Monday, August 01, 2011

Taking the plunge - metaphorically and literally.

While things have continued to be angsty over in Decoybettyland, they've also continued in the domestic bliss and even in the "make things happen for yourself" realms of my life.

I hate to stoop to potty talk, but let me tell you something I've observed about Australian 'toilets'.  I can't think of one domestic toilet that I've been to in Australia that comes with a trash can.  I don't know why Australians are against trash cans in their bathrooms, but it means that I have to carry around tampon wrappers and used floss which doesn't make me a happy girl.  Secondly, I've never seen a bathroom with a plunger in it.  This is particularly concerning for me because I have a history (and I am not proud of it) of backing up toilets, and yet no where has a plunger NO WHERE.  What is up with that? Are Australian toilets impervious to getting backed up (what's their secret?)?  Does it have something to do with being upside down, water spinning the other way down the drain, and down under?  So many questions.

First, let's talk domestic bliss, over the weekend Inspector Climate put in a load of washing while I sat on our bed and worked on a job application.  Soon, he was running from the kitchen through the bedroom to the bathroom with tupperware containers full of water.

"Do I want to know what is happening?" I asked.

"The sinks backed up and the washing machine is draining right into the sink and it's about to overflow"

"Would you like some help?"

"No, I think I got it"... Until 15 minutes later...

"D, get a tupperware container!"

And so we bailed out the sink as the washing machine continued to drain (yay! it drains).  Our first thought was perhaps that the drain was clogged so we poured down some vicious life killing drain cleaner which only seemed to make matters worse.  We were afraid we'd have to call the land lord for the THIRD time to send someone to fix something in our apartment (we've lived here for month).  But Inspector Climate decided that a plunger would fix everything and so he went out and bought one.  And who woulda thunk it, but plungers DO fix everything.  Our sink (and washing machine! Inspector Climate 2 - house 0) both drain. MAGIC.

In more metaphorical plunging terms, I am planning a vacation (and ya'll I am excited) to Vanuatu in November.  I wondered, if just maybe, I could leverage this blog to produce some discounts/upgrades on hotels and tours.  And you guys would not believe it, but it did!  I can't wait to share them with you in a few short months! 

After my last post, full of the sad song of "why oh why's" it's rejuvenating knowing that I can achieve, albeit small, change. I can make it happen. And so why stop there?  In the next few months, I am going to try and diversify my earnings (is that a thing if you're unemployed?) and put advertising on this blog.  If you're interested please send me an email (my address is on the side bar under "did you know") and I'll send you my stats and prices (suggestions?), and anything else you'd like know...

And with this new found motivation I am going to start the job hunt again (although, I technically still have a job, I think).  I want to thank you for all the comments from the last post, bitches you made my day.

So, are you ready to take the plunge?


  1. what a brilliant post. ive also been thinking about earnings and jobs lately! its a tough one. i think its so important to persevere and make things happen.

    have a lovely monday xo

  2. That washing machine and bathroom..definitely keeps you on your toes. I'm sure you are on the right track. All the best.

  3. I am so impressed that you negotiated travel deals as a blogger! I can't wait for the scoop on that!

  4. Ah! Travel deals for blogging, you are so smart! I need to think to use the blog for stuff more often. I love the new attitude. I think you are going to make awesome things happen for yourself.

    Oh, and yay for having a boyfriend who can fix things! I totally need one.

  5. I think that sounds wonderful! Change is always really scary, especially when you're not 100% sure what's going to happen (welcome to pretty much every day of my life). I admire your courage and willingness to try new things in order to 'diversify your earnings' - much braver than I am. I can't wait to hear how it goes.

  6. Yeah, we had a similar apartment situation. The landlord always knew about the problems though when we told them and they never send anyone to fix it. We lived there 3 months tops.

    Good luck with that and the job hunt- I am doing the same thing and it's rough.

  7. if you came to our house, you would find a bin AND a plunger! but that's because our bathroom and laundry are in the same room :)

    and a holiday in november sounds lovely! that's pretty awesome that you might be able to get some discounts thanks to your blog.

