Wow this was a busy week. It started out in Orlando for a conference, which was fine as far as it goes. But it also meant another 4 days on the road where I couldn't take care of house chores or projects, or work on paperwork for the non-profit choruses (it's a busy time: there's the normal set of bills, a concert this weekend, a concert next weekend, a new treasurer to find, and next year's budget to craft; ugh). Plus, Mom's coming down to visit in a week, so it's crunch time for home projects.
Speaking of home projects: this weekend's project was the upstairs toilet. The fill valve has been broken for about 3 months now, but it was so easy to just reach down and flip the valve on-and-off to fill the tank back up, (plus there were 5 other out-of-town trips worked in there), and I just never got around to it. But having one's mother come for a visit has a way of kicking one's posterior into action.
So ... toilet! In retrospect, this was actually a very simple repair job. It took me longer to drive to Home Depot and buy the part than to actually fix the damn thing. Which I guess is a lesson in just diving in and knocking things out. But, I fixed a toilet! On my own! Accomplishment!!
Incidentally, the instructions to fix a toilet are rather ... um, suggestive. Such as "grasp the shank" and "align the nipple". It was not an internal dialogue I was accustomed to having in the bathroom.