I checked to see if I might have accidentally shut it off and found I hadn’t. I checked the water at the kitchen faucet and found it, too, didn’t have water flowing. Shoot! This is not my area! I called Frankenbutt who said to check the breakers. I did and there was one flipped. OK, I can handle this. I flipped the breaker back, restarted the washing machine and started to head to the living room when I heard the water stop again. I went back to the breaker box and re-flipped the breaker. Before I could get out of ear shot, I heard the breaker flip back off.
OK. Now, this is definitely not my area! I texted Frankenbutt an update who surmised that maybe the breaker has gone bad; he figured he’d replace it when he got home from work. I wrote down the info on the existing breaker and decided to run to Lowe’s so Frankenbutt could just install it as soon as he arrived home, even with daylight waning.
Realizing there’d be no laundry, no toilet flushing, no dish washing until we had water again, I pondered where to redirect my energies. About that time, the Beast’s phone rang and her buddy, Jacob, invited her to play laser tag while he’s on spring break. With household chores at a halt, getting out seemed like a good idea. The Beast and I hopped in the truck and headed to Tampa to meet up with Jacob and his mom.
Once the kids met up and started playing, I asked Jacob’s mom if she minded if I ran some errands; she said she didn’t mind at all. First, I got the oil changed on the truck. Then I ran to the local grocery store to buy our trip’s re-stock items. Since we don’t want to carry 4 months of food, vitamins, toiletries, etc on our bikes, I’ve decided to make up a re-stock box. I’ll be leaving that box in the VW when we drop it off in NJ this weekend. When the Editor (the oldest daughter) is home from college and connects with us in Pottstown, PA during the Memorial Day weekend national race, we’ll refill our panniers with the basics.
Following a last bathroom break at the laser tag, the Beast and I headed for home with the breaker and the restock items. As I drove, I could hear my Blackberry dinging, indicating there were emails. When we were stopped in a line of traffic, I quickly checked them and found there were about 10 responses to my Craigs List ad for our house rental. When I returned home, I opened each response and was disappointed at the number of “scam” emails but found there was one that sounded good. I replied with all the information requested and I hope to be showing the property middle of next week.
I spent the next hour reviewing our BMX track contacts and realized that we still don’t have firm plans with the first two tracks on the national circuit: Sarasota and West Palm Beach, FL. I re-emailed them both and replied to other tracks’ emails regarding our arrival. I took a moment to review how many emails I’ve sent to media, sponsors, tracks, friends and family and realized I’ve sent over 300 emails in the last 2 months. I can’t imagine how many I’ll have sent by the time we arrive in Louisville.
When Frankenbutt arrived home, the Beast and he worked together to switch out the breaker. I was impressed how quickly they got the job done. I immediately started up the washing machine and started making Frankenbutt a bologna sandwich (I’ve mentioned I can’t cook, right?) While I was in the kitchen, I noticed the distinct lack of washing machine sounds. I checked the kitchen faucet: no water. I hollered to Frankenbutt who said, “I know.” After a few minutes, he said, “It must not be the breaker; it’s got to be a short in the electric line itself.”
He ran to Lowe’s, bought a 100’ roll of outdoor underground electrical wire: $82. I held the light while Frankenbutt removed the prior circuit breaker’s wire from its connections and screwed down the newly stripped ends of wire into place. He repeated the same process at the water pump housing. Within a minute, the water was working and we were back in business!
I finally got the laundry started and noticed it was now 10 at night. Where did the day go? I didn’t make a dent in the packing, the laundry wasn’t done and all I had to show for the day was a box with soap, shampoo, qtips, dog food and toothpaste. Well, at least I got that done.
Today, we rode our short route so we could get a few more of life’s details out of the way. The Beast and I had eye exams and we ordered prescription sunglasses for her since the contact lens training didn’t go easily. She gave it a good effort but couldn’t manage to get or keep even one lens in her eye. Meanwhile, the eye dr. brought me up to speed about contact lenses that now are “multi-focal”, meaning that not only will I be able to see distance well … but NOW, I can read without reading glasses! I’m experimenting with a pair for the next 5 or 6 days and hope to order a 6 month supply next week.
When I returned home, we ran out again and picked up the rental tow dolly so we can transport our VW to Jersey for less than it would have cost us in gas … PLUS … I can work on emails and phone calls about our bike ride while Frankenbutt drives. We made it back home in time to switch vehicles and head to Tampa BMX track for Wednesday night practice.
It’s almost 10 pm again and I feel again like I haven’t accomplished enough towards packing down the house and getting us closer to leaving for the bike ride. Although this run to Jersey is necessary, I feel like I need every bit of time left to do so many of the necessary things. I guess day to day life isn’t going to stop so that we can go have our dream. I’m really looking forward to the days ahead when there will be no house repairs to make, no appointments to keep … just us and the bikes and a route plan.