Monday, February 05, 2007

Water Mains, Faucets, and Storms - Oh My!

A kitchen faucet spurting water constantly.

Road closures due to a winter storm.

Temperatures at twenty below zero, with a wind chill of -32.

A broken water main.

These are just a few of the reasons that today is the best day ever.

It’s like the reverse of Murphy’s law: our kitchen faucet broke last night, and after I mentally bade farewell to what was supposed to be our first big payment against the mountain of student debt under which we are currently buried, the following consequences unfolded:

8:15 am: Hubby calls into work to tell them he’ll be staying home to wait for the plumber, only to discover that there is a major winter storm just outside the city (a storm he would have driven right into had the faucet not kept him home).

8:30 am: I call the plumber, who is swamped with legions of customers with frozen pipes and overloaded furnaces. But wait! He has a ten o’clock appointment right in my neighbourhood, so he can drop by, fix my faucet in less than half an hour, and charge me only $68 for the repair, since Moen faucets are covered by a lifetime warranty.

10:00 am: I go in to work and discover that classes are cancelled for the whole day due to a broken water main. This means (a) I get the day off; (b) I don’t have to do any immediate prep for tomorrow’s classes; (c) I can use my existing one-hour lecture on "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," on Wednesday instead of figuring out how to expand it to fill two one-hour slots; and (d) the unit on the comma in my writing class has to be postponed again, threatening to curtail the time we can spend on the semi-colon, colon, and dash (which is a pity, actually, because I love those punctuation marks).

10:45 am: I return home, expecting to find hubby gone to work, only to discover that the storm has closed all roads north of the city. Within the city, however, the sun is shining brightly, so we’re off for some shopping and lunch. All we have to do is make up our minds on where to go: Red Lobster or the Outback?

As I was driving home, by the way, here’s what was playing on the radio: I don’t wanna work. I just wanna bang on the drum all day. Amen to that.

30 comments:

Mad Hatter said...

It kinda makes a gal believe in providence. Well-deserved. Well-deserved.

Julie Pippert said...

Oh hey I spent all of last week up the plumbing creek without a paddle. I don't even want to say what all I mentally waved goodbye to. Suffice it to say I understand and hope your woes are quickly and easily solved (we're not done here yet).

Doesn't it amaze you how things work out sometimes? What an interesting confluence of events.


(No pun intended, I promise! I had a horrid case of really dreadful Alliteration last week, and now it appears to have complicated into Puns, rather than cleared up. next thing I'll be writing like Jasper Fforde and someone will have to call the EMTs on my behalf.)

Errr, enjoy the Outback (IMO) (as ocean dwellers we don't do chain fish, only fresh off the baot) and in light of your winter storm I shall not mention today is sunny and 60. ;)

edj said...

YAAY! What a wonderful combination of unlikely events. Enjoy your day off.
And please send me a copy of your lecture on Eliot. I love that poem.

Jenifer G. said...

Wow. I take a few bloggy days off and you have been busy. Just caught up, and nostalgia and God's Grandeur - lovely posts.

Enjoy your grown-up snow day. Sometimes you need a day like that, I'm waiting for mine!

Relax and enjoy these freebies don't come along often enough.

Beck said...

I love it when everything works out perfectly like that. It makes me feel not just lucky but blessed, loved.

Pieces said...

That is great. When everything that is bad becomes good.

T. said...

Wow, you should buy a lotto ticket!

And I have to disagree (respectfully of course) with Miss Julie Pippert.

Go to the Lobster place. As a cattle farmer myself, we steer clear of the chain steak houses. Gotta be fresh beef, and done right at home for it to be any good.

Very helpful, right?

Mouse said...

Even as an adult, I still love snow days, provided I can spend them safely with my loved ones. The ones I remember mark important points in my life--the beginning of my relationship with Trillian, when I was 8 months pregnant with Scooter, and this past Christmas, which will most likely be our last before we change the makeup of our family again.

Of course, even better are the days you describe--when your obligations are cancelled by snow, but you can still get out. Feels a bit like playing hooky.

Christina said...

