Wednesday, June 22, 2011

On Water and the Importance Thereof

We woke up this morning to a water main break. That means, of course, that everyone has to poo. Like right away. And urgent. Prairie dogs touching cotton. Great week to make sure we're eating enough grams of fiber to move the mountain, aye?

Thankfully, I am married to a genius who is married to me who just happened to fill the inflatable pool with water yesterday. Just as I was stepping into one of the litterboxes out of sheer desperation, MathMan dashed into the room brandishing a bucketful of pool water hollering that we could force flush if necessary!

I tossed my Harpers into the air and shouted hallelujah! which is something I don't think I've ever said aloud.

Obviously, the cats and I are very relieved. Literally.

I'm still waiting out the Water Department before I go bathe in the kiddie pool. Goodness knows, the neighbors don't need to make another call to the authorities.

What innovations are you making today? What are you reading in the litterbox?

20 comments:

  1. That is terrible! Hope its fixed soon...

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  2. The dehumidifier is another good source of water in a pinch. Maybe I'm going to get that rain barrel soon …

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  3. Ugh. Hopefully you won't have to wait long for a fix.

    As for the litter box, I think the cats must have been playing in it last night as there was litter everywhere and three piles of vomit. Probably due to the hairball treats. Not that you asked :-)

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  4. I have read that the tank on the back of the toilet is good water that can be used to drink in a pinch. I would have to be pretty thirsty before I tried that little trick!

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  5. Dear Skyler's Dad,

    Brushed my teeth with it once.

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  6. Lisa,

    Seriously?? Were you kicking nuns down the street in a past life?

    This is it for your current string of luck. I'm calling it. Who do we know that can burn some sage? Exorcise the demons? Pray to St. Jude?
    Calling all Wiccans, Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Muslims, Buddhists, Agnostics and Athiests! What do we do?

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  7. A water main implies a pipe at the street ... so it it a city/county problem?

    Otherwise, most houses have garden hoses attached to outside faucets. Just take several hundred feet of hose and connect to nearest house .... go now, and steal some water.

    ps: Avoid "borrowing" water from houses with NRA stickers in their windows.

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  8. I'm so relieved (no pun intended) that you didn't relieve yourself in the kiddie pool. Yes, pathetically, that's exactly where I thought your post was going to lead.

    I've got my fingers crossed for you.

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  9. Excuse me, but this is why they invented trees. Save the water for important stuff, like homemade adult beverages.

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  10. I hope the water main gets fixed soon. Glad you could find some humour in the chaos.

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  11. Oh, my God. I started reading the second paragraph and thought, "They're going to poo in the pool???"

    And lack of water sucks. Super super sucks. Sorry about that.

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  12. On a tv show a girl came clean about she and her friends drinking in her parents' basement. They got so trashed they didn't want to use the bathroom upstairs and risk the parents, so they used the cat box. The next day the dad was carting the cat all over town to vets trying to figure out what was wrong with it.

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  13. You guys are true innovators. I'm pleased to report that the water is back on, the pool remains unmarred by human waste (as far as I know, at least) and the litter box remains "cat only."

    Deb - that is hilarious!

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  14. I hope you have your water back now!

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  15. Did you know that the subway system in Manhattan is below the water table and if the pumps they use to drain them ever broke the tunnels would flood within 48 hours? After that, the streets. So they'd have very big kiddie pools for all the people to run to with buckets when they need to flush their high rise toilets.

    Why is it we count on things to always stay the same?

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  16. Oh good grief!!! Now, you in the litter box....priceless.

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  17. wait, you've never yelled alleluiah? what do you yell when you find chocolate you didn't know you had?

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  18. lololol, you are hysterical... living in the country means ALWAYS we have some water hanging out for the old force flush routine and once we had a house full of kids and gkids, about 10 of us, when this happened exactly when i was cooking dinner and every dish and pot in the house was dirty AND husband had gone to town for a couple of hours worth of grocery shopping and still wasn't home. those were the daze...literally. oh, the power went out too...fun times for all. xxx

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  19. What innovations are you making today? What are you reading in the litterbox?

    Yesterday I raided the change bank so that I could have enough money to buy some gas for the car and could go to work today.

    I am reading Roboapocolypse. I'm on chapter 3 and it hasn't grabbed me yet.

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  20. I ironed today. For about 40 minutes. If my husband knew this, he would want to know who the hell was here holding the gun to my head.

    We used to have a septic system and the when the power went out (as it often did) there was no water. Nothing makes you or your kids have to do the deed more than knowing you can't. Or shouldn't.

    And since we're sharing, once when we were selling our house, and had buyers coming to look at it, my then 12 yr old decided to take the biggest one ever and overflow the toilet, which ran then into the hallway. And didn't want to tell me because he thought I'd be mad. Hmmmm. You think?

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