Tuesday, January 5, 2010

May your week...

Be better than mine! 2010 has started out with several entertaining twists. The snow blew in, then the cold, but okay, it's winter - that's normal. But the other fun thing I got for a post-Christmas present was the news that water pipes above my work apartment had frozen and dumped let's-just-call-it-lots of water into my bedroom.

Oh, and in getting things fixed, they turned off the power but not the heat, so everything in the fridge spoiled.

And did I mention I wasn't there at the time? So last week after a trip up to survey the damage and collect the salvagable bedding and clothing items - thank you, thank you, thank you that the hanging clothes closet was spared - which froze completely solid in bags in the back of the truck on the way home - I did lots of laundry. After thawing and many loads later (I'm very thankful that my work wardrobe doesn't run to dry-cleaning mandatory items or require much in the way of ironing) it turned out everything I hauled home will be fine.

The mattress was a total loss, as were a lot of books. Renters insurance is (or had better be) a good thing! And they've gutted the bedroom - new ceiling, new drywall & paint, and probably a new floor, as the once lovely hardwood is now a ripply wreck. But first it all has to dry out thoroughly.

I worked from home last week, which was great for family time, but not so great for the amount of work I actually accomplished. And I also caught T's cold. So this week I'm sniffling in my office trying not to share germs with anyone.

The upside? The boss was understanding, it's relatively slow at work with all the students gone, and no one was hurt - far better a wet apartment than another abscess!

On the home front, the ponies are doing great, touch wood. The weather forecast says more snow and extreme cold is headed our way.

Bleh.
Winter can go away now!

7 comments:

Kate said...

Wow - that's just awful! So lucky that you had the renter's insurance!

allaroundhorses said...

Oh no! That really was a crazy week...

We're cold, really cold, but that is all. I wish you a much better week this week :).

Stephanie said...

yuck! not a good way to start off the new year. Glad the ponies are well and hope your over the cold soon.

Jennifer said...

Oh Holy Frigging Moley! So glad you're back blogging, but so sad to hear of the ginormous water leak.
Hope all is repaired & fit for living again soon.

Tammy said...

Broken pipes anytime would suck. In the winter, really sucky!

Another storm coming in here & then a deep freeze again. "They say" it should be close to 20 on Sunday. Looking forward to that heatwave!

PS: Was the pipes in your apt or the person above you? If so, their insurance or the building insurance should pay first before your renters would kick in... And be sure to keep track of cleaning costs & everything. We had a broken pipe once & insurance covered everything & our agent even reminded us of things that we wouldn't have thought of ...

SunnySD said...

Not my pipes - thank goodness, although I think the renter's insurance would take care of it regardless. And the complex agency called in the cleaners, so that part should be covered, too. Good suggestions though, thanks! Lists and lists and lists. Sigh.

buckpony said...

Whew, I hope your week gets better! Been thinking about you and that horrible cold! It is in the 30's here and the highs are supposed to be in the teens this weekend. You'd think it was the end of the world for us Southerners...school starts at 10:00 tomorrow morning because of the "chance" of ice... :) You guys up north have to laugh at us! Oh and BTW, the water pipe in my husband's beloved shed broke yesterday from freezing! Flooded the shed and yard, but no damage like you had in your apartment! Hang in there, it's got to get better!