Friday, May 9, 2008

Bumps in the road

Well, this week has had quite a few challenges--not big obstacles, but bumps in the road nonetheless:
  • I went downstairs to switch the laundry yesterday and there was more than an inch of standing water in one corner of the basement. The laundry room was even worse--parts of the floor were covered in black gunk! Those of you who've dealt with this before know I'm referring to SEWER problems. Yuk! (The good news is maintenance came over right away and was able to fix the issue, which was cause by expanding tree roots and exacerbated by my laundry day!)

  • We received a troubling offer from our new health insurance company. My husband, who hasn't missed work due to illness in over a decade and is the healthiest person I know was given the lowest possible rating. Why? Because he had a knee injury in December. Thus, they decided to write a clause into the offer stating that any future joint injury would not be covered. What?! Being the determined person he is, Eric called the company right away and explained how ludicrous this was. The helpful staff member suggested he write a letter, which he did, along with signed statements from his boss and doctor. (The good news is that they called to say they reviewed our application and the letters and changed Eric's rating. Sometimes it does pay to complain!)

  • I've never had any problems with my 2002 Saturn. But the other day when my husband drove in to the garage, a suspicious trail of liquid followed behind. We have a leak in the transmission and can't drive the car until it's been looked at. (Still waiting on the update with this one . . .)

  • I've been having a hard time picking out paint colors until Wednesday. I showed the colors I was considering to several people to let them weigh in and then made my decisions. That same evening, Eric came home to say paint may not be necessary anymore. He just found out that the upstairs bedroom walls are all made of plaster, not drywall. Apparently, the surface is quite tricky. They even had a hard time laying wallpaper! So we're kind of on hold with all that until we can get a professional to come look at it. (Also waiting to see what happens with this!)
  • And as I mentioned before, we had a computer virus earlier this week that required our entire hard drive to be re-loaded. (The good news is that a friend was able to fix everything, and fairly quickly at that!)

I don't mean for this post to come across as negative or complaining. I'm just often surprised that when it rains, it pours!


Liisa said...

That is so true isn't it! I hope all situations are resolved soon. We have an older home and it is all plaster. We were able to remove the livingroom wallpaper and paint without any problems at all. However all the rooms upstairs are wallpapered except the bathroom and I am kind of afraid to remove it incase they put it up to conceal something, since they look a little odd in spots! Perhaps one day soon I will get brave enough!


mer said...

Oh, Carrie, I'm so sorry. It does seem like that stuff always happens at once.

Hang in there!

MyHeartIsAlwaysHome said...

It does seem that when it rains, it pours! I prefer smooth sailing, but I guess the bumps in the road keep life interesting.

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I hope ALL these situations will be resolved soon! When you mentioned the sewer problem, I just thought, "At least you don't own it and you can call someone!" (I am thinking you live on campus, right?). Go ahead and get that problem out of the way before you move into your new house!

Ewokgirl said...

Can I just say that I can relate 100%? *sigh*

Sorry you're experiencing the deluge of problems, too.

gail said...

oh the joys of plaster!

we had a saturn wagon for the longest time. i love saturn! we've even talked about getting another one when we retire the van in the next 2 years. we never had any problems with our saturn. only had to replace the clutch 2x which was to be expected as we put so many miles on it. we finally sold it and got the van for the AC and the cruise control when we moved to idaho.

don't ya just love saturns?


Jamie said...

Hi Carrie! We are back from vacation and had a great time. I was just reading through all the posts I missed. I totally get the wall issues. We had a lot of problems with one room in particular in our house. Just as an FYI they do make a type of thicker wallpaper that is designed to be applied and then painted over to make a wall look better. It is a cheaper option than construction but probably not as nice long term!

Anonymous said...

Oh, dear -- I missed this post earlier because of travel. Life does come with bumps in the road sometimes. I'm glad that at least some of these issues are resolved, and will look forward to updates.
Love you, Mom

Wendi, TN said...

I am a brand new reader to your blog and LOVE it! Thank you for sharing from your heart. I noticed something in your blog that you may not be aware of. I noticed you used the word "snafu"; do you know what it means? As I understand it, it is military jargon; I would not normally post this online but I think as a Christian you would want to know, it stands for Situation Normal All F***ed Up. I always appreciate it when someone points something out to me that is crass and I did not realize it, so I wanted to do the same for you and I hope you will not take it as a criticism.