Jun 3, 2008

Good To Be Back?

1. Sending the car to service for $ 1000 of work, and then getting a clean bill of health. Driving it for a week and a half, and suddenly have it not start. Now must call a tow truck to tow it back to the dealership for another look. Any chance the service department will admit to this being their fault?

2. Opening the pool, only to find that the suction line isn't sucking at all, indicating a potential third leak in five years. Appointment scheduled for Thursday to diagnose. The prospect of having another massive hole dug through the concrete to fix a leak is not a pretty picture.

3. Spending hours calling people regarding our renovations, only to be repeatedly told that they are booked through the summer. All that talk of a recession must be just hot air. But how long do I have to stare at dry walls and missing floor boards?

Welcome home, baby!

32 comments:

Beth said...

Ugh! Sounds like a long, expensive summer ahead...

Steph said...

Oh no! I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for the service department to admit their fault.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It can only get better?

jenontheedge said...

Something tells me that your summer is going to be as expensive as mine. Yikes!

Chantal said...

Sounds like you hit the ground running. This home life couldn't be any more different then your Viking life. Wow

Misty said...

Ug. That stinks.

We have problems finding contractors around our area, too. Usually not because they are booked, just because they are lazy.

LoriD said...

Pools! Gah! We haven't opened ours yet because we're not ready to face whatever malfunction we'll have to deal with THIS year.

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

ugh.
I hope you don't have to wait as long for your renos as I am...

Dawn said...

That all sounds awful! I'm so sorry. We just had a very expensive car bill as well- new clutch. I kept thinking that I could have gone on a nice vacation with the money that amount of money.

kimmy said...

Ahh, the joys of owning your own home! I feel your pain Heidi!

Kimmy

gmcountrymama said...

Oh, dear that is not good. I hope things get better.

Mary Beth said...

At what point do you get completely fed up and hit the local bookstore for self-help books? Carpentry for Dummies? Auto Mechanics for Dummies? Planting for Dummies? I mean, really, who needs a pool when you can have a lovely vegetable garden to raise tubers to pay for all the self help books?

Good luck with everything and think of all the decorative things you can do with a tie-dyed sheet:)

Christie said...

I think it's the Viking gods punishing you for leaving their fair land. Best pack your bags and head back. Or should I go for you? Yes, that's it. I'll do it. I'm a good friend like that.

Amy Y said...

$1000 on a car? Ouch! I about pooped my pants at a $500 alternator. I hope the dealership covers the tow and fixes the car on their dime!

Kathryn said...

Oh sheesh. Welcome home, indeed!

I hope it all gets better ASAP!

Kellan said...

Oh, sorry about the car an the poor and the renovation delays. I hope it all works out - AND QUICKLY, so you can get only with a wonderful summer home.

Have a good day - Kellan

My Ice Cream Diary said...

That would be enough to make me hop on the next boat to Norway. I seriously hope things get better.

MamaGeek said...

The good news is that there truly is ONLY ONE WAY TO FROM HERE my friend!

OY. VE. And if it still doesn't get better, eat some of that chocolate you brought home!

Ree said...

1. Not a snowball's chance in anywhere BUT Norway.
2. That sucks (well, it doesn't, but y'know)
3. I need new windows and I'm just afraid to call.

Beck said...

It's always like that - everything ganging up at once. Ugh.

E said...

Geez sounds like you need a vacation....

Okay, so maybe just a teensy little, very minor, hardly worth mentioning really, re-entry spa day

This is nothing that can't be fixed with a good massage and a little chocolate

Karen MEG said...

Awww, welcome home indeed!
Those service people - a real conspiracy I tell ya. You should indeed grill them.
Yeah, the renos. I don't think we'll get our laundry room sink in until after school starts again.
But not the pool too !!!

Stomper Girl said...

Getting back to real life just should not be this hard.

Cheri said...

Yo, it could happen. Look at number four on this list. It totally happened to me. Of course, my car started making the same horrid noise a week later . . . and it still does because I'd rather wait for the wheels to fall off one-by-one than go back to the dealer.

I wasn't much help, was I?

Tomorrow will be better.

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Home sweet home :)

I am surprised about the renovation...you would think from the news that no one could afford it...and yet they are all booked up. Are they just loading their credit?

Laski said...

You must be one master juggler!!!

"Any chance the service department will admit to this being their fault?" Ugh, doubt it!

Yeah, and recession . . . hmmm . . . everyone around us is renovating! Maybe they figured better that than move . . .

Good luck! XO

dkuroiwa said...

Oh..I hate it when 'reality' throws a "bitch slap", don't you?!?!
So...in that list, I would say that #2 should move to the top of the list of things to get done, because if you have a pool during the summer, you can handle pretty much anything....or...maybe...that's the way I feel....even a paddling pool makes me feel better!!!
Good luck with all that....and this too shall pass!!!
debbie

carrie said...

Well, look at it this way - at least you have a pool that isn't the inflatable kind with fishys all over it.

It could be worse . . . :)

Victoria said...

Ack! Yep, you better start planning a new trip! LOL!

Thinking of you!

Anonymous said...

I started reading your blog just before you left on your adventure. I've been enchanted with your life in Norway, the pace, the simplicity, the time spent outside the car! I don't blame you for being wistful - that's the life I'd like for my family...MIME

Kyla said...

Ahhh, the responsibilities of home. I bet it was nice existing without those for a while.

BeachMama said...

Wow, nothing says welcome home better than expensive repair bills. If would be planning my next 9 months away if I were you :)