Well, this is my final day of relaxing for the Xmas holidays before I head back to work tomorrow. Big sigh. Not really too thrilled about getting back to work as I really enjoy hanging out with the boys and having no worries. Tomorrow the day will start again with making lunches, convincing the boys to get to school/daycare and then picking them up. I know the boys enjoy going to school/daycare but for me it seems too much for such little guys. I am such a suck!
Anyway, just as any good movie will do to work in the title of the movie into the dialogue, here goes my reason for the title of this post.
For those who don’t know we have been finding that the central vac is less powerful as the days go along. It was to the point where it couldn’t move a grain of rice on Wednesday which was kind of funny really. I at first thought it could be a loss of suction due to the piping etc but after some reading on the internet I discounted that. (basically the garage outlet was fine with full power … it definitely pointed to a pipe blockage of some sort.) I went out to Home Depot and bought a pipe snake ($25 for a 50 foot snake!) and attempted to clear some of the pipe. Well it worked fine but only would go so far downstairs (15 feet) before stopping (a bend in the pipe perhaps?) and on the main floor it only went 4 feet! I gave up but then the next day had some more ‘go get em tiger’ thoughts and went to a vacuum store on Richmond Rd where I asked them what they do. Well he told me exactly what the websites I found told me to do. Get a portable vacuum (preferably a shop-vac) and reverse suck anything out of the pipe. Well we had done that already and nothing happened. Then he told me what no site mentioned … you have to disconnect the pipe to the central vac canister in the garage (or wherever it is located). It made sense the minute he said it and recharged I went home.
Well, I followed all the instructions and sure enough on the main floor the results of the pipe blockage.
- 1 Hot wheel car. This was a known entity in the pipes as I had seen it dangling one day when I was vacuuming but someone who will remain nameless attempted to grab it and it went down the pipe.
- Hair. Hair. Hair. Hair. As part of the blockage, the Hot Wheel car was causing quite the backup as it was catching all of the goodies we vacuum up. Yuck.
- Another Hot Wheel car!!! CARTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That boy is too funny. Apparently this is Carter’s new garage in the house.
The vacuum is now full power and I successfully scratched off a to-do item for the holidays! Yay!
Ok … sledding bonks. Connor and I went sledding yesterday and we had an accident of sorts. We were having a great time going down the hill at Dovercourt for at least an hour and then the accident happened. Basically I was coming down the hill and Connor was already down at the bottom. As I approached him he lunged at me thinking I had ESP and would catch him. Umm …. wrong. My cat-like reflexes did prevent serious injury but his cheek hit the ground really hard and well … a picture is worth a thousand words they say.
Connor is fine today but he does look worse. There still is quite the mark on his cheek but he soldiered on today and we had great fun on the backyard rink today.
Last thing on this Sunday night as I want to go watch West Wing …. the cats sometimes are friendly now a days. We have spotted them sleeping fairly close together on Carter’s bed which is refreshing. There still are pitched battles on the stairs between the two of them but those aren’t too serious we hope.