September 22, 2008

murphy's laws of homeownership

Because Murphy hates us all: for those of you about to buy your first home, I recommend making sure you have the following items:
Big Push Broom
Good Mop/those rayon cloths that absorb lots of water
Wet/Dry Vac

For the first time in our married lives, we've had to deal with actual overflowing toilets and "washing machine accidents". Now the toilet has never overflowed on me...only on Josh and only when he's on his way to work. Go figure. However, yesterday I was enjoying a peaceful, relaxing afternoon doing laundry and other things. I got up to check on the laundry when I noticed a darker spot in the carpet in front of the door in our basement living area/office. I then noticed that the floor was glistening oddly past the door. The entire laundry room/entryway had about 1/2 inch of water. Quickly rescuing items like the vacuum and my bag of desk food for work, I called for Josh to come down and wandered into the laundry room to make sure the water wasn't coming from the ceiling or anything. It wasn't. After looking around a bit, I spied a black tube coming from the washing machine in the back not where it normally lives. The culprit. About 1 wash and 1 rinse cycle of water were now on our floor. Luckily, it was bleach water from washing the shower not horribly dirty water. Josh found the push broom, which I had oh so smartly placed in the garage and I grabbed my keys and purse to head to purchase a wet/dry vac because it had become apparent that we needed to own one for this and future instances of water where it isn't supposed to be.

The amusing part of this story is that I had bought these "Amazin' Cloths" a few years ago (pre-married life) at one of those in-store promo things. I think Josh was with me that day and he mocked me for the $20 purchase of 3 large cloths and a mop. It's this rayon cloth that absorbs 17x it's weight in liquids from any surface, including carpet. I had bought them knowing my propensity for spilling things, like in college apartments where one does not want to pay for a carpet stain. Josh seemed rather amused by my impulse purchase and mocked for such. At least, as I remember it :-)

Anyways, it looks like we have definitely gotten our $20 worth and more out of the cloths as they saved us MUCH time yesterday after we had pushed and mopped up a good percentage of the water.

and that's what happened to my grand plan for taking pictures of a few of our generally set-up, maybe next time. Especially since one of those rooms became reboxed as we had to move a large bookshelf away from the wall where the water had started to further dampen the edges of the carpet.

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