My kingdom for a flush

Is it time YET??

With New Year’s Eve barreling down upon us, I think this is a good time for a random list. (I love lists)

~I am on vacation this week. Sweet, sweet vacation. Better timing there could not be

~My Mom got us a Keurig coffee machine and we LOVE it. If you were to picture the perfect gift for my family right at this moment in time, that would be it. Everyone (including myself) has been enjoying numerous hot beverages. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, you name it, we drank it. The best selling point for me? No clean up of the coffee grounds. Love. It.

~This morning, I made a FAUX-LATTE with a Newman’s Bold Keurig coffee, microwave warmed milk and my favorite Starbucks sugar free vanilla syrup. Yum. MO.

~Plumbers. Can’t live with ’em. Can’t flush without ’em. We are having plumbing “issues” involving a clogged main line. OH JOY! We technically have running water, we just can’t use it. Again. Joy.  If there is anything that will make a whole family cranky is the inability to freely use the bathroom at any given time in day or night.

~So, yeah, the clog showed up, like an unwanted guest, around 6 pm last night, depositing it’s effects in the basement (Luckily we caught it fairly soon so it was not a disaster of epic proportions) (We caught it on “Frozen Pipe Watch” because it is so North Pole cold. An igloo would most likely be our new home style with this kind of weather). For about 2 hours, we (ha, “WE”. Not we at all, ANDY) snaked the drain and fiddled and tried to move the unwanted guest along. To no avail. Clogged and clogged good. Old pipes will do that. New pipes will do that too but these pipes are senior citizens and then some.

Anyway, around 8 pm, we called a neighbor, who is a plumber. As luck would have it, he does not DO that kind of job. (I did not say GOOD luck, see?) but he gave us a name of someone who would do that kind of job. Great. A referral. We were feeling a bit cocky throwing the neighbor’s name around, thinking that would get us somewhere a bit faster. Yeah. No. It did nothing.

At 10 pm, not hearing from Mr. Referral Plumber (who most likely had the GALL to have a life when WE needed him so desperately!) I then called my place of employment, where plumbers are on the payroll. I figured that *I* could come through and have  Mr. Big Corporation Plumber That I Know Personally will come and save the day.

Yeah. No. Apparently *I* don’t have any pull either. Drat it all to hell.
We spent a long, flushless night waiting for the phone to ring. It did not ring. Until 8 am today. Mr Referral Plumber will be here at 10 am. Or so.

Fingers crossed please that we will be a modern, flushable home by 10:30. Today.

~Cold. It is so blasted cold

~I was reading my new book, my Christmas gift from Derek, Stephen King’s Under the Dome (which was sold out in many a book location this Christmas, good for YOU, Mr. King), 1088 pages. A hefty read to say the least!

Anyway, I was reading away, cozy and warm on the couch (praying that I would not have any intestinal worries all the evening) (Because of the non flush zone, yanno) and Mitchell the cat wanted on the lap. I moved the book, onehanded to the side to give him room to get comfy and I almost sprained a wrist. Cripes that book is HEAVY! A bit of weight training WHILE I read. Multi tasking at it’s best.

~Here we are on the doorstep of another year. They do have a habit of rushing by, don’t’ they? Remember 10 years ago, the turn of the millenium? The hype and hysteria that went along with it? The visions of planes falling from the sky and the electricity going out permanently?

~Well, that’s it for today. I could go on and on, I’m feeling especially chatty today. Must be all of the coffee beverages I’ve been consuming lately!

~Enjoy this day, stay healthy (poor Bethany is super sick with a horrible cold right now) and have a flush or 2 for me, will ya?


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9 responses to “My kingdom for a flush

  1. meezermeowmy

    Yikes! Hope by now all the plumbing nightmares are reduced to paying for the problem. You do know how to make a gal appreciate what she has!

  2. I’ll be flushing for you lots… I have a kidney stone that is stopping the flow, but not the urge, right now. 😛 I hope that “10:30” is not only “today”, but “am” rather than “pm”!

  3. Fingers crossed you’re flushing freely by now!

  4. *whoosh*

    There ya go – anything for you, my dear. You need functional plumbing so that you can flush out the old and ring in the New Year!

  5. I hope you’re good and flushed by now!! Fun list.

  6. jah jah we all know how you are la la land w/ that new hot drink maker of yours! Can you run water, say, in the tub? If so, put a 5 gallon bucket there, and fill it up now and then and pour it down the toilet… unless it’s clogged down that end. Yikes. Not. Fun! OK, just read a little more closely. Don’t do the bucket thing.

  7. I hope things are flushing easily now at your house. Be flushless is no way to bring in the New Year.

  8. Can you flush yet? 😀 I got the filter thingy with mine and have been doing all kinds of fun things with regular coffee. Did you check out the recipes on the website?

  9. oh no. I soooo feel your pain!! I am cracking up at your description of the debacle though.

    We just went thru a batch of sewer stuff around here. Days without the flush. I told my Stepfather that Starbucks was his spot (conveniently located a block away) if he had any real “business” to attend to during his visit. He was not amused. And unfortunately, I was not joking…

    Am hoping you’re done and happily crapping away by now 🙂 To A Problem Free 2010!