Household Detections

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I enjoy discovering clues to events I missed and then piecing together a scenario of what happened.

It drives Tod crazy because usually the clues involve his late-night actions and I inquire about them when he isn't expecting it. For example, a broken teacup in the trash and a tube of antibiotic cream in the bathroom means I'd better ask if he's ok.

Every now and again, I stumble across a scene that is more mysterious than others. This morning it was this:

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These are the pants Tod wore yesterday. They are draped over the counter in the entryway. His underwear and socks are bundled up inside. His shirt is not present. Normally he drops his cast off clothing in the bedroom or sometimes in the bathroom.

So this scene made me scratch my head a bit. Why did he put his pants in the genkan? Was he strip-teasing for someone at the door? Did he go out, get wet in the rain and take off his soaking things when he returned?

I am going to wager a guess that he was undressing late last night after I was asleep and decided to light some incense (in the basket behind the pants). Still wearing his shirt, he carried his pants with him, lit the incense and came to bed, leaving his pants behind. This theory is backed by the stub of an incense stick in the holder.

Does anyone else do this when they see items in their world moved, rearranged or otherwise requiring a story to make sense? Maybe I read too many Sherlock Holmes stories as a kid.

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UltraGirl certainly does. Maddening!

Also, I've lost a liitle over 7 Kg in the last 40 days coach.

Well, maybe it is a girl thing, then. Or could it be from our hunting/gathering days?

I have to do that to piece together my own nights—far too often I've woken up next to some strange girl and I have no idea who she is or how she died...

Guilty as charged.

It is just a fact that we pay more attention perhaps. eg boys looks vs girls looks. Harks back to hunter gatherer days I am sure.

I do have the very terrible prankster habit of rearranging things around a persons house when they are not looking.

Very subtle things such as placing a candle at the other end of the table than it normally sits, rearranging electrical appliances, turning things around backwards, tilting picture frames, moving furniture just a few feet to the right or left, and occassionally switching condiments in the fridge around.

(it sounds terrible when I type it all out, but I just want to see if one notices)

(giggle)

With a house full of teenagers who stay up late most of the time, I get to piece together all sorts of odd details and try to figure out the shenanigans. How did this marshmallow get on the ceiling? Why are all the toothpicks out on the counter? Who left this hairnet in a drinking glass? Fun.

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