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How many plumbers does it take to snake a drain?

How many times does it take to have a plumber actually FIX whatever the heck is wrong?  Seriously?  We’ve now had people from the city out four times, and had someone we hired privately out twice…  and the issue with our basement flooding over and over again is still going on.  We’ve had a couple different drains snaked, and one of them had a video feed fed through it so we could actually see the pipes, but now it looks like we need to stick video equipment down another drain.  ACK!  It just never seems to end.  😦

While I read to the girl and put her to sleep, Damon has been out at my Grampa’s place.  He’s borrowing a toilet snake.  When he gets home we’re going to snake that particular drain ourselves and see if that makes a difference.

Good grief.  I mean seriously.  I just want this over and done with so we can start enjoying our new home.  :/

Review – The Squatty Potty

From time to time I get the chance to try a new product.  I love doing reviews, in fact, that’s how I got my start writing professionally way back when.  I wrote reviews for the Chihuahua News, a publication that catered to Chihuahua fanciers.  I don’t do them very often these days – but I do still enjoy them…  Firstly because I get to check out some cool new products, but also for the nostalgia.

So onto today’s blog post – which fittingly, is a review (wouldn’t you have been shocked if it hadn’t been?).  LOL  Now…  another bit of info before I get right into it.  This post may be considered TMI for some folk.  But you know me, I don’t have much of a filter.  I’m generally happy to share about almost anything.  And, well…  if you chose to read on, be prepared for the potential of an over-share or two.  😉

About a month or so ago I was sent something called the “Squatty Potty“.  It claims it can help with bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and just generally make “going” a faster, easier experience.  I’ll admit.  It piqued my interest.

The Squatty Potty toilet stool.Now, why wait for so long before writing my review?  Well, to be honest I wasn’t sure what I was going to write.  My daughter likes it because it makes it easier for her child-sized self to use an adult-sized toilet.  My husband doesn’t like it because he’s too tall for the model we have (he’s over a foot taller than I am, and in a product like this that makes a big difference).  I thought it was okay, but didn’t really notice a big difference.  So what to say…  right?  Well.  All that changed the weekend of the Breaking the Silence conference.

Oh my goodness!

Going back to using a toilet WITHOUT the Squatty Potty???  It was miserable!  It felt weird, it was messy, and I couldn’t wait to get home to my toilet – with my wonderful, comfortable, ingenious Squatty Potty tucked around the bowl.

Seriously, I figured at first I’d just write about the fact that it’s cleaner going to the bathroom (for a one or a two) when using the Squatty.  Because that’s something I noticed pretty early on – and it gets better the more you go into an actual squat vs. a sit.  But I didn’t even notice how great the Squatty Potty was until I had to go back to using a toilet without one.

Bet you didn’t think you’d log onto my blog to find me raving about something designed to make taking a deuce a better experience, did ya!?!  Yet here you are, and here I am – doing just that.  Seriously.  My daughter and I love our Squatty Potty, and I think my husband would too if we had a shorter model that accommodated his long legs.

My advice?  Even if you aren’t interested in it for yourself, get one for the little ones in your life.  The fact that it just wraps around the toilet bowl – tucked out of the way – when it’s not in use is worth the price.  The kid feels so much more secure on the toilet using the Squatty vs. our old bathroom stool…  and truly, if there is one place we should feel secure and safe, it’s when we’re doing our business.  😉  All the extra added benefits are just gravy (okay, just realized that could be seen as a really NASTY pun).  Ooops.  LMAO

So yeah, whenever my husband passes me and glances into the bathroom where I’m comfortably squatting (yes, we have an open door policy) he giggles a little over how silly it looks…  but it’s worth it.  It really is.  😉

Toilet Fishing

Sooo….

A few days ago I’m in the middle of cleaning up some craft stuff the kid and I had been using when I hear her yelling from the bathroom.  Turns out that, while she was sitting on the toilet, she stopped to gaze in at what she’d produced and off popped her bracelet for a 8.9 splashdown.  My hands are covered in stuff (crafting, remember?), I’m in the middle of a gooey mess.  And I, grateful that her Dad is home, yell for assistance.  Not impressed at being pulled away from whatever he happened to be doing (I’m guessing a game on FB or the Wii) he comes around the corner to ask what I am bellowing about.

“So you expect ME to get it out of there?!?!”

“No.  I just need you to find me a wire hanger and unravel it, and I’ll be there in a second to get it out.”

A bunch of groaning and grunting follows.  This prompts me to make an inquiry of my dear husband, whom I love so very much:  “How many times have you fished something out of the toilet that Lily put there?”

“None.”

“Exactly.”

This prompts a further query on my part:  “Did you think we had the only kid who has NEVER put something in there?”

Silence.

“Do you want to take a guess at how many times I’ve gone toilet fishing in the last four years?”

Silence.

“I didn’t think so.”

At this point I stormed off rather dramatically to finish trying to constrain the glittery mess that threatened to engulf our living space.  Very honestly I still had every intention of fishing out her bobble myself.  But when I came back to the bathroom I noted a straightened hanger sitting beside the loo, and a lovely little bracelet with rainbow beads drip drying from the last remaining hook.

Yep.

Sometimes all a person needs reminding of is how much of the mess they DON’T see.

And nope, the incident has never been mentioned since.

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