Finding out that your waterbed is leaking. The mattress is nearly 10 years old, and it's the second leak for no apparent reason in a few months. So I guess we'll be forking out the money for a new one. The good news was that Jeramy had cleared a big pile of crap off the bed so that the spare room could be inhabitable for any guests after our party. Any other night we would have been fighting over who got the couch.
I do have to admit that one of the bonuses of my birthday was that it made us clean up our house. We have a few rooms that get little usage and instead act as a magnet for junk we don't want to throw out but don't want to organize either. As a kid my parents would throw a party for their friends about once a year, and that was the only event that ever triggered our cleaning the house. When my sister and I were teenagers, they would go out of town and leave us a substantial sum of money for food. We'd buy beer with it, clean the house and throw a party. They knew what we were going to do, but we never articulated it in advance. They were always just happy that we cleaned up the house.
I swore that I'd never fall into such habits as an adult. But obviously I've failed.