The sink and dishwasher are working again and dishes were washed last night.
The Hey Nonny-nonny (because "Huzzah" isn't celebratory enough) comes from the fact that a plumber wasn't used. I called one yesterday but upon getting his voice-mail decided to call my dad, who's about 900 miles away, just to see what his thoughts were. After a couple times of "uhm.. it would have helped if you gave me that information earlier" since I didn't know what symptoms were important and what wasn't, we came to the conclusion that it was a simple clog between the disposal and trap and something Son and I could handle.
While I was getting the safety inspection for the car the Kidlets cleared out the cupboard, and washed everything off when it was time for it to go back in, and got a flashlight and drain-pan ready so everything was set when I got home. When I was ready to get started (which took a little longer than getting the stuff ready) I called dad and with him on the phone Son and I took off the, fortunately just finger tightened, affected pipes and sure enough there was a big clog and everything worked great after that.
So, my dad's a genius, my kids are awesome helpers and I didn't have to pay for a plumber. I like this outcome a whole lot better than what I was expecting.
Actually, I'm pretty happy with having managed to go two-and-a-half years before running into a maintenance problem I couldn't handle (or wait for my parents to visit and dad to handle). Plumbing and electricity are far beyond my abilities though and this is a plumbing issue. For some reason the main sink has begun to drain into the dishwasher, making both of them unusable.
Having poked around to the best of my ability, and crying a little, I've come to the conclusion that crying and calling for help are pretty much all I can do. So, I quit crying, put in an e-mail to the church administrator ( who's a wonder at getting the best work at the best price) and will call her tomorrow, and made some rum "fortified" spiced chocolate to drink while watching the cartoon "Dai-Gata Defenders" and working on various knitting and crochet projects. Hopefully we'll be able to get everything running again soon, since it's hard to feed kids when you can't wash dishes, and I can't say I'm thrilled at needing to pay for the help but at least it's available and I can.
This was my first full TaeKwon Do class as I missed half of last week's class doing the paperwork to enroll the five of us. Being a full length class isn't why I'm so thrilled though. I mean really, my physical fitness may be nearly non existent but I'm quite confidant of my ability to do a full class with our regular teacher. The thing is he wasn't there. Apparently, I found out afterwards, he'd hurt his back at work and wasn't able to make it. Instead, the dojo's Master was there and when he had us start class with running I knew things were going to be rough. And they were. He got a lot of teaching packed into an hour class though and I have to admit that while I might prefer a more relaxed pace I certainly wouldn't have the same feeling of accomplishment that I now get to enjoy.
And look how far gone it is. Oh, you thought I drank all that? The truth is that I'm not the least interested in drinking vodka. It is the cheapest and easiest method of extracting essential oils though and the space in the bottle represents pumello, clementine, and coffee extractions that are processing as I write. If I had my absolute preference, I'd have a distilation unit. Since I don't know how to make one, or have a safe place to use it, this will have to do.