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Monday, July 09, 2007

Singing the bathroom blues

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I've been too tired or busy (or both) to do much after work besides sleep. I can say that a lot of it is from the broken pipe in the staff restroom that took over 2 months to repair and the beginning of our busiest time of year at work with schools being out. The bathroom is finally back in working order, after they jackhammered up the floor - yes, a library. Not to mention all the dust it created and my office being directly across the hall from the restroom.

Once they repaired the pipe, it took nearly 2 months to get new tile to re-tile the floor. The first tile ordered by our Facilities folks wasn't a perfect match so they decided (once they had laid it all down) to rip it up and start over. OY! So back to ripping up all of the tile, old and new followed by a week long wait for new tile to be installed. Then of course the plumbers had to be called to re-install the sink and toilet. We kept looking on the bright side by making jokes about it. I sent out an update telling everyone we were flushed with anticipation that it would be over soon and how I had a sinking feeling it would be longer than we had hoped.

My staff were real troopers and hung in there til the bitter end. On the day the plumber came to reinstall the fixtures, we all cheered (seriously, we all clapped our hands in delight and cheered!). This amused the plumber no end. He'd never seen such happy customers.

Now we just have to get through the rest of summer and all the extra programs we do for the kids. It's a busy sort of fun, but tiring nonetheless.

I've also found a great way to help get through times like this. Book a cruise! Jim and I did just that last week. And we're going first class.... a mini-suite on a 7 day cruise to the Mexican Riviera in November. Four months and 2 days to go! I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (and it has a poolside deck chair in it).


Blogger s'kat said...

Oy, I can certainly sympathize with such upheaval!!

Our AC has been down for over 2 weeks now. Last week, they brought in a temporary unit, which failed in under 12 hours.

We now have another temporary unit that works about half the day, before peetering out around noon.

Got any extra room on the cruise? ;)

9:49 AM  
Blogger Deborah Dowd said...

I ttally understand your glee. When we had our addition put on, we were without a full service bathroom and kitchen for so long that when the plumber came to finish hooking up everything in time for Christmas, my kids called him Laverne (his name) Claus!

10:07 PM  

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