Life Lesson #1: Seltzer Can Turn Into An Ice Bomb

I was trapped in my house with a potty training toddler over the weekend.  Granted, a very sweet potty training toddler who told me I was a beautiful mommy on several occasions (melt), but still: POTTY TRAINING.  It’s draining.  Despite the fact that Liam picked it up really quickly and is doing very well, it was still tiring—maybe because of all of those sprints to the bathroom.  At one point Liam literally yelled at me to “move faster!”, kind of how I would imagine a drill sergeant might bark at me if I were ever to join the army.  I’ve never moved so quickly in my life.
When I finally managed to escape the madness go on a little excursion with my sisters sans Liam, this is what I found in my car.  My first reaction was “did it SNOW in here?!” but then I realized: I had left a seltzer can in the car (along with approximately 540 crushed animal crackers on the floor, an entire library of Sesame Street books, receipts dating back to 2005, and more straw wrappers and napkins than you can count).  It’s been REALLY REALLY COLD, and apparently sub-zero weather turns seltzer cans into ice bombs.

Please don't try this at home

Luckily, Theresa offered to drive us to the supermarket.  But imagine what we found when we got to her car?  I’ll give you one guess.

Yes, it’s a water bottle. And yes, it cracked. Kate was the only sane one among us, so we made her dispose of it.

Seriously, what is wrong with us?  I’d blame Liam distracting me, but clearly the whole compound is afflicted.
To make ourselves feel better after our obvious lack of judgment, we ordered iced coffees from Coffee Express on the way to the supermarket.  Which we promptly drank half of and left the other half in the car to freeze.  Are we sensing a pattern here?
At least I can console myself that the potty training was a success. ;-)

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