Today, while I was home alone, an unfortunate event happened…

The toilet overflowed.


Now, this wouldn’t have been such a big deal if we had a plunger…but we didn’t, and I had no idea what to do.  I am so thankful for my parents and Brian’s parents, because when it comes to things around the house, Brian and I can be pretty helpless *sometimes*.  So, the toilet is overflowing, and we don’t have a plunger, what is the first thing I do?  Text Brian.  How does he respond?  Call maintenance.  I did not call maintenance.  While this did seem like a big deal to me at the time, I feel like they would have laughed in my face if I called them to plunge my toilet.  Instead, I called my Dad because Dad’s know how to do everything.  He tells me to plunge it…we have no plunger (it looks like there is no way of getting out of this without one).  Then, he tells me to shut the water off.  I thought he meant to turn the water off in the whole building…he did not.  In case you didn’t know, there is a little knob at the back of your toilet that looks like a faucet.  If the toilet is overflowing, you can turn that knob to the right to turn the water off.  Who knew?!

I was shocked to find a picture of this immediately!!

I shut the water off, got dressed, then headed out to the store to buy a plunger.  The store was right down the street, so it didn’t take long.

Once I got home, it literally took one plunge to solve the entire problem.  So, my lesson of the day from this little experience…always have a plunger on hand.



After this little toilet incident, I spent the rest of the morning applying for jobs, responding to e-mails, fixing my budget, and doing laundry.  Just crossing one thing after another off of the good old to-do list.  I then decided it was time to stretch the legs and head out for a 3 mile run.  It was a little bit colder outside than usual.  So, at the beginning of the run I was freezing, despite my long sleeves, and at the end of my run I was burning because of my long sleeves.  All in all, it was a good run.

Finished with an 8 minute and 43 second pace.  Nice and comfortable.


By the time I was done with my run, I was more than ready to refuel.  Since the cupboards are looking a little bit random this week (I don’t know what I was thinking when I did my grocery shopping last week), I made a little black bean and tuna salad.

  • 3/4 cup black beans
  • 1/2 can tuna
  • 2 baby yellow peppers
  • 2 Tbsp salsa
  • a couple of squirts of sriracha

Mix it all up in the bowl and enjoy 🙂


After lunch, I spent more time knocking things off of the to-do list, and the next thing I knew, I was tired of sitting and ready to start moving to the kitchen to make dinner.

I used up the last of my tempeh in this tomato sauce dish.  It was so simple!  I simply chopped some broccoli and asparagus and cooked them up in the tomato sauce until they were tender, then added the tempeh for the last couple of minutes, and voila!  Dinner was served.


Now, I am mentally preparing to teach an abs class at a gym that I have never taught at before!  I am nervous simply because it is a new-to-me facility, and excited because I love teaching 🙂


Wish me luck!

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