Monday, October 5, 2015

Conference Weekend and a Hole

I love General Conference. I get increasingly excited about it in the weeks leading up, I love listening and taking notes (finished out with 18 pages' worth this time), and I wait in anxious anticipation for the Ensign to come out so I can read the talks again. I read better than I listen.

We kept it low-key this year and printed off the same packets for the kids that we used last conference. They worked well then, and they worked just as well now.

I was impressed at how much the kids opted to stay in the room during the talks. They usually wander in and out because if they stay in the living room, they have to be more quiet than comes naturally. This time, though, I would say that all three older kids were in the room for at least two entire sessions and good chunks of the others, too.

It turned out oddly convenient that General Conference was this weekend, because that meant we were home instead of going to church. Which meant that we were home when the plumber came to check out this little surprise we found Sunday morning.

Water had been dripping for quite a while already, though it had to have started during the night since we never saw anything before we went to bed.

We successfully resisted the urge to poke it (seriously, it was so tempting--not because I wanted to know what was behind it, it just looked too much like a blister and I pop blisters) before the plumber came and investigated more closely. Now instead of a blister, we have a hole.

Apparently, the toilet in the master bathroom directly above the kitchen has been leaking for months. Water has been collecting in the space between the floor and the ceiling until it finally saturated everything enough to come out. The entire structure in that space has to be replaced--subfloor, ceiling, and new tile in the bathroom. And, obviously, the toilet itself and the pipes need to be fixed as well. It's one of those days when we're really glad that we're renting and don't have to pay for all of that. The downside is that we have no idea what's going to happen and when. It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out.

In the meantime, we continue to enjoy the Balloon Fiesta from a distance. Maybe sometime this week we'll get braver and actually go to the Balloon Park...

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