Monday, June 1, 2009

Good News & Bad News

Good News: Our air conditioner is fixed!
Bad News: It's still 85* in the house. It cost $159 for the guy to spray our unit with the hose!

We've postponed calling anyone to look at our air conditioner for fear they'd only tell us we need a new one and there was nothing they could do to help. We waited as long as possible (it was 93* today) to call, and thankfully, they squeezed us in today. Fortunately, the guy didn't tell us we need a new one, but that it was really dirty. He hosed it off and it's working. He also showed Jer how to do it to save some money next time. I'm thankful it was any easy and quick fix. I'm thankful we won't stick to ourselves anyone (once the house cools down and I take a cold shower!). I'm thankful I don't have to make Adon suffer through hot naps. I'm thankful that my hotter than normal very pregnant body will finally have some relief!

Good News: We saved $1,800 getting Jer's car "fixed."
Bad News: It cost $209 to get Jer's car fixed.

We had a coupon from a big chain for an oil change and Jer needed an oil change and an inspection to get his car licensed. When we picked his car up from the oil change, they had a list of recommendations (including an oil pan gasket leak) totaling over $2,000 that they said needed to be done. Common sense said to get a second opinion, so we took his car to our regular, very trustworty, mechanic. He informed us that not only could he not find the leak, but all of the other recommendations were bogus! He did say Jer's car was leaking transmission fluid and was due for a full transmission fluid flush. So we got those things fixed and saved a bundle of money. However, it infuriates me that those chain stores can make such claims and take poor, innocent people to the cleaners! I'm so thankful we got a second opinion. I'm thankful we saved a bunch of money. I'm thankful Jer's car works fine.

Other good news...only 26 days until my estimated due date. Adon figured out how to climb into his stroller today. He can almost climb up onto the couch. He walks several steps on his own. He actually lets go of something all by himself, takes a few steps to a nearby destination, then looks at me or J to clap and cheer! Also, he's the smartest kid in the whole world! We're teaching him some simple sign language to help with manners and to differentiate his grunts/requests. He picks them up so fast! He's mastered about 4-5 different signs and easily repeats them and is close to signing without any prompting. It only took him about 3 days to learn them! It's amazing how fast his little brain soaks stuff up.


Abby said...

Ugh...we had one of those nearly $200 visits to fix the air conditioner by cleaning it. Rule of thumb that we learned: clean the thing by spraying it out with the hose at the beginning AND the end of the air conditioner season. It keeps it running better...we havent had to call them out since! (and we felt really dumb after we paid to have ours cleaned...)

Ryan and Lori said...

I know what you mean about getting a second opion with the car. I took our car in a couple of weeks ago for an oil chain and they told me I needed about $750 worth or work done to it. We are leaving for Flordia the next week, so I wanted to make sure our car was in top condition. I took it to a Christian machanic, which I had never been to before, and they told me that I only needed a water pump replaced and non of the other stuff. It only cost us a little over $200 instead. It burns me up when they take advantage of people who don't know any better.