Friday, June 29, 2007

while we're waiting

Let's see ... what's new?

I think I already mentioned that our refrigerator and freezer broke and that we've been living out of coolers for over a week.

I may have also mentioned that the repairman came by on Tuesday to fix the refrigerator and freezer and told us that we required a new compressor, which would need to be special ordered and he would come out and put the new compressor in - once it arrived.

Sometime next week.

When Charlie asked if replacing the compressor was something he could do, the technician asked if Charlie had ever welded or soldered or braised, and when I chimed in that Charlie had braised a lamb - the guy snorted and said he should probably do the work.

It will be several more days before our refrigerator is repaired, and until then - we're making daily trips to the grocery store to pick up "miscellaneous" items like two gallons of milk and a half a gallon of orange juice, because we don't have the space to store it.

Did I mention that our stereo died and we've been without music for the past month, and the stereo that Charlie wants is on back order?

Or, that our relatively new Macintosh computer has been crashing on us, daily, for the past week, and even though Charlie spent an hour on the phone yesterday with an "Apple Genius" the computer is still crashing, randomly throughout the day?

If it wasn't for "Blogger's" new feature of "autosaving" posts ... this particular one would have taken me two days to write.

How 'bout that our dishwasher, for the fifth time in less than five months, broke again, today?

When I called and told the Kitchen Aid representative our "story" adding in that I have two and a half year old triplets and am nine months pregnant and have family in town for the next month and that we are currently running our dishwasher twice a day and that I didn't know if I should scream or cry or laugh ... she told me that she would have someone here first thing Monday morning to complete the repair. She wondered how it was possible that I wasn't yelling and threatening lawsuits and I told her I tried that last time and it didn't work.

Alas, our troubles are not only limited to appliances and electronic equipment.

Yesterday morning, we woke up to Molly hacking.

Unlike hacking we'd ever heard before.

Charlie took her to the vet and based on a preliminary examination, the doctor thought that she might have congestive heart failure. But, he wanted to run a series of "tests" and would get a diagnosis to us by the end of the day.

All day yesterday, we were glum and absolutely certain that the phone would ring and tell us that our faithful dog of 12.5-years would need to be euthanized.

Throughout the day, the children would look at us with big eyes and worried expressions and inquire "Where Molly? Molly sick? Molly need boo-boo bunny?"

At 4 PM, the vet finally called with the results.

Molly has a severe case of bronchitis.


I've never heard of a dog having bronchitis before. But it's definitely curable, for the bargain basement price of $320.71.

When we're not on the phone with customer service representatives, or shuttling back and forth with doctor appointments, or playing at the local water park, we're spending an exorbitant amount of time sitting on the potty.

Thus far, nothing has happened during these potty events. But it provides us an excellent opportunity to sit and contemplate what will break next.

With any luck - it will be my water.


  1. nothing's happening on our potty either:)

    sending you labor vibes!!!

  2. I'm telling you, if we lived there I'd send Greg right over with his welder and he'd have that up and running in an hour. Remember how he got our Runabout in a garage sale for $5? When it was an inch too big to fit sideways in our van, he cut it down by an inch with his welder and I never had to add one of those ridiculous hitches to the van. I told you he has an awesome set of tools (for a man with a BS in business and psychology which he has NEVER used EVER)

    But seriously, is Mercury in retrograde or something? This is what my hippy mother would have said. All mechanical things break when Mercury is in retrograde. I can remember her saying that vividly while I was swinging on the beads in our doorway.

    It's a good thing you put off the csection. Smart move.

  3. Don't forget... William had some gas on the toilet when I took him last week - it's a start! They'll get it! Sorry to hear about your dishwasher and stereo. I bet you can't wait for your "vacation." Good luck! We're thinking of you guys up here in the LBZ!

  4. At least your sense of humor is still intact!!! Hopeing for broken water soon!

  5. Wow, I certainly hope your water is the next thing to break!

  6. I think I would be a crying mess if I were you. Heck I feel like crying and everything is working pretty good here right now. Hope the water is the next to go..and the last to go.

  7. I would be crying about now, too. I am so sorry that things keep breaking.
    Speaking of crying... have you tried having a good cry? It worked for me (and my water broke 3 hours later with the baby arriving less than 4 hours after that)! Hoping your water breaks really soon.

  8. Love your blog! I really feel for you...I would be going CRAZY with all the craziness going on at your house.

  9. Dude, good luck. Seriously, I am pulling for you.

    I'm glad to hear your dog is going to be okay. I once took my dog in to find that she had allergies. Allergic to grass. Yep, my dog is a freak. But at least now I know she's not alone. ;)

  10. I don't know how you do it. I really don't. But I admire the heck out of you. Sending labor vibes.

  11. At least yours will actually TRY to sit on the potty!

    Girl you have the patience of a SAINT! (okay, you to Charlie, hahaha)

    Maybe the baby is waiting for all the fireworks to go off in order to come in with a BANG!!!!! hahahahahaha....remembering why you love me now?

  12. WOW! You have a lot going on right now. What is up with all the stuff breaking in your house. I can only imagine how frustrating that must be for you.
    Our cat is sick right now. Double ear infection with yeast in the ears too. Poor cat! Our visit only cost $100! Sending some good vibes your way so you can go into labor. Hey go get a pedicure...I heard that might help.

  13. OH man. Your poor family living out of coolers and without a dishwasher! I can't imagine and I only have a husband and 1 child to deal with!

    Since your c-section is scheduled for Thursday (is that right?)... your water will probably break on Wednesday night!

    Good luck and keep us posted!!

  14. Hello! I shoot a comment your way every once in a while, so maybe you'll remember me. I just wanted you to know that I had my second baby this Monday via repeat cesarean and that it was a wonderful experience and we are all doing well. Today I barely feel as though I've had surgery. Not that you shouldn't hang in for the VBAC, but please remember us and not be too disappointed if you have to have the cesarean after all. Shouldn't the company just give you a brand new dishwashing unit at this point? Does the lemon law apply to this thing?

  15. Hi Jen ~ I have been reading your blog since I was pregnant with my trips. We have the opposite of you. Our daughter is 2 and our triplets are almost 8 months. You can check out our blog if you can ever find the time. It isn't as nice as yours but I'm still learning.
    I just wanted to tell you your blog has taught me so much and I appreciate all you do. It's also hilarious. I wish you the best of luck with the new baby and I think you made the right decision because it's what your heart told you to do. Can't wait to hear all about him. PS ~ Potty training is such a pain.

  16. Seriously, you are killing me! I'm checking your blog like 100 times a day to see if anything is happening. So I can't imagine how much YOU want it to happen! Good luck to you!