You would think that experience would have provided me with a lifelong aversion to practical Christmas gifts, specifically practical Christmas gifts that are bathroom appliances. Not so, as it turns out!
After months and months of using extra water from a water bottle to add enough force to each flush...after way too long finding surprises that didn't quite make it down...after a year of clogged and overflowing toilets (sorry about your experience as a guest in my home last spring, Min)...we were all ready for a replacement.
When Kent came home a couple weeks ago and said a business contact had extended Whipple Plumbing's summertime radio offer for a new, installed toilet with a price tag of $199, we jumped on the opportunity. Or rather we let my parents jump on the opportunity. I knew they were tired of guessing what clothes or other gifts we would like each year--though my mom generally has done a good job with that in the past--so they were happy to provide a gift that Kent and I could share and love!
That's right. With a Christmas check in hand from Mom & Dad, we ordered this pair out...
...and this guy in.
You're looking at the Gerber Viper low-flow toilet! This toilet is so awesome that it has its own YouTube video. It flushes so quietly that I at first doubted it could handle the job; but after a few days of use, I think we agree that we're in love.
The kids were so enamored with the idea of a toilet that would flush on the first try, that they were willing to give up the Christmas gifts I had planned to buy them, and swap them for their very own Viper.
That's right, we are now the proud owners of two new Christmas toilets, neither of which smells like pickles--yet. Come on over and try one out. Merry Christmas to us!
P.S. I am embarrassed to admit that when I enter the search term "toilet" on my blog, I now have nine posts mentioning the word. I'm not embarrassed enough to not publish this current post, but maybe now I have an idea for my 2014 New Year's resolution.