I had a lovely (though be it HOT) weekend in Mesa visiting my SIL & niece. I will get more into that when I have the pictures downloaded. I all planned to get home, turn on my computer, and upload my pictures while I went to bed (as I ended up taking about 400). Unfortunately life had other plans.
When I got home, unlocked my front door & flipped on the light switch…nothing happened. Suspicious, I walked (in the dark, mind you it’s 11pm) to the kitchen and flipped on those light switches. Nothing. I can’t explain to you the rage that ran through my soul at that moment. Just know that I don’t think I have instantly been so completely filled with pure rage as I was in that moment. It was so bad that when the Mr tried to talk to me to get me to come back out of the red I just growled (and yes I did actually growl the words at him instead of yelling, because, it was 11pm, and I didn’t want to wake the neighbors) “Mr, I love you more than anything in the world, but if you talk to me right now I’m going to take this out on you, and then I will cry for bring a jerk to you, and it will make things worse. I love you, but right now I need to burn this fire out.”
Being ever the smart and wonderful and absolutely fantastic man he is, he left to go find out kerosene camping lamps & flash lights. Knowing me like he does I thank god that he’s so incredibly wonderful & intelligent to know that when you stir a fire in a Scandinavian women we head strait for berserker mode and that our brains are at that moment not at all hooked up to our bodies.
So after 35 minutes on hold with California Edison I hung up. Because remember I have no power, the only way my cell phone is remotely charged is because I sat in the car with it running in my driveway for the 35 mintues I was on hold. Trying one last time I call back & get through right away.
Finding myself in the grips of probably the most nasty woman on the face of the earth I agree to the 24$ same day service charge (remember, I have paid my bill, and my deposit already and now they are charging me again!!!) and am told that the following things are my fault.
1. I did not ever have service at the residence where I live. By choosing a alternate billing address when we first moved, I had service THERE, not where I live. So that means that they were double charging for my inlaws house? WTF????
2. That even though I called THURSDAY July 3rd and made sure my billing address now matched the service address because I can now receive mail there, it didn’t mean I had service there and that my power would have stayed on.
3. The ruined groceries in the fridge & freezer were my own problem
So since I NEEDED power (hello hot water anyone?!) I let it all pass which angered the Mr beyond all means (not at me but at them for pulling this bs). I calmed the Mr down by reminding him of our wonderful weekend, we got to see his sister and our niece. We had some fabulous family time with his parents, we laughed with the parents SO HARD as we passed the “Adult Factory Outlet” (that’s where all the “seconds” and “malformed” go LOL!) we got to see Taliesin West where Frank Lloyd Wright had his first architect school, we had good German food, and I got to go to a new knitting store, we found the new pump needed for our camping stove and saw the best fireworks I’ve seen since the re-opening of the visitor center at Mount Rushmore (and they were spectacular!) from the HWY (traffic was actually STOPPED so we got to watch them from the AC) and all in all had a fabulous weekend. This is a hiccup and though irritating beyond belief it’s really no big deal. It’s ok to get mad, but you really have to get over it. Life’s to short.
And though I didn’t sleep more than 2 hours last night (because I’m a worry wart and kept thinking that my cell phone would die and I would have no alarm to wake me up in the morning so I kept waking up to check it) and with out our bedroom fan we heard house noises we’ve never heard before, which caused us to get up several times to investigate creepy noises, we are ok.
I called the power company back this morning, was blessed with the most wonderful customer service rep EVER and am filing a claim for the ruined groceries in the fridge & freezer and they are waiving the same day activation fee (she that that was absurd to begin with) and now I am quite pleased. As long as my power is on when I get home I will be a happy camper.
Some days you have to remember that shit happens to everyone. We all deal with it and it’s not doled out more to one person or another. It’s our choices in how we deal with the hand we are given that really defines how happy we are and what kind of people we become. I’d like to think that we did the best we could with the circumstances.
Also, um, does anyone know any organic or non-toxic way to get rid of grease ants? 8 ant traps, 12 ant steaks in the yard, & 1 gallon of out door poison blocker sprayed along the perimeter of the house and I was invaded again sometime last night. This time they have found the cat food. I’m going to need to do something INSIDE I think. Also, did you know that Lysol 4 in 1 cleaner kills them instantly? Kills more than germs! 😀