12 April 2006

Where have I been?

Despite what everyone may think, I am not dead. Granted, I have been relatively quiet of late, aside from a few snarks on other people’s sites, but that was due to real life intruding, not due to any muzzling, as Vig may have feared.

What real life, you may ask? Well, first and foremost, I am again a proud papa, and my better half now deserves a promotion to Admiral. Our new wee one was born on the 21st, and, despite some last minute drama from the Admiral’s OB, everything went amazingly well. So now I have 4 mini-PBS’s:
V2.1 – Son, age 6
V2.2 – Son, age 4
V2.3 – Daughter, age 2
V2.4 – Daughter, just commissioned

Now, you may be wondering how that explains such a long absence. The truth is, it doesn’t. No, in order to keep our karma balanced, before we got our wonderful latest (and last) bundle of joy, we got hit with a series of waterfalling disasters. If you really want to hear our tale of woe that preceded V2.4’s birthday, click on “Read the Full Post”. However, if you want just the bottom line: Disasters are, well, if not over, at least being managed, and baby is here and gorgeous, and the Admiral is recovering. So, I should be back pretty much regularly from here on out.

The series of disasters started about 3 weeks ago. V2.1 brought home a virulent little stomach bug from school. He and I both went down hard with the virus. A few days later, V2.2 and V2.3 both got it, as well as the ADM, oh, and V2.1 relapsed and got sick again. Luckily it was over a weekend, so I was at least around to tend to the sick masses. The bad news is we didn’t have nearly enough buckets for every person who was consistently losing any food or water they ingested. Needless to say, after several days of this, I was beat. It was around 5:30 in the morning several days into this that began to spiral out of control. I had just stripped V2.3’s bed and replaced the bedding, as she had booted all over her sheets (again), and took the soiled linens downstairs to wash (a constant process what with the kiddos beds constantly needing changing what with all the puking). Once I got the sheets started washing, I decided to crash for a few hours on the couch, so I could hear the kiddos should they start erupting again. Around 8:00, V2.1 woke me up with the following line,

“Daddy, why is the floor all wet?”

Apparently, the washing machine, after getting moved by the Navy a half a dozen times or so, decided its life had been simply too rough, and gave up the ghost. In so doing, however, it had been continuously dumping water from its time of death to the time my son woke me up. Needless to say, our entire ground floor was flooded. The rest of the day was spent frantically pulling up carpet to prevent subfloor damage, while trying to simultaneously tend to the sickies.

Sadly, several hours of unchecked spillage meant that every room on the ground floor was affected save the closet in the master bedroom. So now we know the details of working with Servpro (downside: one of the dehumidifiers they set up leaked all over the dining room the first night in operation. *sigh*; upside: very professional, and very friendly group where we live, went a long way to make us forget that slip up from the first night), our insurance company (downside: No local representatives, so everything is done via phone, and only when we can get a hold of our agent; upside: No local representative, so I haven’t gone to jail for murder yet), and the adjuster (downside: first guy who was contracted via our insurance company just stopped returning calls, never showed up; upside: second guy who was contracted for the job has worked with this Servpro team before, so his estimate and theirs were identical – so no whining from the insurance company).

Now, six weeks later, our flooring and drywall is just starting to get replaced. Again, *sigh*. And, as all this floor replacement has required much furniture moving, the cable modem got moved, shoved in an out of the way place that I could not locate, and hence, no blogging from me, save the random snarking I was able to do from work.

So, the long and the short of it – I am back baby, and with another baby to increase the squadron’s numbers!
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At 4/13/2006, Blogger Lubber's Line said...

PBS, Congrats to you and the Admiral on the addition to the PBS squadron and “surviving” the new construction phase.

Good to see you're back from physical discomfort to The Discomfort of Thought.

At 4/15/2006, Blogger WillyShake said...

I don't know whether to hug you for:

a.) your new addition (congrats!)
b.) the nightmare you've survived (well done!)
c.) your return to the blogosphere (welcome back!)

...now get back in the saddle and let's go! LOL



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