Can I whine just a little??

I usually don’t whine – and I’m not really whining I suppose but seriously, this is not how your week should start out.  And if you make it to the end of this saga…you have great perseverance!

I lost one of the screws to my eyeglasses yesterday so had to stop at the eye place before work on my way in to get that fixed.  Didn’t take long and got to the office about 20 minutes late so that wasn’t bad.  I had called one of my bosses who is always in the office insanely early and asked him to let my other boss and the receptionist know.  He, the funny guy that he is, sent an email with a subject line “Denise has a screw loose”  …. well as you an imagine I found several emails of banter back and forth between them as to the fact that that was nothing new, etc.  LOL  Yes – they are quite the group but I’ll get even with them. 🙂

Anyway, the glasses were fixed.  Then about mid afternoon it started snowing and snowing – roads were really slippery and the road crews had not been out yet by the time I left work.  I checked the tracker for the bus I ride and I couldn’t find it anywhere on the map (one of those interactive ones that shows a little bus symbol and what street it’s on).  This does not bode well if I can’t even find the next one that is supposed to come, but on the updated arrive time tracker it said 5:15 (I usually catch it at 4:55)  Well that’s not too bad, I took my time going out to the bus stop since I certainly didn’t need to hurry, and stood out there for 25 minutes or so in the 14 degree temps.  It could have been worse – it wasn’t windy but by the time the bus came I was definitely ready to climb aboard.

Traffic crawled all the way home.  Normal nights I walk in the door between 5:30 and 5:40.  I got in the door at 6:50.  😦  Or should I say I opened the door at 6:50 p.m. because when I started to walk in, I thought I caught the faint whiff of gas.  Seriously???  So as I was standing at the doorway, decided that yep – it does faintly smell like gas (isn’t that just peachy), and had just made my plan to snatch the phone which I could reach from the open doorway, stand out in the cold and call the gas company  – lo and behold the Calvary (read gas man and our building maintenance dude) came around the corner of the building and were just headed to come see me.

Apparently the downstairs apartment next to me was having whatever the gas issue was but the fumes had wafted into my apartment too.  So Mr. Gas Man pulled out his little meter which clicked (and should not click) and then went and tested by the bedrooms.  He said it wasn’t bad, he flipped on my bathroom fan and said I should leave that on till I go to bed and crack a window open just so any fumes dissipate quickly and then they were off to test the upstairs apartments.

Sure I can do those things but go to bed????  Who plans to sleep when there’s been gas fumes in the apartment.  I may be awake for the next week!!! LOL  You  know I’ll never be able to open the door without stopping to sniff for gas again.

So I go to crack open the sewing room window.  Remember this is the window I tucked the drapery fabric around so nicely to keep the cold draft from the window out of my sewing room.  I reached around the  drapery to pull up the blind and pulled the blind right out of its little hanging brackets (I just set it off to the side – I’ll put it back up another day) Apparently I had the window so nicely tucked to keep the draft out that the bottom of the window had iced up and the bottom of the blind froze to it.  Lovely….. sigh.  Note to self – need to let SOME heat get to that window once it thaws out.   I think if I put the tension rod lower so it just blocks the lower part of the window – that will keep the draft away from me but still let heat get between drape and window and solve the icing up issue.  So I left the drapery fabric pulled off to the side so the window will thaw out.

Anyway – forget cracking that window since it’s frozen shut.  So cracked open the bedroom window, and for good measure since I’m now worried I may blow up at any minute, I cracked the front door open too.      Did I say it is 14 degrees outside???

So as soon as I had gone and grabbed my big shawl, grabbed a quilt, got all comfy on the couch with my cup of coffee to keep me warm — there’s another knock on the door.   Untangle myself and the Mr. Gas Man is back – could I crank up the heat so it kicks on so he can make sure my apt is venting correctly.  Yes indeedy!   He gave me the all clear, my furnace venting properly, tried his little meter again and the readings looked okay but he said just to be sure leave the fan on and window cracked till I go to bed.  Yes sir!

So now it’s 10:45 p.m. – I did just finally close the front door.  The bedroom window is still cracked and fan running.  I think the fan will probably be left on to run all night and I’m debating about the window. LOL  I never leave my windows open at night and don’t really think when the temps are in the teens or lower that is a time to start.

