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    The Saga Continued

    August 30, 2007 by Brandy Vencel

    For those of you who care, we are home again. But, oh, how we worked to get here! Yesterday afternoon, we received a call saying that our air conditioner was fixed. This was Good News as we hadn’t intended on moving in with my parents, but what exactly does one do when it is, after all, 105 degrees outside?

    So we moved home. And we were so glad to be here.

    At 10:00pm, I began to be suspicious that it was Hot.

    I checked the thermostat.

    It was hot.

    I solved the case. The air conditioner was broken. Again.

    But the kids were in bed. Si suggested opening the window, but it was 10:00pm and 95 degrees, so the windows remained shut. We decided to Stick It Out. It was 82 degrees steady all night long.

    So in the morning, my mom came over and helped me pack it all up and move back to their home. We spent the morning there. Thankfully, a repairman made it out before nap today, and the children are all snug in their beds once again.

    I heard a notice saying that this is a Power Flex day. This is a veiled threat that if we do not control our electricity consumption, the substation will control it for us by flipping the OFF button.

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if, now that my house has cooled off but it is 107 outside, the power goes out? Maybe that isn’t actually irony…

    In other news…
    Since I’m turning this into a vanity post, I might as well go all the way. After reading Rahime’s thoughts on the idea, I decided to take the plunge. I am now a proud member of PaperBackSwap. This is important because I have three books I have been trying to get rid of now in the mail to someone who wants them, and three books coming to me that I really want. And all this for the price of postage.

    You know what they say about trash. Somebody out there has trash that I will treasure, and it is headed my way now.

    So what is coming? Books for school, naturally. The first is a hardback called Adventures With Arnold Lobel. We love Lobel around here right now. He can make a five-year-old laugh out loud while reading! This lovely hardback contains three easy readers within: Small Pig, Mouse Tales and Uncle Elephant.

    Next to arrive will be an unabridged edition of The Swiss Family Robinson. I don’t know if it has illustrations or not, but it might not matter if it arrives in time to keep us company on a couple long car rides in our near future. Reading while driving is a great way to keep everyone contented and interested in something.

    Lastly, we’ve requested a copy of Thornton Burgess’ The Adventures of Grandfather Frog. We have never read Burgess before, but we’re looking forward to it. I will have to check back when we are done and decide whether we like him as much as we think we will. Too bad it isn’t illustrated by Michael Hague. He did such a wonderful job with The Wind in the Willows.

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  • Reply kristie September 1, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    Excellent angle! I hadn’t thought of that. Yay!!!!

  • Reply Brandy September 1, 2007 at 2:59 am

    Well, now, since we do not own our own home, the repairs were very cheap. Well, they were cheap for us. I have no idea what our landlord ended up paying, but it was a five-minute fix, so I’m hoping not too much.

    See! Another thing I can’t complain about: not paying to fix the A/C. My attitude is improving by the minute… 🙂

  • Reply kristie September 1, 2007 at 1:45 am

    I sympathize with the air conditioning situation! Ours broke about three weeks before we moved and it was out for a couple weeks, include the hottest, muggiest weekend of the summer. We got a lot of reading done those nights…. And now we have a brand new a/c unit for our renters to enjoy….. Seriously, I hope the repairs were inexpensive and you all enjoyed time with grandma and grandpa!

  • Reply Brandy August 31, 2007 at 9:21 pm


    I am so glad you recommended it (PBS).

    Yes, it was hot, but thankfully we had family to spare us from the worst of it. Honestly, the heat this year has been mild compared to previous years. A couple weeks back it was in the 80s, which is unheard of for August. So I can’t complain. Or, at least, I shouldn’t.

  • Reply Rahime August 31, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Oooh, I’m glad you’re trying paperback swap. I’ve already had the opportunity to send a bunch, request a few, and receive one.

    So much fun.

    Sorry to hear it’s SO hot. Wow. It’s been pretty warm here the past few days, but I don’t think I can even imagine what 105 degrees w/o air conditioning would feel like.

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