Sunday, August 22, 2010

why going to the bathroom at my house is like being in australia

i've blogged before about how i left my heart in australia two years ago when sam & i spent a couple weeks in sydney. seriously, the most gorgeous & amazing place i could have ever imagined.

and, i was fascinated with their toilets.

you see, i'm an ecologist & i work in water resources. australia has been in a state of serious drought for about a decade now & they have learned how to be pretty smart with their water. this includes duel flushing toilets.

sure, you see them around here every now & then, but why it took so long for this to catch on in the states confuses me.

i even took this picture of the toilets in our hotel in sydney. half circle button for baby flushes, & the full circle for big daddy flushes. why hadn't we thought of these earlier?

well, things have changed around the nielson household.

sam was doing some grocery shopping at costco on friday & came home with some $19 gadget that he was pretty proud of. props to sam. it was a duel-flushing-toilet-adapter-device. yes, that is the technical name.

for $19 he switched out our old flush handle, installed this cool 2-button flusher, stuck some weird thing in the tank, calibrated the flushing, & voila! duel flushing toilet.

i know those instructions were lame, but i left all the technical stuff up to him. he is an engineer after all. now i have some street cred when it comes to all my "save the planet" speak.

boo-yah. (oops, there went my street cred)

just in case you didn't believe me, you can see for yourself in the above picture. and yes, i just wrote a post about toilets flushing, posted a picture of my potty-place, & then you read it. awesome.

and now for some things that make me laugh

on to something else equally random. these have both been around a while, but they get me every time. enjoy.

guess who else thinks these are incredibly funny? p-ray. just look at him.

now if one of those four pictures didn't make you smile, i'm not sure what would. i mean c'mon, that guy has four popped collars!

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  1. LOLOLOLOL - we are laughing as I type...:-D

  2. Amy, that is genius! A duel flusher. I really want to get one of those now. I HATE flushing the toilet for just a little bit of pee, but its considered gross if you don't! I like the saying, "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down" hahaha (I do clean my bathrooms, so I'm not that gross ;)) But seriously, I might have to look into one of those flushers.
    and those pictures are awesome. I ALWAYS thought an elephant was bigger than the bad.
    Parker is soooo cute!

  3. Awesomeness! You seriously crack me up and every time I read your blog I think the same thing "We REALLY need together with them again!" Cool toilet flushing thingy. Brilliant. I bet it'll save some good money on your water bill. Parker is getting so big and adorable as ever. Love those cheekers!

  4. Hmmm I should see if our Costco has those! The guy with the four popped-collars looks like Ben Stiller from Zoolander. :)

    PS P-Ray is one adorable baby with his monkey friend! :)

  5. Amy! I'm commenting! Whoohoo. Someone even distracted me and I STILL came back. Big round of applause.....thank you, thank you. ok now about the post.... why didn't you show me the flusher when I was there? That is quite the find. That is amazing that Sammy got it for only 20 bucks. That is a deal! P.S. I loved holding Parker and putting him to sleep yesterday. SOOOOOO CUUUUUTTTTEEEE! ;)

  6. I just found your blog on Top Baby Blogs, and you have me laughing already. That, plus the fact that I am not the ONLY crazy person who would go to such great lengths as a new toilet flusher to save a little water, makes me your newest follower :)

  7. Funny, funny, funny!!!!! Good job, Ame!

  8. that sock monkey is hilarious!!

    we're going to install this toilet flusher asap. thanks for posting!

  9. He is getting so big!! I love those cheeks of his :) Also I like your toliet idea :)


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