Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Random Tuesday Thoughts: Good news/bad news
Today is Tuesday, so let's get random!!
I'ts been an interesting week to say the least and I've had a good news/bad news kind of week, so I thought I'd share with all of you! Aren't you lucky!
I had the good fortune to have Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and December 26, aka my youngest child's 20th birthday, off from work.
My hot water heater decided that December 22 was a good day to die. I discovered this on December 23. Just what I need, 2 days before Christmas! And with a car insurance payment due Dec. 27 and my cell phone bill overdue, this is NOT a good thing. Oh! And I have an appointment to get an eye exam and new glasses on Wednesday (it's been 5 years people... it's time!)
Because we were so busy at work and people have been, for the most part, generous with their tips, and because Rich at work told me I could find a HWH for $244 at Lowe's, it wasn't the disaster I thought it was going to be. I thought a new HWH was going to be about $1000. I bought a 40 gallon tank. The one I have now is a 50 gallon tank, but I didn't think spending another $100 or more for 10 gallons was necessary.
Lowe's wants $298 to install the water heater. Seriously? Basically all you need to do is unhook the old one, and hook up the new one! Should take an hour!
My niece, Patty told me that her husband, Trey could install the HWH for me and I could give him whatever amount I wanted. He likes helping family out! Yes!! I can give him $100 for doing it. He makes some extra money, I save $200! I like it! The plan is for Trey to come here on Dec 26, in the evening, to install it.
Big snowstorm coming up the east coast from Christmas night until the morning of December 26. And Patty and Trey are visiting family in Virginia Beach. So they were stuck there until last night, when they finally got home. Now Trey is sick.
I should have hot water fairly soon! And I'm gonna take a long hot shower when I do!!
More good news
One of my favorite authors is a friend on Facebook. Her name is Sarah Pekkanen. She was recommended by Jennifer Weiner, also a favorite author of mine! Sarah has a book out called The Opposite Of Me which i read in under 3 days. I could not put it down! Last week, a short story of hers was available for Kindle on Amazon and she was doing a 5 day giveaway for folks who bought her short story. Each day another gift was added to the pile (a signed copy of her newest book, due out in February for example) I got word last night that I won Day 5!! This is so awesome! Day 5 is a signed copy of her newest book, Skipping A Beat, a signed copy of The Opposite Of Me, a signed copy of Jennifer Weiner's newest book , Fly Away Home, Godiva chocolates, a $50 donation to a homeless or animal shelter of my choice and a brand new eReader!!
I was so excited!! Since I already have a Kindle and I bought one for my son for Christmas and my daughter, Gina got a Nook for her birthday this summer, I told Dani that she can have it for her birthday. She's excited!!! I should be hearing from Sarah soon to get my address and other fun info! When the loot arrives, I'll do a blog post with pictures!
Keely is the host for Random Tuesday Thoughts. Go check her out at The Un Mom for lots more fun Randomness!!