Tuesday, January 18, 2011


It's not like the ice storm we had in 2007, but it's still icy. I was three hours late to work because I was frozen out of both vehicles. It took an hour to chisel through the half inch of ice once I finally got into the trunk to get the spare scraper!

The roads were not too bad, though.

I have a headache, probably from spending so much time in the cold. I took my boots off because I couldn't feel my toes (not wet, just cold). If my gloves were dry, I'd be wearing them now because my fingers are cold. This is regular office chill, though. It's compounded because my fingers started out cold today!

I hope the day goes by fast. I really want to be home.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pissed Off

Monday night, I received three text messages.

Tuesday night, I received two.

Yesterday, I received one.

All of them looked like this:

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Need Answers?

Reply 'Y'
From: 56483

The 9th Circuit recently ruled that unauthorized text solicitations are illegal under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

I have no business relationship with this company that has been sending me texts. I have not authorized them to do so. I'm afraid to reply with stop as the message indicates because I don't want them to see a live number and then start killing me with even more messages I did not authorize.

Instead, I filed a complaint with the FTC and the BBB. I did send an e-mail to the company, but I'm not giving them my phone number so they can start thinking it's ok to use it however they please. Next, I will contact my cell provider. If it doesn't stop, I'll have to call my lawyer.

What is the point of laws if any company can just sign you up for anything even if you have never heard of them? I am thoroughly angry about this.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

My Evening

When I got home from the weekend with fam on Sunday, I noticed that I was not getting much hot water for my shower. I went to the crawlspace when I got home from work yesterday to find it flooded. I couldn't get to the hot water heater to turn off the water to it (based on where the lake that was my crawlspace was moving, the leak was definitely coming from the heater) so I had to wade through the water to turn off the pipe to the pressure tank. I was then able to siphon the Great Crawlspace Lake. It took a few hours to get to the point where the water wasn't going past my boots so I could shut off the water to the heater and turn the well back on so I could at least flush my toilet again. The water was coming from a rusted hole at the back and bottom of the tank. I need a new one.

Also, turning off my well drained the pressure tank and overwhelmed my septic system. The sudden alarm was rather shocking.

The bright side is that the septic alarm seems to have resolved itself in the night, the seller bought me a home warranty policy when I bought the place so replacing the rusted hot water heater should only cost me $75, and it's a crawlspace, not a basement, so the lake-that-was didn't do as much damage as it could have. I put in a claim last night, but the contractor said they won't be able to get out here until tomorrow.

My dad and Jack came over last night. Their presence helped me get my head on straight so I could deal with the problem (like siphoning out the lake, finding the shut-off valves for the two tanks, and locating the paper that my Realtor sent me in June about the home warranty so I could get started on getting it fixed). I boiled some water this morning so I could wash my hair, but I rinsed with the cold tap. Let me tell you, the water from my aquifer is C.O.L.D. and now I have a headache.

I know it could be worse, but it makes me feel like I never should have bought the house. If something goes really wrong, I can't afford to fix it. I don't know if I'll be able to renew my home warranty, and now that I see the value of it, I really think I should. I'll start saving now.