Science en la manana
And so it is.
I sat there staring at myself in the mirror this morning trying to get the sleep out of my eyes when it came into my peripheral vision.
Que diablo es eso?
Huh. My eyes weren’t focusing just yet, but there was something on my bathroom sink that wasn’t there the day before. This doesn’t make sense.
What is this azure box doing in my bathroom? I don’t get it.
It’s early and I’m easily confused, so I picked the mystery box in an attempt to make some sense of what was happening.
Biodegradable applicator? What in the name of Goya is this all about?
Being the curious Guatemalan that I am I decided that I had two choices:
1) Freak out.
Luckily for me, I am Guatemalan. We are known for our calm, cool and collected manner. After all, I am El Guapo.
So, I peel the zipper-like cardboard box open to find 40 individually wrapped….well…..biodegradable applicators. Now, is 40 for just one month, or is this the result of a visit to Costco?
I unwrap one to see what the fuss is all about. There is a string. Interesante. I find myself twirling the applicator as fast as I can with the string. This is actually kind of fun. I wonder how far I could wing this across the room….
That’s pretty damn far. I wonder if there are competitions for this. I would seriously win them all. This is of course my first time winging an applicator across the room, but I seem to be a natural. I must seriously be good at everything. I take a moment and thank God once again for making me Guatemalan.
The string stays in the whole time? Very interesting. I decide to read the box for further instructions. I discover that this particular model, Regular, can hold 6-9 grams. No way. I bet it can hold way more.
But how? How can I prove this hypothesis? I rummaged through my kitchen to see if I had anything that measured in grams, but had to settle for something that measured in cups.
How many grams are in one third of a cup? Who cares? On with the experiment.
Wow. It’s like one of those toy dinosaurs that expand when you throw them in the tub. This is great! Do these things come in different colors, or is white all you get? The string stays in there the whole time? This is amazing.
The string seriously stays in the whole time?
I suddenly realize that I am face to face with mi abuelita as water drips from the applicator into the sink.
She stands there with an expressionless look on her face and I suddenly realize that I am holding onto a string attached to an applicator while mi abuelita stares at me. There is no way that I can explain this one. I laugh nervously..
The box…it said that it could hold 6-9 grams…I thought it could hold more. I was just....um...you know...science...experiment...science...
Mi abuelita looked at me and sighed.
“That’s my measuring cup. Wash that out when you’re done.”
Mi abuelita walks away in her slippers simply shaking her head and murmuring something about my being crazy. Well, maybe she’s right. Science experiments shouldn’t be done this early in the morning.
I wonder what else is in my bathroom…