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January 17th, 2009 (05:08 pm)
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current mood: freezing

When we woke up and tuned into the Weather Channel this morning, it was 4 degrees outside. Yesterday, the high was only 18. I know, all you Midwesterners and New Englanders are smirking now and calling me a weather wimp, and I do humbly accept the title. But that doesnt' mean it isn't COLD here. Bob's sister and her daughter are arriving tonight. They'll be sleeping in the basement and we wanted to make sure it will be warm enough down there. So Bob turned up the thermostat a few degrees this morning.

Then we smelled smoke. We ran downstairs to check it out, and found that the furnace was dead. The motor in the damn thing just blew its brains out. I guess it couldn't take the pressure. The reading on the thermostat immediately began to plummet. The heating guy came out to look at the furnace. The motor needs to be replaced, and he doesn't have the right one in stock. He might be able to get one -- by MONDAY. Maybe. That's OK; we don't need heat. This is only the coldest week the D.C. area has seen in 17 YEARS.

In the meantime, Bob has been calling around and searching the internet to see if he can find a way to get the new part sooner. If he can find one, he thinks he can install it himself. So far, no luck.

So I'm pulling out every old blanket we've got in the house (there are more than I thought) and washing them now. And if we can get hold of some firewood, we'll start a fire in the fireplace.

But right now, I really need to put on an extra pair of socks.


Posted by: Allison Stein (astein142)
Posted at: January 18th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)

Argh. It is NO FUN when the heat is out. Electric blankets, perhaps? Huddle together for warmth. And hang in there. The severe cold was more than a lot of heating units could handle. There was a bit on the news earlier this week about how busy the heating repair companies have been. Mike says two people in his work group lost their heat on the coldest morning... poor little heaters just couldn't keep up....

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