Flow freely!

Be clear and flow freely, my thoughts!

Our bathtub drain blocked up over the weekend. Naturally, right? Of course plumbing problems would happen over a holiday weekend.

For the past few weeks it has been building up; the Curmudgeonly Lion had even picked up chemical drain cleaner at the hardware store and we were just waiting for the right time to use it. I finally insisted on Thursday after going for a run, taking a shower to rinse off, and ending up ankle deep in soapy water. Usually a dose of drain cleaner clears the problem right up for a few months but this time it managed to make it worse: now the bathtub was full of water that simply refused to go anywhere.

I can’t help but feel a little bit superstitious whenever we have plumbing problems. Last time we had a faucet that wouldn’t turn off that began gushing minutes before I had an interview scheduled to get into graduate school and was feeling overwhelmed. Now I had a tub full of gross, old water that wouldn’t drain right at the same time that I found myself trying to make some decisions about old, stagnant parts of my life that needed to be dealt with.

But the advantage to a stopped up drain is that you actually have to deal with it. I didn’t realize how much I liked showering until I couldn’t do it (especially on a hot and sticky weekend. Srsly, LA, you’re supposed to be DRY heat). So much of the day was spent dealing with backed up ideas and decisions that I’d put off as long as I could. This was both frustrating and satisfying: frustrating because I spent a lot of time working without crossing very many things off my list, but satisfying because the things that I did cross off my list were pretty major.

I even spent a little time practicing on the bass, which has been a New Years resolution for seven months and that I’ve only just gotten around to doing now. I pity anybody who might’ve overheard me: there was much swearing and flubbing of notes, but it was satisfying to just jump in and do it.

So while today itself might not have been a very exciting day it was certainly productive. I feel ready to take on the second half of the year without a lot of dead weight on my shoulders and, with luck, the rest of the year will flow smoothly.

And in the meantime I’m going to take a shower.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on July 7, 2014.

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