This all culminated in Derek purchasing a fifty-foot drain snake and finally dislodging whatever disgustingness was wedged in there. Derek's face after I shared my suspicion as to what the clog was made it clear that our minds are still two very different kinds of creatures. Derek seemed to think it was an obstruction shoved down there by certain children. I suspected a mouse king. Either way, it has been vanquished by Husband, my very own Nutcracker! (If you are lost at this point, then please allow me to say that I'm sorry your childhood was so sad. Multiple readings and attendances of The Nutcracker through my formative years have given me an acute appreciation for Hoffmann and Tchaikovsky and Balanchine, with the minor side effect of suspecting mouse kings lurking in just about any dark space. Worth it.)
Please notice Caedmon's toy tools that he scurried to retrieve once he realized Derek was about to go about fixing something. Atticus was just there for the show. Like I said, a tiny boring kingdom. I love it so much.
It took just long enough to get the whole thing fixed that I am majorly appreciating it today. Every time I walk through the kitchen, I smile happily, because hey! I have functional indoor plumbing! I can cook again, and do dishes, and not worry about mouse kings summoning their army! I celebrated all this by trying a new recipe today, because with access restored to my kitchen, I can once again to do that! Apple, Cranberry, and Almond Coleslaw, Derek and I both love you in a way that is strange, considering you're basically a big bowl of cabbage. This is the traditional way to celebrate the absence of rodent royalty, you know.