narrated by Jeffrey
It seems like every time I turn around, something is always breaking in our house. Leaky faucets now, clogged toilets last week. We had to replace the dishwasher last month. Luckily I am somewhat handy, so we get to save on repair costs.
It’s becoming very tiresome. It seems like the house is falling apart, at least according to me. Britney thinks it’s just bad timing.
The discussion of finding a new home has come up from time to time, but the sheer thought of accumulating more debt terrifies me. Britney thinks we’ll be fine but she, ever the fiscal conservative, believes it’s not reason enough to move anyway. We should be focusing on paying off the remainder of our mortgage and building our savings. In four short years, Sarai will be heading to college, which is another large expense we’re not really prepared for.
Sarai is sailing through high school and still has her sights set on entering the medical field. The thought of paying for eight to twelve years of higher education is very daunting.
Britney, as a result, is still not-so-subtly encouraging Sarai to apply for membership into FENSA. The accompanying financial award will cover her undergraduate degree, and she’s bright enough to earn other scholarships that will hopefully be enough to cover medical school.
Although Britney means well, I often run interference so she doesn’t overdo it. When I feel the conversation is headed into bad territory, I’ll often change the subject or help Sarai with her school work enough for Britney to move on. Or, her helping me with her school work, usually.
No matter how hard I try to make things easier around the house, Britney still overworks herself. From working full time at the hospital in Rockport and raising two toddlers and a teenager, she exhausts herself enough to come down with the flu.
So I end up making her my grandmother’s chicken noodle soup and she’s completely recovered after a week.
But just when I believe I can relax, our household takes another hit.
I gotta say, the burglar was pretty bold to break into the police chief’s home, but he must’ve not done his homework, as he didn’t know about the alarm or about my department’s fast response time.
The responding officer was fast enough to interrupt him before he stole anything, but it just wasn’t enough as the would-be thief escaped apprehension.
After doing a walk-thru of the house and the rookie taking my statement for the official reports, I had to give a few encouraging words to the officer.
Having the bad guy get away, and in front of your boss no less, would be brutal for anyone.
I am already over it though. I’ll just need to make sure that the whole department get some additional training. But I am still not looking forward to the embarrassment that is waiting for me and my department tomorrow.
- The title is from Things Fall Apart by Built to Spill.
- So yeah, the Underwood house got hit but nothing was taken. And the officer’s butt has handed to him by the burglar instead. This was the first time that I had noticed that beaten cops are dejected when retreating back to their vehicles. I was quite amused.
- Stuff kept breaking around the house this visit; it was irritating the heck out of me. I guess it’s the joys of home ownership after all. All of their money has been in getting the mortgage paid off (which I did this round, yay!), so they couldn’t really spare paying the repairman. So Jeffrey fixed the leaky tub and the expensive toilet that keeps getting clogged (three times during their round). But I did call the repair guy when the computer and dishwasher broke. I really don’t want to chance making Britney a widow.
- Speaking of Britney, she brought the flu home from work and it would not go away for three days. I was so afraid she was going to croak and make Jeffrey a widower.
- I really wanted to get Courtney and Tina into the update but that was when certain keyboard shortkeys kept erroring out, making me not getting any good shots of them through all that. And I can’t believe it but Courtney will soon age up to child next summer. Gah!
- Thanks for reading!