Writer’s Workshop: Garbage Disposal Blues

October 17, 2012 · 37 comments

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1.) What’s broken?

My garbage disposal stopped working and it has left me with only one portion of the sink to use. I have to avoid even allowing water to go down the garbage disposal because it empties in a hole beneath my sink and floods the kitchen floor. Not a good idea.

Dealing with the loss of the garbage disposal has been terribly cumbersome. I am forced to scrape leftover food portions into the garbage and I have to load the dishwasher twice as often to keep the usable portion of the sink from over flowing.

First world problems, I know, but after three days I looked at my husband and was all, “are you going to fix that soon?”

And he was all, “sigh. Yeah…it’s just that it takes so long!”




mi no comprende.

And then I was all, “You know what else takes too long?”

And he was all, “No what?”

And I was all, “Making your dinner every night, now HOP TO IT!”

Apparently it will get fixed On Friday.

He will starve until then.

Now it’s your turn!

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1.) What’s broken?
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Gretchen October 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Good for you, honey, stick to that no dinner thing. I’m just jealous that you have a husband who is capable of fixing things, even if he is slow. Mine? Not so much. I however, am pretty brilliant at fixing the disposal myself. Get your husband to show you the broom handle trick. Works every time.

Kat October 18, 2012 at 6:26 am

I hate it when I KNOW he can’t fix the thing (even within a 8 month time frame) but he insists he can and I can’t call a professional in. Things just stay broken…and I’m a little afraid to ask what the broom handle trick is.

MariaAna October 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Thanks so much for this writer’s workshop. I get to push my brain to do a little bit more of writing since my number 1 enemy is always around me – procrastination.

ohh you are lucky that at least your husband WILL fix it. LOL my hubs is only helpful to me when i needed help to open the mayo jar, or carry up the water bottle onto the water dispenser plus killing a fly which he still misses sometimes LOL …

Kat October 18, 2012 at 6:27 am

My husband is pretty great at killing flies. You’re right, I’m very lucky!! ;)

So glad you’re able to participate this week! Believe me, I know how hard it is to write consistently!

Stacy Redmond October 17, 2012 at 11:50 pm

You keep him in line ha ha! My husband is exactly the same and I too find that he soon changes his tune when I ‘withdraw’ my offerings. I must admit though, from all the films I have seen with garbage disposals trying to eat people… I would leave it broken. So glad we dont have them in the UK. :) xx

Kat October 18, 2012 at 6:29 am

You don’t have garbage disposals in the UK!?! How is that possible? They don’t try to eat people unless you’re dumb enough to put your hand down the drain and then turn it ON with the other hand.

Though I must admit, I don’t putting my hand down there EVER to clear blockage really creeps me out.

Kim@Co-Pilot Mom October 18, 2012 at 1:44 am

It so hard when something that you use every day is broken. It feels like you have to switch your whole routine just to work around it. And then, for me, I usually forget and try to use it anyway, which makes more work than would have been required in the first place.

Kat October 18, 2012 at 6:30 am

Yes, that’s exactly the problem! It doesn’t work, but I keep using it and then there’s just a huge mess to deal with. Life is so harrrrrd! ;)

adrienne October 18, 2012 at 3:09 am

Starving your man until your demands are met. Not bad.

We don’t have a garbage disposal, and I hate it.

Kat October 18, 2012 at 6:31 am

If he weren’t so darn content with cereal it would be a lot more effective!

Ginny Marie October 18, 2012 at 3:55 am

My husband is pretty much like Gretchen’s…I would have to call someone or do it myself! Flooded kitchen=not so good! I wrote about flooding too, but on a little larger scale…

Kat October 18, 2012 at 6:32 am

Yeah, flooded kitchen = bad! Especially with all these kids I’m tripping on. Something’s gotta give!

Jamie@southmainmuse October 18, 2012 at 5:23 am

I hate it when the disposal goes out. I can never reset the thing just by pushing the button. Lucky I have a handy friend I call in a panic. She usually can get it going again.

Kat October 18, 2012 at 6:33 am

I choose all the wrong friends.

Natalie October 18, 2012 at 5:44 am

The garbage disposal is definitely one of those things you take for granted until it doesn’t work. But your response was the best!

Kat October 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

Exactly. You don’t know what a good thing you have until you lose…gosh I’m tired of learning that lesson.

