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Clean up that flood water mess!

July 12th, 2010 · 34 Comments · Boston, breakfast, dessert, Happy Days with the Naked Chef, pizza, pork, restaurant reviews, sandwich, snacks

Our condo got flooded on Saturday. Yeah, that was a good time. :roll: I was at work, actually, and Adam called me telling me I had to get home immediately. I literally ran there (falling down the stairs at some point… yeah) and when I finally stepped foot inside, I saw at least 4 inches of water all over the living room, wet carpet in the hallway and a few inches of water in the kitchen. :( Basically the sewer drain in the back of our building got clogged when it started to rain, and all the water started rushing into our patio and pushed our back door open and flooded the place. It was a lot of dirty water (use your imagination here) and it was just a horrifying experience. Our neighbors helped us undrain the sewer, which stopped the flow and allowed us to bucket water out of the living room. Meanwhile, I used every towel we had in the house (and our neighbors’ house) and tried to soak all the water from under the cabinets and the floor. My wrist still hurts from all the squeezing. :( My parents were on a mission to find us a water pump, but eventually we told them to just bring us a wet shop vac. Until they got there, towel by towel we soaked up every inch of the living room. Here are a few photos of the blood bath. I was covered in gunk but Adam made me wash up and take these photos for insurance or any city claims we may submit.

As you may have guessed, we spent most of the afternoon/evening trying to clean up the mess. We extracted over 10 gallons of water just out of our carpet in the hallway. Thankfully Adam built up this little barricade between the living room and hallway so at least it prevented the water from going too far into the rest of the place (our bedrooms are dry). Our living room floors are 100% okay (we are still trying to figure out whether there is a risk of mold growing under there, but the carpet is soaking wet days later. The shop vac is unable to extract that much water at this point so we’re not sure what to do.

Anyways, we’ll get through it, I’m sure. 😀 Maybe we’ll at least become friends with our new neighbors out of this. :) They were extremely helpful – unclogged the sewer drain, brought lots of towels and around 7pm on Saturday even brought us dinner, fresh out of their oven. How incredibly nice is that?!!!

We weren’t going to stop until the mess was cleaned up, but when she came over with a hot pan of lasagna and meatballs, we realized we were actually starving. Talk about a random act of kindness. Adam and I couldn’t get over this. Definitely one of the nicest things a stranger has ever done for either one of us.

By the way, my laptop charger got submerged in water and is not currently working so I’m using Adam’s laptop which is painful (switching from a mac to a pc is not as easy as one might think), so I’ll try to keep it brief. Basically, this whole flood in our condo is a metaphor for my life. It been ridiculous at work, I feel like I can’t catch up with anything at home and the last drop in the bucket which I can’t ignore is that I gained so much weight recently that it’s affecting everything from how my clothes fit to my fitness level at the gym and how I generally feel about myself. I stepped on the scale last week and let’s just say that I haven’t seen that number in 4 years (!!!). I’ve been ignoring this issue since then but it’s time to clean up the flood mess!! I am not going to feel bad about myself, I’m going to do something about it. The plan of attack:

Plan meals for the week and stick to the plan!! It’s ok to make minor adjustments based on taste preferences at the moment but I will stick to 3 meals + 2 snacks + 1 dessert (in moderation) equation until some progress is made in the weight dept.

No mindless snacking/eating. My hours at home are going to get all out of whack over the next few weeks as I spend majority of my time in the office. That usually means stress eating. As mentioned above, I will make sure to stick to the pre-planned meals and snacks only. When life gets crazy like this, structure should be a good thing. I can do this!!!

Continue making exercise a priority. I’ve been pretty good about this recently. I hope I can continue to keep it up despite the longer hours at work. I usually need a mental break mid-day anyways. A good sweat session should kill 2 birds with 1 stone (or something along those lines that’s less gross 😉 ).

How does this sound? I think it sounds good. I did A LOT of prep work last night for the next few days. Hopefully this builds up the momentum I’ll need. :)

So since I haven’t blogged in a few days, here are the highlights of this weekend’s eats.

Iggy’s ww bagel with olive jalapeno cream cheese and tomatoes

These tasted like sugar cookies with a pomegranate twist. Amazing!!

Beet/pesto/goat cheese and pecan panini + leftover b.good southwestern chicken salad

Spinach/artichoke hearts and mushroom calzone from Mangia (a treat on Friday night)

It was really delicious. We’ll definitely order from that place again!

I had the leftovers for lunch on Saturday. Yum! :)

+ Carly’s Confection 7 layer bar with a twist. So much white chocolate goodness. Another amazing treat for sure.

Sunday brunch at Sel de la Terre

Virgin bloody mary (I had to go to work!)

I had 2 of these. They weren’t very spicy but were definitely delicious.

