Tuesday, May 19, 2009

RTT- I'm baaaack!

It's Tuesday. I'm not dead. Go see Keely at the UnMom for more randomness.

So about 1AM last Friday morning/Thursday night I started hurling the contents of my gastrointestinal track out what eventually became both ends. It sucked. There is really nothing worse than puking until you reach the dry heaves and beyond; not to mention the south end. After about 6 hours of that I was so wiped out it took two days to recover.

Alas and alack, I was well enough to return to work Monday but not before giving it to my Eldest who was/is home for all of one week between Spring and Summer semesters. Sorry, kiddo. So far no one else has gotten it. Maybe its that we've taken to spraying down the toilet with bleach solution but I could be wrong.

To add insult to injury, our car blew up on the way home from work Thursday. As in the timing belt broke and murdered the engine while at highway speed. $1250 later, we learned the extent of the timing belt's perfidy and that the only recourse is to replace the engine at an additional $3000 cost. Yea us! This killed our plans to pay off our property taxes, buy Eldest a new bed for her first apartment and my plans to help her settle in and maybe buy a few other niceties.

Since we have just the one car, we're using Eldest's POS this week. It has no working AC, no working blinkers and idles rough enough to hit 40 without putting your foot on the gas. Since our vehicle will not be resurrected until late next week, at some point we will be renting a car. It just keeps getting better and better.

If it weren't for bad luck, we'd have no luck at all.

The only really good news is that the weather has been nice, but since I've just written that down for the entire Interwebs to see, it will reach 100 tomorrow.

Sometimes, life just sucks.

Speaking of nice weather, it was pretty miserable here last week between the rain and the humidity and the heat. So of course our low bid piece of crap AC decides to sputter. It has the strangest design of any unit I have ever seen. There's this damn bobber that shuts off the unit but not the fan whenever it detects too much condensation in the overflow. First of all, I had no idea that that was even an issue for an AC unit. Second of all, why the hell does the fan keep running if it ain't cooling? What is the point in that, I ask you. So it has this tube that runs from the inside unit under the house and ends outside by the compressor. We finally decided that it was this drain that must somehow be the problem. So Hubby, being the clever type (read squeaky type) took his plumbing snake and tried to see if there was a clog. He pulled out the most disgusting thing from that drain. It looked like a giant foot-long earthworm had crawled up the pipe and died. After about half an hour of snaking and flushing we finally got all the gunk cleaned out and it runs!

Which in Texas is no small thing. Come about August of every year, as the daily temperature reaches 100 and stays there, I wonder how the state ever got settled in the first place. Do you know how miserable 100+ temps combined with 75% and up humidity can be? Now imagine that heat without an AC unit to keep your brain from melting. Those folks were made of sterner stuff than I.

Well, that's all I have time for right now. Back to work.


GreenJello said...

I always wondered how the settlers did it, too. And the women wore long dresses with petticoats! No wonder they fainted a lot.

Sprite's Keeper said...

First you blow up then the car does? Oy! Hope both you and the car feel better soon!

Aliceson said...

Hardly any good news in the blog world lately and it's not even full moon yet!

We had timing belt blow once at highway speed, not fun or cheap!