Monday, February 25, 2008

Week from hell

Lest you think I've been slackin' here at Camp Osto, I need to fill you in on my week from hell. After the jubilation of winning the trial, Osto and I partied over the weekend and attended the wedding of Brad and Shelly - that was all fun and good times!

Then came Sunday, when a freak February rainstorm whipped up with a little wind thrown in for good measure. We came home that afternoon to find our basement flooded (once again). Ironically, it was two years to the date of the last time it flooded. Now, mind you, our basement is living space. Two bedrooms, family room, etc. - all finished, carpeted, drywalled, etc. Just imagine me, shop vac in hand, tears running down my face and I struggle unsuccessfully to stay ahead of the tidal wave. Osto and brother Mark were manhandling the furniture to the one spot that was dry. Nana rescued the kids. T-bird was a trooper and volunteered to help with the disaster.

Then came Monday and the clean up ensued. The insurance company was contacted, the restoration company arrived to rip up my carpet, dispose of padding, install about 20 dryers and a huge dehumidifier. About 6 companies were called to investigate our flooding issue. More on that in a minute...

Then came Tuesday - a snow day for our kids who have no bedrooms, no toys (all in the garage) and no privacy or space from each other. On my way to work, I was rear ended on the expressway in the snowy/icy weather. Picture me, tears running down my face as my neck now hurts and I can't believe my shitty luck. After taking car to get fixed, visiting local ER and taking muscle relaxers and pain killers for my whiplash, I have two more days off work and two days and nights minus insomnia. Feeling better about things, (vicodin apparently has this effect).

Then came Wednesday - the verdict on the flooding basement is that our drainage tiles around the outside of the house were never tied into our sump system. I don't full understand all of the physics around this mess, but it is a giant pain in the you know what. It is also not covered by insurance. Of course, this makes me cry (still).

Then came Thursday and Friday - They have to trench out the concrete floor in my basement with a wet saw, put in the tubing and recement over it.

Over the weekend we attempt to move more stuff and clean up.

Then came today (Monday) - the carpet guy arrives to lay new pad and re-install my carpet. Turns out the restoration company tore it out and wrecked the seams and it is not usable. Luck is on my side as they agree to pay for new carpet for the whole basement! Unfortunately, this will take another week before they can start. Poor kids.

Luckily, we have had many encouraging words from our friends and families. Thanks to everyone for helping me though this mess and for helping me see the bright side of things. It is all just stuff, it can be replaced. I'm okay, my family is safe and that is all that matters. It still sucks though (I'm not really a glass half full kinda gal).

I'll blog again when sanity returns!

3 comments:

Jenny said...

And on that note, Happy Birthday Amy!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you...

You are a trooper,,,,and you know what they say, what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger...
Nana

TEAM T OUTDOORS said...

Man, looks like you have been blessed with the same or similar "water flowin' where you don't want it" problems we have dealt with! I've found that a couple of stiff drinks make it all better...


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