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Today started out like many others. Its the final day of May 2016. Summer is in the air. The kids were off to school. I was off to volunteer in Claire’s classroom for the final time this year. I was also waiting to hear from the property management group about our walk through time for our old place. It was bugging me that I hadn’t heard from them despite my phone calls and emails to set up a time but that’s another story. After two weeks of cleaning out the place I just wanted it all to be over and done so that nagging feeling in the back of my mind would go away.

Meanwhile, I had a “spare” hour and change between dropping everybody off and when I needed to be in Claire’s classroom. What did I do with my time? Well, I called our internet service provider to transfer our service. Here’s the problem, its never a short conversation for things such as this even with the most straightforward questions and I called from our “home” phone. Well in the middle of the call the customer service rep informed me that we could easily transfer our old service to our new place after we close out the service that already exists here. So she does that and the phone goes dead. (yay voice over internet phone service). Ok…so there wasn’t time to sort things out then, I did a rudimentary attempt at plugging in our london circle equipment here but of course it didn’t work. So, off to Claire’s class I went. While there the management company called and left a message about when we could do the walk through except the only time they offered was when I pick up the kids and go to swim. Here goes a big shout out to my dad who stood in for me at the walk through and even picked up a new air filter because that’s the one thing we forgot to do. Ok, Anyway, in between pick ups with Kieran and my niece happily playing away, I attempted to fix things with our internet. Well, that was another hour of life I can’t get back. At the end of the conversation the rep says I can’t help you I’m transferring you to David somebody only David somebody didn’t take my call and I got booted back to the original customer service automated assistant loop. So…I hung up. So now we’re down internet and phone service.

While I was at swim practice with the kids Josh took over attempting to restore our internet issues. I also took a phone call from the eletrician that’s rewiring the house that he would be back working tonight if that’s ok and would it be ok to have the power off for a bit? Oh sure, why not. So the kids and I come home to find Josh has now spent two hours of his own life trying to resolve something that this company just can’t resolve. For some reason we (Josh and I) were both really ¬†stuck on getting our phone/internet restored. So COMCAST says not only can they fix us up with service tonight but the whole deal will be $40 less than we were quoted from that OTHER provider and 10 days earlier to boot. Ok, things are moving along and now they get really interesting.

While Josh was getting our equipment the kids and I grocery shopped for some essentials for lunches (and for dinner since our power was out at home). On the way home Josh called and said hey when you come home there’s four turkey, a deer and a skunk on the other side of the fence. I bet the kids would like to see it all. (You see where this is going don’t you?) When I arrived home the electrician showed me the spot on his hand where he happened upon the short ¬†from our bathroom fan and burned his hand and had some copper wire stuck to it as well. Then the kids were in the yard looking for the wildlife. Then the dog came out and found the wildlife…IN our yard now. Lola the fearless cornered the skunk and you guessed it…she got sprayed. Not bad thank goodness and it was pretty funny watching Josh try to call her off (she would not be deterred).

Thank goodness for neighbors who have had similar skunk encounters and helped us with a recipe to fix Lola up (since our power was down and internet was out and we couldn’t look it up ourselves). So Lola is now squeaky clean and fixated on getting back into the yard. We get the kids cleaned up and off to bed an hour and a half later than usual. Kieran needed a little TLC as he was concerned the skunk was going to come in the house and skunk him. But they are all sleeping soundly and peacefully now.

Finally Josh and I (at 9pm) sat down to our own dinner of sandwiches. We set up the internet and it was simple as can be. We even chuckled about the day and how it had gone. Then he went to set up our TV and its broken. Screen is cracked internally, I don’t know how or why. Neither one of us can recall any “trauma” happening to it and it worked fine for the 20 minutes it was on this morning. So it is with this parting shot that we dished up ice cream, kicked up our feet and drown our troubles in sugar . I’m so thankful that, as Scarlet O’Hara says, “after all, tomorrow is another day.”

 

 

 

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