Guess what? We woke up this morning to discover our master bathroom was covered in water and that it had soaked through the kitchen ceiling. You know, the kitchen ceiling that we fixed and repainted back in March? Sigh. We’re not sure exactly what broke – it looks like something in the pipe connected to the toilet tank – but either way, happy Mother’s Day to me, yes? Someone is coming out to clean up in the next hour or so, per our insurance’s orders, and then an adjuster will come out later this week. This time, this should be fully covered under our insurance after deductible. But MAN what a pain!
In other news, it’s been one of those weeks where tons of stuff happens. Morrigan had an AP exam, while the other boys had some end-of-course exams. I tried out a yoga class held at my local library for the first time. It was tough but good, and at the end, a fellow student came up to tell me that my poses were beautiful and inspiring, which completely made my day. Then I had to replace two bits of electronics – my Fitbit, which is still flaking out on me every few days, and my laptop.
With the first, I decided to go with a Bellabeat Leaf as a fitness tracker. After only a few days, I knew that it wasn’t going to work out. Step-tracking was ridiculously off (usually several thousand below my actual step count), and the accessory that allows you to wear it on your wrist – not my fave, but I thought I’d try it – was too small for me to wear. The Leaf is gorgeous, but completely impractical as a piece of fitness tracking for me, so I returned it. Pulled out my Charge again, slipped the tracker off its wristbands, and have been wearing it in my pocket. I found a neat Etsy shop that sells clip carriers for the Charge, so I ordered one. I’m essentially making my own One here, haha!
As for the second…sigh. Back in 2013, my Mac laptop of five years had an issue where its battery pack swelled and destroyed much of the hardware. It was a known issue, but because it was so old, the Mac was no longer under warranty. I didn’t like the new Mac OS, so I switched to a PC laptop with Windows 8 on it. (I tend to go back and forth between Macs and PCs, and I’m one of the few who actually liked Windows 8.) Unfortunately, that laptop only lasted two years, and died completely on a random day in 2015. Because we were moving back to San Antonio soon, we didn’t have the money to replace it with a Mac (which I wanted), so I got another crap HP laptop. Two years after that, the new laptop started falling apart.
That was last summer, but of course with Jason losing his job and all that, we didn’t have any money at all, so I’ve kept the thing limping along for the last year, hoping it didn’t die completely like the first PC laptop. Thankfully, it didn’t, but over the last few weeks, it had started to do funny things like restart at random several times a day. I didn’t trust it to last much longer. So I’m back to Mac. Got myself a MacBook that weighs about two pounds (!!!) and it took about five minutes to get it all set up. Of course, getting everything where I wanted, and logged in to all my sites etc, took a bit longer – I missed Feedly for about a week, for example – but I think I’m mostly caught up now. And I’m so, so happy to be with Apple again!
Lastly this week, there was Peter Pan. My youngest son, Laurence, decided to go out for the spring play at his middle school this year. They’re performing Peter Pan, and Laurence got the part of Mr. Darling. Small part, but perfect for his first go at non-musical acting. The two performances were on Thursday, and he did awesome! He was natural at projecting – probably because of the musicals he’s been in – so he was one of the only people on stage that you could actually hear. And he put emotion into his lines, where most of the kids just seemed to be reciting theirs. His emotion was a caricature (whine whine whine!) but it was still there (exaggerated “Mr Darling face” above). Afterwards, he kept talking about the other actors in relationship to his character in the play (his wife, his granddaughter, etc) which was just hilarious and generally one of my favorite things about theatre. He loved the experience and plans on going out for more in high school next year.
So that’s been my week. I’m focusing on those more positive moments like the play, and figure we’ll probably just put off celebrating Mother’s Day until next weekend.
Ugh. May the ceiling repairs be speedy and unobtrusive!
I hope so, though I have a feeling it’s going to take a bit. Our contractor friend who is planning to do that work just had a family emergency…though I’m less concerned about the ceiling tbh. It’s the broken up floor in the bathroom that I’d prefer to repair immediately!
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HP laptops really should last longer than they do! And pipes. Pipes should not break inside people’s homes. 😉
No, they really shouldn’t. Especially not in the middle of the night when we’re all sleeping and can’t stop the problem quickly enough!