When driving the other day my check engine light came on. It has come on before, and it was usually something simple (loose gas cap, etc). But this time it stayed on â€“ and when I got into slow traffic the A/C seemed to stop blowing cold air.
I took it in to the dealer and was told that I might not get it back until â€œtomorrowâ€ â€“ that was yesterday. Today they called to tell me that someone had tried to steal my catalytic converter â€“ it was actually partially cut off from my car! And that I wouldnâ€™t be getting it back today.
But after dropping the car off I came home to a house that was NOT being cooled â€“ it was 86 degrees in here! So I called the A/C people, and they came this morning. What they found was pretty scary â€“ the unit in my attic is so rusted they locked the gas supply â€“ basically condemning my furnace. I need to replace the entire system. Ugh.
And this morning, first thing, I sat down to see where Hurricane Dolly was going to hit and my power went out. I heard the familiar beep, beep, beep sound that trucks make when backing up. A truck had backed into my utility pole. Two hours without Internet, phone or cable. Great!
Then a very mild storm hit (part of the hurricane, I am sure) and my Internet, phone and cable went out again â€“ for over an hour.
So far this hasnâ€™t been my week :) I figure $2,000 for the car (insurance and warrantee cover most of that) plus who knows how much for new heat and A/C ($13K is a ballpark estimate â€“ ductwork needs replaced too).
Most of all I was just frustrated that I couldnâ€™t get to the office â€“ or even talk to the office for much of the day!
And tomorrow I will go in late (even if I have to take the bus â€“ gads!) and then on Friday the A/C company is coming in the morning to give me an estimate on replacing my entire system.
And my Internet went out again for 20 minutes while I was writing this post. I should just go to sleep 🙂