April has been off to a rough start in the Frantic Mama household.
We returned from a wonderful family trip on a warm, sunny beach, to cold, rainy April weather. I had an annoying cold, and I could tell both of my kids had one brewing as well. Ugh.
Then our furnace stopped working. Ugh again.
In Minnesota, you still need your furnace to work in April. May too.
My husband is fix-it-yourself-er, but after we were without heat for 3 days (and no homemade solutions were to be found) we called in the pros. The worker (of course) said we would likely need a new furnace, estimating around $5,000.
But guess what? My husband researched and watched videos and in one last ditch effort, he fixed it! All he had to do was clean something. Yes, seriously. It works like a charm again and we called the company and told them we just saved 5,000 dollars.
So that was good.
But by then my daughter's cold was raging-- a cough with a thick, runny nose-- the works. I also woke up feeling worse. She was home allllll day long with me from Monday afternoon to Thursday morning. We didn't even leave the house (except to run to the "bottle shop" [i.e. Trader Joe's liquor section]). This means no preschool for her, which means no writing or working for me. Ughhhhhh.
This is when, yes, our water started acting weird.
It sometimes works, and other times, nothing comes out of the faucet. Remember the movie The Money Pit, with Tom Hanks? That's how it's feeling around here.
Everyone with kids knows that you need to run the dishwasher every day and the washer at least once a day to even attempt to stay on top of things. Needless to say, we're behind on clothes and dishes.
Plus, it's still cold and rainy outside.
And I'm still chugging DayQuil.
Alas, all hope is not lost, though: my daughter was at least well enough to go to preschool this morning (all hail the power of preschool!), hence this brief blog post in attempts to break out of my funk.
How do you get yourself out of a funk? No one's going to do it for us, right? This blog post, an extra up of coffee (I used bottled water for that), and a handful of peanut butter pretzels is my big attempt to feel better!
~Julia @ Frantic Mama
P.S. Reading Mindy Kaling's book and creating this meme also cheered me up: