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Plumber's Done -- Good Deal!

The plumber (Roger) has been here and gone -- and it only (only???) cost $92.00. I haven't been down to check on the state of the filthy sinks yet (sigh), but will do so shortly.

As I was saying goodbye to Roger, there was a knock at the door. I figure it's my laptop and go running to answer. A guy is heading away down the steps, and I bend down to pick up the package he's left. I ask if he needs a signature, but he says, "No, that's why I just left it." And off he goes.

I take the package in the house and realize it's way too small -- and light -- to be my laptop. Sure enough, the hard drives I thought would be here tomorrow have arrived! (This is good news, as I was worried they might come while I was at the doctor.) Now I need to contact Ron and see how soon he can come and do that (much needed) work.

And I need to go down to the utility room and clean up the mess from the plumber. (ugh)

As I mentioned earlier, I lost a filling and am having pain. So I broke down and phoned my former dentist Mary for an appointment. Happily it was her on the phone, so I set an appointment for Thursday (July 23) at 11:00. (Weird. 11:00 tomorrow for the doctor and 11:00 Thursday for the dentist.)

I've blogged my problems with Mary (and mainly with her office manager) before, so I won't go into all that again. I've been seeing Mary since the late 1990's, so it was a blow when I stopped. But she phoned me just after the festival and we've been trying to work it out. I'm anxious to just go back to her, as I really need some dental work done. (Maybe a Higher Power is giving me a little 'push' to get in to see her... smile...) Sister Sue suzy_qp is going to take me, which is very kind of her.

All of this is about $$$, of course. And there's never enough of it these days (or so it seems). We don't live fancy lives. We rarely go out. We don't buy new furniture, still haven't gotten the downstairs painted and re-carpeted. Yeah, I just got a laptop -- but I've wanted it for several years (and it cost under $400). New hard drives? I simply must have them to do my work, period. My poor computer is maxed out, pure and simple. I guess we buy more luxury items than we should (hard to judge that), but we don't spend money like water, believe me. We waited a good two years longer than we should have to get the painting done on our deck and fence.

Plus we're generous with what we have -- and we give to numerous non-profits and charities (starting with the festival). Some of our money goes to that, and we're both glad it does.

Marilyn mistressmarilyn told me yesterday that the current pay cut (mentioned HERE -- about the mandatory five unpaid furlough days) will mean a total loss of around $1,000. That's a LOT for us. So she said she'd been giving less to the Auction this year, which I agreed was fair. We try always to give back as much as we can to the festival, but there are limits to what we can do.

I'm on a tangent now, obviously! The thing is, we're ALL dealing with hard times, money-wise. So I'm not saying things that aren't happening to everyone. We never (ever) forget our many blessings. We talk about them daily, as a matter of fact. We work hard (very) for what we have, but that doesn't mean we don't know how lucky and blessed we are, because we do!

Anyway, I'm still waiting for my laptop to arrive.

I did the tracking thing this morning and it supposedly left to be delivered to 'DESTINATION' this morning at 10:05 a.m. That means it could arrive any time today, I guess. Can't wait!

Meanwhile, I'm dealing with IT-related issues (billings, orders that need to be made, etc.), so I'd better get back to that. I've been letting festival work slide a bit lately, and I need to get back to it! Marilyn was pleased with the website thing I did earlier, so that's a good thing... I'm not a total slacker after all. (grin)

Tags: 2009, dental, dentist, festival, furlough-days, it-manager, it-related, july-2009, laptop, marilyn, money-problems, ron-computers, sister-sue, work
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