4 more months until 2024 and I’m ready to put this year behind me. Not out of exhaustion or annoyance (anymore), but just to have a nice bookend sooner than later. Posting these as a personal way to get this outta my mind for good.
- 2 of the first 6 months had some combination of multiple guests and 2 extra pets staying with us.
LEARNINGS: Accommodating guests is an art form… but while it can be a labor of love, sometimes it doesn’t have to be labor-intensive. The fact that people travel to be in your company (and/or home) doesn’t necessitate “showing them around town”. Sometimes, a comfy living space to rest and chat is good enough an activity.
- 2 months were sharing a car while insurance refused to total the S/O’s - which only got done after I barked for 3 days straight, 2 rungs up the adjuster’s chain-of-command.
LEARNINGS: ISO-9001 training rule #1, if it wasn’t documented, then it didn’t happen is very much applicable to every day life. Furthermore, persistance and assertiveness is palatable so long as you treat kindly as people as human beings. In fact, it can lend itself to them not shutting you down outright in spite of the situation.
- Bonus points for a tornado tearing through on the 2nd night, allowing me to have the highest of moral grounds when one of us was stuck home without cell signal or power (and no car to escape (we’re fine, though)).
LEARNINGS: Sometimes insurance adjusters will happen to know a good repair shop when you run out of collision repair center options… be very wary of those scenarios if you are in a rural area. But use your locality as a boon when talking with the collision repair center you are “assigned” to.
Also, goddamn, the tornado alley really is shifting
- Buying a new car
LEARNINGS: Look, I love my 2022. My S/O loves her 2023. But if you can make it make sense, buying a model year 2019-2022 is just asking for parts and repairs issues due to supply chain right now.Not to mention recalls and bugs out the wah-zoo.
- Replacing washing machine
LEARNINGS: This year is sponsored by my new job. Getting paid weekly is the nuts. Made for a speedy ability to semi-comfortably pick up a new washing machine under a week of the old one breaking.
Also, there are many washing machines out there without agitators now. The cons vastly out-weigh the pros by way of cleaning less while using more water. Last, front load washing machines break easier and faster. Don’t do it.
- Joking last week we’ve replaced all main appliances for the house… 3 days before getting notified that the septic drain field (and the septic itself) need replacing.
LEARNINGS: Keep my goddamn mouth shut. The price of septic tanks surprisingly has not budged much, if at all in the last decade. At least in Florida. Drainage fields release more “nutrient rich water” that can cause plants to grow faster near where the water exits. When the drainage field begins to fail, the foliage tends to grow even faster and with more variety in species. Related, a sign of a failing drainage field is bathroom drains seem to clog more for ‘no reason’.
This year has been EXPENSIVE. And that’s leaving out that minor surgery before the car accident. Always check to be sure which bills you should expect to receive post-op. Don’t be afraid to call the number on the bill to negotiate the bill down or send it back to insurance.
Finally, coconut cream and cream of coconut are entirely separate items with different shelf lifes.
When making a piña colada for your beach getaway from life, use crushed ice in the blender alongside your cream of coconut, pineapple juice (not extract), and golden rum from a local distillery.