Our Week from Oh Heck: A Very Sad Story
Once upon a time there were two authors who had a plan to blog. They decided to blog every day (or every other day) for the weeks leading up to the Texas Library Association annual convention. They gathered question cards from various board games and asked each other random questions. It was a fun format — one that often led to surprising or silly answers.
And then … (*ominous sounds*) … two Fridays ago the authors’ hot water heater broke. Kerperlooey! went the water heater. “Oh no!” went the authors.
The authors were frustrated and sad, but that did not stop them. They showered at neighbors’ houses or braved cold showers, laundered clothes in creative ways, and washed a lot of dishes by hand. Lots of dishes. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots (echo fade out…)
The next day the authors chaperoned a teen lock-in at their church. The lady author supervised the giggly kids and tried to read books and didn’t sleep. She didn’t sleep until 6 a.m. on Sunday. Then she slept very deeply – for three and a half hours. When she woke up, she discovered she was … a zombie! She spent the rest of the weekend shambling around, washing dishes, and talking to plumbers on the phone. The plumbers used phrases like “pipe sheathing” and she didn’t even smirk. Because she was a zombie.
On Monday the nice plumbers came out to install the new water heater. But first they had to test the gas lines. “We have bad news,” the plumbers said after they completed their test. “You have a gas leak.” “Oh no!” exclaimed the authors. “Oh yes,” the plumbers said, “and it’s above the furnace.” “You mean the box with fire in it?” the authors asked. “Yes, that’s the one.” “OH NO!!!”
Luckily, the plumbers fixed the gas leak above the fire. Unluckily, they did another test and found there was another leak. This one they couldn’t find. “You need new gas lines,” they said. “Yes, apparently we do,” the authors agreed. “We will be back Monday to put them in.” “You mean seven days from now?” “Yes, that’s the day.”
Meanwhile those following the blogs wondered what happened to the authors’ regular posts. “Bears?”
Fortunately the authors survived their week of oh heck and are getting used to life as cold, unwashed zombies. Tomorrow the new gas lines are laid (“Oh yes!”) and on Tuesday they will get hot water (“Yippee!”). They now hope to pick back up with their regular blogging schedule … and live happily and heated ever after.