Let’s deviate a bit from tuition for a moment

Keith left for Vegas tonight. He’ll be back Friday morning. I’m not complaining – it’s an all expenses paid trip, plus he’s getting paid to speak geek at some conference. And he gets to see some of his geek mates, so he’ll come home happy. And he’ll stay away from the casinos, because he’s good like that.

Back at the ranch, wait, I mean the 3/2 house in the Mews, it’s the first week of Camp Mommy without backup. The kids friends all started camp today. Yay. It’s fine, we’ll be good.

So Keith leaves, and I’m doing dishes from dinner and the sink will.not.drain. Water is not going down the dairy sink, and worse still, water is somehow appearing in the meat sink, as if from nowhere. I poured Liquid Plumber down the drain, followed directions, still nothing happened. I posted on Facebook that I would pay with baked goods, to anyone who wanted to come over and snake the drain from the outside for me (we’ve had this problem before, I know how to solve it, just didn’t know how to actually do it). We have a 50ft snake, it’s happened so often it was worth investing in one.

I got one response that was for real. One really good friend offered to send her husband over to fix my sink for me. I’m so grateful for my good friends. Anyhow, the point of this post, is that I decided to give it a shot myself. I used a wrench to get the thing off the thing that covers the pipe hole (I have no idea what the terms are for these things. In fact, I want to call a wrench a “spanner” because that’s what it’s called where I come from, but I know my readers are mostly American). Then I lugged the 50ft snake from the garage, through the house, onto the patio and somehow got about 40ft of it into the drain pipe. Couldn’t find gloves, and it was really gross. But guess what? My sink isn’t blocked anymore. I managed to wrench the thing back on the thing after I removed the snake. Both sinks are clear (and clean too now). The snake is laid out to dry and tomorrow I’ll figure out how to get it back in the bag and back to the garage.

Yay me.  And for those of you new to my blog in the last couple of weeks (reading stats have soared for some reason since the beginning of June), these are the mundane things of which I used to blog…


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dee
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 23:43:30

    I’m insulted. My response was for real. I learn how do a lot on you tube. You insinuated that the only good friend gave you a “real” response.


    • vanessabrooksceo
      Jun 20, 2011 @ 23:59:53

      Sorry, didn’t mean to offend you. The You Tube idea was a good one – but I wanted instant gratification. Which, incidentally, is why I opted to try myself, rather than wait another 1.5 hours for someone else to do it….


  2. Mark
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 13:18:28

    Kol Hakavod to you Vanessa!

    God helps those who help themselves 🙂


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