Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Sea of Cooties


A few months back I began to notice an echoing of some type coming from our bathroom. It never bothered me nor did I recognize it during the day. Probably because as long as the sunshine is up, the volume in my home is comparable to most city zoos.



So while I laid there late one night listening to the echoing I decided to investigate the issue. I walked into my bathroom trying to sneak up on whatever was stalking the little sleep I managed to get that week. I took a seat on the toilet hoping to catch red-handed whatever was holding my bathroom hostage. Then...it happened!



The sound which I thought may somehow be coming from one of those creatures inhabiting the pages of my children's library books actually was coming from my bathtub faucet. "A flipping drip," I thought.



Like the good wife I am, I immediately reported the issue to Hubby. And like the good Hubby he is, he immediately took care of the problem......NOT!



I am in year six of a beautiful marriage. I love and adore my husband. I think my hardest lesson and something that takes constant practice is learning that men and women do not work on the same schedule. I get things done yesterday, while my husband will work up to the deadline. It seems the more chaos that ensues, the happier he is. He loves a challenge.


And so the dripping continued. As the time went on, the period between the drips closed in. It began to sound more like a popcorn machine than a dripping problem. Days turned into weeks. Weeks turned into into months. Then finally, two days ago, I couldn't turn the darn faucet off at all.


I was innocently cleaning the tub, and obviously I needed some water. When I was done I tried my hardest to turn that faucet off, but it wouldn't budge. After a minute of feeling totally hopeless and cursing the very existence of men that ignore their wives plea for help; I kicked it. That's right, I kicked it. It made a noise that I can even describe, but surprisingly the water had completely stopped dripping. "I fixed it, I fixed it," I yelled.


I knew that was far from the truth. In fact the cold water knob was now lying in the bathtub...CRAP!


A few words to my husband after he came home that night (believe me when I tell you I didn't ask how his day was) and we were finally in business. No he didn't fix it. But he got on the Delta faucet website. I offered to pick up the parts if he promised to fix my bathtub this weekend.


I told my boys I would be using their tub tonight. Potter looked shocked. "Mom, you'll catch boy germs," he said. (Obviously the reason I'm taking a bath in the first place). I calmed down immensely while sitting in their Sea of Cooties. (i.e. bathtub)

It's amazing just how much one can miss their own bathtub. As I sat soaking in Huggies Hypoallergenic bubbles, surrounded by Batman toys and Disney character wash clothes, I longed to be in a place where only Calgon could take me.

Tune in Monday to see: Did Hubby fix the faucet? Is there really popcorn in Mary's bathtub? And finally: will Mary finally find relaxation among scented candles or toy boats and action figures?

27 comments:

Mom Taxi Julie said...

LOL, I've found the quickest way to get things fixed is to break them all the way! WTG lol. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Ann said...

This is great! I will tune in.
(I'm visiting you from Mom Bloggers Club :-> )

Kathy B! said...

while my husband will work up to the deadline. It seems the more chaos that ensues, the happier he is. He loves a challenge."

Oh dear. I'm afraid your DH and I are cut from exactly the same cloth :( We can't help ourselves!! It's a sickness!!!

I think he'll fix it but he'll do it faster if there's water spraying everywhere or if the tub's about to overflow as a result...

Gettysburg Mom said...

My husband is a contractor. That means that quite often the last thing he wants to do while home is fixing things about the house. So, for about two years now, we've had a hammer in the bathroom. The claw side is to pull out the little thing to run a bath, and the hammer side is to pound it in to have a shower.

Good luck with your repair. I hope it's a bit more timely than repairs around here.

Thanks for stopping by!

blueviolet@A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Happy VGNO! I know about those drips!

I am Harriet said...

Geez..men.

Happy VGNO!

Kristie said...

I'm betting he didn't fix it.
HVGNO

Gena said...

How funny! Maybe you should kick him instead of the faucet!

Shop with Me Mama said...

Hope you have a wonderful friday! Happy VGNO!

Anissa said...

Happy VGNO -- Passing by everyone to say hi while my little one is asleep -- he is still sick!

TLCSilverJewelry said...

Mary will relax and enjoy the toys and actions figures now because they will be gone one day. Happy VGNO, Tracy

Opus #6 said...

That is a really funny story. For a minute there, I thought a good swift kick solved your plumbing problem. He he. Happy VGNO!

ModernMom said...

LOL SO that is what I have to do. Right after the VGNO I'm off to kick the bathroom sink tap!

Ter said...

heh that's how i fix things too.
(here from vgno)

Hit 40 said...

I am afraid of boy germs. I don't know about that tub!

Happy VGNO!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Oh that is way too funny! I could have written this post - only it would relate to the kitchen faucet, and I didn't kick it, just smacked it a few times...(GRIN!!) I'll be looking forward to your follow up post on if it gets fixed this week or not...(smile!!)

Happy VGNO! :)

raquel roysdon said...

I'm visiting you from Anna VGNO. I just hate it when things break. Like my Garage door. I used to love just driving in the garage.

Liz said...

Good one they really have to break before a husband will fix them. Just stopping in for VGNO

Veronica Lee said...

Hi and welcome to MBC!

CoffeeJitters.Net (Judy Haley) said...

sending you best wishes but not holding my breath on that faucet getting fixed by monday ;)

Native American Momma said...

Happy VGNO!
I love when my husbands says..."When have I ever not taken care of it". Like I am nagging because I don't trust him. No, I am just tired of seeing the problem.

Ann said...

Mary I'm so happy that you were a part of the Virtual GNO! I hope you meet some wonderful bloggers this weekend :->

Mr Lee said...

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Kat said...

Greetings from Pepper Anitacocktail! Hope you had a great VGNO!!

Jennifer said...

Our husbands are twins! LOL!

kel said...

urgh.... i wish i had my own bathroom! Even if it had a broken faucet!

Irishembi said...

Since we only own one bathtub I am completely jealous of your ability (hopefully after this weekend) to avoid boy cooties, not to mention various plastic tub toys that really HURT when you sit on them.