  8. good for you for thinking about all of your options and being motivated to start earning money with your blog etc. We are all here rooting for you!

  9. Popped in from SITS! I wish you luck in the money-making department!

  10. Wow wow wow!! Good for you on the trips and the discounts, lady! Vanuatu!??!!?!??

  11. Hello, I am visiting from SITS, I know... I love this post about the toilets and plungers and Australia being down under very fummy post...

  12. Hey Diedre, thanks for visiting my blog. Love yours! I found your plunger dilemma funny. I've never backed up a toilet here in my life but did it first week living in the US. Yes, I think it does have something to do with the water sucking straight down. I freaked out the first time I saw the water rising in the bowl in America! :D

  13. No trash cans in the bathroom?! Why? That's so bizarre.

  14. oh the travel deal is genius!
    and good luck for new job searching

    style frontier

  15. We feel the same way about toilet seat covers, as soon as we leave California they are an endangered species. May your sink and toilet be unclogged for years to come, cheers!

  16. France is quite the same with lack of trash cans and plungers. I like to be on the safe side and have one there, too. Maybe you could diversify your earnings by creating portable purse-sized plungers. Just a thought.

  17. Plungers in toilets terrify me! I think if people put them in their toilets, they're admitting to plop-plops - big ones at that. Scary.

    And sponsors for travelling? Bring that shiz on immediately.

    Dude, we are so totally neighbours. I mean, I could practically hang out the window and wave to you.

  18. Yes, what's up with no trash cans?! I never thought about that until just now, but looking back it's true. Leaving a bathroom with feminine products in hand is something I don't miss.

  19. Plungers and duct tape...the ultimate fixers. Well, and perhaps clear nail polish, too.

  20. oh my gosh sounds crazy! I would have a huge panic attack in this situation ;)


  21. That is totally fabulous that you were able to snap up some good discounts/freebies for your trip. I'm not surprised at all, the travel world is really catering to bloggers right now! Congrats!

    And if you're interested in doing text links on your blog I can email you about that.

  22. Eleanor - It definitely is. I also think it's really important to celebrate the small victories!

    Ellie's desk - Oh my goodness, I never knew a washing machine could cause so much drama.

    Susan - the scoop is..I ASKED! Seriously, it blew my mind.

    Teacher Girl - I took my inspiration from other travel bloggers, but man! It worked! Magic

    Jehlik501 - You are super brave too! Change is terrifying but I always find it's anticipating the change that is most scary, once change is happening - it's kind of electrifying.

    Autumn - Aw, well they've been pretty good about coming to fix stuff. The job hunt is no fun!

    SJ - HAH! Well, there you go proving me wrong.

    Crystal - Aw, thank you! I am so excited that you're headed home for a visit!

    The Blonde Duck - Welcome! And thank you

    Oneika - Thank you! I AM SO EXCITED.

    SHARM - Thank you! Thanks for stopping by.

    Kiki chaos - I know, who knew toilets could cause so many cultural issues, right?

    Krysten - It really is. I have no words.

    fhenny - Thank you!

    2girlsonabench - Hah! Thank you. Yes, I can't remember seeing toilet covers in New England too often.

    Mil - brilliant! A travel plunger.

    Annelise - This is all I am saying - people say geelong is so far away, nonsense!

    Heather - It's just odd. I seriously can't figure it out.

    iris - YES duct tape. every house needs duct tape...I need to put that on this weeks shopping list.

    Chelsea - I'll never tell, but I may have freaked out a little.

    Kyle - Thank you! You were part of that inspiration to ask! expect an email young lady!

  23. ok, your tag for what i'm assuming are posts about australian things is my favorite thing ever. what a great song! :)

  24. Oh that would drive me bonkers! I need a trash can in the bathroom!

  25. never really occurred to me what an important (, lets go for lifesaving) household item a plunger can be^^
    Now I'm going to take our poor, neglected plunger out of its cupboard, build a throne for it right next to our toilet and give it some cutie patootie that it may have a life of its own xD

    Happy SITS Day!
    I love your blog...*followed*