Friday, October 10, 2008

I *heart* Home Service Plus

I've told you about my broken oven. It's been 10 days since my oven has produced anything resembling heat. When I called on Tuesday, they scheduled a service call for Thursday. When the guy on Thursday came, he had to order a part. When I got the part in the mail on Monday, I had to call for a second appointment for the installation. The installation was today. Unfortunately, the back and forth has resulted in a week and a half without my oven. BUT, the good news is in what is written on my repair records:
First visit, labor: $120
Second visit, part: $250
Second visit, labor: $50
Grand total: $420
Why is this good news? Because, dear blog reader, we have CenterPoint Energy Home Service Plus. The great little insurance plan that adds a minimal amount to our monthly bill and REALLY saves our butts in situations like this. Grand total for us, the Home Service Plus customer? $0. Awesome. :)
This cookie baker is back in business!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


"What don't you know, and how will you learn it?"

This was the final question of tonight's presidential debate. I loved it.

What I didn't love? The fact that neither candidate really clearly answered it. Whatever.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

The Secret Life of Bees

I think I've blogged this quote before, but it's probably been a while, and it's good enough to blog again. I am reading The Secret Life of Bees for a bookclub. I had started it a few years ago, and never got into it; now that I'm reading it for real, I'm not sure why I didn't get into it. I started yesterday afternoon and I'm 100 pages in. It's really good. Anyway, the chapters all begin with quotes from different books about bees. The quote at the beginning of chapter 1 is from Man and Insects:
"The queen, for her part, is the unifying force of the community; if she is removed from the hive, the workers very quickly sense her absence. After a few hours, or even less, they show unmistakable signs of queenlessness."
Oh, so true. :)

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Some recent pictures

Just some recent shots to share with my blog friends. :)

Daddy and Jackson playing chess. Probably one of Dan's proudest days as a father so far. :)

Wrong move, Dad!

Relaxing with mom.

Sweet face!

Playing on what he dubbed the "big boy ladder" at French Park.

Going through the tunnel!

Ooh, big boy moves on the ropes.

Snuggling with Eli on the couch.

Three little monkeys - Jack, Davis, and Eli - jumping on the bed!

Oh, so much fun. :)

Jack actually got some air. Davis is clearly amazed!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

No cookies

My oven is broken.

Funniest thing happened on Tuesday night. I turned my oven dial to 380 (random temperature, I know) and proceeded to mix cookie dough. As I finished stirring in the chocolate chips at the end, I realized that the oven was still not preheated. It usually beeps about halfway through my mixing to let me know it has reached its proper (albeit random, I know) temperature. So I stopped the chocolate chip festivities and opened the oven door. I was not blown away with heat, so stuck my hand into the oven. Stone cold. Crap. I checked all of the burners; they all worked, so it wasn't a pilot light issue. I turned the dial to "off" and then turned it again to "380." Nothing. So I formed my dough into two dozen cookies and put them in a container and in the fridge.

And I called Centerpoint Energy Home Service Plus. The wisest investment we've ever made. We pay a little extra every month to have the freedom of calling for help when something (namely the furnace, oven, dryer, and AC) stops working. So I explained to the nice woman on the phone that my oven wasn't preheating. She said she could get someone out on Thursday. Really? Two days away? Fine. Sure, I'll leave a key under the doormat. Yes, my cats are harmless.

So I came home today to a note on my counter from the kind gentleman who tended to my dear oven. "The electronic control isn't power to the back or broil ignitors." Hmm, that doesn't sound good. Next page, "Ordered - Electronic range control." And at the bottom: "Labor - $120. Charge to you - No charge." YAY! "Your part will be sent directly to your home address. Please call us at 612-333-6466 to schedule repair when your part arrives. You will receive priority scheduling." Well, I should hope so! Did I mention that I own a cookie business? Did you know that cookies can't be baked without a fully-functioning oven?

So, here I am. Ovenless for at least another week. I'm going to be employing the use of my crock pot for dinners and stovetop for our breakfast party on Saturday. Oh well.

And if you're itching for cookies and were planning on placing an order? You'll have to wait. :(