Tuesday, January 24, 2023

When Everything Happens All At Once

It's been...a week.  So far...

  • We filed our taxes already and will be getting a nice refund but with the current debt ceiling mess, I'm hoping we get our return promptly (and hubby's military pension...and Social Security...and VA disability payments)  eeekkk
  • We will use our tax return to pay for all new flooring in our house.  I would have tried to do the flooring myself but I don't know how to take out the old flooring (it's glued down to the slab foundation), get rid of the old flooring, and cut the new flooring accurately.  In this case, I think it is better to let the professionals do it.
  • And since I don't want to take every single item out of each room twice, I decided we will also paint the entire house as the flooring is being done.  Hubby is not happy about this since he is old and crunchy but I like painting and it will save us a lot of money over hiring professionals to do this.  I am old and crunchy too so while I've painted the interiors of several houses, I haven't done this in more than a decade!  Wish me luck!
  • We went to Costco yesterday and they didn't have a single egg to sell!  I don't really eat eggs but all of the baking I do for friends and family requires eggs so I am pretty bummed about this.  We will also be having about a dozen relatives come to visit in March so I would like to be able to make them breakfast everyday which requires...eggs.  :/
  • One of the relatives that is coming to visit is in such poor health I have been asking the other relatives to try talking her out of visiting.  The last time she came to visit we had a trip to the hospital, a $100 fee to overnight her necessary medications here because she forgot to pack them, and she took a tumble down one stair and ended up black and blue from head to toe!  She is currently in the ICU with a long list of serious medical issues but she is still insisting on visiting (even though the medical services in my city are God-awful compared to New England where she lives).  ayayay
  • I am still babying the washing machine along.  I don't really want to spend $1200+ for a new washing machine right now with so many other things happening but then again, laundry for a dozen visitors may require this.  When it rains, it pours!
  • Also this week, the electric in hubby's bathroom went out.  Hubby and a friend changed out the breaker and the GFCI (which somehow fixed a couple of issues we had with the outside outlets) but the light and fan still won't work so we will need to call a real electrician.  I called to get estimates for a real electrician to come over to check out the problem and for someone just to show up it is $150 to $190!
  • Finally, I got a reminder from my dentist a few days ago about my upcoming appointment to get my teeth cleaned this week which was great--my dentist and his entire staff are awesome so I always look forward to going to the dentist.  Then yesterday some guy called and said my appointment was cancelled as my dentist sold his practice to a corporate chain of dentists which has pretty terrible reviews, a bunch of complaints on the BBB website, and some specific notes on local bulletin boards to "avoid this chain at all costs!!!".  Needless to say, I need a new dentist.  Of everything that happened this week, this is the things I am most disappointed about :(
  • Oh, and last but not least...within 24 hours, two old Asian guys killed more than a dozen people in California.  My peer group is old Asian guys and this is unheard of in this cohort.  WTF is wrong with people lately?????

6 comments:

  1. It sounds like you need to have the whole house rewired. Getting new floors and paint might call for new furniture. I have heard that happens...lol.
    Won't your dentist be the same even if the practice is sold? I would hate to lose my dentist. Doctors can be replaced, but not dentists.
    I did not know you were Asian. The two incidents were horrifying to me. I never think of Asians as a target or as serial killers. And, I still wonder why it happened.

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    1. Actually my husband is Asian and many of our friends are Asian so that is pretty much our peer group. I think my dentist is going to retire but he will help transition his practice to a new dentist. I hope we won't have to do too much new wiring! Also, we are happy with our furniture (fortunately!) so hopefully this project will only cost for flooring and paint!

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  2. A new washer shouldn't cost $1200 unless you have a real fancy front loader.

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    1. I really want to get a Speed Queen washer which start around $1200 but thy last a really long time. We have a fancy computerized washer but it doesn't seem to have a long lifespan.

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  3. I got a washer and dryer for under $1200 for both a few months ago. I am sure you can find just a washer for well under that mark.

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    1. I really want to get a Speed Queen washer so it will last (hopefully) for the rest of my life!

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