Bread basket – I helped myself to a mini cinnamon roll and a cracker

For my entree I ordered the brioche French toast, strawberries, honey roasted almonds and vanilla butter.

It was really fantastic!! I removed that big butter blob and didn’t use any maple syrup because it was already rich and flavorful on its own. The strawberries were amazingly fresh and sweet as well. The sides of the french toast were perfectly grilled and the middle was kind of goey (souffle like) which normally would gross me out but it was so tasty that I didn’t care about texture. I would order this again in a heart beat (I ate half for brunch and then ate the other half later in the day as a “snack”).

Garlic/thyme smothered pork chop over qunoia and roasted rhubarb (adopted from this recipe).

It was great having a home-cooked meal again! Adam and I ate every morsel of our plates and I can’t wait for leftovers which I plan on making into a sandwich tomorrow.

All right, time for work! I apologize in advance for my random blogging schedule. I’m thinking of doing a picture collage at the end of each day and noting how my plan of attack is working so far. What do you think? Are you up for it?

I’ll be back with a bang in a few weeks. I have some giveaways in the works and a few posts that just need a little more research time. Happy Monday! 😀

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34 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Adrienne

    Oh my goodness, your poor floors! And poor you! That stinks big time. Our house didn’t flood, but the streets near us did; apparently Somerville suffered millions of dollars of damage and lost a few police cruisers or something… it rained 3 inches in one hour. Oy.

  • #2 - Katie @ Health for the Whole Self

    Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this! UGH! Honestly, I can’t even imagine. It sounds like you’re handling it in the best way possible, though. I’m sending positive vibes your way!

  • #3 - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    Sorry to hear about the flooding! That sucks but it looks like you guys handled it pretty well. Good luck with your “plan of attack” to lose weight – that’s one battle I am def familiar with!

  • #4 - Elizabeth

    That’s awful about the flooding! :( But the food looks yummy!!

  • #5 - Josh

    The living room situation totally sucks. Melissa and I experienced something similar (but not so extensive) a few years back when we had ice dams.

    We came home on Christmas ever to find our livingroom rug completely soaked. With ice dams, water comes down the inside of your wall and under your carpet. Even worse, the lumber below got wet, and the red-ink lumber yard stamp soaked up through the rug.

    You need a dehumidifier, stat.


  • #6 - Morgan

    Oh my gosh, I am sooooo sorry you have to deal with all of this!
    It seems like you have EVERYTHING under control, but ugh. Sounds like you have great neighbors though!

  • #7 - Carrie @ TV and Dinners

    I am so, so, SO sorry about your flood! I helped clean up after the Nashville flood a few months ago. I never realized how insidious water can be, it just gets everywhere and ruins everything. So lovely that you have such caring neighbors, though.

    Do you have fans blowing on your carpet? It might be worth it to go rent a few industrial ones to dry things out as much as possible. Good luck!

  • #8 - Ashley @ thehungryscholar

    I’m so sorry about your floors. Ugh!

    That does look like a good Sunday brunch, though. Hope things improve!

  • #9 - Heather

    OMG, your poor condo!! Sounds like you have it pretty much taken care of, but what a weekend. Thank goodness for nice neighbors!!

    Good luck with your plan of attack – stay strong!

  • #10 - Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday

    Wow, that was so sweet of your neighbours! It’s awesome to have neighbours like that

  • #11 - Anne @ thefitbridesmaid

    That is awful! We got stuck on the Pike driving a friend to the airport. I couldn’t believe how quickly the water rose with the deluge of rain! And how quickly it receeded when we drove back 30 minutes later!

    Your friends are so wonderful to help! Good luck with any remaining water issues.

    Sounds like you have a plan to get back on track!

  • #12 - Annie

    Oh no! So sorry about all the water/mess.

    The neighbors sound great!

  • #13 - KellyB

    I’m with Josh – dehumidifier!!!!!! They work wonders. I’m so sorry this happened. There are companies that come in and also clean up from this sort of thing, you should contact your insurance cause you don’t want mold, that gets into health issues.
    I’m with you on the weight thing, And I can’t seem to get myself under control even though I really want to :(

  • #14 - Liz

    Oh my gosh, Elina, that is AWFUL! I am so, so sorry :( I cannot even imagine what a mess that must be. I am so glad your neighbors were able to help, and that was incredibly kind of them. Hope you get it all cleaned up soon!

  • #15 - Jess

    Oh man – I am SO sorry about that flooding, that is INSANE!! As if you didn’t already have enough on your plate, you poor thing. :( Hang in there -we’re rooting for you! And PS. Your plan of attack sounds great, you got this!

  • #16 - Notes from the Fatty File

    THAT SUCKS! What an awful way to kick off the weekend. I am so glad that the situation seems somewhat under control and huge kudos to your sweet neighbors.

