My Messy Moment or How Clorox Saved My Life

Picture it:

October in New Orleans, Louisiana – with your two children and husband before you all become a family of six. Yes, you read it right. I went to New Orleans while I was pregnant with the twizzlers, which I wrote about HERE and HERE. What I did NOT tell you about is what we came home to. A mess. Yes, we came home to a mess. Not one of the robbery kind, but one of the “our-refrigerator-had-stopped-working-and-we-still-had-a-week-of-vacation-left” kind.

How did we find out about this issue? My dad, who came over to check on the house for me, noticed that none of the lights were on. He couldn’t fix anything until we got home anyway, so we told him to just make sure that everything was turned into the off position until we got home later that day. We figured, that the fridge could at least stand 24 hours of not being opened and stay cold. Unfortunately we gambled wrong. It turns out that our electricity was OFF, and had been off for an entire week. In that refrigerator was a couple of gallons of milk, various items of meat, and other things that we could not identify once we got back. And let’s not even mention the smell. Wait, how about we go ahead and mention that smell. That smell that ONLY could be killed by the aide of bleach and baking soda sprinkles cyclically. Literally. It took us WEEKS to rid the freezer of the smell that emanated from it, and I still get freaked out if the lights flicker in our house.

I now realize why God did not allow me to have any type of nausea when it came to being pregnant with the twins. Because He knew that during the month of October, in the year of 2010, I would have to deal with a smell so putrid that had I HAD to have dealt with nausea, I would NOT have made it. I mean, could you IMAGINE that thing? Luckily, I have a husband who will run into the trenches for me. I think that he gagged more than I did, but he cleaned that refrigerator OUT!

Now, I’m back to loving my refrigerator for being extra cold like I want it too, yet grimacing a little because the inner workings of it doesn’t always fit my vision. However, we’ve been through a lot, that refrigerator and I. I’m going to keep it until it really does stop working, and not just because I can’t afford another one right now.

By the way – I received information about Clorox’s Bleach It Away campaign and am sharing my messy moment for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls. To learn more about the messy moment program, check out  Sharing your story on the Clorox fan page gets you entered for the chance to win $25,000 and daily prizes, and you can grab a coupon for Clorox® Regular Bleach.

Disclosure: The SITS Girls are working on behalf of Clorox to promote the Bleach It Away campaign.  To read our full sweepstakes policy, go here. Entries for this sweepstakes will be accepted from November 3 until 5:00 pm PST on November 13, 2011. Two separate winners will be announced on Monday, November 14 on The SITS Girls website. Participants are limited to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

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