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Well, that was awkward…

Vintage 1940's Fire Extinguisher   Brass/Copper

I’m hoping that using a photo of a cool, vintage fire extinguisher I look arty, and less like an insurance risk…

Small kitchen fire today.

The second one in a week.

Both of them occurred when I was… boiling water.  That’s right, the wet stuff that most people use to put fires out.

Now that is a talent.  Of some sort.  But mostly embarrassing.

I believe this should be filed under “I probably shouldn’t cook while I have a migraine.”   Or, “Can I blame this on the drugs?  And if I can, shouldn’t I be having more fun than this?”

Migraine, day 94.  The adventure continues….


The One Where I Blather About Rhinopharyngitis and Bananas

I was feeling sorry for myself for having a bad cold, and missing out on all sorts of fun this week, when two pieces of banana news reminded me that my life is pretty good even with the mucus factory in my head.

Banana Item #1:

Photo: Piping needs work, but should still taste good.

So much better than flowers! 

This is a banana cream tart.  Made by my friend Ann.  Who is going to culinary school.  And who delivered it to my house. Yes, I got to eat her homework.

Banana Item #2:

Banana Flambe.

Not the tasty culinary school kind (Though Ann, if this ends up on the class rotation, I’d love to try that!)  Nope, I’m talking about Banana Boat, the popular beach cologne sunscreen line, is under recall. Because of a what the company is calling “adverse effects” caused by the sprays.

“Adverse Effects” in this case refers to the fact that their product may potentially ignite on the user’s skin if they come into contact with a flame before the spray is completely dry.  Which has happened FIVE times.  So, yeah, recall.

Of course if you read the warning label on their product it says “Flammable: do not use near heat, flame, or while smoking.” The first listed inactive ingredient is denatured alcohol. So it’s always been flammable, they knew it was flammable, and now they are recalling it for be flammable.  Well, not really.  They are recalling it because the spray bottle  shoots out more sunscreen “than is typical in the industry for continuous sun care sprays.” The product takes longer to dry — and remains flammable until it’s completely dry.  And also because, duh, FIVE people caught on fire.

So basically we’ve all being lying in the sun covered in a flammable substance.  Like lighter fluid. Hmm.

vintage 9183 Vogue BATHING SUIT & beach coat sewing pattern (50s) (UNUSED) (sz14/B34)

Might be time to dump the sun screen
and bring back the big hats and cover ups.