The Crazy Suburban Mom: The day it all hit the fan and my kitchen got gutted

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The day it all hit the fan and my kitchen got gutted

A few years ago me and my minipin, Ginger, were couch-potatoing on the bed eating some Extra-Crispy-Cheese Wackadoodle's and watching TV.  During a commercial me and the Gin heard something that concerned us...

Man, the washing machine's been filling a long time.

We shrugged, popped another Wackadoodle  and didn't give it another thought till the next commercial, eight...ten minutes later.

Isn't that thing full yet?

Some seconds, and a full shot of adrenaline, later I was off the bed trying to comprehend the full magnitude of my predicament. The washer had indeed filled itself and was now filling the dining room.

One floor down.

The cascade of events after that is really a blur.  I'm good in an emergency but I was so unprepared for this particular set of circumstances that I was running around holding drinking glasses tying to catch Niagara Falls

No, really that's not a metaphor.  That's a visual.  

Most of what I accomplished initially centered around loud screaming.

Turning off the water supply to the washer was the third thing I tried.

Yeah.  I know.

But when water is pouring out your (running) ceiling fan you just never stop, tap you chin thoughtfully, and think...

Hm. Maybe I should should Google this?

There also wasn't time for "during' pictures


I only have the Post-Migraine Flood Shots. That is to say,  pictures I
could take once I could stand the camera's flash again.


My ceiling eventually slowed down to an ooze.


Hours later the insurance company sent out a crew 
with industrial dehumidifiers and gutted several ceilings.
And six weeks of reconstruction began.

And that's sort of where the point of post begins and yeah, took me long enough.

So many things had to be replaced and I made a lot of mistakes because you have no time to mull it over and the construction guys are all about hurry up and tapping their wrist watches,  pointing you this way and that but mostly looking at you like what's taking so long a wood floor is a wood floor is a wood floor and all white paint is white for the love of....

My dining room's next to my kitchen so that ceiling was shot as well.  I had one of those humongous standard 'builder' light fixtures that fill your kitchen ceiling with a few feet by a few feet of white florescent awful.  You know which ones I mean?  Everyone does, I think.

It had to be replaced because it'd become the equivalent of  aquarium.  I wanted to replace it with a halogen fixture - had wanted to for some time but that would have required repainting the entire ceiling which was now - not having a ceiling, a non-issue..  Now was my chance, I thought.  I was talked out of it, I don't know why and have regretted it since because I got the same thing I had and hated..

This awful thing.


and not only do I hate it...


But it where every bug  in NJ goes to die.

I should have gotten the halogen light fixture.  I knew it at the time. But besides the bug graveyard thing, I like halogen  'light' much better, the bulbs are so much easier to manage than florescents, and they have tons of advantages over incandescents for example...  they are only lights that consistently stay on in my house.

The bulbs in my kids room are halogens, all on.


Although it pains me to see what's going on in there.


These aren't halogens...


These either...
Do you see where I'm going with this?  Halogens last.

Mom Central asked me a few weeks ago did I want to be part of the Sylvania Supersaver Halogen Light Bulb Blog Tour - Uh, yes.  Yes I do want to try the Supersaver Bulbs. And uh-huh, they embody everything I like and admire and want to make my best friend and have sleep overs with about halogen bulbs.  Nice and bright, easy to deal with and I expect - long lasting.

I've been a huge fan of halogen lighting  for years, since well before I made the mistake of replacing the old bug graveyard with the new one.  

Of course, other people may have other needs...Perhaps more technical questions and if that's you here's some info according to Sylvania's Site: The SuperSaver Halogen is:

An Ideal Incandescent Replacement - Perfect replacement for incandescent lamps being phased out by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA)

It come in familiar Shapes -Available in familiar incandescent shapes: general purpose (A), and indoor floods (R and BR)

It's High Efficiency - Halogen capsule allows higher lamp efficacy and provides energy savings of up to 33% when compared to incandescent lamps.

There are a lot of great reasons to change the bulbs in your house; most of them have absolutely nothing to do with light fixtures full of bugs or flooded kitchens.  That's probably just my life. Want to see if they are a good fit for you?  Check out the SuperSaver bulbs here.

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 “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of SYLVANIA and received products necessary to facilitate my candid review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


Maureen 3/20/10, 5:59 PM  

Oy vey! I would have been freaking out! Water & electricity!

Tara Beaulieu 3/20/10, 7:36 PM  

OH my gawd how insane! Coming through the light fixtures, I would have had a cow and been jumping around from furniture piece to furniture piece for fear that stepping in the water would land me in a much more frazzled state! (pun intended) You must have been out of your mind!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 3/20/10, 7:38 PM  

Maureen - It was the craziest thing ever. And the next 2 months of construction was awful. ginger couldnt stand it.

Tara - I was having a cow. Cows. Cows after cows after cows. I don't stun easily. this stunned me.

J Sedai 3/21/10, 7:51 AM  

AAAK, I would have lost it. I"m glad it didn't ruin too much of your house! and BOO for pushy, rushed construction workers.

Lin 3/22/10, 7:57 PM  

Oh, geesh, I would have FREAKED!! What a mess!!!

I'm with you on the ugly bug-catcher-light thingy--we had one of those and tore that baby down one day. Don't miss it a bit. But I'm not sure where the bugs go to die now. Maybe your place???

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