Friday, November 13, 2009

oh, my friday

today was just one of those days...
let me start by saying that for the last week or so every time our washing machine drained it backed up into the sink (and smelled less than lovely).  we knew we needed to call a plumber because of this, yet it somehow kept getting pushed to the bottom of the ever-growing to do list.  we have found in the past that calling plumbers usually means some exorbitant service fee on top of the ridiculous charge for something that takes them all of about 10 minutes.  thus, with the ever looming holidays rushing towards us, i think there was something in our sub-conscience that wasn't quite willing to deal with plumbers and the fees that come with them.  so we lived with the smell and continued to put off that phone call...
until it was too late.
this morning i started a load of laundry and as it drained i noticed that familiar smell and walked into the kitchen to see that it was, in fact, filling the sink with that all-to-familiar sludge looking water.  being rather used to this, i walked back into the living room and continued my cutting and coloring with lucy and finn.  then we heard the noise of rushing and pouring water.  it was coming up over the edge of the sink and gushing onto the floor.  lucy started screaming and then burst into tears, which caused finn to start crying, neither of which i had any time to deal with as i ran to get every towel we own.  i mean dish towels, beach towels, bath towels - yes, i used our lovely bath towels that i wrap my clean little kids in fresh out of the bath to clean up the grossest looking sewer water you have ever seen.  they might need to be double-washed.  finally the water stopped coming, but only after successfully flooding our kitchen. i cleaned up the water on the floor using a mere 20 or so towels, which i had to leave in a sloppy pile as i could not wash them.  then i discovered all my nice cookbooks neatly in a row on the kitchen counter were about an inch deep in water.  bummer there.  meanwhile, pete was calling plumbers for me.  christian brothers plumbing showed up shortly thereafter.  the guy was very friendly and, shall we say, christian-like.  however, they wanted to charge us so much money pete told me to pay the service fee and send him on his way.  apparently, they are christian in their service, just not in their pricing.  as a waited for plumber number two, i noticed some water dripping from a drawer in the kitchen.  i opened it to the sloshing of water inside and now discovered most of the drawers and cupboards near the sink had also received a good bath in the fabulous sewer water that was leaving the lovely scent in my kitchen.  speaking of the scent, i have honestly never in my life smelled something so horrific.  if someone would have given me a rotten-egg scented candle, i would have gladly lit it and welcomed the smell.  i actually gagged several times.  so now i had several drawers and cupboards to clean out.  if you are looking for something to help you clean out that junk drawer in your kitchen, just pour some gross liquid in it and you are more than happy to just start throwing most of that stuff away.  after all it is really just junk.  so, plumber number two showed up and very nicely took care of our problem.  he was a big guy with that sort of plumber look to him, so it surprised me greatly when he started to speak in quite a high pitched voice.  he got right down to work and cut us a deal on price that was already a great deal cheaper than the christian brothers.  as he was up on our roof, he needed me to plug something in for him, so he called down for me.  lucy and finn were very interested in all this and had been hanging around watching for some time.  however, when the plumber spoke to me finn yelled, "who is that lady on the roof?"  i tried to quiet him and tell him it was just the plumber, but he yelled again, "no, who is the lady on the roof?!!"  to which lucy now replied, in the loudest of voices, "its not a lady, finn!  its the plumber!  he's a guy!"  poor man.  i really hope he didn't hear them...
anyway, we are all cleaned up now and ready to go.  and my sweet husband brought home ajo al's for dinner, so i am happy.

as a side note, what do you think about these lovely ladies we made for squints?  would you buy them for your girls?  i am currently working on some little houses and furniture, so i will share those later.





and, finally, any suggestions on what to do with this?




my kids found it in a parking lot and are kind of obsessed with it, but i am kind of sick of it just sitting around.  any brilliant suggestions for a use for it?

now, enough of my rambling.  i am off to enjoy my family.  here's to a wonderful weekend.

4 comments:

allison speier said...

Oh my goodness I am so sorry!! What a day! I did laugh out loud at the end, though. And about your precious little dolls...can I request a nativity set? Maybe that can be a homeschool preschool project...

Alisha said...

Yikes, so sorry you had such a bad day...TGIF,right? and hopefully you can just relax tomorrow!!

On a better note, did you hear Lori had her baby on Wednesday? I saw her today and she's beautiful...they're both doing great.

Oh, and your dolls are adorable.

The Bird Family said...

Sorry for the awful day! Sounds like such a mess!! I would like to second Allie's motion for a nativity set. The dolls are so adorable! I might need to wait until they aren't a choking hazard, though...

Lucia said...

you bet i'd buy those dolls! damn cute.