Plumbing sucketh, verily. (updated x2)


Just to mention it, plumbing sucks. Last night I discovered that there was a slow leak on the sprayer for our kitchen's sink - no idea how long it had been there but there was visible damage in the cabinet under the sink. The leak was happening because an o-ring was wearing out on the sprayer attached to the faucet/tap, so after dinner I went to Home Depot to get a new o-ring. While there I picked up a small box of multiple sizes, figuring it might save me a trip some other time. Once I got home home I checked the different sizes, only to discover that the one size the box did not have was size I needed. So this morning I get up early to go to a small mom-n-pop hardware store down the road and they're out of the o-ring size I need ("I went through them a while ago and put in an order for more.." gah). I go down the road further to another hardware store and they didn't have o-rings with the same nomenclature, so I used my phone to find the dimensions I needed and grabbed one that fit the description. Took it home and it didn't fit, it was too small. So now I have to go back to Home Depot at lunchtime and hope they too haven't ran out of the size I need. Damnit.

Oh, and why don't have I the original washer to compare against? Because it went flying across the kitchen when I was taking it off and I wasn't able to find it.

Update: So, went to Home Depot, they had a small box of o-rings the size I needed, I bought it, went home, got to the kitchen and asked our son (who had bagged the small box) where the box was, and it was nowhere to be found. We checked the car, checked the path from the car to the house, checked the house - it's gone. Dagnamit. So I'll have to go back again.

Update #2: So.. After dinner I took Kian to the store to ask if anyone had found a small box of o-rings around the cash registers, they hadn't but they were very nice and gave be a replacement box. Got home with them and... they didn't fit, they were too thick to fit. So I called the store to ask if there was another size of o-ring that was a similar diameter but thinner, and after five minutes on hold decided to just drive back. After rooting around I found what seemed like it might work, bought it, put it in the bag and made sure I still had it in my bag when I got to the car, got home and - tadaa, it fits!

So after three days we finally have a fully working sink again! Yay!

Now to hire someone to fix the cabinet.



Today I learned a few things, which I thought I'd share.

First off, you can dash your child's dreams by saying "ask your mom to come out for breakfast" when he was all psyched about bringing his mom breakfast in bed. So just roll with it.

Second, toddlers will be really confused about usage of the word "home" when it describes a place you live, a really fun movie and the soundtrack for said movie. Especially when you start saying "we'll watch 'Home' when we get home" or "we'll listen to the 'Home' music when we're on our way home but right now mommy wants to listen to Coldplay". So be patient with him and make sure you're specific with with 'home' you're talking about at any particular point in time.

Third, Launch Trampoline Parks, like the one in Nashua, NH are a heck of a lot of fun, and they work really well as a Mother's Day, presuming said mother is in reasonable health and physically capable of bouncing around. Pack some Motrin for afterwards, though, just in case ;-)

Fourth, if you're going to a trampoline park and have had any concerns about your knees or ankles, put on a brace on the appropriate before you go and jump around so that you don't end up injuring yourself with the first fifteen minutes. You twit. Also, sorry honey.

Fifth, pharmacies (and probably grocery stores) sell the usual joint braces, but also instant cold packs that you just squeeze and the chemicals inside combine to become a frozen slush that can be used to wrap injuries.

Sixth, even though minivans are higher up off the ground than a regular car, they can still be difficult to get into and out of when your knee is injured.

Seventh, every able-bodied family should have a pair of expandable crutches, you never know when you might need them. Like today, after the aforementioned knackering of a knee after bouncing on trampolines.

Eight, having a house that is accessible can prove valuable at unexpected times. Having a house that is not very accessible can prove to be a serious PITA at unexpected times.

Ninth, having an poorly accessible house can make your plans for grilling for dinner go right out the window. Dangit.

Tenth, always keep an eye on your toddler when their in a shopping trolly seat, you never know what they might grab and throw into the trolly when you're not looking.

Eleventh, surprise packets of dark chocolate with almonds is rather tasty, though it doesn't quite make up for the gammy knee.

Twelfth, some fruit juices may look like cat urine when it's spilled on white-colored bedding, and a cat may scratch at it, but it won't smell like cat urine and so it may have been caused by the toddler instead of an upset cat.

Thirteenth, tell your family that you love them and appreciate their help when everything is going well, it helps fosters their compassion and willingness to help when things are not going well.

I hate it when you go to get a tool out of your toolbox..


only to discover it's almost completely empty. Evidently one of the contractors we've had working on our house over the past two years decided to walk off with a whole bunch of tools that were in this toolbox on a shelf in our garage. We have a suspicion who took them, but it was six months ago and we have no proof.

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