    Good luck with the plan of attack. I am all too familiar with gaining weight and then trying to rein it in. As much as I absolutely hate it, I find journaling my food and counting calories/weight watchers points to be the most effective way to help me lose. I can maintain pretty OK with just sort of winging it, though.

  • #17 - Kelly

    How horrible for you and Adam! I hope everything gets worked out and you don’t have any major damage. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers.

    Good luck on your weight loss goals. We’ve all been there, most of us multiple times. You’re going to get through it and come out stronger!

  • #18 - Kerstin

    Oh no, I’m so sorry – what a mess! That’s so awesome of your neighbors though – how sweet of them to bring you dinner!

  • #19 - Shannon

    oh no!!! that is not good :( wonderful neighbors though, random acts of kindness are awesome!! hope there’s no major damage under there.

    good luck with those goals, totally do-able and you’re going to rock it :)

  • #20 - Shannon

    Oh Elina! What a mess! I’m so sorry. i really admire the attitude you have about it (thinking about the neighbor friends you made instead of dwelling on the mess). I would have been a wreck and would have had trouble seeing the bright side for a few days.

    I also admire your attitude about losing weight. I haven’t seen you since the fall, but in every single picture of you, you look beautiful! Follow your plan, and any extra weight will come off…and in the meantime, know that from the outside looking in, you look wonderful :)

  • #21 - amy

    i’m sorry about your condo and work stress!! also, i think all our weights fluctuate up and down and you just have to keep in mind that “this too shall pass.”
    good luck with all!
    amy from los angeles

  • #22 - Kelly

    Hang in there! That’s awful. I’m at least happy for you that you were able to find something positive out of all of it. I’ll be sending happy thoughts your way.

  • #23 - Lauren

    Oh no, Elina! I can completely empathize with you guys – that’s exactly what our house in Houston looked like when Hurricane Ike sent a tree into our house :(. It sounds like you and Adam dealt with the situation as best as you could, and I’m hoping that there is no permanent damage.

    Your goals sound fantastic and I KNOW you will be able to reach them!!

  • #24 - Megan

    I am SOO sorry your place got flooded. Our whole street got flooded and we lost power for 5 or 6 hours, but luckily everything inside stayed dry. I hope nothing got too badly damaged. And how sweet of your neighbors to make you dinner!

    If I’m ever not working on a Sunday, I’m going to check out brunch at SdlT. It looks so good.

    I love your photo collage idea.

    Have a great week

  • #25 - Allison

    ACK! Oh man, I am so sorry about this, my heart goes out to you. When you’re already stressed at work and trying to stick to a good schedule, etc, the LAST thing you want to do is have a disaster like that. =*(

    I think there was a bunch of weird sewage line problems in Boston, because our apartment basement had flooding, AND a few restaurants nearby had issues with sewage flooding too.

    I gotta say though, you’re attitude is really inspiring. I think that you’re stronger than you think. =) I have absolute faith that you can get your life in order and lose that weight, too!!!

  • #26 - Rachael

    What a load to deal with! You seem to be handling it with a really strong, positive attitude though.
    I’m impressed that you’re staying on top of your goals and intentions – stress can so easily derail us, so kudos on that too :)
    I guess your week can only get better, right?

  • #27 - Gab*

    Oh my god! You poor thing, how gross. Surely insurance will replace your carpet and anything else that was damaged?

  • #28 - Crystal

    That is an excellent plan! I have had to do the same thing recently. You are SO right that you just have to stop feeling bad for yourself and do something about it. Feeling bad isn’t going to fix anything.

    And the flooding! Oh my gosh! That must have been so stressful. At least it is taken care of though. Things always get cleaned up. :)

  • #29 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Whoa crazy! I hope your condo is drying up by now! Sounds like a pretty insane weekend.

    Your goals are super great. It’s all about awareness and using the information you already know. Can’t wait to see more of your colorful and beautiful eats.

  • #30 - Lele

    Ugh how horrible about the flooding. But wow what amazing neighbors. Y’all should do food co-op stuff! Help out with all your stress and bond with the neighbors!

    I’ve had the most success with losing weight when I plan what I eat. And chew gum for stress 😀

  • #31 - Cara

    So sorry that you had to deal with that flooding, what a nightmare!

    Definitely take some time to catch up on life, that is ultimately what’s important. (Though if you need a quick and effective workout to get you through this make sure to enter my giveaway for a HIIT DVD!)

  • #32 - elsummer

    I’m an avid reader of your blog but this is my first time commenting. Just had to say that I’m sorry you feel so overwhelmed. You’ll pull through and your attitude is really awesome!

  • #33 - Jen

    Oh my gosh, I am so sorry about your place! It sounds like you guys are taking care of it though…good luck with everything! And with work…your eats still look amazing. :)

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