Things I’ve Googled

Things I’ve Googled is an ongoing series and comes from one of the standard questions Jim and I ask each other when we get home. Often, it’s a good indicator of where our minds have wandered off to in the middle of the day and the topics usually make us laugh. So consider this part educational. Part oversharing. Part nonsense. Completely random.


How to retrieve a foreign object from your toddler’s nose
File this one under things my firstborn never did. On Tuesday afternoon, as we were wrapping up lunch, Elliot started crying and holding her nose repeating, “It hurts. It hurts. It hurts!” She then confessed that she had stuck a pea up her nostril. She tilted her head and I took a look. Yep. There it was. After several failed attempts at getting her to blow it out – resulting in her sniffing it up more – I panicked. I called my friend who lives right down the street to ask what she would do. “Should I take her to the doctor?” “Yes,” she replied between gentle knowing giggles. “Don’t panic.” Check. Then, I texted another friend who I remember had posted a funny (at the time when it’s not happening to you) Instagram of this happening to her son. While I waited for her reply, I ran to my bathroom to get tweezers because I could still see the little pea lodged waaaayyy up there. I was mentally preparing for a human game of Operation when Harper jumped in the bathroom doorway and announced, “MOM! Something great just happened! Ellie SNEEZED!” And thankfully the pea came out.

What is the proper way to store glassware? 
I’ve noticed lately that a few of my friends choose to store their glassware upside-down. The glasses at the cabin we stayed at in June were also stored face down. Then last week, I saw Jim’s parents store their glasses upside-down, too. After observing this multiple times, I wondered if there something was I was missing by choosing to store my cups right-side up? Google returned compelling arguments for face down, like avoiding dust, easier stacking, and creating more space by alternating. I’ve just always stored them face up – probably because that’s how my parents did it. Also, the germaphobe in me rears her disgusted head knowing the part I put my mouth on was sliding around on a potentially unclean surface. (The case at the cabin.) Apartment TherapyGood Housekeeping, and a survey on the Kitchn show the pros and cons but ultimately, it looks like there is no right or wrong way – only personal preference.

Can you smell a fever?
My little one woke up this morning a bit cranky and she smells a bit, well, off. At first whiff I thought – oh shoot – are you getting sick? (BTW – Does anyone else do this?) Turns out, CNN ran a piece featuring a study that proved “… the change in smells didn’t distinguish between diseases but was instead a warning light — or smell — that someone was unwell as their immune system was active.” Mom nose activated.

SMH meaning
Shaking my head. Yeah, go ahead and lol but I didn’t know what smh meant prior to this Google search. Just like all the other weird acronyms used on parenting message boards, whenever I saw smh, I just passed over it. SMH at how long it took me to figure this out.


Have a great weekend, you guys.

3 thoughts on “Things I’ve Googled

  1. I can absolutely see how that all-powerful mommy intuition could smell a fever. I’m not even a mom and I’ve been able to smell illness on the breath of little kiddos I’ve nannied for and now that I’m a dog owner, I find my dog’s breath holds all sorts of clues to his health/over-all well being. TMI, but I can smell it on my dog’s breath when his anal glands need to be “expressed”. Absolutely disgusting, I know, but something only his owner (mommy) would be willing to “sniff out” (no pun intended). It’s amazing what 6th sense(s) we are enabled with when we really love and care about someone/something in our charge. The other day someone was amazed that I could, for the most part, distinguish all 150 of my students’ handwriting samples from each other (even similar ones). And, funny, I find most female teachers are really good at this and male teachers not quite as much (not to say they are inferior teachers). I think it all goes back to mommy intuition hard-wired into all females.


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