Sunday, May 01, 2011

Woah, What a Week

What a week. And I don't know where time goes. Seriously. I meant to sit down a few times this week to blog, and stuff kept coming up, that sidetracked me from blogging. I seriously have no idea where time goes. Somehow, it disappears.

This week was a very expensive week. First, I took in our Electrolux vacuum cleaner to get checked out. I was hoping that whatever it was that it would be covered under the warranty from the work (and the 195$ I spent) on it in January 2011, but the motor was finished (and it was the original motor from the vintage vacuum. They were impressed it even lasted this long. They also told me that even though my motor was tuned-up and working beautifully in January, it could go at any time. So, we ordered a new motor, and it'll cost us 200$. Seeing as though Electroluxes are a couple of thousand dollars, we were willing to buy the new motor. Which could last us another 30-40 years. (Electrolux & Filter Queen vacuums are top of the line). Sigh.

Then, Thursday Jamie noticed in his morning shower that the hot water was fading. He didn't tell me this though until I questioned him late afternoon when he got home from work, as to why when I washed up today I had no warm water, and when I went to go wash Quentin's bottles, there was no hot water either. And when I went to run the water again in the kitchen, nothing. Not hot water. Only ice cold. He then goes down the basement to our "furnace/storage" room and there's a huge puddle (I wouldn't call it a flood exactly, but there was a lot of water) on the floor. So I call Gaz Met, which was the sticker on our tank. They tell us to be home on Friday between 7 am and 7 pm. Lovely time window, eh? So Friday, I had my mom babysit Quentin in the morning (the boys were in daycare) so I could run 2 errands, and then came back and waited at home. Finally they showed up around 2:30pm. Our hot water tank was busted. And of course, we owned the tank and wasn't renting it from them, so we had no service contract with them. Great! So, we hired Gaz Met's plumber and ordered a larger tank (a 50 gallon instead of a 40 gallon) as with 3 kids, the laundry, the baths, showers, dishwasher loads are insane. Getting a larger tank was a smart decision! Our old 40 gallon tank was from 1977. It lasted 34 years. Let's hope our new tank lasts just as long. (Obviously it depends on actual usage). And this time, we have a service contract with Gaz Met.

Because of waiting around for Gaz Met and phone calls back and all that stuff, I missed out on going to the vernissage at Sean and Mack's daycare. My mother went instead for me. (It's nice to have her on call for these things if I need). Wait til you see the paintings the boys did. They were both on going projects which took a few weeks, and I can't wait to go into the daycare this week and see the pictures on the wall on how those painting were made. They always take pictures of the process, so you can see that your child actually made it themselves. (Lots of layers are involved, so that no paint leaks on the other layer, etc... it's quite interesting actually. I remember from last year. Anyhow, those photos are coming too. I was quite impressed. And fathers were extremely impressed with Mackenzie's painting. They all wanted it. My mom teased that she should have auctioned it off.

It was so nice to have hot water again, when we got home yesterday from a birthday party we had. Jamie had to stay home for the workers but the rest of us got out of the house. And of course, while we were at the birthday party, Quentin had his first diaper blow out (took 5 months!) and of course the change of clothing (a sleeper) I had in my diaper bag no longer fit him. Luckily the birthday party was at my cousins' house, so I was able to do laundry while we were there. Hopefully we didn't overstay our welcome.

Anyhow, a recap of the fun stuff from this past week is coming in the next post. With lots of nice photos and a huge long link love.

6 comments:

sapphireblue said...

We lost our water heater a few days before I gave birth. It ruptured at the bottom seam. Water everywhere. Mine was 15 years old, so the fact yours lasted that long is amazing. Here's hoping the new one lasts another 30 years.

Zonda said...

Ugh! No fun having to replace a water heater, ours lasted almost 18 years, nothing like yours though! This year the stove died.

Heres hoping this coming week is a little less $$ for you :)

Tara said...

Ugh, rough week indeed! Sometimes it's like that. Just have to ride it out, and trust that things will calm down again :)

g-girl said...

well, think of it this way, the week is now behind you. here's to hoping this new week brings better things. :)

Ammerins said...

Do things go in threes with you guys? If one thing breaks here, there are usually 2 other things to come...

Bea said...

That sucks. Sorry you've had to deal with that and missed the vernissage.