Monday, May 18, 2009

My inquiring mind needed to know

If curiosity killed the cat, I just cringe to know what it's going to do to me.

I went to a neighborhood garage sale a couple of weekends ago, and found some bargains on cute baby boy clothes for Brody. I got him a little sweatshirt, some sweatpants and matching hoodie for next winter, and a handful of cute little summer shirts. I walked away feeling like I got a good deal and a few more things to tuck away in Brody's closet. I swear he's more stylin' than me.

But unlike the musty stench that often accompanies garage sale items, these smelled GOOD. I mean, really good. So good that I risked whatever germs I purchased along with the clothes and even let Brody wear the sweatshirt before washing it. I KNOW! It wouldn't have happened with my first child.

Suddenly, I was obsessed with the need to know what laundry detergent they were washed in. I don't know what came over me. The next time I went grocery shopping, I stopped to sniff a few jugs of detergent, but couldn't figure it out.

I asked on Facebook if it would be weird to go back and knock on their door to ask, and when one friend said, "do it & then BLOG about it!" and several others jumped on that bandwagon, I had no choice.

So I did. Except I chickened out and couldn't bring myself to face them at the door, so I scribbled a note on some scratch paper in my car and put it in their mailbox.

Or at least, I hoped I did. I wasn't sure if it was even the right house, which made it super crazy.

I admitted in the note that it seemed crazy, but left my email address in hopes that they'd see through the craziness to the true desperation of a mother who just wants her clothes to smell garage sale fresh.

As I drove away, I fretted that maybe putting a note in their mailbox was not only crazy, but possibly illegal. Would I be arrested for mailbox tampering?

Well! Today I got a special little note in my inbox:

I replied to her, thanking her and telling her that actually, I live 20 minutes away and that I'm not a neighbor at all. Yeah. I'm sure that really puts my craziness at rest. I also asked to have her put me on the mailing list for her next garage sale. I said I was kidding, although I doubt she believes me.

One last thing - I remember that she had really cute hair. Would it be over the top to get the name of her hairdresser?


  1. You've gone this far--OF COURSE you should find out her hairdresser!!! I'd also send her a link to the blog lest she think you're, um, well---nevermind.

  2. I am so proud of you! That took guts, and could have been part of a 'would you rather' game. I'm impressed...

  3. I was SO hoping you would do this & blog about it! Great story :)

  4. Hahahahahaha. What a brave girl you are.

  5. Fan-freaking-tastic! Miss you, friend.

  6. oh Ange...I miss getting to see you all the time like when we were in college! It's stories like this that just further confirm why we became friends back then! :)

  7. OK, one more thing I think you should do now... I think you need to write to Cheer & Downy and tell them your story. I think they'll put you in their commercials! :)
    That's pretty hilarious. I love love love it that you went through with it!

  8. Hahahahahahaha! And this is why I love reading your blog entries, Angie (: You should definitely get the name of her hairdresser!

  9. I agree with petiteblogger, you've got to get this in a commercial!

  10. make me laugh so hard!!!

  11. Awesome!! I'm so glad you asked! You should send her a link. :o)

  12. Cojones, girlfriend. You've got 'em. (Metaphorically speaking, of course.)

    For the record, I read this on Monday, and I'm still laughing on Friday.

  13. Oh my goodness Angie. I've been out of the blog reading loop for months now and this just happened to be the first one I jumped back in with.

    I couldn't have picked a better choice!

  14. You crack me up! Sounds exactly like something I'd do.

  15. Skip the hairdresser... I think you should just ask her to be your best friend! =]


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