I can't help it. I LOVE new year's resolutions, and I write them every year. And NO, I'm 100% NOT successful at keeping them all, but they do at least give me some focus for the year. These are some that I've written this year, and a lot of these are rewritten from previous years. (I usually write a LOT of them 🙈-- I figure the more that I write, the more I've got a chance of keeping! 🤣) Happy New Year, y'all! #goals
Recently we had plumbing troubles at our camper--- and it was BAD (ok maybe not as bad as toilet troubles, but it was BAD) …. One day the kitchen sink just would. not. drain…. So, I tried plunging it… like FOREVER --- but the plunging caused a second issue ---- that STAGNANT 🤢 water started SEEPING out through the pipes under the sink because I apparently LOOSENED them with all my plunging….
So, I decided that there MUST be something lodged in the “trap” under the sink --- Of course, to fix this, you’ve gotta disconnect the pipes under the sink --- so with MULTIPLE bowls ready to attempt to catch the overflow, I started unhooking the pipes --- DISASTER 😩 --- that yuck water just kept flowing… AND FLOWING…. So, then that involved hauling bowls of water to the bathroom to be flushed --- one bowl after another ---- and the water just KEPT COMING…. 🤢
Finally, the overflow water stopped, and I ran a coat hanger as far as it would go through the pipes--- but no luck dislodging anything…. So, I decided to just hook it all back up and try some Drano the next morning… I did leave a bowl under the sink just in case it dripped overnight…
Fast forward to the next morning… 4 a.m. and I’m heading to kitchen to make coffee... well, it had DRIPPED alright --- HAVE MERCY! The cabinet was flooded, and water was ALL out into the floor (and remember, this is stagnant water ---- GAG) 🤢
Well, after a couple of hours (seriously) of cleaning and drying off all kinds of wet stuff from under the sink and throwing out things that couldn’t be salvaged, I headed to Wal-Mart for supplies to fix the leaky pipes AND some Drano….
Ok, so back to the camper with supplies --- dismantled the pipes again --- reconnected it all, and the seal really SEEMED much tighter --- that was UNTIL I poured in the Drano – DISASTER AGAIN --- Drano seeping out all over the place through the pipes --- so I caught the Drano in a bowl… disconnected AGAIN and used some plumbing tape to seal it up... (about this time I start praying that Drano does NOT harm bare skin and that BREATHING Drano FUMES won’t KILL a person since no one else is at the camper to revive me if I started to DIE…) --- but thankfully, this time the seal on the pipes WORKED – no leaks (and I didn’t die)! So, in goes the Drano… wait an hour to be safe, run the water to check, but UP comes the water AGAIN – the dang thing is STILL STOPPED UP ☹
So, about now I’ve come to the conclusion that I am just NOT a good plumber (a determined plumber, but not a GOOD one) and that this thing is CLEARLY going to require professional (and probably EXPENSIVE) 😩help…. We leave the camper for the day and decide to get someone down there soon….
We go back a couple of days later and Howard is outside and says, “Hey Molly, have you noticed this handle that’s way underneath here?” ---- Me: “What handle?” 😳😳😳
Well, there was a handle to an additional holding tank that we Never. Knew. EXISTED --- he pulled the handle and OUT went ALL of that water that had been “trapped” 🙄🙄 in the kitchen sink… end of story (so now --- hope your day is better than THAT one was for me!) 😉
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I just can't help it. I love a challenge, and I love new year's resolutions. I've been making them annually for the last several years. Do I always keep them? Not all of them. Why have them? Well, if I have zero resolutions, I'm bound to accomplish zero of them. You can't accomplish a goal that you never set. I like to have something to strive for... and writing resolutions down makes them, for me, much more achievable. I love reflecting at the beginning of a new year and thinking of all of the changes I'd like to make, goals I'd like to set, and things I'd like to do. A new year really is a new book, I think, just like they say... 365 blank pages lie ahead for us to write all over them. Today, I'm still mulling over exactly what my resolutions will be, but I did find this list this morning, and I'm planning to add these to my bunch. I think they're really good and definitely worth striving to keep!
About a month ago I decided that it might be a good idea to make a video for this site. I thought it would be nice for potential clients to be able to sort of "get a feel for who I am" if they didn't already know me. Well I had NO idea what I was getting into - ha.... It seemed real simple at first.... just write down what I wanted to say.... then record it....that's it... right?
Well it turns out it wasn't so simple after all. It's really surprising once you consider all of the things that impact making a video... sound quality - (be loud enough to be heard, but not so loud that I sound annoying or like I'm SHOUTING --- plus make sure no phone rings/dog barks/person talks/etc. in the background!)..... the lighting.... finding the right place to do the recording (since I was using my laptop camera, I was a one-man show --- and it was tricky getting the computer just the right height, too) .... enunciating without sounding silly (trying to make sure I'm understood and that I don't have toooooo much of a Southern twang - harder than I thought!).... making sure the background looked ok (had to hide all the dog toys).... and the hardest part was trying to face the camera as much as possible without constantly looking at my notes (now I really understand the concept of how helpful that whole teleprompter thing must be....)
Once I had practiced some and had gotten everything set up, I recorded..... and recorded....and recorded.... it turned out to be really tricky to record the whole thing all the way through, smile, look at the camera, enunciate, speak with expression, not stutter, and not stumble over any of the words.... yikes - who knew?! Well I do know one thing for sure now... I have a new appreciation for all those people who video-blog --- they are brave and determined souls!
The video is certainly nothing professional - ha, but hopefully I did get my points across. If you can't access it on here for some reason, I just uploaded it to youtube (another first for me!) ----- here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dJ3D8VAmhE&feature=youtu.be
Making this video was a real challenge for me --- it's pretty hard to put yourself "out there" and open yourself up for possible negativity or criticism ~ however, I'm working to face my fears and conquer some challenges in 2013 ~ hopefully you are, too! Well, Happy New Year to you and yours ~ Hoping 2013 will be your most rewarding and prosperous year yet!
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