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WIAW: The Heroes Among Us

Today, I would like to honor the sacrifices of our nation’s true heroes.

These are the men and women who are there when you most need them.

Who will set aside their convenience and comfort at any time of the day or night to rescue strangers.

Who have the training, expertise, and tools to handle any situation, no matter how dire.

Yes, you know who I am talking about.

I would like to share my humblest gratitude for this nation’s plumbers.

But seriously. I got home on Monday night around 7 pm after spin class and there was half an inch of standing water throughout the majority of my apartment. The hallway, kitchen, living room, bathroom, and closets were totally flooded.

As it turned out, the hot water heater had been leaking out, although it took many desperate phone calls by me and my roommate and several technicians and plumbers heroes coming to our house between about 9 pm and 1 am to determine the cause.


Poster my office mate has up in his Batman-themed corner of the office.

One of the technicians came by with a shop vac, and when he came by again this morning, told us that he had sucked 30 gallons of water out of our carpet and tiled floors.

I think it’s telling that among the very first people my roommate and I both called were our mothers, who live in other states. Because sometimes things are bad enough that you just need your mother. #adulting

Yes, we are okay now. The hot water heater has been replaced, and the apartment is now (relatively) dry. I’m a little behind on grading and work for my internship, but what can you do?

And without any kind of smooth transition…here’s what I ate that day! Because I started the day taking pictures of my food and I figured I might as well end it. To see what other bloggers are eating, and thinking about their eating, check out What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Laura, Arman and Jenn.

dscn2247Breakfast: Sweet potato oat Greek yogurt pancakes with maple syrup (I bought the really big bottle this week. :P)

dscn2254-2Morning snack: Vanilla Greek yogurt

dscn2255Lunch: Cheese and tomato sandwich on homemade gluten-free bread

dscn2256Pre-workout snack: Trader Joe’s Ghosts and Bats + orange. It’s a testament to how chaotic my life is right now (even before I discovered the flooding) that all of these pictures involve background clutter.

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Supper while I waited around for various people to call me back and was consolidated to one small corner of my dining room: Leftover salmon with brussels sprouts and peppers, rice, gluten-free Joe Joe’s, almond milk chai. It felt weird to be eating at a time like that, let alone take pictures of my food, but I was super-hungry after my workout, and there wasn’t really anything else I could do.

And late night snack because I was still up at 1am waiting for the plumber and still hungry from my workout: more homemade bread with leftover goat cheese.

Have any good stories about a time the plumber saved the day?

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  1. Wow what a story!! The joys of being a grown up! 😀 Do you have a recipe for that GF bread?

    1. Joyce says:

      The GF bread is from America’s Test Kichen How Can It Be Gluten Free? cookbook, which is an excellent cookbook. Unfortunately for you, it’s got quite a bit of powdered milk in it; I once tried substituting for soy protein powder, but it turned out kinda funky. I know the second edition of the book, which I don’t own but have looked at, has more dairy-free options.

  2. Cora says:

    Noooo!!! Gah that is the worst! Thankfully – knock on wood – I’ve never had a flood in my apartment. Blegh. Thank god for plumbers.

    1. Joyce says:

      Knocking on wood with you!

  3. Alyssa says:

    Those pancakes sound amazing! I miss pancakes when I’m at school and being able to cook them… and just cook in general!

    vanilla greek yogurt is one of my fav snacks too. Topped with granola is the best! I love siggi’s yogurt too and lately coconut milk yogurt 🙂 Have a great day girl!

    1. Joyce says:

      When I’ve been in situations with dining halls, I’ve really missed cooking too! I think these are the best Running with Spoons pancakes I’ve made yet.

  4. OMG. Plumbers ARE true heros. I had a situation in my old condo where water was coming up out of the disposal in the kitchen sink. I couldn’t use it for days, no one could fix it. It was horrible. I hope your chaos dissipates soon!

    1. Joyce says:

      Oh no! That sounds pretty bad.

  5. Oh man. I have never had an issue that required a plumber before, but that sounds stressful! Those pancakes (and really all of your food) look really good, though… so at least that made the day a little bit better. 🙂

    1. Joyce says:

      They were excellent pancakes–I highly recommend them. 🙂

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