Saturday, January 9, 2010

Wretched Water Worries


So, yesterday, the pipes at my house either froze or broke. We have absolutely no water.

We've been hoping the pipes only froze, because if they broke we are in deep manure. See, fixing a broken pipe--and the only metal pipe we have left is buried underground--would cost roughly a thousand bucks, which we definitely don't have. All we can do is wait and see.

Needless to say, it's been really difficult dealing with the lack of water. My mom had me hauling in about a dozen buckets full of snow (at least, for the moment, we have about a foot of snow outside piled up from all the storms we've had over the past week or so...) to melt so we have water with which to flush the toilet. We had almost no drinking water whatsoever yesterday, which was an issue; my four rats went almost the entire day without water. Luckily, we had some frozen water bottles in the freezer, so when those thawed out we had at least a little.

Today, some friends from church are supposed to come over and bring us some bottled water. So things should be good, at least until we figure out if the pipes froze or broke.

Whew... writing about real-world worries is strangely exhausting. So now I'll touch a bit on some writing news.

Last night, I discovered something odd: I managed to use three examples of very obvious alliteration within 350 words of each other.

"bored beyond belief"
"seemingly solid surfaces"
"some semblance of sanity"

I really hate alliteration. I very rarely use it. My excuse for the above atrocities is that it was eleven at night and I was freaking out about whether or not I'd get my 2k done. Somehow I managed, and I also wrote 230 words about what's going to end up happening next, so I don't think I have to worry about running out of materials too soon.

Water trouble + alliteration = really tired Lilli.


  1. Hope everything turns out ok. I mean, no showering...eeek!

  2. Why do you hate alliteration? Personally I have always enjoyed it and use it frequently. Do you ever write poetry or do you enjoy reading poetry? I don't write a lot now, but I used to and perhaps that is where my enjoyment comes from. I like the musical aspects of writing such as rhyme, rhythm and the sound of words individually and tied together. It would be interesting to do a study of why different people have these varied prefereces and do a comparison of their works.