Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Rain, Plumbing, and Tap Dancing

Rain
I'm glad I went to the grocery store before the rain started. I kept eyeing the darkening clouds on the way to my car and luckily I got home just in time. We need rain so bad, though, so this is a good thing. The dogs disagree and Scout was forlornly staring out the window earlier. It was kind of sad. Thankfully Ryan got up this morning before work and took Lucy and Scout for a walk so they're tired enough for sleeping away the afternoon instead of letting the storm make them anxious.

Plumbing
So the plumber was supposed to stop by yesterday afternoon to fix our leaking sink. At noon he called to touch base. At 4 he called to let me know his current job was giving him more trouble than he had anticipated and he was running late. At 7 I tried calling him twice to see if he could just come this morning instead, but had to leave a message on his cell phone. Since I didn't have a sink, we had to go out for dinner, so Ryan and I left a note on the door saying for him to please call us today to reschedule.

I hadn't heard from him as of 10:00 this morning, so I called the main line.

"Yeah, your plumber never showed"

(Looks up file in computer) "Are you the people who left the note on the door saying you would call back to reschedule?"

(This is not at all what the note said, but whatever) "Yes"

"[whatshisname] is all booked up for today. Can we schedule you for another day?"

Yeah, no thanks, Helpy.

I called Clarke Kent plumbing and they had a guy here and gone in and hour and a half. Sheesh.

Tap Dancing
SYTYCD came back on the air last night (apparently Fox thinks reality television is more important than Obama's health care plan). Anyhoo, it came packaged in a much slimmer one hour format, which eliminated a lot of time wasting bad auditions. Evan Kasprzak's brother Ryan returned to audition and had a tap-off with repeat auditioner Bianca Revels. It was pretty slick (tap-off starts around -2:45):


Maybe I can get Nicole to work with me on a tap routine for the Halloween party.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

This and That

One step forward, three steps back

So last week Scout learned to sit. I know I posted a picture of her sitting the previous week, but I think that was due more to coincidence than her comprehension. But now she's got it down. She'll do it mostly with the first request and even sans edible reward. We're also well on our way to "lie down" as she hears it all the time. She is picking up the art of fetching, although not so much with the "giving back" once she's returned to the porch. Then again Mel was never so good at that part, either.

She's been pretty good when we leave her alone, up until Sunday night. Scout had a major anxiety attack while we were out at Ryan's parents' house and took her frustration out on a number of Ryan's books. If you'd like details, you can read Ryan's account of the incident.

Scout is clearly not as comfortable here as we assumed, which is normal for an animal in a new environment, but nonetheless disappointing. We don't like crating her, but we'll have to do it at night and when we leave for the foreseeable future.

Sink troubles

Our house is about 5 years old (I think), but I'm sure was constructed with cost efficiency in mind. So I was unhappy but not entirely surprised to notice a puddle next to the kitchen sink last night. Apparently our sink sprayer hose has an enormous crack in it and has been leaking into the sink cabinet. Who knows how long this has been going on, because everything was sitting in a puddle of water and some items had begun to mold.

We've got a plumber coming to assess the situation tomorrow (we know the hose needs replacing, but it may be more than that) and in the meantime I can't use my sink. URG. A little problem in the whole scheme of things, but inconvenient nonetheless.

Pictures I found while cleaning my closet, or: Why Doug and I get along so well


Doug visits a pet cemetery

These were taken completely independent of each other, years apart: