How to NOT get a Discount
It was a dark and stormy night...NOT. Okay, honestly it was a sunshiney day filled with potential - until the water wasn't draining out of the tub while I was having my shower. Not a good sign.
I was having a good panic (can you call a panic good? I'll have to look that one up...), BUT then the water went down and like any good procrastinator I chose to IGNORE IT. Good call (feel free to read the sarcasm here).
When that no longer existed in my mind, I did some laundry (because I'm awesome) and that was when it happened... STUFF started to burble up out of the tub like in a horror movie. I was freaking out! What WAS this stuff? Was it shit? YUCK!
So I had to lean in and check it out (gross and BADASS - and you're kind of glad you don't know me in an "I can smell you" kind of way, yes?). Well, relax - not shit. It was LINT. And it was NOT going away.
So I plunged and plunged and plunged that motherfucker - and it STILL would NOT drain. CRAP!
Then, the unthinkable happened (but only if you're like me and have NO IDEA about plumbing), the toilet filled up.
This was the day from Hell.
I ran to THAT hole and plunged and plunged that motherfucker, too - but my wussy plunger kept going INSIDE OUT, so I was making NO progress whatsoever. I'd say shit, but thank God, there was none of that.
The toilet overflowed, just missing the catbox and I go storming off to the hardware store for a new ("heavy duty") plunger and some Liquid Plumber. I'm cranky and on a mission.
I get back to my disaster and pour the chemical on each drain and plunge and plunge away to no avail. My NEW plunger keeps going inside out ("heavy duty" my ass!) - so I keep having to fix it. The chemical is BURNING my hands. Now I'm saying shit anyway - even if there isn't any.
My youngest son is walking around in rubber boots and bright yellow rubber gloves in case the germs are sneaking around the house waiting to get him.
So I give up... We call a real plumber.
Before they arrive I clean up the bathroom making sure all the laundry is taken care of and nothing embarrassing is lying around. I tidy up the basement so they don't know how messy we really are (because I'm sure the guy dealing with the shit in the pipes REALLY cares).
The real plumbers arrive to snake out some giant pipe in our furnace room and they are the friendliest two guys you'd ever meet. They set up their equipment, do their grindy thingy in the pipe (that's the technical term by the way - grindy thingy, write that down) and make a million trips back and forth to the bathroom to make sure it is working.
The plumbers are SO SMILEY through this all. Really, I'm amazed at the perkiness involved in a roto-rooter type job...
When they are finished, I'm cleaning the bathroom (from the grossness of our overflows) and what do I see hanging in all it's glory?
The ONE thing I didn't see to put away... A nice, fancy, hot-pink bra hanging at eye-height.
Oh. My. God. No wonder they were so friendly.
Too bad it didn't get us a discount... Maybe I need better undies.
Modesty at it's Finest
"Boy K, you're pretty lucky to have a brother like me," Reece informs his brother after handing him a glass of water at the supper table.
It's so nice to know that self-esteem is NOT an issue at our house.
The response from the lucky brother?
"Hey, Tasha's pretty cool!"
This was what AMAZING feats the cool dog was up to:
I suppose self-esteem might be an issue sooner or later.
How a Holiday is Born
I make my son's breakfast this morning. It's peanut butter toast, banana slices and a glass of milk. Since it's our week off school I figure why not have a picnic breakfast in our livingroom downstairs with cartoons?
I call the boys to the top of the stairs to play waiter and grab their plates.
"Oh, yay! Breakfast downstairs K!," Reece calls over his shoulder on the stairwell.
I hand Reece his incredibly fancy breakfast, "Oh WOW! Thanks Mom!"
"You are SO welcome!" Man, I love kids - so sweet (and not to mention easily impressed).
"Woo hoo!," squeals Kaelan, "Happy Breakfast Downstairs Day!"
Show me Your GRRR Face!
Kaelan and Reece are playing Rayman Origins on the PS3 and it's getting pretty intense. The pushy-shovey starts, so I call a halt to the festivities.
"Okay guys, time for a break from the game."
This was not a popular call and as with all sports, everyone hates the referee.
"I guess we're grounded," Kaelan mutters grumpily as he gets up and stalks to his room.
He shuts his door, opens it - sticks his head out and yells:
"Come back with my heart or don't come back at all!"