Yesterday, I was really rushed before I left for work. I had been off for vacation the previous week, so I was out of my routine, and I accidentally slept in several minutes later than normal. I threw everything together: my lunch, my gym bag, and my school bag, then threw my hair in a ponytail, put on foundation and mascara, a simple blouse, pencil skirt, and pointed toe flats, then jumped in my car and left. My normal hour and fifteen minute routine had been crammed into thirty-five minutes, and I knew that I had forgotten something. Ten minutes down the road, I realized that I had not brought my coffee, and that I had not adjusted my thermostat. I like my bedroom to be really cold while I sleep, so I leave my air conditioning blasting at night. I typically set my thermostat to 64 degrees. To compensate for the excessive air conditioning at night, I try to turn my air conditioning up to 80 degrees when I leave for work. Instead, during the hottest portions of the day, my air conditioning would be running constantly. I was very angry with myself, both for forgetting to adjust my thermostat and for not buying the smart thermostat that I saw for sale just last week! If I had a smart thermostat, I could have adjusted my thermostat remotely. Instead, I sat all day at work, knowing that I was basically flushing money down the drain. Yesterday, on my way home, I stopped by a department store and bought a smart thermostat.
Working from home definitely has its pros and cons. I think most people envision working from home as lounging in pajamas all day, eating ice cream and watching television while working on a laptop. While I definitely have been guilty of doing work in my pajamas, working from home is not all that it is cracked up to be. This week, I have had a major issue with working at home: my air conditioning unit died. A few years back, when my air conditioning unit died, it was not a big deal because I had air conditioning at work, and in my gym, and in my car. Now that I am at home for the majority of my day, being without air conditioning is miserable, and trying to focus when there is no air conditioning is even worse. I called my HVAC company right away and asked them to come look at my A/C unit and do an A/C repair or an A/C replacement, but they were unable to come out that day. My appointment with them is set for Friday, so I have to make it one more day. My first plan of attack was to go to a coffee shop for the day to work there, but this was not a good idea for my budget. I spent way too much money everyday on expensive coffee, and it was hard to focus with all of the noise. Yesterday and today, I went to a nearby library to work. This works perfectly! I have air conditioning and solitude, and I think I will make it until tomorrow’s appointment!
Last week, I went to visit our parents. I like to get over to their home once or twice a month just to catch up & have Dunkin Donuts Coffee with them. All of us usually sit on the porch or at the kitchen table. It is so nice to take an hour of our afternoon to simply relax & chat with our parents. However, when I was there last week, I was suddenly interrupted by a immense noise followed by a ton of water dripping from the ceiling. I looked up & instantly thought that the toilet was going to end up in the kitchen if all of us didn’t get the leak fixed. One of our parents’ plumbing pipes burst in the powder room that is right above the kitchen area. All of us scrambled upstairs hoping that the toilet wasn’t going to fall through the ceiling. Luckily, the plumbing business was only a ways down the road & our Mom grew up with the owner, otherwise all of us would have had an immense mess to clear up. The plumbing business showed up & explained to us that the piping had burst for a variety of reasons. They were able to diagnose the issue, get the necessary materials to work on it, & repaired the leak in the toilet piping. I was anxious our parent’s would have to pay a fortune not only for the plumbing work but also for the disfigure. Within no time, though. the water stopped dripping in the kitchen & the plumbing was repaired at no cost to our parents! Now, all of us make sure our parents get their entire plumbing system cleaned & inspected every few months.
In our area, both of us have a ton of options, there are over several grocery stores, a million shopping centers, plus a good deal of steakhouses. Both of us tend to compare pricing everywhere plus try to find the cheapest sites to stay in our budget. Luckily, both of us have been living here long enough to know the good sites plus the best bang for our buck. However, there is one corporation that both of us were unsure of until both of us encountered recent plumbing problems, where our toilets plus sinks seemed to run even when the handles were completely shut off. Our water bills were becoming more extravagant as both of us ignored the plumbing issue, so I decided it was time to do something about it. Many of our friends commanded getting our plumbing system cleaned because it could be a build up causing our water to run! Since our lake house was rather new, both of us never had to call a plumbing supplier to do work before. So, when I started calling around to get quotes, I was shocked at how much it cost to simply get our plumbing units cleaned! The local plumbers were nearly impossible to get a hold of plus the brand name companies were ridiculously pricey! I was panicked that I would never get our plumbing fixed plus would have to pay those water bills forever! Luckily, my fiance talked to a woman she works with who knows of a great freelance plumber that would be able to repair our plan for a good price. Hopefully they never move away, otherwise both of us will be paying a fortune in plumbing services!
I am planning to open up a bakery in town. A few months ago, I found the perfect building. I got it for a great price. The building needed to be a whole bunch of updates and work. I had to tear up the carpets and varnish the floors, replace walls and install new windows. I got just about everything done in mainly hardwood and stainless steel. I have vaulted ceilings with big hanging ceiling fans, and a long wood counter for people to order and sit. I spent a small fortune on all the most sophisticated baking technology. I have purchased commercial stoves, coolers, blenders and mixing bowls. I even bought a couple of antique glass display cases to show off the treats I will bake. I got just about everything all set, when I then realized I overlooked an important detail. I totally paid no attention to the bathroom. I needed to make some improvements to the employee lavatory. I also needed to install an additional one for the customers. Handling plumbing requirements was well beyond my capabilities so I called in a licensed plumber for this project. The plumber was not happy that I had waited so long to hire him. It certainly would have been easier to set up all the pipes, drains, and fixtures when the walls were all torn down. Now he wants to tear out up my brand new flooring and walls. He wants to locate the lavatory facility where I planned to a seating arrangement. Apparently it is a more efficient location for the toilet and pipes, but that’s not going to work for me.