Katie October 18, 2012 at 6:15 am

I don’t get a garbage disposer until I redo the kitchen. I hate it It is a mess but the trash gets emptied a lot more often.

Kat October 18, 2012 at 6:54 am

Yuck. It’s either empty the trash twice a day or adopt a lovely new aroma in your home.

Lady Estrogen October 18, 2012 at 6:18 am

No, I completely get it. I’m all about these stressful first world problems. HAHA

PS. Your prompt got me to post something I thought I’d N-E-V-E-R do. It was fun ;)

Bridget @ Le. Rheims October 18, 2012 at 6:38 am

The faucet in my kitchen sink was broken for almost two weeks last month. Such fun! As if living in an apartment with five kids wasn’t enough, I got to experience life without running water. Better yet, since we don’t have access to the shut off valve, I got to live in fear that at any moment someone might forget that the thing was broken and turn it on, unleashing a huge spray of water from the base of the faucet. Fun times. I feel your pain.

Kat October 18, 2012 at 6:55 am

Oh my gosh, I’ll count my blessings. I think I’d curl into a ball and cry if we had no working water with that many kids running around!

Bridget @ Le. Rheims October 18, 2012 at 6:58 am

On the upside, I didn’t have to feel bad about buying paper plates and serving chicken nuggets from the microwave a lot that month. :)

Jen @ Cuddles and Chaos October 18, 2012 at 6:39 am

Girrrrrrl, I know how that goes. Right now I have two lights, a printer, and a vacuum that don’t work. My hubs says he’ll fix them. He lies.

New game plan: figuring it out myself and teaching my girls how it’s dooooone!

Kat October 18, 2012 at 6:56 am

You know when it gets to the point of YOU trying to fix it, things must be bad. I have horrible rage when I try to fix things and can’t figure them out. I break everything.

Diane@BeStillaMinute October 18, 2012 at 6:45 am

How annoying. I hope it gets fixed SOON. I used mine daily. My 13 year old son was sick with the stomach bug (that we’ve all had!) at the first of last week and came in and dumped the rest of his chicken noodle soup in the wrong side of the sink (the one WITHOUT the disposal) and then looked at me blankly and wanted to know what was wrong with the disposal. I would have killed him. But he WAS sick.

Kat October 18, 2012 at 6:57 am

I guess being sick offers some kind of pass…but STILL!

Jennifer October 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

True confession time… I have never had a garbage disposal. But I would like to have one. One that works anyway.

Jen October 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

We don’t have a garage disposal.

I know… we live in the dark ages.

Kristin October 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

Changing the garbage disposal isn’t much fun, but it’s not very difficult. When I did it a few years back, the hardest part was finding another person to hold the piece in the sink so I could attach the disposal from the bottom…

My new house doesn’t have one, and my new husband is hoping I will get one installed before the holidays!!

Andrea October 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Mine’s broken, too! I was cleaning it the other day and bam. It just died. This stinks. I hate mine, but I need the second sink. I used broken as my prompt, but differently. Thanks for this. I needed it tonight.

Carrie October 18, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Broken garbage disposals are the worst. Also terrible are when they are broken and you don’t know and you continue to use the sink and the cabinets flood and the water damage is so bad you have to replace, like, the whole darn thing.

Sounds like I’m not the only one who’s experienced that.

Erin white October 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm

You are on fire this week;) it’s like your living my life! Speaking to me… Lol…. Where is a “like” button when you need one!

Lisa October 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I think what would irritate me the most is having someone who is capable of doing something like that but not willing! I’d withhold a lot more than dinner, but that’s just how I roll :)

Andrea October 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Now that is a plan! But Mc Donald’s may foil your plans…

May October 19, 2012 at 6:19 am

Ah, a classic example of what the marriage therapists might call interdependence. Hallmark of a strong marriage, no?

Oddyssey October 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm

LMAO “He will starve until then” I laughed out loud when I read that. Too funny! Garbage disposal is on my *list* of what’s broken as well. It’s not in as bad of shape as your disposal, but I’ve been there before.

Hope it gets fixed soon!

Marta October 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Once our dishwasher broke. It was terrible. I didn’t wash dishes, I just placed them places like the microwave and the oven in the interim. Except once my husband went to preheat the oven and there were dishes inside, plastic ones. So he fixed the dishwasher.

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