Ok guys, I know I’ve been behind on my blogging but you know what? I get a free pass. On Tuesday morning, I woke up and went to the kitchen to feed the cats. I turned on the sink to rinse the cans and no water came out! That’s right, our pipes froze overnight. Went to get something out of the dishwasher and yeah, that didn’t happen either. We set our dishwasher on delay so it will wash while we’re sleeping. Buuuuut I guess water froze before that happened. There was just a dishwasher full of dirty dishes with dish soap sprinkled all over. What fun. I got ready for worn anyway and told my husband on the way out, “We have no water in the kitchen.” So…fast forward through the day, Charlie is trying to troubleshoot to defrost the pipes and nothing is working. We hadn’t gotten the go ahead from our landlord to call the plumber yet, so I just started stressing. Before Whole30, and if I had been at home, I probably would have pulled out the booze and cookies and had at it! I kept trying to plan in my head all day how I was going to cook dinner with no running water in the kitchen. The only thing saving me that day was knowing our food delivery would be arriving around the time I got home. Then I got the worst text from Charlie, “Fresh Picks called. Due to weather, they can’t come until Thursday.” Nooooooooo!!!!! How was I going to cook for the next 2 nights without the food I planned on? We don’t have any more veggies!! What am I going to take for lunches?? I went into panic mode. Luckily I have a 25 minute commute home, which included a lot of walking. I was able to sort it all out in my head and have a plan for the next 2 days before I got home. When I got home, I still sat on the couch and pouted about having a dishwasher and sink full of dirty dishes. All I could do was think about how hungry I was, how hard it was going to be, and how much I didn’t want to cook. Friends said to order pizza or go out to eat. The biggest reason I didn’t? I didn’t want to start all over! So I sucked it up, went into the kitchen, blasted some music and cooked. When life gives you frozen pipes, get up and make pork chops and celeriac:
That night we did dishes in the bathroom sink.
Yesterday, I brought the rest of my sausage/apple hash to eat for breakfast yesterday and today. Mid-morning I had an avocado. For lunch I had butternut squash apple soup. Not the most filling, but I didn’t have much to work with. Luckily, I had some hard-boiled eggs for later.
I called the plumber in the afternoon and they hoped they could be out by the end of the night. I knew I needed a plan for cooking and dishes. I put some chicken breasts in a pan, put leftover cream of mushroom soup (W30 friendly) and leftover mushrooms and onions from the pork chops over the top and stuck that bad boy in the oven! Luckily, I also had some leftover sweet potato gratin from Thanksgiving in the freezer. While all that was baking, Charlie and I set up a washing station: a roast pan with soapy water and a large pot to rinse; I washed and he dried. We got all the dirty dishes from the sink washed, dried and put away. We ate around 8, which is late for us. It wasn’t amazing, but it was food and it didn’t mean starting over.
After we cleaned up from dinner, we hoped it was only a matter of time before the plumber would come.