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"Oopsy or Audrey's our Hero!" 


Date Range: 01/01/2010 To 12/31/2010   Comments: 7   Views: 18,956
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Audrey crawled into our bed at 3 am on Sunday morning and sweetly asks “Mommy, why is there water on the floor and on the carpet?”


I quickly got up and walked out of my bedroom and right into what seemed like a couple inches of water (Mike says it was only 3/4 " maybe 1").  EVERYWHERE! My whole kitchen was flooded. So was the living room and dining room. 


Audrey tells Daddy “It’s not much”


I slushed through the water to locate the leak and made my way to the utility room.  There it was.  Right as I left it.  Water running in the utility sink, kids toys bobbing on top.


I couldn’t believe my eyes! I couldn’t believe that I forgot!  I left the water running all night long!


Mike got out of bed and right away we started cleaning up.  Dumbfounded, I grabbed a mop (gee, it's only 3 in the morning).  Yeah, like that’s going to help. Mike chuckles. He goes into the garage and grabs the shopvac. Which didn’t work at all. So the only thing left was the Bisselle steam cleaner.  It worked but very tedious dumping the water basin out every 5 minutes.  Mike says we dumped about 85 - 100 gallons of water.


(Not fun. Oh yeah, I cried. A little. Don't think I didn't beat myself up about it. But you see, if I would've gotten up around 9 or 10pm and had that late night cigarette that I wanted, I would've found this before it got too bad. And it's not like I don't try to multi-task around the house being a working mom and all.  I'm only adding these statements out of spite because I wouldn't want some people to think that I'm naturally blond.  Of course, I shouldn't have to point out the fact that some doctors think  I have a condition which clearly affects my memory. Even though I don't want to believe that I have that "condition" anyway. )


We worked and worked our bones ‘til they cracked! Then we crashed on the bed for a couple hours. Cameron slept through all the noisy vacuuming. Audrey watched cartoons in our bedroom with the door shut and said “why do you guys keep coming in here? I can’t hear the tv.”

I praised Audrey for saving the day and she says "yeah, if it was longer and I opened my bedroom door then my bed would have floated away!"

I called the emergency 24 hour restoration people at 8am.  They came right away. Very nice people.


There goes our carpet.  Bye bye.


Twelve blowers later, kids and dog are at Grandma’s, Mike and I are trying to sleep in 100+ degrees (it overloaded our thermastate) and very loud noise.  I’m surprised I heard my alarm clock.  Three days of this.  Yippee!


Our whole house is turned upside down. I can’t imagine what people went through with real floods and hurricanes! We were lucky. We didn’t lose any furniture or valuables.


I looked at Mike and said “now’s the time to get that hardwood flooring we talked about for years”


It’s going to get messier before it gets better. We’ve got to rip up the tile in the kitchen. Probably move the island over to give us more space. Maybe swap places with the stove and sink and give ourselves a window where the microwave used to be.  Who knows maybe we’ll even move the whole pantry out some and give ourselves a hallway too.


It’s never a small feat for my man.


I take full responsibility for this but I gotta tell ya what led up to it. For days Cameron’s been backed up. The poor little buggar was so miserable. We tried Miralax.  We tried fruit. We tried refried beans.  He was not getting his poop out. Late Saturday night I give him and Audrey a nice warm bath. 


Remember Caddy Shack and the Baby Ruth? Audrey was so upset when she saw it in the tub. I was so happy. Cameron was the happiest.


With the kids and Dad finally put to bed and asleep, I cleaned up. I put the toys in the utility sink to sanitize with bleach water.   The rest is history.

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Member Since
Aug 2007
Brian Childers said:
posted on Mar 22, 2010
this too

made me LOL

At least hubby took it with a grin :)

Member Since
Oct 2009
p. bernard leclerc said:
posted on Mar 23, 2010
Foolish Girl!

Will insurance pay?  Restoration isn't cheap.

I too did the warm tubby for my son - I can see that little floater now - yes just like the Oh Henry bar!! 

Member Since
May 2008
Charisma R said:
posted on Mar 23, 2010
I've been told

that because it was an inside leak that it would be covered. However, the adjuster is coming to visit today so we will see.  And yes, my hubby is and has been very loving about the whole thing.  He said it could happen to any one of us.  Mine was just on a large scale. He is in his prime right now choosing flooring and planning on remodelling the kitchen. See, my husband isn't all bad.  It takes quite a guy to have to live with me. lol!

Member Since
Oct 2009
Henrietta Giseppe said:
posted on Apr 01, 2010
mistakes can be made

I once left the garden hose on outside because the postman had come to the door and flooded our porch (rotting the wood) :)

Member Since
May 2008
Charisma R said:
posted on Apr 06, 2010
I'm in awe

of how many people at work have come to me with their own flooding stories.  I'm just glad I'm not the only one. Thanks for the comment, Henrietta!

Member Since
Aug 2007
Brian Childers said:
posted on Apr 26, 2010

don't disappear for another year girl

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May 2008
Charisma R said:
posted on Apr 27, 2010
hey man!

It's all good. I'm just working my little tail off at work. I'm finishing up the Spent Fuel Pool Cleanup Project. They only do this every 10 years or something like that. Very hard work, but I like it. Guys are good to work with. Typical Reactor Maintenance crew, of course, nothing like harrassment from these guys. They're just a step above construction workers. We call them Cowboys. Always tearing up something or getting into some trouble. I have a good story to write about here soon.  Maybe I'll get some time this week. Thanks, man!