Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Family Visit

So much weirdness and mess lately, let's talk about something good. My parents and little sister came to visit us the second week of June and we had such a great time! They were here from June 6th - 10th and, since Matt smokes in the house and my parents and sister all have asthma, they stayed in a local hotel. Which really worked out because it was hot in my house because my AC was still out for the first few days they were here. So, that was nice because we got to spend a lot of time hanging out in their hotel room with the air conditioner.

We mostly spent the week chillin... ha, yeah, I didn't set out to make an air conditioner pun when I typed that, but it happened. *shrug* We enjoyed the days together, went to Center Street Market, went out to Logan Canyon and had a picnic. Overall, it was just so much fun to see them twice in one year (we went to see them earlier this year). Matt, Candi, and I went swimming in the hotel pool, which was fun and a nice reprieve from the heat we'd been having in our dang house.

The last day before they left mom, Candi, and I went antiquing at a local antique store where she got this amazing bowl for their coffee table. Then, my folks slept a bit while me and Candi went around to see a few of the local sites, like the visitors center in the old court house, the Pepperidge Farm factory shop, and the pajamas outlet (nothing in my size, boooo!!!), and we ended up in Idaho. I mean, it's only like a half an hour north of us, but yeah, we spent a little time cruising around just over the Utah/Idaho boarder, got a little bit lost, and had some fresh french fries in Idaho. They were so good and we're planning to take a trip to Boise together in the spring after I visit them in Arizona. 


It was a great week and I was sad, as always, to see them go. But, I'll see them again in the spring and we regularly Facetime. It was a super chill week that I think we all needed. I certainly did! 

Sunday, June 26, 2022

All the things...

It's been rough around here, y'all. Things haven't been going according to plan (loooooooong story) and I'm a little frazzled lately, to say the least. I mentioned before that our AC was dead. Well, we got that fixed. Only to have it run for one week and die again, along with two surge bars inside the house. All my lights started to flicker and the "brand new meter" the city just installed without notifying me was making a buzzing, crackling racket. Let me tell you, that is NOT what you want to hear coming out of your meter.

So, since the AC wouldn't work... again, I called them back out here. Then I called for an electrician. Turns out the electricity overloaded the AC, which they fixed. The electricity problem turned out to be a loose ground wire in the meter base. The electrician our home warranty sent us told the home warranty that the problem was code upgrades, so they won't  pay for it to be replaced. Since it's $1,800 we won't be paying to replace it either, but since they were out here and tightened up those wires, everything is working fine again. Seems the city workers knocked the dang wire loose and caused us a bunch of problems. Seems like the city might be able to compel us to do it, but they haven't yet. Fingers crossed they don't. 

The other stuff is job application related and, well, I don't really want to talk about it. Oh, and my folks came to visit us earlier this month, which was awesome (more on that later), and I'm now on a diet that's supposed to fix my digestive issues (TMI, sorry). The one bit of good news is that I was able to go out and walk, alone, for the first time since my broken leg. I was only able to walk like 1.7 miles, but that feels like progress. So, life's just dandy.

Friday, June 3, 2022

My AC is dead

I think I mentioned before that I have a hate-hate relationship with home ownership. One one hand, I'm glad not to be out there right now looking for a place in this housing/rental market. On the other, I hate the amount of upkeep and maintenance that comes with homeownership. This week, that angry feeling about how much of a pain in the ass it is kicked up a notch because my AC has been dead for a week and my house is 80 degrees. It's ridiculous, but it turns out it's not something as simple as the blower motor or a clogged up air filter (the unit is under the house, in the crawl space and isn't where we can get to it, so the filter isn't changed as much as it should be). 

Last Friday (a week ago) I put in a request to have it fixed with our home warranty. They assigned it to a local contractor who, as it turns out, was off all weekend for the Memorial day holiday and refused to come out to look at it until "I don't know, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday." So, our house was hot all weekend, but it was pretty nice outside so that helped a little bit. What didn't help is that for almost a month our house has been extremely humid, so humid the carpet feels damp and everything has a slippery sheen of moisture, which made the heat inside much worse. 

I called them on Wednesday and they told me it would probably be Thursday before they could come. On Thursday, I called them again and they finally agreed to come out. To say I'm upset about them blowing me off for almost a week would be an understatement and when this is over, I'll be filing a complaint with my home warranty.

