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Adventures in Plumbing

Thirteen years in college and 3 degrees later....

 

This morning, at 10:30, with 30 minutes notice, our water got shut off. There was a massive outside leak that needed to be addressed. Plumbers have been secured.  I had to fill (4) - 5 gallon buckets to help with the flush situation. In letting everyone know to "Take Care of Business" as much as possible before 10:30, I asked that  liquid  trips be shared flushes and that I would handle the solid waste flushes. Then I had to laugh, because THIS is why I went to college for 13 years and earned 3 degrees.... flushing toilets is a necessary skill and I am glad that I, at least, knew how... I had to youtube to learn how flush a toilet using a bucket of water.... (hahahahahaha!!!)

 

11:30 update - still off and I haven't had to flush any solids... yet...  

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11:50 update - just checked all the stalls. Only liquid waste, 1 toilet per gender.. Isn't this fascinating?!!?  Jealous much? Why aren't the boys using the urinals?

12:35 update - I sent an email to all of our families to let them know what is going on. So far, I have gotten 2 funny replies and, I suspect, there is a certain amount of chuckling going on. They are grateful that it is not them.... I got this!! Crack staff, bottled water, buckets of water for flushing and hand sanitizer...

*obsessively watches the clock hoping for this day to just  be over*

12:50 update - I was just informed by our intrepid handy man that the water will be off until 2:00 pm at least, more likely until 4:00pm...

12:51 update - the repair is happening right outside of my office... I can hear every bang, every buzz and, as I type this, my office is quite literally vibrating from the drill or whatever they are using out there. It sounds like how I would imagine it sounds being on the  INSIDE of a garbage disposal.... nerve wracking and jaw clenching... I'm pleased to report that their language has been rated G all morning. I suspect that they know I am listening.

my cell phone just vibrated off of it's cradle....  *obsessively watches the clock hoping for this day to just  be over*

1:15 update - Our intrepid handyman just came and asked me for one of my buckets of water to use at the pre-school that is across the parking lot from us. Of course I graciously agreed, because that's how I roll.

1:40 update - Now they are using a metal file, a BIG metal file on metal pipes. AND they switched to Spanish. No worries, their language is still rated G.  laugh

*obsessively watches the clock hoping for this day to just  be over*

2:05 update - I hear water flowing outside!!!  ....  *obsessively watches the clock hoping for this day to just  be over*

2:20 update - I hear our intrepid handy man out there gallantly trying to negotiate with the plumbers.  I heard "45 minutes" carelessly being bantered about.

2:23 update - It's quiet out there... too quiet. No talking, no tools, just absolute quiet. I have been in education for 23 years. Quiet is a bad sign. Thinking about being nervous. 

*obsessively watches the clock hoping for this day to just  be over*

2:31 update - *obsessively watches the clock hoping for this day to just  be over* 

2:32 update - the students are switching classes now - it is no longer quiet; ah, the sound of life.

2:35 update - *obsessively watches the clock hoping for this day to just  be over*

2:37 update - *obsessively watches the clock hoping for this day to just  be over*

2:44 update- WE MADE IT!! I'M CALLING IT!! Soon only after school care kids and tutoring clients. Ah, the sweet smell of success!!! Good night Mrs. Calabash wherever you are!

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7:55 am UPDATE: THE NEXT MORNING - Our water was turned back on around 3:15 yesterday, just as our intrepid handy man predicted. All is well here, order has been established.

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