Wednesday, January 31, 2018

things are getting intents around here

There is currently a man in the laundry room looking at our water meter, two men in the kitchen working on our kitchen ceiling, and a camping tent in the middle of the backyard that does not belong to us.

We are having our water meter looked at because our water bill has been a whopping zero dollars for the last few months.  We, and by we I mean Matt, called the water company as soon as that first bill arrived back in November, but the earliest they could schedule an appointment for us was today so we have been enjoying free water for the better part of three months.  I took my last extra long shower this morning, and did one last load of free laundry.

The men are working on the kitchen ceiling because sometimes you've gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run call a professional drywall contractor.

Our ceiling was a mess due to styrofoam faux wood beams spending 60 years adhered to the ceiling with construction adhesive, and while Matt and I can paint, install a floor, install cabinets, and Youtube our way through some plumbing projects, we cannot repair sheet rock on an eleven foot ceiling.

As for the tent in the backyard, I have no explanation.  I woke up and it was there.  I texted a pic to Matt and he said it probably just blew in overnight.  I told him I hope it blows back out because there is no way I am going outside in the frigid temps to wrestle someone else's tent.  He said, "I hope not!  I might keep it."

It is still trash picking if the trash blows into your backyard?

I follow a Facebook group for one of my favorite podcasts, Sorta Awesome.  Someone posted this in the group the other day and I cracked up, but I couldn't think of any examples from my own life.

And then I went into the kitchen to make dinner, which included Italian sausage, and proceeded to take the sausage links out of the fridge, remove the casing, mash it up, and then cook it.

I didn't need the whole package, so I looked up more recipes for sausage, and so many called for ground sausage.  I DID NOT KNOW YOU COULD BUY GROUND SAUSAGE.  Since we've been married, we have meals including Italian sausage on a fairly frequent basis and for four years I've been uncasing sausage links and mashing it up with a potato masher like some kind of culinary amateur.

Now that we have this fancy new kitchen, I feel like I need to step up my cooking game.

Someone who cooks sausage like I did belongs in a tent in the backyard.  

At least the hose water is free out there.


Kate at Green Fashionista said...

LOL about ground sausage, and now I'm totally craving Italian sausage with pasta. And the tent... no words!
Green Fashionista

Faith said...

Hahahaha, about the ground sausage! That's hilarious. Makes you wonder what else you don't know, right?! At least for me it always does, haha!

Rebecca Jo said...

I already feel like I'm the last to know obvious things shop your sausage story makes me happy.
What's the tent status?

sara [at] journey of doing said...

I mean, I suppose I understand the WHY of calling for a $0 water bill... but yeah, I might have ridden that until they figured it out. ;) (Except then the back usage estimated bill problem... hmm... yeah, no.) LOL that it takes two months for them to come check it out though.

Hilary said...

Bahahahah @ the sausage thing. Although I shouldn't laugh, I make my husband pick out meat most of the time because it's all so foreign to me!

On the water bill, I'm assuming they would have told you this if you called, but did you have to put down a deposit to have the water turned on in your house? Maybe you passed the amount of time required before they apply the deposit to your monthly bill and that's why you have no bill due?

julie @ a hopeful hood said...

"Is it still trashpicking if the tent blows into your yard"<-- I'M DYING. Good luck with the kitchen ceiling, and way to go on knowing when to hire pros. TImesaver for the win, right?!

Jenny Evans said...

Pretty amazing the things you don't know. Now you have a whole world of ground sausage recipes opened up to you! The second half of your life can begin.

Michelle said...

Hahaha!! I've only ever bought ground sausage. My mom hates sausage so she never cooked with it, and I have no clue how to cook sausage links or what to do with them! I've been carrying that secret shame around for a long time.

Dara @ Not In Jersey said...

Pretty funny about the tent blowing into your yard! And the $0 water bill! LOL!

Audrey Louise said...

Free water sounds awesome :D
Your house is a busy place! Lol. Good call on the professionals, though.
I legitimately thought men dropped their pants to their ankles while using a urinal up until I was 23 years old. How the heck was I supposed to know they didn't?! (I figured they didn't do that on tv/in movies because of censoring. LOL)

Brianne said...

Hahaha I feel like you should just keep on mashing up the links because somehow it actually seems fancier. Maybe because it's more work? What I want to know is why in the world did someone have a tent out this time of year for it to even blow into your yard??

Kristy Sayer-Jones @ Southern In Law said...

Wait, so the water company are happy to let you have the last three months of water for free?! Or are they going to go back and charge you based on the next bill? That’s crazy!

Also, America just has too much sausage in general. It’s overwhelming whenever I want to cook anything in Louisiana because there’s like a trillion types. Actually... it’s like that with everything in America.

rooth said...

You are not the only one with a trash picker. The boyfriend picks up random things from the trail and brings them home like treasure.

Rachel said...

Okay...I will admit that my mouth dropped open when I read about you uncasing sausage links and mashing them up. I mean, honestly, I'm impressed with your dedication, because if I thought that's how one aqcuired ground sausage, I think I would decide that it's not worth the hassle!