March 12, 2009

All About Ringo... on Many Levels

Some days, someone is just looking out after you.

After school today, I had come into my bedroom to check my email, only to have my eldest come running in, in an absolute panic, which is enough to freak me out as he's so laid back sometimes I think we need to take his pulse.

"Mom! Mom! Mom! The bathroom is flooding!"

That'll get your adrenaline flowing.

And sure enough, there was water pouring out of the commode... except from the bottom where it seats on the tile, and there was an inch of water in the bathroom, some places nearly 2 inches as obviously our floor is not frickin' level.

I quickly went behind the tank and turned off the water and then spent the next half hour with a mop, pushing water off the floor into the shower.

I shudder to think what would have happened if my son hadn't seen it, hadn't called me in immediately.

Its always something. We have a call into a plumber as TGOO said the wax ring the commode sits on must be shot. When something goes wrong in the house... I call my Dad. Heh.

Tonight was Ringo's big performance and he did so well. I was so proud of him.

He wore his great grandfather's hat (I have pictures to download) and he just looked good.

Quiet in school, he has no problems on stage. He does not get nervous, there is no stage fright, he is confident in himself and what he does.

I was not like that at 14. There is no way in hell I'd have performed in front of a small group, let alone hundreds. Yet, it does not phase him, he enjoys it, and... he really did well.

I hear someone's 18 year old sister is in love with him.

Umm. No.

Luckily she will have graduated from high school by the time he gets there...

Posted by Boudicca at March 12, 2009 09:35 PM

In my day (when our two youngest habitually flushed things [diapers, clothing, rubber ducks, etc.] just to see them disappear), I got pretty handy at re-seating toilets, but I'm getting too old for that now.

Posted by: Bob at March 12, 2009 10:15 PM

Bob- I reemember that post! I almost used my wetback, I mean wet-vac to sop up all that water and then realized... it was nasty water and I didn't want it in my wet vac.

I'm thinking it is because its time to drain the septic tank. I'm doing the math and I think that has caused it. GRRR. My husband is staying home today and getting a septic guy, a plumber and I gave him a honey-do list. Heh.

Posted by: Bou at March 13, 2009 05:50 AM

toilets are so not my duty

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at March 13, 2009 07:08 AM

I was going to email you and say "how'd he do, how'd he do?" in a really whiney voice . . . but I knew he'd do fine. I can tell how very proud of him you are. Hell, he isn't mine and I'm proud of him. Can't wait to see pictures.

Posted by: oddybobo at March 13, 2009 08:37 AM

In our lives, overflowing toilets count as the third-worst emergency, close behind the house burning and a tornado coming down the street. And septic tank problems make me want to just sit down and cry.

And I envy any kid that can perform without stage fright. Something I never got over myself.

Posted by: diamond dave at March 13, 2009 09:10 AM

Bou my heart went out to you when I read about the toilet flooding - but thank goodness for dad's! Looking forward to the pictures of Ringo and the hat!

Posted by: Rachel at March 13, 2009 07:32 PM

Gah - flooding toilets are the worst. Fortunately they don't happen to us very often. Now that we've moved off city sewer to well/septic we get the tank pumped out once a year. Not only are we slightly paranoid about this septic thing, but we're pretty sure the people who built the place and lived here 11 years did nothing at all.

Since they have septic inspections for sellers in this state... (and our house supposedly barely passed) we do NOT want to find out the hard way that we have to spend thousands to replace the thing if we ever have to move. (and we're always planning on moving if my husband's job disappears - heh) Therefore we're working on keeping it in good shape for as long as possible.

Oh yeah, I can't wait to see pics of Ringo in his great grandfather's hat! That is soooo cool.

Posted by: Teresa at March 14, 2009 05:48 PM