Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Where's the Beef?

Let me just say--- last night was a nightmare. I am never cooking or eating roast again.

Dinner went fine. I started the dishwasher and I can't remember what all I did- went into the living room to watch tv, I guess. Blanca got up and went into the kitchen- I saw her stand up on her two back legs and back up to try to see into the sink... weird, but she's weird... so back to the tv.

An hour or so later Conrad says the sink is backed up. When he runs the disposal, the other side of the sink backs up. I open the dishwasher, it's run its cycle, but water is sitting in the bottom. Clearly, we have a drain problem. Conrad gets the plunger and we try to pop it out.

I don't know what made me go into the laundry room, but I went back there and when I tell you meat was from one wall to the other, I am not making that UP. Apparently, the washing machine drain is attached to all the stuff in the kitchen. Roast beef, dinners from other nights, grease, onions, potatoes, you name it - had come out of the drain plug in the wall. It was on the floor, from one wall to the other. It was under the appliances, it was coating the walls... it was on the hoses. It was EVERYWHERE. I will never get the smell of roast out of my hair or my nose again. I'm sure of it.

We got out the towels and called a plumber and did our best to clean up- took at least an hour and dirtied nearly every towel in the house. The plumber says this had built up over the years. Conrad said when he pulled that drain snake out, it was completely white with built up grease. I am SO going to pour boiling water down the drains once a week for the rest of my life. The plumber left at MIDNIGHT... and Conrad washed towels til almost one (I get up earlier, so I had to go to bed). This morning there is only a vague smell of meat. I guess I am going to have to mop tonight to get the grease film off the floor.... also one of the coils (going to the washer) has gunk all stuck in it. We can probably detatch it and spray it off tonight outside with the waterhose.

I never, ever, ever want to have roast again. NEVER.

The good news is, we never got ugly with each other. Neither one of us got mad, we were just like awww man! In my former life, I would have been screaming down the house, so Conrad clearly has a calming effect on me. There is really never a reason to get THAT upset and dramatic.... but I don't think I will forget that night for some time.




Dickie said...


YOU, Karyn, dramatic????? who said that!!!