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Running Water is da Bomb!

Posted Apr 01 2009 2:52pm
(does anyone even say 'da Bomb anymore?)

Did you know that life without running water sucks?

I know, I don't know how our ancestors survived no flushing toilets, no running water in the kitchen and no showers either.

See, the thing that was so tragic about the septic tank going teets up on Tuesday afternoon was the fact that I never showered on Tuesday. It was just one of those things. I had plans to workout which meant that showering before the workout would only require another shower after and people, that is far too much showering, well, for me anyway.

At first I was all, Oh this should be an the olden days, after a few seconds of that pipe dream, the reality of our situation hit.

I wasn't so much worried about making dinner....we had a coupon after all and this was a wonderful excuse to use it.

I wasn't so much worried about the toilets...I'd use them and flush when all was clear - sending the boys outside to do their business.

I wasn't so much worried about the laundry...It would still be there when the use of our water returned.

What I was worried about was the shower.

Sure I miss a shower every once in a while, that isn't anything I get too worried about. But, now? I was faced with not being able to shower for two days straight. For some people this still wouldn't be a big deal. But for me? This was tragic.

My hair looked like someone had taken my dirty car oil and poured it onto my head. It looked wet and filthy. It was disgusting. But, like anything else my ego survived.

But, what I hadn't anticipated was my child finding my husband's Axe body spray (which I forbid him to wear because the smell is horrific). My child proceeded to spray half of the can onto his head.

He was wearing a cap when I saw him again. When he took off the cap the smell took me to my knees. I wish my camera had a scratch n' sniff option because the smell was one you'd have to smell to really understand.

But, what could I do?

I did what any other mother would do...we took a trip to Costco...we were burning daylight and I needed a toilet that flushed and the kids, they needed lunch.

The good news is that by 3pm our Septic was pumped, we were told our filter was clogged and that our drain field was in fact still working which meant that I nearly made out with the Poop Evacuate-r except you know, my kids were watching And! And, I was able to flush as many times as I wanted and TAKE A SHOWER.

I'm still not sure what makes me happier the shower or the thousands of dollars we didn't have to spend on a new drain field.
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