I have heat. I have electricity. I have hot water. The children went back to school today (can I get an “AMEN!” please).
And lo, it is all VERY VERY GOOD.
I mean, not that I didn’t totally enjoy finally using my tub, yesterday, finally. I’ve never used that tub before. And while it MAY have been slightly more convenient to, you know, have hot water running out of the tap instead of coming from the eleventeen trips I made between the kitchen and the bathroom with my many pots of boiling water, and while some might argue that being able to fill it up rather than just sliding around in a few inches of water while trying to figure out how to best wash my hair wasn’t ENTIRELY relaxing, hey, at least I got to use my tub.
Remember the deal with my tub? I like to refer to it as Faucetgate.
See, we knew the faucet on my tub didn’t work when we moved in. Actually, we knew at the home inspection. The previous owners were all “I don’t know what you’re talking about! It’s perfectly fine!” as the inspector demonstrated that the pipe underneath the faucet was held together with duct tape. Poorly. But we let it go and figured we’d take care of it later.
Then Otto went and bought us some lovely sink faucets on clearance, which was great, except that the matching tub faucet was going to run us somewhere around $700 once we bought all the parts. Like, did you know that they sell the handles separately? In case you just don’t feel like actually being able to OPERATE the faucet.
And I’d be perfectly happy to spend $700 on a faucet that nobody sees, really. Just as soon as I start smoking crack.
In the meantime, I hemmed and hawed and finally I found a cheaper-but-still-coordinating option, and I bought it.
And then it sat in my bathroom until… um… today.
See, when the plumbers were here yesterday installing the new hot water heater, I found myself overcome with a sense of “in for a penny, in for a pound.” And I tried to talk them into installing my new faucet when they were done with the water heater, but they had another appointment. But that’s okay! Because they came back today, and will probably charge me for two visits! (Not that they shouldn’t charge me for all of the work, but I think they have a baseline charge for each trip.)
And now I have hot water AND a tub that works.
And now I’m broke.
I’ll be in the tub.