I had such plans for my long weekend.
It started off fine. Knowing a major snowstorm was predicted for the weekend, I did all my normal errands on Thursday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were pretty much non-days, spent sitting around waiting for that major snowstorm.
Which never came.
Yes, we got snow, but not the high winds that were predicted. The snow, at least in my area, only accumulated a foot or so. Definitely not enough to keep most Buffalonians in.
The cold was another story, however. Sub-zero (Fahrenheit) temperatures caused pre-emptive closings, and judging from the lack of traffic, most people hunkered down in nice warm homes.
Which brings me to today.
I was so looking forward to the extra day all by myself, as my office was closed for Martin Luther King Day, but my husband had to work. Or so I thought.
Hubby was under the weather and called off. So much for any plans I might have had.
Which was just as well, though, because when I tried to turn on the kitchen faucet at 7:30 am, there was no hot water. The line was frozen. At 7:30 am, the outside temperature was 8 below zero (Fahrenheit), which means it had warmed up from whatever ungodly temperature it was overnight. This was the line to the new sink we had installed just this year, and it’s one of those plastic lines, so we called the plumber.
Who, of course, had an inordinate amount of emergency calls due to the weather. It would be mid-afternoon before the plumber could get to us. Fortunately, all the other water lines in the house were ok so waiting wasn’t too terrible.
Still, it was frustrating. In a pique of annoyance, I plopped myself into my desk chair to surf the web and perhaps do a little blogging.
Apparently, I plopped too dramatically. The chair broke. The little thingy that controls the chair’s tilt apparently fractured. Hubby and I futzed around with it for some time and determined it was unfixable.
Well, we had to wait for the plumber anyway, so I dragged my sorry butt to Office Depot and bought a new chair. Which won’t be available until the end of the week because I opted to have it assembled at the store (I asked the store personnel how much assembly was needed, and it seemed a little more complicated than I cared to deal with).
Fortunately, I had some Home Depot coupons which came in the mail, so I was able to save 35% off the purchase price. That brightened my day a little.
For now, I’m making do with a 50-year-old non-adjustable wooden chair that originally came from my mom’s house. Still, better than standing, right?
As cold as it was, even Puppy Cody refused to stay out any longer than absolutely necessary to do her business. I’m still trying (and failing) to take decent winter photos with the new camera, so the best I could do is edit the pictures into black-and-white:
Can you see the snow on the poor pup’s face? Brrrr.
The good news is, the plumber finally arrived, fixed the line, and didn’t charge anything since the sink is under warranty and the fix only took a few minutes.
I hope your day was better than mine. Tomorrow it’s back to work. This week, I have a whole two days to get through! Hopefully, I can handle that.
Keep on keeping on, folks. See you in a few.
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