Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Potty Ponderings

I had taken a seat, the other day, ummm, how can I put this? Let's just say that I'm a princess, and was sitting on my throne. It's unfortunately a communal throne, but that may be a discussion for another day. Or never. 

Anyway, I was sitting there when I was suddenly struck by some fairly pertinent questions. Situation specific, so to speak. So, like anyone else on the planet, I asked google. Because, since I no longer have little ones, I was actually alone in the throne room. And even if the kids had been there, I'm not sure I could trust their answers. 

It went something like this:

Me: Google, who in the world uses single ply?
Google: Single ply roofs are economic and perform well under drastic weather changes. 
OK, not really what I was looking for, but good to know.

Me: If you're at someone's house and the toilet paper is on wrong (you know, the dreaded under instead of over), after you fix it, is it OK to go upstairs and check their other bathrooms. In case you can be of further service?

I got a few different answers on this one, neither of them informed me of the proper visiting guest toilet paper etiquette.

The first article was about what to do if you're at someone's house and you clog the toilet. Don't ask me the answer, I don't know, I didn't read it. You think this blog post is TMI? Let me tell you, that article looked like a whole lot of TMI.

The second option , although useful information also, didn't answer my question either. I did find out that a toilet works on the principals of gravity and if you leave a clogged toilet alone overnight, it could very well clear itself. So don't be so quick to reach for that plunger (not that I ever am).

I'm thinking my kids would have done better answering this one. They would have said "yes" or "no". More than likely one would have said "yes" and the other "no" so not only would I have gotten answers that at the least were appropriate to the question, but statistically, one of them would have been right. 

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Me: Why are they now making toilet paper rolls so big that they don't fit on the holder and you end up tearing it off one aggravating square at a time?

Surprisingly, the first suggested article that came up would have made more sense had it come up on my previous query. This piece claimed to have the scientific answer to the over/under toilet paper debate. Not only didn't it answer my question, but there's no need for a scientific answer, everyone knows it's over. Discussion over.

The second article informed me that there is actually such a thing as rapidly dissolving toilet paper that breaks down 4 times as faster than other toilet papers. Apparently it's Clog Clinic tested. Is that a thing? Or are they shitting me?

Me: Why does toilet paper have designs quilted onto it?

I thought for sure I'd get appropriate answers on this one, but the first article told me that toilet paper was invented in China (no information about whether it had designs or not), and that when first introduced to the states, it was called "medicated paper for the water closet".

The second piece discussed the fact that toilet paper is available in several types of paper and a multitude of patterns. Apparently if it's quilted or rippled, it's "luxury". I may not know why they add designs, but apparently I've got the luxurious water closet paper.

Needless to say, I didn't fit a recipe into today's post. I could have, but the knock on the door was telling me that my inquiring mind (and the rest of me) needed to loan my throne to another family member. It's also possible that today's subject matter may not have exactly been appetite inducing. 

Hopefully my Oatmeal Butterscotch Quick Bread will be:

Oatmeal Butterscotch Quick Bread comes together in just minutes. Dense, chewy and less sweet than many quick breads, this one is a great accompaniment to any meal. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #bread

Oatmeal Butterscotch Quick Bread
Oatmeal Butterscotch Quick Bread comes together in just minutes. Dense, chewy and less sweet than many quick breads, this one is a great accompaniment to any meal. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #bread

Oh, I actually did ask one more question. I was afraid that google might be feeling badly because of it's clear uselessness to me today, so I snuck in an easy one.

Me: Does a bear poop in the woods?
Google: Yes.

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Oatmeal Butterscotch Quick Bread        

Printable Recipe

2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup butterscotch baking chips, divided

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 5 loaf pan.
*In a large bowl, mix together the flour, quick oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat in the buttermilk and vanilla. Mix in 1/2 cup of the butterscotch baking chips.
*Pour evenly into the prepared pan. Dot the top with the remaining butterscotch baking chips.
*Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top is completely brown and crusty. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before running a knife around the edges to remove. 
*Tastes best served warm with a pat of butter.


  1. Sometimes I worry about your mind haha! Glad to know I use the luxury medicated paper for the water closet! Can you imagine that packagine!?! (Rena)

    1. See, there we are all using the la-de-da luxury paper and we didn't even know we were in the elite.

  2. I also use luxury toilet paper but I don't give a rats ass if it is over or under, just as long as it is on the holder

  3. My spouse is a butterscotch lover (I am more into chocolate). Do you remember colored toilet paper being common in the stores? I do, but...medicated? Really, that's what they called it? What I want to know is, why does Charmin use bears to advertise their TP? So I went to Google and...it's actually interesting. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  4. Google never gives me a straight answer for my most important searches.

  5. Oh lawt! After reading this we may be more alike than I thought. LOL
    Except instead of asking Google these questions, these are conversations in our home. LOL remember, mom of all boys, and as you know, it makes for interesting conversations.
    Oh yes and let's not forget, great looking dessert bread. Now I'm hungry.
    Spatulas On Parade

    1. Yeah, we who live in homes with all men have a lot in common.

  6. Hmmm . . . now you've got me thinking. About toilet paper in general. And specifically, the monogramed stuff. Which Costco doesn't carry in the 1-ton bale, like we prefer to buy it.
    When the kids were small, I always had the toilet paper feed from the bottom. I found that little kids trying to play tended to pat the roll down from the top, thus it was wound tighter by their action and didn't end up on the floor. Then, later, after everyone had (supposedly) learned not to mess with the toilet paper, I switched to the lead-from-the-top technique. Now I'm torn (pun intended). I have three generations using the throne room at certain times. I'm back to the whole 'under' 'over' debate. Sigh.

    1. This is exactly why I need my own throne room. Or maybe I should have one per floor of the house?


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