I decided to open up a local bakery on Main Street. I found the ideal building and I got it really cheap. The reason for this is that the building was in need of a lot of renovations. I had to refinish the floors, put up walls and even replace windows. I got the whole building totally redone and outfitted in mainly hardwood. I have vaulted ceilings with modern hanging lights and a big wood counter for people to order and pay. Next I invested in all the baking equipment I needed. I bought the stoves, toasters, blenders and mixers. I even invested in for a big glass display case for the treats I planned to make. I got just about everything completed and I then realized I neglected something major. I totally overlooked the bathroom. I needed to make some major upgrades to the employee washroom. I also wanted to add a bathroom for the customers. Installing a plumbing system was well beyond my knowledge. I had to hire a licensed plumber to take on the project. The plumber was totally disgusted that I had not called him sooner, because it would have been easier to set up all the piping, septic and water when I was tearing out the walls. Now he is planning to rip up my brand new flooring. Also the plumber wants to locate the new bathroom right where I was going to have my coolers. Apparently it is a superior location for the toilet, piping and septic tank to go in. I can’t have a bathroom for customers located behind the counter. The plumber will need to make some adjustments.
It is really fascinating to me to hear how much people don’t really know about their own houses and regular maintenance. Here, they live in these really fancy homes, with every appliance known to man at their fingertips. But, half the time, they don’t even know the proper maintenance or care for those appliances. If something breaks, they often will just replace it with a brand new one, rather than spend any time to find a repairman. It is such a wasted amount of money, but more so a waste of resources when they just toss out the old HVAC unit that can’t even be recycled. Recently, the heating and cooling industry has seen an increase in deaths among the elderly due to carbon monoxide. So many people don’t realize how dangerous these older gas heaters can be. They really do require more regular maintenance than your typical HVAC unit. These older gas heaters are very hard to detect problems or leaks until it is too late. The elderly do not have the awareness that we younger folks have when it comes to understanding our bodies and illness. They already have so many things that ail them, so a sick stomach, an added headache or even feeling lightheaded and dizzy is nothing surprising to them. The HVAC companies have decided to manufacture an entire educational campaign around carbon monoxide and gas heaters in hopes of bringing more awareness to save lives. But, wouldn’t it be nice if we could also figure out a way to refurbish these HVAC units the wealthy are disposing of and regift them to the elderly?
I am a new mom of the sweetest little baby boy! You would never know that he has some severe health issues. He will have to deal with these health challenges his entire life. He’s my only baby. It has been a huge awareness to realize how challenging parenting can be. The world makes it all look so easy, but they don’t talk about the complications that can occur. I am finding support groups of other moms who are going through what I am with my son. We have to change our entire lives around for this little boy. First off, we had to call in a local HVAC provider to do a total assessment of our house. Our son is very sensitive to heat and cold. His medications make either direction of temperature so much worse. It’s hard to understand, but if the heater is up too high, it could feel like pins being pushed into his skin. If the air conditioning is on too low, his entire little body can feel like an ice cube or frost bitten. This parenting of sick children’s support group has led me to all these new things I would need to get for my son. The HVAC company has installed a Zone Control App and a Smart App into my thermostat. The Zone Control will allow me to adjust the temperature differently in any room of the house. This will help normalize living for the rest of the family, while my son is comfortable in whatever room he is in. The Smart App allows me to monitor those temperatures from my phone. I love this more than anything. If he is having any kind of heating or cooling reaction, I can change the temperature immediately. It is all a blessing.
“Every time I try to get out, they drag me back in!” That’s a line from one of the Godfather movies. Although it was meant to be about a life of crime, I think it applies equally to the life of clowning. Here I am, trying to prepare for night school finals, and my family needs me to help them out for a big party. It’s at a nearby estate. They need a full group of clowns for a birthday party, and they are a few clowns short. The pay is really good for a day’s clowning, but I need to focus on my HVAC repair certification tests.
To make a long, boring story short and more interesting, I started this job, and it ended up helping me land an apprenticeship with a local HVAC contractor. He is the biggest heating and cooling contractor in the county, and has contracts with many businesses. I didn’t know this at the time. It was just a rich man’s country manor, I didn’t know he was the king of local HVAC installation. Later in the afternoon, I heard a strange clanking sound and left my juggling post to see that around back the exterior AC unit and air handler was working improperly. Since this was what I was trying to do with my life, I knelt down next to the air conditioner and inspected it until I found the problem. Imagine how weird it must have been for the owner to come around back and see a clown fixing his air conditioner!
You can get used to almost anything. Take, for example, the smell of a low tide. I grew up on the coast, right by the water’s edge. Every day, during low tide, there was the most pervasive, awful smell drifting up, out of the dry stretches of the sea bed. As I kid, I never noticed it; it had been there since I was a baby, so it was normal to me. But when I came back, after a few years, from a military tour, the stench was so raw I had to sit next to an air filter just to breathe!
Thankfully, I had brought a portable air conditioner with me, with a powerful air filtration system. I had bought the unit overseas, and took it with me everywhere I went; it was a real lifesaver. The air conditioner cooled me off, and made the air more breathable, especially in the Middle East, where sleeping conditions were unpleasant. HEPA air filters and built-in dehumidifier processed the air quietly and removed 99 percent of the foreign particles in it. It wasn’t enough to cool down the whole place, but this air filter HVAC was perfect for the inside of a tent. While I stayed at my old house, I turned it on every day during low tide.