Oh and lastly –the final kicker — when they came back to double check I had ditched the work clothes for comfy jammie type clothes.  Tonight’s attire – snowman pj pants (yes the ones that barely reach my ankles), camp loopy tshirt, bright wooly knit socks, no bra.  I did have that shawl which is a super long wide rectangle – wrapped around me to hide as much of this stunning outfit as possible but they may need some therapy to try to forget the experience.

🙂    Tuesday has to be better, right,??…….please tell me I’m right……….




23 comments on “Can I whine just a little??

  1. Ha ha ha ha ha! It’s almost like a Monty Python sketch.
    If it makes you feel any better I knocked over my carbon monoxide detector yesterday when trying to make space for the Christmas tree. It fell over in a cloud of dust on top of the cupboard where it lives and started beeping in a scary “run away, run away, you’re all going to die!” manner.
    I couldn’t decide if there was really carbon monoxide in the house or whether it had gone off because of the dust so I had to get the other detector from upstairs to double check. After spending an hour with the doors and windows open and another couple of hours with them closed anticipating a beep we determined it was safe.
    It was all very stressful. The children were fretting because they have been told that if the detector goes off they must leave the house immediately and go to a neighbour. All the wrong sort of excitement!

  2. This is a good whine! I love epic stories like these; although, I am so sorry it all happened to you! It is currently warm where I live; but, it was very cold for almost two weeks which was mighty unusual for where we live. Not to rub it in, but it should hit the 70s once again later this week reaching about 77 degrees by Friday before the rains come and it gets cold again! Stay Warm and Stay Safe!

  3. Wow! What an adventure! Life is never boring around you, is it? Of course today will be better – no where to go but up, right? I’m laughing because I am sitting in a much similar “stunning” outfit as I type, and I just remembered that UPS is supposed to deliver something today…. I better get myself gussied up for company :*)

  4. Thank you for the giggle! At least it worked out well in the end. As for the outfit – hey, it could definitely have been worse!

  5. Did you ever read the book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day’? Looks like Denise had one of her own! Lets see…the glasses DID get fixed, the office had a good giggle at you having a ‘screw loose’ , the bus DID come, and the gas leak was in someone ELSE’s apartment I bet the gas man was jealous that YOU had on your stylish WARM clothes and were comfy! HE was still working! Hope Tuesday is better!

  6. Thanks for the laugh Denise. I needed that. Glad to know that I’m not the only one who has all those “fun” things happen in life. And, by the way, I have a few bedtime ensembles that would rival yours. Just saying………

  7. Denise I’m so sorry you had such an awful day. I can’t imagine you’re sleeping very well either. It must be the full moon! I lost a very dear uncle many years ago due to CO2 so I certainly believe you should be super cautious. Please consider installing a CO2 detector so you can have peace of mind. And, let us know how you are doing.

    • This wasn’t CO2 so a detector wouldn’t have done me any good — but by law no landlord can rent an apartment here without a co2 detector so prior to that law I had my own and now my landlord provides them.

  8. I know it’s not nice to laugh at another person’s misfortune, but your comment about forgetting the image of you in your jammies was just too funny. Stay warm!

  9. I’m up late tonight, not feeling well at all. Read your blog feed and laughted until I cried! I do feel better now but have this image of you in your pj’s rolling around in my head! What a hoot! Hope you can sleep, good night.

  10. This is not a whine IT is an epic story. I live in Texas and it was warm enough to feed the horse and cows in tee shirt today. I just cannot relate to the temperatures you have.
    I can say to be very careful as I and my family were just about killed by CO2 build up from a heater once. If my daughter had not thrown up we may not have ever awakened.
    So caution you show is perfect.

  11. I’m sorry you had such a night! Hopefully by now you are in dreamland. I giggled at your outfit but I bet Mr. Gasman has seen worse. At least you had on awesome socks and a shawl.

  12. I ama giggling as I get to the end of your saga (excuse me) but I just could picture you in your stunning outfit. Thank goodness they figured out what it was and alerted you. Tues WILL BE BETTER.

Comments are closed.