Oh, I love cold winter days spent inside! No luck for us, though - while it's -15 wind chills right now, and 3 degrees F, my husband and I still had to go to work. Kids in the city got the day off school, however.

Tomorrow night we're supposed to get snow - yippie!

Enjoy your day off together.

Mimi said...

I'm hoping for some sort of plumber karma from you ... yesterday, ominously, water drips from the ceiling into the kitchen sink when anyone has a shower. Oh dear.

I'm glad this is the best day ever, although circumstances might have pointed in other directions ...

penelopeto said...

crap, i need a drum.
enjoy your snow day!

(oh, and the unit on punctuation sounds sooo good!)

Lisa b said...

That really turned out to be such a perfect day. I hope you had a great lunch.

I could really use that lesson on punctuation. Do you do distance learning?

bubandpie said...

You guys are funny. I'd love to teach a virtual class on "Colons and Semi-Colons for Bloggers: They're Not Just for Essays Anymore!"

"Playing hooky" is exactly what we called it - and it was awesome. We ended up going to Moxie's Classic Grill (a Canadian chain that offers an amazing hot-browning-and-ice-cream dessert).

Now I'm going to catch up on a bit of grading before picking up the kids early from day-care. Still sunny skies here, but cold cold cold.

Kyla said...

Wonderful!!!

Becky said...

I just love when things that could be terribly bad work out to be wonderfully great! Makes you let out a big sigh of relief.

It's cold, cold, cold here (or as my Peanut would ask "hot-hot?") but not as cold as where you are. We were at 0 degrees this morning with windchills in the -10's to -20. We're going to hit a high of about 10 today! (woo-hoo)

Then, to make it such a perfectly comfortable day, one of our boilers at work busted and my office has been under 50 degrees most of the day. We've been trying to work with our coats and scarves on while frigid arctic air blasts us from the ventilation shafts above our heads. BRRRRRRRRRRRR!

ewe are here said...

It's like a grown up snow day in a funny way... ;-)

Jenifer G. said...

Back again. Please, please, please, post the grammar lesson. I know you would make it fun, useful, and poignant all at the same time.

Really. Please.

Moxies. Yum.

Kelly said...

Don't you love it when life hands out such awesome surprises disguised as inconveniences?

(Doesn't usually happen that way, so glad you enjoyed it...)

Jennifer said...

Snow Day! HOORAY!

BlogWhore said...

awesome.

MotherBumper said...

That is so cool and I'm glad you got a day like that on a day like this. I think I'd faint if that happened with us!

If you do offer distance learning punctuation lesson as requested by LisaB, I'm in. I abuse it like nothing else and it never did anything to me to deserve such horrid treatment ;)

PeanutButtersMum said...

Wow! That is one of the greatest crappy days I've ever heard about! *wink*

metro mama said...

Sounds like a heavenly day indeed.

I love the dash.

Lady M said...

Well, that turned out well! Maybe you'll get two restful snow days in a row?

Em said...

A perfect day indeed!

nomotherearth said...

I'm with Jennifer G - can you please post the grammar lesson? I love that stuff. (I know, I'm a nerd...)

I love how things can work out beautifully just when you think they're going to go badly. Good times.

I would have voted for Red Lobster, because I love those cheese scones...

binkytown said...

I need a comma class! Maybe you could do a segment on your blog? I need a comma intervention. Oh god now I'm feeling totally self concious like you've probably been to my blog and thought 'that girl has NO IDEA how to use a comma!'I don't. :)

lildb said...

Oh, my favorite poem. My very, very favorite. Hey, have you read Jozet (Halushki)'s version of that piece? it's awesome dunked in chocolate. (I'll go dig up the link and post it later. okay, now. because, yes, I'll forget otherwise.)

Who knows - maybe you'll be able to expand the one-hour lecture into two once you've read Jozet's version.

http://yonkogirl.blogspot.com/2005/03/love-song-of-j-betty-housefrock.html#links

lildb said...

http://yonkogirl.blogspot.com/2005/03/love-song-of-j-
betty-housefrock.html#links

mamatulip said...

Wow, what was it with Monday's this week? Ugh. At least yours had somewhat of a silver lining.