It’s getting a little crazy around here…
Okay, fine; I’ll admit it: We’ve zoomed past ‘a little crazy’ and are rapidly approaching chaos and madness.
The packers and movers arrive tomorrow, and we’re scrambling to get the last of our pre-packing done. The house looks as if it’s occupied by hyperactive children with Attention Deficit Disorder: There are little heaps everywhere because we rarely get a block of time uninterrupted by some crisis or another.
Here are just a few of the highlights:
- Our ancient water heater wasn’t supplying enough hot water so we hired a plumber to replace it, only to find that all that was needed was a $2.00 part… but we had to pay $800 to replace the tank anyway because the old tank was already pulled out.
Time lost: 2.5 hours.
Equanimity lost: 98%
- The furnace blower motor seized. Hubby fixed it.
Time lost: 2 hours.
Knuckle skin lost: 50%
- The dishwasher died. (It’s the newest appliance in the house.) Hubby fixed it.
Time lost: 2 hours.
Appreciation for irony lost: 92%
- The builder needed an HVAC design for our new house, and we only had a half-assed sketch from the heating contractor. I figured out the heating and return air drops, modified the plan to accommodate them, and provided an annotated drawing.
Time lost: 5 hours.
Brainpower lost: 95%
- We still can’t find insurance for our shipping container once it arrives on the Island.
Time lost: Several days and counting.
Peace of mind lost: 89%
- My brand-new Ford Escape refused to start… and then, just to make diagnosis virtually impossible, it started up and ran as though nothing had ever been wrong. It goes into the shop on Friday, and we want to hit the road in a week.
Time lost: God only knows.
Sanity lost: 100%
At least we’ve still got a sense of humour. (Yes, that’s one sense of humour between the two of us.)
To wit: One evening I’d made a giant pan of lasagna. We’d finished eating, but the pan was on the table and the cheese was still warm and melty. Hubby and I each idly picked up a spatula and nudged the cut edges of the lasagna into a perfect square from opposite sides… and then burst out laughing at our anal-retentiveness. At least our quirks are compatible.
And speaking of anal-retentive quirks, my sister and I had a good giggle, too. She had sent me a yummy Christmas gift: 24 Days Of Tea, with the little samples randomly numbered. So I did what any self-respecting geek would do: I rearranged them in numeric order.
“They’re supposed to be like that,” she informed me through her laughter. “If you turn the boxes around they make a picture.”
(I also didn’t realize I was supposed to wait until December 1 to start sampling the tea. Who knew tea could be so complicated? It should have come with instructions.)
Anyhow, I’m taking deep breaths and reminding myself that one way or another this move will happen. It won’t be smooth or stress-free; but, hey, at least our lasagna is squared off and our tea is correctly numbered.
At this point, I’ll take any illusion of control I can get!