Once again I set off the smoke alarms in my apartment. Once again there is no fire. Once again I feel really stupid and hope the neighbors upstairs don’t stomp on the floor in frustration at me.
It is really stupid. The smoke alarm goes off for the weirdest things – and then when you think it should go off – it doesn’t. Which makes me think that when there really is a fire, we are doomed!
For instance, when I’m baking snickerdoodles, the smoke alarm goes crazy. Every time I open the oven to get another tray of cookies — it goes off. However, when I bake sugar cookies – nothing. Apparently, the smoke alarm has preferences on the type of cookies it wants you to consume.
When I made Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner — every burner was going, the turkey is in the oven, lots of steam and heat – nothing. When I made popcorn in our new air corn popper tonight — the thing starts wailing! What is the deal?
I can cook spaghetti and have steam everywhere – nothing. I take a cake out of the oven – nothing. I burn porkchops – nothing. Stuff on the broiler – nothing.
On the other hand, I make brownies – alarm. Snickerdoodles – alarm. Pecan sandies – alarm. Pre-heat the oven and open the door – alarm! What the heck??
I’m beginning to think that the smoke alarm is not really a smoke alarm — it is a baked goods alarm – and it has definite likes and dislikes. It obviously prefers cakes to brownies and only likes sugar cookies. Popcorn is a big no-no. It does apparently appreciate a traditional turkey dinner.
I’m sure our neighbors will be very appreciative when we move – so they don’t have to listen to the fickle alarm. I’m just hoping that our new place hasn’t any preferences for food – and let’s me cook whatever I want without becoming ‘alarmed’.