Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Little E: Sinking Our Budget

Living in Atlanta has its pros and cons.

I have yet to determine the pros, but as a regular reader of the Mrs. Yoy Blog, I'm sure you are familiar with some of the cons.  See crime, traffic, pot holes, etc.

One of my top five cons, is the century old, jacked up water and sewer system. As a city resident, our monthly water and sewer bill is astronomical.  Some months, I take a shot of vodka just to have the courage to open the envelope.

It consistently hovers in the $200/month range and we never use our sprinkler system.  Ever.  A few of my (un)lucky neighbors have received bills approaching $1,000.  For a month.  Of water.  Not Veuve Clicquot.

We are mindful of our water usage.  It's not like we skip showers or don't flush our toilets, we just see dollar bills sliding down the drain when we do.

Little E is newly bathroom independent.  He's doing great, for the most part.

Yesterday he used the bathroom and washed his hands all without me having to get up and help him.  This is a BIG DEAL.  Now I can slink back to the level of laziness I had achieved while Little E was still using diapers.

About an hour after Little E had used the bathroom, I walked in to turn the light off.  While Little E has mastered many new skills, conserving energy is not one of them.

Before I even reached the light switch, I had bigger fish to fry.  Little E had left the sink water running.  For AN HOUR.

It may be a multiple vodka shot day when the August water bill makes its way to us.

OY.


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