Monday, December 14, 2009

Winner! (And The Story Of The Fans)

First off- I drew the lucky cleaning contest winner, and it is Hillary! Which is kinda great, because she has a baby due in, like, five minutes, and it's fun to send gift boxes to preggos. Hmm... do you think perhaps this prize will include something BESIDES cleaning supplies? Anyways, here's the deal: I will be trying to email you tonight, Hillary, because every time I try to go to your homepage to find your email address, my internet immediately crashes. But this only happens on MY computer, not my husband's, so tonight when he gets home I'll try to either find your email address or leave you mine in your comments section so I can get your info and ship you your goodies pronto!

And speaking of cleaning, yeah... So what actually happened Friday is that our washing machine overflowed, for about the third time in as many months. The first two times we thought we figured out that it was because the knob which sets the load size had gotten stuck in between settings and so it just kept filling. But that was not the case this time- I checked the load size knob immediately, upon realizing the FLOOR WAS AGAIN FLOODED, and it was very definitely on an exact setting. New theory: appliances possessed by evil.

By the time I discovered the wet floor (only about ten minutes, if that, since throwing in the clothes and turning on the washer,) the water had spilled into the kitchen and had gotten into the cracks and under our laminate floor. Even once we had it mopped up, we could feel it squishing around beneath the floorboards, so... Yeah, you can't really just ignore that. Floors rotting, mold growing, etc. So we called the insurance scammers- er, I mean emergency repair people- and had them bring out giant fans and stuff, then give us the astronomical quote for their services and the use of their equipment.

A portion of the floor had to be ripped out altogether and will need to be replaced, not to mention the two APPLIANCES which will need to be replaced. (The dryer was on its way out anyway, has been for about a year. You can't ever leave the house with it on, or put clothes in and then forget about them, because if left to its own devices the dryer will just keep running ENDLESSLY, shrinking your clothes and using up massive amounts of electricity. We've just been putting off replacing it until the washer needed it too. Kill two birds, etc.)

Luckily we're just rolling in cash these days. HA HA HA.

9 comments:

d e v a n said...

ugh. That stinks. Maybe there will be some good after-Christmas sales.

Jess said...

Oh, that's AWFUL. Is your insurance not covering the cost of the floor repair? Because that's ridiculous.

Hillary said...

Oh yay! I'm writing about health care reform and that's about as interesting as it sounds and this is a nice surprise. E-mail: hrcopsey at yahoo dot com.

As for your floors, yikes. I'm so very sorry. Though, aside from the whole spending-of-money issue, new appliances are kind of a bonus, right? My dryer is in similar condition, and my husband is very frugal (I'm being nice), so sometimes I fantasize about breaking it on purpose just to get him to breakdown and buy a new one.

desperate housewife said...

Jess- no, our insurance is covering the floor part. It's just the hassle that's annoying. Buying the washer and dryer we're kind of on our own for. Although, hopefully the insurance check will be a little more than we actually NEED and we can put some of it towards the appliances?

Mommy Daisy said...

This sounds like something that would happen to us. Ugh! I hope that you get everything squared away soon. It would be horrible to not have a working washer around.

Kelsey said...

Broken laundry equipment stresses me right the heck out - add the flooring mess to that and I have to applaud you for not having a breakdown!!!

Um, does it help that you won my holiday music contest??? If you email me kelseyjane(at) hotmail (dot) com I can have you answer a few musical preference questions and get a CD to you by the end of the week.

Katy said...

The drum in my washer went bad and I couldn't figure out what was happening and I had all these theories and kept filling the darn thing up and soaking my floor. Luckily I lived in base housing at the time so I had industrial laminate over concrete slab. Horror on my joints, but a blessing when your washer keeps flooding out your laundry room.

Shelly said...

Ugh on appliances dying and taking out the floor with them! That is excessive! Our washer and dryer died this past autumn, within a week of each other. So we replaced the washer, thought we were done, then the dryer died. That was fun.

LoriD said...

Oh, that sucks. Hopefully the insurance $$ comes through quickly and you can get the floor repaired. New appliance shopping will be fun. Although I do hate having to buy big ticket items quickly - it severly limits your options. I hope you find some good deals!