Well, at long last, I decided to start a blog. I'm not sure why I decided to start now; it just seemed like time to join all the bloggers I regularly read. Then again, maybe it's because I'm in the middle a a really craptastic period of life and need to vent. Here's the short version of what's gone on in the last 3 months:
- I'm pre-menopausal ('nuff said about THAT!).
- My boss has been out of the office since early December on medical leave and we're not sure if she'll ever be able to return to practice law; which means much of the daily running of the office falls on me.
- Then the meds they had me on for an immune disorder (sarcoidosis) caused my liver to stop functioning so I had to go off meds (it's better now, thanks).
- Then the bookkeeper quit.
- Then one of the associates decided to leave the firm.
- Then my blood pressure went sky high (gee, think it might be stress related????)
- Then, in the middle of the night last Monday, the toilet overflowed for approximately 3 hours. Now, what makes that so bad is that we live in a 3 story townhouse and the bathroom is on the top floor (translation: water flooded the bathroom and bedroom, ran through the floor into the kitchen ceiling below and flooded the kitchen, living room and dining room, then ran through that floor into the garage and family room.).
- Then the rescue service didn't show up until yesterday, when they informed us this was a "black water event" (meaning it came from a toilet) so it's a HAZMAT situation.
- The rescue service has done the following: On the third floor: torn out the master bathroom vanity, the floor in both bathrooms, taken out the master bath toilet and put it in my shower (ewww!), torn the bedroom carpet and most of the subfloor, and cut huge chunks of drywall out of almost every wall. On the second floor they have: taken out the entire kitchen ceiling and part of the living room ceiling, taken out most of the kitchen floor and subfloor, removed part of the dining room carpet and part of the living room carpet, cut big chunks of drywall out, moved out the stove and refridgerator, and are waiting on permission to take the cabinets off the shared wall. On the ground floor they have taken off the entire garage ceiling, most of the garage walls, and part of the family room wall. And they left big LOUD blowers and dehydrators on every floor that have to run for 4 days. FOUR DAYS, PEOPLE! Then they'll be back next week to see if it's dry enough to start reconstruction in 2 to 3 weeks. Holy @&%*+@#!
- This water damage happened in a house we just bought 2 1/2 years ago, which had been a "builder's special for rental", and have spent the whole time painting, upgrading, furnishing, and decorating.
The only bright spot so far: a $500 deductible on the homeowner's insurance.
More to come later, I'm sure.