really really sucks, as I found out yesterday. Although it was a good reminder that I am far from being pioneer worthy, it also revealed just how much I use water for even the simplest of tasks.
1. Washing hands. Considering my hand washing compulsion, this was tough. I used almost all of my hand sanitizer and tried not to touch any food.
2. Washing dishes. My obsession with clean dishes is comparable to clean hands; therefore, not being able to even rinse off, let alone wash, a dish was pretty unbearable. I think we used every dish in our house by the end of the day. (Okay, this is not that big of a deal. We have just enough dishes to feed ourselves and another couple and their kid.)
3. Washing clothes. A stomach bug plus being out of commission has placed us in a dire laundry situation. Just ask my bedroom floor, and my naked children. Since I am feeling slightly better, I wanted to remedy this. Not to be.
4. Cleaning up messes. Without water, cleaning up sticky messes requires creativity and lots and lots of wipes.
5. Bathing. This one is a bit obvious. For a girl who never goes without a shower, I felt disgusting by the end of day. We had to use the tiny amounts of water left in my water bottle to brush teeth. I guess the positive thing was we did brush our teeth.
6. Drinking. I love water. Much more than juice or milk (soda comes a close second). Once we realized we were without water, we went to the store and bought a gallon. Unfortunately, this was divided between all of us and to be used with cleaning and cooking.
7. Cooking. Even simple (and sanitary) things like washing vegetables was impossible. Our meals were very simple.
I realize that we are so very lucky to even have running water, but when you are used to the convenience it is difficult to manage without. At least for me.