I was having a rather leisurely morning. Jeremy left for the studio before me and Parker is at camp so I decided to take it slow with my breakfast of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and coffee. I did a little online shopping, wrote a blog post about refrigerators and Italy. It was getting on in the morning so I felt like I should wrap things up and get to the studio. I went upstairs, used the potty and started to brush my teeth when I heard a weird noise and realized the toilet was about to overflow...not just a little bit...it was going to flood my bathroom. Frantically (and foaming at the mouth from my toothpaste) I grab the old plunger we inherited with the house and started plunging. Until of course the wooden stick broke off and the rubber plunger part lodged itself in the hole at the bottom of the toilet and water (gross water!) flooded the bathroom and hallway of the upstairs. At this point, I had exhausted my knowledge of what to do when the toilet overflows so I threw the towels and bath mat onto the floor to absorb some of the gross water and ran downstairs to get my phone so I could call Jeremy to tell me what to do next. When I made it to the kitchen, I saw that the overflowing toilet water was now draining from the upstairs to the downstairs through the ceiling and into the kitchen. Did I mention the kitchen floor is carpeted? I also didn't mention that the kitchen (oh this LOVELY kitchen) also has a drop ceiling with ceiling tiles like you see in an office and that they were quickly absorbing the gross overflowing water. So I grab a bucket, stick it under the ceiling flood and run back upstairs with a pair of rubber gloves to try and de-plunge the plunger. Finally, water stops coming out of the toilet and I manage to get everything under control. I mop the floor, clean the fixtures, gather up the now sopping wet towels and head to the basement to put them in the washer. As I head down the rickety stairs, full of cobwebs and creepy things, to get to the washing machine (which does not have a dryer, mind you, because the one left to us with the house was gas powered..and remember how we have no gas to the house anymore?!!!??)...where was I..Oh! I head into the basement and see that it is full of puddles of standing water because it RAINED last night and this house is old so, of course, the basement flooded.
Remember how excited I was to buy a CLUNKER of a house?