Today was one of those days. As stated, we bought a coffee espresso station the other day but realized, in order to have it hooked up at home we needed to adjust some plumbing. DH tried to do it himself, but ended up needing a plumber to come because he didn’t have the tools that he needed, and a valve broke.
Of course we do not know any plumbers, so I called a friend who lives local and she recommended a friend of her family. Great! It was something simple DH told me, so how much could it possibly be, right? Well, he was suppose to arrive at 8am this morning, so DH took a 1/2 day from work in order to be here, so I wouldn’t have to deal with it. Knowing this, I went to bed late last night, and to top matters took some melatonin to ensure a goods night rest. Hoping to sleep to at least 10am…
DH told me that he was going to wake up early to run some errands while I slept, but would be back in plenty of time before the plumber came. Fine! But, at 7am, the phone rang, I vaguely heard it and figure the answering machine would get it..Everyone knows that I don’t answer the phone that early,so I closed my eyes again, and it starts ringing once more. Which to me means, who ever it was, it must be important..So I got up and it was DH!
He says he’s stuck just outside of town, and the car is over heating, and he has no one that he could call to get him home so I’ll need to get up now, to be ready for when the plumber comes… I said sure, while trying to figure out how many hours of sleep I just had. (This is something that I do every day regardless, just one of those things that I like to keep track of.) 5 hours! I had 5 hours of sleep, which might have worked out if I hadn’t taken that hefty does of melatonin before turning in! I felt totally discombobulated…but life must go on.
I got up to make some coffee, but remembered that we had NO WATER! DH had to shut the water off the previous day, and then a valve broke so we couldn’t get it turned back on until the plumber fixed it… Talk about taking for granted flushing the toilet, doing laundry,running the dishwasher,washing your hands, brushing your teeth,showering, and of course filtered drinking water. Oh my goodness! Was I back in the stone age?
And yes, I’m kidding of course! *G*
Soooooo, No coffee, because there is no water to make coffee… SoI walked over to wash the dishes..Opps..forgot already! So I go and get dressed while thinking how much I want a shower to wake me up, while forgetting again, NO water…AFTER I started brushing my teeth. I need to rinse my mouth, so decided that I would try some lemon flavored sparkling water from the fridge. It worked pretty good too! But now I needed to at least wash my hands, plenty of sanitizer..Great! Now I need to wet my hair! I thought about using sparkling water, but just wasn’t so sure, so looked over in the bath tub.. My kids had some cups that they didn’t ever dump the water out of, so I took them and poured them over my head before realizing that the awful smell, was actually from the water that was indeed, stagnant! I walked over to the mirror telling myself not to cry…before one of my daughters comes into my bathroom asking me why she can’t flush the toilet still, and she needs to brush her teeth…I hand her the sparkling water bottle that I still had out, before she looks at me strangely, and asks..Eww, what’s that awful smell mom?
Just then, beep, beep..DH pulls up and it is quarter till 8. He brings in 2 gallons of distilled water and tells me that he thought I may need it to wet my hair, make coffee and brush my teeth!!
I stood speechless at him, as he then says..Eww, whats that awful smell? I thought for a moment if I wanted to waste one of the gallons of distilled water by pouring it over HIS HEAD! *G*
But I’m not a meany, so thanked him, while walking into the bathroom and starting the process all over again…I came out, still insanely tired and groggy from being up so early, and needing some coffee really bad. So I ended up making a full pot of coffee, and even breaking open these new pre-made espresso shots that I found at Walmart of all places. They add 80-grams of caffeine to your coffee,or so the box claims. The box also says to not have more then two a day. I added the two, and downed 24 ozs of coffee before the plumber even arrived!
When he arrived we told him who recommended him, and he said he didn’t know who those people were. Lovely I thought, does this mean we are going to get charged an arm and both legs? Yep! Sure did!
He ended up having to go under the house, and told us that a pipe busted some time ago apparently, and we had a huge leak and the whole thing down there was flooded. Oh, and the installation needed to be replaced. He said the installation could wait, but the busted pipe needed fixing ASAP.
So 2 hours later, he fixed the pipe, valve, and then turned our water back on, before handing us the bill, which was just under $200 bucks! He said he only charged us for an hour of labor, and the parts were a hundred..which means plumbers are getting $100 bucks an hour nowadays. WOW! He was around our age, and lived here all his life he said. He also ended up having a lot in common with DH, so now they are planning a fishing trip together..So I guess something good came out of it all..:o)
Of course mid-day I wanted to take a nap so badly, but my kids wanted me to watch them play Wii..so the nap never came.. Instead, I went for another coffee and added 2 more of the espresso shots, despite the box saying no more then two a day. I honestly did not find that they gave me that extra buzz that I was hoping for..But Ala’s it’s after midnight right now, and I can not sit still! An hour ago I was mopping the floors and cleaning the pantry. I’m full of energy. Do I dare reach for the melatonin again though..that is the question….*G*