The Kids

The Kids

Friday, October 19, 2007

I flushed a pair of scissors!?!

I must admit that it wasn't my brightest moment... I was trying to multi-task... you know, pee (for the first time in four hours) and trim the hang nail that was bothering me all morning... I grabbed for the nail clippers and bumped the cuticle scissors... much to my horror they fell into the toilet!

Let's stop here and look at the bright side... they fell down and went between my butt and the seat and landed into the water... that means my butt has shrunk!!! Whoo-hoo!

Back to the horror of it all... as previously stated, I am the mother of two small boys... that means I have been puked on, peed on, pooped on... I have had food smeared in my hair, shared drinks with toddlers after that have eaten anything (backwash), and once my dog even peed on me... but I have to draw the line somewhere... that line is drawn reaching into my own pee for a pair of $5 cuticle scissors... so I did what I thought was smart at the time and flushed the toilet... I 'thought' (now realizing I should stop doing that) that they were heavy enough to stay in the bowl and as the pee rushed out and new water came in I would quickly grab the scissors out... much to my HORROR they went 'bye-bye'... oh poop! I'm an idiot!

I immediately flushed a whole bunch of times... really not a good thing to do since we are in a drought and I wasted precious water... I thought (again with the thinking) that maybe they would somehow get safely out of the toilet, through the main plumbing and out of our house forever! I don't have that kind of luck...

I called the plumber and they happened to be able to come right out... he had to tear the toilet out as the scissors were lodged in the S curve... I will say that I had the 'balls' to tell him that I did it and did not blame it on the children... for some sick reason I felt proud of this... The plumber cleaned up around the toilet and did a fantastic caulk job! Those stupid scissors ended up being about $175!

I called my mom and told her what happened... she asked me why I didn't just grab the toilet brush and fish them out with that? That's a really good question! I honestly didn't even think of that...

I learned a lot that day... calling a plumber can be expensive! That's why when my husband announced that his 'office' was clogged, I jumped in the truck and ran to my favorite store (Lowes) and bought a toilet auger ( I watched the plumber use it to try and get the scissors out before tearing the toilet off the floor)! I got home, ran upstairs, and tried out the new auger... about three minutes later I emerged from his bathroom and proudly declared that he owed me $155!

Why didn't I let him auger his own toilet??? I've watched him use a plunger and didn't feel like disinfecting the entire bathroom and washing his shower curtain!

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