I've been meaning to post, but real life has been a bit real recently...
Last week I was woken up at 1am by the smoke alarm, which beeped a bit (properly beeped, not just chirped). When the smoke alarm goes off you are awake. After establishing there was no fire anywhere and googling reasons why it had gone off I'd determined it could wait until the morning and managed to calm myself down enough to turn the light off and attempt going back to sleep. At which point it went off again. Long story short, I ended up calling the fire brigade up, who established there was definitely no fire, using their heat detector. They found Missy, though (who was asleep until fireman were there and something interesting was going on).
Since my smoke alarms are mains-operated, the firemen couldn't actually check them, just put up some battery operated ones (and I turned the mains smoke alarms off) and they told me to get an electrician to look at it. Which I am still working on, a week and a bit later. It seems like the electricians on checkatrade are all so busy they either don't really want the work and/or won't answer messages/the phone.
While I was trying to get an electrician I thought I'd try and get someone to wash the windows, given that I've been meaning to do it for two years. Which turns out to be just as hard...
Meanwhile getting someone to clean my cooker (as part of the warranty-like thing I have with Currys) involves calling them so they can arrange the cleaner to call me to arrange an appointment. That took a week, but is at least sorted (I'd only been putting that off for two months, but it's a yearly thing...).
Wednesday went terribly with trying to meet up with just_ann_now (and jay_of_lasgalen and falling_towers). It was partially the Natural History Musseum's fault for having two entrances and a dinosaur at each entrance, and my fault for being unable to read the big red "You are here" sticker on a map. After that things went better and I got home later than I'd intended because falling_towers and I were having fun in Harrods. The most expensive thing we came across, without looking that hard, was a bookcase with no back (so no use for books) for £19,000.
Last weekend I was also in London, this time for the European Swimming Championships. It was horribly hot and humid, but we knew that in advance. For some crazy reason they wouldn't let us take food in, so we got home late because we were trying to find some food in the shopping centre (the pasta place that looked nice and had gluten free pasta, failed to have any gluten free pasta). But I did end up with some strawberry sorbet. The swimming itself was fun and much better than on TV, where you can't really see much.
Yesterday I went to the recycling centre, to get rid of some stuff. I thought I'd only be there a minute and was actually there over an hour because my battery decided it didn't like this car starting idea any more (but was quite happy to work all the rest of the electronics). The only good thing was that it was (amazingly) still in warranty, so at least the new battery was free.
It has really turned into one of those months.
Mirrored from my blog.