Today we went to the HMM so Sophie and I could get together with friends. We both needed it. Have you ever spent several consecutive rainy days alone with a bored toddler? It's not good for a person's patience. I was going nuts. Plus I was out of conditioner and they only sell my conditioner in the ci-tay.
Sophie played with her friends and laughed and generally had a great time. We had lunch, I talked a lot to make up for all the alone time I've had since my mom left. It was perfect, exactly what we needed. I wish this day had a happy ending. Spoiler alert: it does not.
I picked up a Pumpkin Spice latte at Starbucks when we stopped by the Alstertal for conditioner on the way home. I haven't had one for years and the sign said 'Endlich da! Pumpkin Spice Latte!'. Just between you and me it didn't taste very much pumpkin or spice. I kept wondering if they made it wrong or if I'd just forgotten what pumpkin spice is supposed to taste like. I should have gotten a Chai latte like always. Anyway, moving on.
It was turning out to be a lovely rainy day...
Then not long after we got home I went to run Sophie's bath and noticed that the water was the wrong color.
From every faucet in the apartment.
I wanted to quit. (Assuming life were a job and you could walk out any time you wanted).
Why this week? Why couldn't think happen next week after we moved out? Why at the very end of our last three weeks alone when I am stretched to the breaking point? It's actually really really funny. Deep breath, bring it on life!, and all that.
I called the landlord because I was desperate. He is a nice guy so he called our local water company for me. They told him yes there was a problem with the water and they were working on it. He gave them my address so they know we don't have usable water.
I'm happy I have half a bottle of mineral water for Sophie to drink and three bottles of carbonated mineral water for me. And I'm happy that I was in girl scouts for forever as a child. I had to use the carbonated water to wash our hands and brush our teeth and wash my face. Heating it on the stove like a pioneer woman, like the time our water heater broke. Sophie didn't get a bath. She loves baths and I think she was disappointed. But I got our teeth brushed and faces and hands washed so now everyone is in bed and we don't have to worry about not having water until tomorrow morning. If it still isn't fixed I will be schlepping our unbathed, unshowered selves around Ostholstein looking for the last of the bottled water that hasn't been snapped up by early rising Germans. Because it's not just us, no one has water.
Lets all take a moment to be grateful for clean running water.