Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Positive Plumbing

The toilet clogged in my tiny apartment, (I admit it, it was probably my fault: I've always thought that a toilet made a suitable substitute for a garbage disposal and had just a few days before tried to flush a bowl of spinach stems and kiwi skins,) and TMI and I faced an evening of plunging up all sorts of private unpleasant things that you normally don't want to share with your significant other. Tossing eloquence, I'll just say it: we were battling a seemingly endless onslaught of old turds. Just when we'd figure out how to deal with one, (secretly throwing it out the window, onto a neighbor's roof, running down stairs to put it in the trash, etc.) another would pop up to terrorize us.

I have to say despite the obvious unpleasantness it felt.. intimate. We weren't so embarrassed as we were disgusted and desperate; we were facing a domestic dilemma like two people truly in love. And for that I thought it was a valuable experience.

..Except that it's still broken and every time I have to go to the bathroom I have to either pee in the sink or run into town to find a place. And let me tell you, public toilets in France: basically non existent.

In other news positive plans are falling into place delicately and tentatively, like new snow: it's soft and clean and looks pretty good, but there's no telling if it will stick or not. I've started to apply for several online MA programs in Art History and/or Art Administration, which would allow my nomadic lifestyle while also continuing my studies. I was supposed to meet with a man today about a six month work contract, so that I could come back to France in March or April after my current visa expires in February, (but he didn't show up, so that's a little worrying) and TMI is working on getting an internship in a vineyard on the West Coast of the USA. All these efforts combined have made me feel like maybe he and I will find a way to stick together, but, like I said, the guy didn't show up today and there's no telling if the snow will stay or not. But I want to choose optimism. And I want to be with the man I love, so I'm devoted to the idea to make the choices that allow that.

Today I read: "Life is a choice. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness."

And despite my raging PMS this week, my usual worries, and my plumbing problems, I'm going to give it my best shot.


  1. hope you have a good week, it sounds like you guys are really both trying to make it work..that's all you can do!

  2. I love that quote. Very inspiring.

  3. That’s the spirit! Hehe. It’s cute that you and your boyfriend went through all that, trying to fix your clogged toilet. Together, you have taken the bad with the good. Well, it’s true what they say: if you just complain, nothing will happen, so you might as well fix it and do something. ;)

  4. Oh my.. haha Well, it’s a lesson learned for the both of you. It’s all part of having your own house to take care of. :) By the way, an alternative for unclogging a toilet bowl is pouring in a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Remove first some water from the bowl and then pour a cup of baking soda. And then, follow it up with a cup of vinegar. Let it sit for 5 minutes, flush and it should be clear by then.

    Phoebe Clarke


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