I'm huddled by the fireplace this morning, Friday-Fricasseeing in the warmth of a gas-enhanced fire. (Who has time to play Girl Scout when it's 60 degrees in the house?) Yeah, our heat has died for the second time in less than a month. Last time, they said it was the thermostat, so they put in a new one. New thermostat notwithstanding, the same thing happened yesterday -- it clicks, but no heat comes on.
Best part? We supposedly enjoy the VIP perk of "24/7 emergency service". It's part of the contract when you purchase the twice-a-year cleaning and inspection. And--it doesn't exist. A few weeks ago, when our heat died, Mr. A called the emergency number three times. Nobody returned his call; nobody showed up in a superhero cape to restore warmth to our house. When he finally called during business hours, the woman was all, "Oh, we can't get anyone out there until Thursday."
Um, this is VIP 24/7?
Needless to say, Mr. A knows how to get what he wants, and our heat was fixed later that day.
And now, history repeats itself. The heat died, Mr. A called the 24/7 number, and nobody has returned the call.
Methinks my chilly ballet studio is going to feel downright toasty this morning. I might stay there until the VIP service kicks in.
So. First World problems, right? I've got heat on the second floor, and that's where I'll be holed up this afternoon, finishing the slush with Jodi. Yep, I said finishing. Winners' emails go out on Monday, so we've got to wrap this thing up! We've had a great time; really, we have. It's like we were made to read slush together.
Seriously. I can't tell you how many times we both think exactly the same thing. Have exactly the same response. Feel a "yes" well up inside us at exactly the same moment. (It happened yesterday, with the first entry we read. We both fell immediately in love with it and didn't need to discuss it further.)
Next week, I will be sharing my impressions and the various trends we encountered. I'll also be pointing out a DISTURBINGLY COMMON PROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED.
(How's that for a cliff-hanger?)
Okay, then! Have a fabulous weekend.