So yesterday wasn’t the best of days…but it wasn’t quite been the worst either. It was one of those days where I had extremely good things happen along with disastrously bad things. How do you classify days like those?
The morning was pretty good – Chelsea and I went shopping together and stopped by Don’s for a quick lunch, (fish burger and french fries :D) and then in the afternoon, I found I had mail from the wonderful Story Teller! :D I was super excited to open it, and it was honestly a work of art to look at. She wrote on really pretty handpicked blue and green paper and tied it with ribbons. In fact I was in such a rush to read it that I read it on the rickety Morris transit – bump for bump, word for word, instead of waiting to get back home first! Here are some pictures of it – stole the first 2 pics shamelessly from her blog –
So thank you, Story teller, for being the best part of my day :)
And then the evening is where things went drastically wrong. My mom flew up from Oman to Morris last night, so in preparation for her arrival I decided to make her some dinner at the apartment she rents in town. I made her some yummy stir fry broccoli and mashed potatoes, and then decided to make her some khichdi – an Indian preparation of rice and dal (lentils). I heated the oil, and put in some cumin seeds, and while I was waiting for them to begin to bubble in the oil, I remembered that I’d forgotten to put the pillow cases on the pillows as ma had asked. So I rushed into her room to do that, and when I came back out a minute later, lo and behold, the pressure cooker was on fire.
The thing was a pan of flames reaching almost the top of the stove hood. I ran and turned the stove off and picked up the pan unsure how to put the fire out. In my panic, I completely forgot that fire extinguishers exist. Besides, I don’t know how to use them, and by the time I could probably figure it out, the fire would have spread outside the pan. And so what did I do? I blew at the pan.
That’s right. I tried to huff and puff that fire out. Later in the evening, Bilal asked me if I thought I was superman. Truth be told, I probably did!
Of course, blowing into the fire only got a rebound wave of flames and heat and smoke into my face – thanks to which I’m now sporting singed hair and eyebrows, a burnt upper lip, and and singed eyelids. And as of this morning, I’ve officially lost my voice. Wonderful.
The fire itself, I put out – a few well placed shakes of the thing blew the fire out and thankfully the flames were contained within the pot. The shakes spread soot all over the pristine white kitchen tiles, so my landlady and I spent a while scrubbing the floors clean. Besides the fading smoke and lingering charred smell, when my mom finally reached Morris there was no evidence of the fire. Barring the once-silver-now-black pressure cooker.
It was a weird experience and for a good half an hour after that my hands were still shaking. I found myself sobbing in the bathroom at one point – although it was more from the fear of having burned my eyebrows completely off my face (thank god the damage is minimal) and shocking myself than my fear of the fire itself.
This morning, as I croak with my broken voice, I’m glad that nothing worse happened. I was still surprised by leftover fallouts of yesterdays mischiefs. My lip periodically oozes some sort of clear liquid, and when I showered this morning, I was suddenly greeted by the smell of burnt hair and soot in the water.
Once I’m done with my first class, I’m headed to the doctor. Also I just realized, maybe my mom shouldn’t visit me at college. Last semester when she came, I tore my knee ligaments half way through the semester, was on crutches till the end and then had to go home and get surgery (i now have had surgery on both knees -.- ) and last night, well, I almost burnt my face off.
But lesson of the day: NEVER look away from the stove.
How was your Monday in comparison?
p.s. – Story teller, your letter made me very happy – in fact re-reading it before I went to bed last night improved my day so so much. So thanks for being the silver lining in my cloud yesterday! :) <3