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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Not for the faint of heart. . .

Do you have a plastic ice-cream bucket laying around? Do you have one in your freezer waiting to be emptied? If not, go buy yourself a bucket of ice cream. Why, you ask? Well, you asked. . .

I keep an ice-cream bucket in our minivan at all times. 99.9% of the time it is filled with miscellaneous things like sunglasses, sunscreen, a bottle of water, etc. It's very useful for keeping things from rolling around on the floor. However, it has another very useful quality, for travel emergencies.

We took an impromptu road trip last week, and we were very thankful for the bucket on our way home. We were driving in the dark, in the country, in the middle of nowhere, when H started complaining of an upset stomach. I asked her if she thought she was going to throw up and she said, I think so! I quickly dumped the bucket of its contents and passed it to her, and she promptly threw up in it. All I can say is I'm so thankful we had the bucket. We've used the ice cream bucket several times for this purpose, because we know from personal experience that cleaning up throw up in a car is NOT pleasant. Need we say more?

The bucket can also be used for an emergency potty seat if needed. Thankfully, due to M's recent potty training, we had brought along our potty seat, so we didn't need to use the bucket for that this time.


Anonymous said...

Since being pregnant with Ella - 3 years ago - I always hide the ice cream bucket within hands reach in my car! It has definitely come in handy many times and this pregnancy the bucket is no longer hidden - it rides along in the front seat with me!
Another totally random use - sometime when grabbing a soda or something from a drive through the tops aren't on well and they leak - the bucket comes in handy! No more sticky cup holders! I also put the kids sippy cups in it to avoid sticky messes if they are ones that leak.

Carrie said...

heehee my hubby's sister and her family keep a bucket in their van when they are on trips and use it as a potty so they don't have to stop. Me--NO WAY JOSE!! Guh-ross!!

But I'd definitely use it as an emergency throw-up catcher!

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