When they did finally show up, the guy went into the crawl space and was back inside in less than 5 minutes. He asked if I'd noticed the house was humid. Um, yeah. So, it turns out there's been a pipe spraying water all over the place under my house for a while. That water sprayed all over the furnace, which is where the blower motor for the AC is located. The filter is soaking wet and the unit is dead. So this was actually an emergency and not just a simple issue.

The tech was able to fix the pipe, which had a crack in a metal coupling/elbow/thingy. But, he hasn't been able to look at the furnace/blower motor yet because it was soaking wet yesterday. The good news here is that the humidity in my house has greatly improved, so that's a silver lining. And, he's coming back today, but he tells me he doesn't know if it can be fixed. Rather, we might need a new furnace. That means that we might be hot for a few more weeks while this gets worked out and we might have to pay for a new furnace. Fingers crossed that our home warranty will pay for it if it needs to be replaced. 

Friday, April 15, 2022

Quick Catch-up

I'm such a mess these days. Let's play a little catch up, shall we?

We went to Arizona at the end of February/beginning of March and had so much fun! Since my parents moved there a few years ago, this is only the second time I've been able to visit and this time I got to bring Matt with me, which made it even more fun. Everyone was so happy to see him and taking him meant I didn't have to fly alone. I am an absolutely awful flyer, so having him there made it a million percent better. I joke that he's my emotional support human, but it's kind of absolutely true.

It was a lot to fly there and run around as much as we did, so my ankle swelled up. But, I pushed through that and we went to the Biosphere 2 in Oracle, AZ and it was amazing. I cannot wait to go back some time. Otherwise, we went shopping, ran around, saw both my aunts, and generally had a good time. It was a short visit, but so nice to see my family. As an aside, they're actually coming here in June, so I'll get to see them twice in one year and I am stoked! 

The third week of March, my best friend of 17 years came to visit me for a couple of days. We hadn't seen one another in 7 years, since I moved to Utah and she later moved to Little Rock. We stayed in an amazing AirBnB loft in Salt Lake City. We spent the time enjoying downtown Salt Lake, chatting, and generally just hanging out. It was so nice to see her, we had some good food, and saw some of the sites. Salt Lake is a great city, so it was a lovely way to spend half of our spring break! We have definitely decided it won't be another 7 years, that is entirely too long.

Since then, I've just been working and going to school. I don't think I've mentioned it, but I started teaching college English again last fall and I absolutely love my job. I teach online at a small community college as an adjunct. Then, this spring, I started taking a certification program to become an instructional designer. It's challenging, and I was terrified, but it's going great so far. It is stretching our budget a little bit since I don't make as much as I used to, but I'm hoping the payoff will be worth the cost and effort. Fingers crossed! 

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

We're Going to Arizona!

My family moved to Arizona three or so years ago. Since then, I've been able to go see them once in July 2019 when I drove out there. We were supposed to go visit them last November, but my broken leg changed our plans. Well, we've finally gotten around to remaking them, so we're going to see my family and this time, we're flying. I'm terrified to fly, but Matt hates road trips. Needless to say, I'm crazy excited to see my family. Just a little while now and we'll take off from mid-30s Northern Utah and fly into mid-70s Phoenix, and while I don't love warm weather, I'm looking forward to being warm for a few days and so is the hubs! 

While we're there, we're going to see the Biosphere2 and I cannot wait. I am dying to see this place! We already got our tickets and everything. Let's just hope the bad luck from our Valentine's day plans don't jinx us. It's a bit of walking and the most walking I'll have done since breaking my leg last year, so I'm nervous but cautiously optimistic. I'll wear my ankle brace and it'll be fine. I'll also have to do a little work while I'm there, but I'm completely okay with that. It won't take me long and it's worth it to be able to see my family. Thank goodness for a flexible, mobile job!

Best of all, my family will get to see Matt, who they haven't seen much in years. He usually doesn't go visit with me due to his work schedule and caring for our animals (we got a pet sitter to drop in on them a couple of times a day this time). So, other than a day-trip a few years ago, he hasn't really seen my family since 2015. They're happy he's going to make it this time, and so is he. We're really looking forward to it.

I have so much to do to prepare, which is actually more than I thought thanks to Matt giving me a list of things we need to look into/do before we go. But, he's working a lot this week, so I'll have time to get all that done and clean up my house a bit so the pet sitter doesn't think we're a total mess... even though we are most of the time. Fingers crossed I can get it all done so that I can enjoy or little vacay without worry or anxiety.