Thursday, January 14, 2010

Walmart, and other mysteries of the universe

Maybe it's the LTUE coming up, but I've been looking at recent events and wondering why certain things happen when they do.

For example, on the bad side of life, my oven broke while I was making dinner on Sunday, the week before last. Of course, I was cooking three things that required an oven and everyone was especially starving.

And the good side? We happen to have a backup prehistoric oven that heats unevenly, but still cooks. Even though the cornbread was black on the bottom, the rest of it was cooked.

So we do our research. It turns out that the EOC (eloctronic oven controler NOT the End Of Course tests) was broken. And, it costs almost as much to buy the part as it does to buy a whole new oven.

The good side? Maybe someday I'll get my dream oven. In the meantime, I have a really good excuse not to bake. My son's birthday is coming up next week though, and I'm already imagining the black-on-the-bottom cake we'll be eating.

And, just when I've completely given up on anyone ever finding Alvor, someone comes to visit from Utah a couple days ago. He was at Walmart with his kids and they pulled him over to the books to show him my book on their shelf. He took a picture of it with his phone just to prove it. I'm at Walmart? Who knew. At least a Walmart in Utah somewhere.

Other cosmic wonders of the universe this last year has included two broken dryers and one broken washing machine. If you went into our shop right now, you would find the two dryers. My husband is sure he can figure out how to fix one of them using the parts, but he's probably really building a spaceship with them or something. He wants to keep the broken oven when we can finally afford to replace ours. I think he's going to make a man cave with all our broken appliances. If the fridge goes out, I'll know for sure something is up. Ha ha ha....

There are more mysteries in my life right now, the kind I won't tell the whole world, but do make me wonder what I'm supposed to do. Sometimes I just have to go with the flow, and other times I wonder if someone's trying to send me some messages and I'm really slow to figure it out. Oh well. When the car breaks down, I'll have even more time to contemplate the mysteries of the universe. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.


Melissa said...

I love your husband. He is terrific, I bet he and my husband could fix anything together! Our water heater has been fritzy for 7 months... Dave "fixed" it, but it continued to leak all over our basement, untill one day last month it stopped? is that a good thing? We're not sure.

I wish you (and Alvor) were in our Walmart. xoxox

Laura said...

The thing is, he probably will figure out how to make one working dryer out of two broken ones. And, did you know that when the EOC goes out in your oven, it beeps incessantly? He did manage to rewire it so it doesn't beep and we can still use the burners on top. That alone is skill.

Hope your water heater has a little more life in it. Last night I asked my husband if we should start praying for each individual appliance, just to be safe.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Hi Laura - popping in to see how you are doing in the new year. Dont be discouraged....get out there and make that book sizzle! (Not your oven - the book!)

Keep going Laura - I still believe this book is going places. :) Bring it to Minnesota and I will be a cheer leader! :)

L.T. Elliot said...

I've seen your book in many a wal-mart here in Utah. =] I'll take a pic. the next time I'm out just so you have proof. You know the best place I've ever seen it at? On MY bookshelf. =]

That's awesome to have a handy hubby. Mine is a gandalf of computers but we're both kind of otherwise handicapped at fixing stuff around the house. We're learning though!

Anonymous said...

No pains, no gains..........................