Last night was not a very good night.
When I got home from work (in a rush, because Jess would be coming over soon), I found a little red card from the water company in our mailbox notifying us that our water would be shut off around 11 AM today. It said we should shut off our water at the valve in our house to avoid damage to our pipes, which they would not be responsible for, and that we should draw enough water beforehand for our needs. However, the card didn’t say whether the water would be out for ten minutes, or the whole day, or what. So I didn’t know if I should really be concerned about saving water for us if it was just going to be off for a few minutes in the middle of the day when no one was home. There was an 800 number I called, which connected me to the national office of the company, but they were unaware of any scheduled outages in our area. They said this notice had come from our local office, and they would hopefully recieve a notice from them in the next couple hours, and I should try calling back later.
Jess came over, and we rushed to Costco so she could order sandwich trays for her party. She ended up getting two trays of sandwiches, a tray of wraps, and a tray of shrimp. (She’s expecting 50 people at her party. For comparison, I was expecting 50 people at our housewarming and got two trays of sandwiches and one of wraps, and only about 25 people showed up. GG and I ate a lot of sandwiches for the next few days.) Since the Costco card is actually my mom’s, I figured I should hang onto it, so I volunteered to pick up the sandwiches and things on our way to the party on Saturday. I was expecting someone at my house at 6 PM to give an estimate on replacing our doors, so we rushed back and actually got there around 5:30. Jess hung out for a while, played with the kitties, and had some cookies, before she had to go.
I waited, and waited, and waited, and the door people never showed up. I was pretty ticked off about that, because 1) we made this appointment last month at the home show we went to, and 2) there were a lot of other things I needed to be doing, other than waiting around for some dude. I tried calling the phone number I had for them, but of course that was just their office number and they were closed. I also called the water company again, who still hadn’t been notified that our water was going to be shut off, and couldn’t tell me why or for how long it would be out. They said I should call today at the time it was scheduled to be shut off, and maybe they would know something by then! Just to be safe, I filled our water pitcher that we keep in the fridge. At 6:45 I started calling around to see if any place was still open that could give me an oil change. (I realized a couple days ago that I was about 200 miles overdue for one.) Tires Plus was about to close, but NTB was open until 8, so I drove down there.
There was nobody at the counter when I arrived, so I ended up waiting around for about ten minutes until one of the mechanics came out to see if I’d been helped yet. I told him I was there for an oil change, and he said the front desk guy was busy, but I could give him (the mechanic) my key, and by the time the desk guy got back and did my paperwork, my car would be ready. So I handed over my key and told him where my car was, and headed to the waiting room. The whole time I was in there, I kept thinking, “What have I just done? I handed my car key over to some guy, he could just drive off! I never filled out any forms, there’s no record I even brought my car here!” After a while, I heard people at the desk, so I did go out and fill out my forms. My car was ready around 7:45, but there was a guy who’d been waiting with me who said he’d been there for four hours. I don’t know what he was having done, because he told me he did all his work on his car himself, except for rotating the tires and checking the alignment. So if that’s all he was getting done… wow. I’ve had very mixed experiences at that NTB – and I don’t know if it’s that particular shop, or the company in general. But the guy who’s usually at the front desk is pretty friendly and helpful.
When I got home, I ordered some Chinese food from the place down the street. Usually I’d just walk down and pick it up, but it was late, I was tired, and I don’t like walking around in the dark by myself past a few sketchy areas on the way to the restaurant. So I had it delivered. While I was waiting for the delivery, GG came home – he had to drive his uncle and grandmother to a funeral. He hadn’t had dinner either, so he wanted some of mine. Grr. It’s okay, I ordered some extra stuff, thinking he’d probably want to eat some. And I tried their fried dumplings for the first time and they are delicious. (Not as good as at the China Jade, near work, but pretty darn good.) I had to do some work on the computer, too, and the phone kept ringing, so by the time I was finished my work and dinner, it was about 10:30 and I was just ready to collapse.
The story doesn’t end there, though! When I woke up this morning, I saw that a kitty had thrown up on the bedroom floor, so I had to take time out to clean that mess up. (Luckily, I think I caught it early, and thanks to Resolve, you can’t even tell anything happened.) And the battery on my MP3 player is going to die soon. Luckily, today should be a pretty laid back day at work. A lot of people have taken the day off, and a lot of those who are here are wearing jeans – a sure sign of a relaxed day.