Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year


Thats my best transcription of the noise emanating from my stomach.

In the process of clearing away the raw sewage in the basement, it appears I've picked up a wicked tummy bug.  I don't even want to think how that happened, but the pipes are cleared and this whole mess is over with, which is a huge relief.

In the end, we called a plumber out.  It cost about $70 to rent a pipe snake for the day from Home Depot and this guy did the whole shebang for $125.  The extra $55 saved me a ton of work and potential plumbing damage, so it was definitely worth it.  We got some added amusement/embarassment as well, as the snake came back with a pair of pantyhose wrapped 'round the end.  I'm guessing they belong to the previous owner...

With the pipes de-hosed, the girlfriend and I set to washing away the raw sewage that had seeped in, and this is where I believe my delicate little digestive tract became infested.  We were careful, but obviously not careful enough.  Yuck!

So I spent this wild New Years Eve taking shots...

... of Pepto Bismol and was in bed at around 7 PM.

I did come up with a list of resolutions though.  Here it goes:

1. Blog more - I need to set aside some time to update more frequently, which should be easier with my new camera.
2. Exercise and eat well - I was in tip-top shape this spring, but have let myself go a bit.  Time to get toned and back down to 138 pounds.
3. Take a vacation - I never get a damn vacation.
4. Get to sleep earlier - Lots of rest will make all of these other resolutions much easier.
5. Finish the projects I've started - I've got so much to do that it's a bit overwhelming.

Anyway, I hope you all had a great end to 2011 and good luck in 2012!


  1. Glad you called a plumber. I had a backup like that when I was in my 20s and living in a one-bedroom apartment (with no basement). I put big flowerpots underneath the legs of my furniture to get it out of harm's way, packed a bag and went to a hotel. I was renting, and it was somebody else's cleanup problem. It was still pretty disconcerting! Hope you feel better soon.

  2. Oh man. Sorry to hear about the plumbing problems...both of them. I was really hopring you and the little lady could join us New Years Eve. Eh, we'll get together soon.

  3. sorry to hear that..and hope u feel better soon..take care and a very happy new year...hope allz well this year

  4. Dana - Luckily it was in the basement and we have a sloped floor, so nothing was damaged ... just a little bit gross smelling down there now. Nothing a little bleach and air fresheners won't fix.

    Mr Mod - Yea, we've been having a good run of luck here. Sorry we had to miss New Years Eve. We'll have to get together soon.

    Sudha - Feeling much better now. Hope the new year treats you well.