Saturday, February 11, 2012

Art

With the temps being in the low 20's today and for the next few days, I decided to take advantage of it by laundering our mid-weight blanket.  It's filthy and probably smelly and I probably won't get another chance to do this before he needs to wear it.

Here is the tale....

Girl takes blanket to laundromat.  Girl uses archaic commercial front-load washer instead of cheating and using the fancy new super-capacity machines, even though the attendant isn't around to tell her that horse blankets are only allowed in the crappy archaic ones, even though the fancy ones spin WAY better and therefore cut drying time WAYYY down.  But since Girl knows she can use the nifty archaic Super Spinner Wonder Machine to finish the spin job, Girl feels good about following rules.

Girl washes the blanket a 2nd time without soap in order to ensure removal of all soap since washer isn't really big enough to rinse properly.  After 2nd wash, girl removes very wet blanket only to find that Super Spinner Wonder Machine is out of order...... oh, F&D*ING H*$LL.

Girl grumbles and hauls wet and very heavy blanket home.  Girl wonders what exactly to do, but thinks the bright sunshine and breeziness out on the deck is a good place to put said wet blanket for an hour or so before hanging it over the shower bar for heaven knows how long.  Girl goes to retrieve said blanket a mere two hours later and finds the blanket is frozen solid into an interesting dual patio chair hugging shape.  Girl wrestles blanket off of chairs and into apartment.... and by wrestles, I mean takes far too long to figure out how to pry chairs out from their heavy blanket's frozen death embrace and wonders what the new downstairs neighbor will think of the noises and the grunts, then tries to sqeeze the object through the single patio door. I suppose Girl should have not failed chemistry class... water WILL freeze when it's only 18 degrees... duh.

Blanket is now sculpture.



An ICE sculpture. She shall call it... "F&D*ING H*$LL" .... oddly reminiscent of The Supplicant Barberini , no?



Sculpture is now bungeed onto the shower bar. Facepalm.

8 comments:

  1. HAHAHAHAHAHAH! That is too funny, at your expense though, sorry!

    I havent had the nerve yet to take my blanket to a laundry mat...Im afraid someone might kick me out!

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  2. Now THAT'S funny!! LOL

    My BO just bought us a giant washer to wash all our blankets, so my years of washing mine in the bathtub are over! Score!!

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    1. JEALOUS!!!!! We are in discussions at work about replacing the washers and dryers we use for costumes and I'm crossing my fingers that we'll get a BIG set that I can do blankets in!

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  3. Omg I laughed my butt off, sorry!

    I have a bunch of horse things that are banned from the home washer that really need to get cleaned. Husband thinks I can just waltz into the laundromat in town and clean them but I have a feeling it might not go so smoothly. I think I'll stay at home and he can take them! Maybe we need a blog post with instructions on how to stealth horse blankets into the laundromat? lol

    The story reminded me of something that happened to some classmates while on a camping trip when I was in high school but I think the girls involved might still bare the emotional scars of the rather hilarious event so I'll leave it at that lol.

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    1. http://overanxioushorseowner.blogspot.com/2011/10/bar-bars-blanket.html

      Has some info about surviving the laundromat. I'm sure you could stealth your way around town, but it would be less stressful and much more pleasant to develop a relationship with a store. Call around or go visit the stores and talk to the management about what you want to wash and show that you want to be considerate to their equipment and space. They'll be much more willing to have your business than if they catch you disobeying their rules. It's the SIZE, HARDWARE, and DIRT/HAIR that causes problems. If you remove as much of the surface dirt/hair by vacuuming or brushing, cover your hardware, use appropriate sized machines, and bring the blankets in laundry baskets you shouldn't be too much of a problem. While waiting for my blanket I noticed a sign hung up on the change machine that said "In consideration of our customers, we will no longer allow horse blankets to be washed in this facility" but that sign has been there as long as I've been going there and they've simply told me to use the crappy machines instead of the nice ones. Again, if you talk to them they'll be more willing. :)

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  4. Very funny! I send my blankets out to be washed. So much easier! It's the tail bags and saddle pads that I need to find a laundromat for.

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    1. I just do my english pads at home, I just lay the blanket on the floor and use the vacuum to get as much hair off as I can. I have a normal, small washer, but it was free so I don't mind being rough on it. :)

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  5. OMG! I'm sure you were frustrated, but this is hilarious!!!

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