have landed here. My sweetie is British - from Durham. Sometimes he's a bit like living with ole' Simon Cowell - love him to pieces though.
    So happy to be following your blog :)

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  14. It never stops though. I had to stop a wash the other day as my wonderfully handy DH left a screwdriver in his pocket which started to bounce against the glass of the machine door!

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  15. Oh no! For iPod read "life support system".

    Buy him chocolate, lots of it, QUICK!

    GG

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  16. Oh dear. I must admit I nearly always check pockets now after sevearl disasters in the past. But, as I type, the washing machine next to me contains ski clothes which are making a horrible clanking sound....and I don't think I did check the pockets.....

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  17. My self-employed husband used to leave checks in his pocket all the time. It would make me sick to see fragments of $80 checks come out of the wash, knowing how hard it would be to chase up the money. I feel your pain and it's definitely not your failt. I suggest you let him sweat about the ipod for a while but buy it for him after he's spent a month of doing the family laundry!

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  18. Buy him a new one. My mother always blamed us if she anything got ruined in the wash and we hadn't checked our pockets and I couldn't ever work out why she couldn't just quickly check....i generally don't check, but hey its' a borderline case. Benefit of the doubt goes to him...it's not worth ruining his life over and it wasnt' his fault. He had carefully stored it away. Lx

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  19. My advice is to place said iPod into a pocket of a freshly washed and dried article of Mr. Minimal's clothing as if it had not fallen out in the wash. He will search high and low for it until he wears the right piece of clothing. When he realizes it is broken, perhaps he will also realize he left it in the pocket and therefore it is he who is at fault.

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