I'm back in Phoenix, and thoroughly enjoying my vacation week - well, as much as I can considering the circumstances. What circumstances, you ask?
Well, primarily our electrical situation - on this front, there is good news and there is bad news. The good news: our electrical contractor has agreed that their technician did make some mistakes when replacing our main breaker (and the repeated misdiagnoses over the next two-plus months didn't help any), and so they will replace the entire meter pack and main breakers for the whole building at no cost to us. They are working with our HOA trying to get them to accept part of the cost, since they are replacing equipment that affects the whole building - but this is being worked out at high levels between the electrical contractor and the HOA and management company, and I don't need to worry myself with how and when it gets resolved.
The electrical contractor has also agreed to refund the money we spent in October getting the main breaker replaced in order to defray our hotel costs - we should have a check from them early next week. It's all being handled at no cost to us, which is a total blessing. In fact, the electrician was ready with permit in hand and materials purchased, prepared to do the work today - but a couple of days ago, the power company put the kibosh on the whole operation because of the weather forecast. Today is cloudy, windy and has been raining off and on since yesterday evening.
Of course, the guy from APS that our electrician (Dave) was working with went on vacation this week, without letting ElectricianDave know, and the guy who's covering for him decided he wanted to make Dave jump through a few more hoops and do a load calc for the entire building to make sure the place is up to code or something. Oh, and we can't do the work tomorrow because APS is only working a half day (or some such nonsense), and Friday is a Union holiday. And the guy who was working with Dave is back on Monday, so we figure we might be able (weather permitting) to reschedule the work for next Wednesday. Or Thursday. *sigh*
So I'm making myself at home at the Sleep Inn - thankful for the free Wi-Fi and the yummy continental breakfast... but I miss my kitties and I miss cooking at home, and I miss having both working computers so the hubby-head and I can both play games or surf or whatever in the evening.
Of course, this discomfort and hassle is not really anything when compared to the situation in Asia right now, which has helped me keep my personal frustrations in perspective. We are blessed, truly. I only wish we could do something more tangible to help - of course I am praying, and we will be donating what we can afford right now for the relief effort, but as I watched scenes of the devastation on CNN yesterday I found myself wishing I had some sort of skill that would be of use - medical training, or even a construction trade to help rebuild shelters and homes. My good friend Anji is a pediatrician, and has family in India. I bet she would be there right now if she could be.
I have stories to tell from our Christmas in Colorado, and a Tuesday's Top 10 to do (belated)... But I am leading worship at church tonight and I need to get my lazy self in gear and prepare. I have pictures too - but was strictly told by Mom-in-law that "what happens on Christmas Morning stays here" - no photoblogging of pajama-clad family members with bed-head and no makeup, in other words. Darn.