Here’s to 2016

I think I’ve started this year off with a bang. I want one day where I do nothing but sleep and hopefully not have any nightmares about frozen pipes. We found 21 breaks in the lines and now there’s a lot of holes in the walls everywhere. I’ve got a phone call into a private party that does drywall repair, and I’m going to need to go through and sweep and mop all of the floors in the place once that’s completed. The pipe exploration was a full days worth of work on Saturday. I’m still wincing at the cost and partially dreading the drywall cost.

On the bright side, I’ve gotten a few more things packed up. This was primarily Saturday. Backing up a bit…

Thursday, New Year’s Eve, we went to the Hateful Eight. It was pretty entertaining. Pretty much Reservoir Dogs gone western style. Not as gory as some of Tarantino’s other ones.

Friday night, we ended up going bowling. I haven’t done that in ages. My arm’s a little sore too as a result and my hands a little sore too.

Saturday, besides the frozen pipe repair work I spent all day doing, we went to see the Young Dubliners.

I haven’t caught a show in a while and the last irish rock based show I’ve seen was Flogging Molly ages and ages ago. It was a good time.


Young Dubliners


And that brings me to today. I actually got a manicure and did some shopping with a friend who’s commissioned me to make a baby blanket for a shower she has coming up (I’ll post pictures of it later when I’m completely through with it). I also went and bought myself a planner. Part of my goals for this year is to reorganize myself and figure out who the hell I am now. I think I know who I am, but I’ve lost touch with doing things I use to enjoy doing, that brought me focus, and made me happy because I was constantly criticized for those habits. The planner is partially set up, but I haven’t started to fill it in (ah! I’m behind!).

There’s a lot more I want to write, but I will hold off on that later. You know, and make use of that planner.


    Why were there holes in the drywall? From the pipes freezing? How does that happen?

    But I’m glad you stayed busy, went place and enjoyed yourself. 🙂 I thought about buying a planner but I just use a plain sketchbook and draw pictures, make to do lists, positive lists, things i want to get back into doing. I found an empty page works the best for me.

    Stay positive! <3


      You run out of fuel for the heater (it’s ran on heating fuel that has to be filled by a tanker truck periodically) and then not know that the house is out of heat for 3-4 days when the weather is -20F or colder. 🙂 Things freeze, water turns to ice and swells, and pipes crack.

      He went through and pressurized the pipes. So, we had to hunt for each break until the pipes were holding a steady pressure. There were 21 breaks altogether (primarily splits in weak parts of the pipes and I think 1 or 2 where the fittings hadn’t been properly welded together). It’s like a scavenger hunt, and you have to cut holes in the wall to get to the pipes and hope you hit the right section of pipe.

        Yikes! That sounds like a shit ton of work. Sorry that happened 🙁

    Ahhh, I need a planner so badly! I’m the worst with dates and for someone as busy as I find myself these days, I’m a bit daft for not taking better care of my dates and priorities.

    The concert looks so fun! I haven’t been to a concert in years, easily a decade and it’s cool to see photos. I’m living through you vicariously. 😛 Shopping and a manicure would hit the spot right now, too.

    I’m sorry to hear about your pipes! We found major (major) leaks in ours this summer and were being charged crazy amounts by the city because the pipes were spewing water underground. It took weeks to fix it, weeks with no water and no air conditioning. :/ What’s with pipes today? Why can’t they just behave and do what we tell them to do?

      It’s been nearly 5 years since I’ve been to a gig, even longer for an irish rock/punk band. And for some reason one of my pictures is coming in upside down *smacks forehead*

      Oh man, that would suck not to have water in the summer. That was also one of my greatest fears. I stayed with the house until it thawed and I was so grateful I was there because if I had just left it and came back several hours later, I would of been wading through a flooded basement. The main gauge that monitors the gallons of water cracked and failed and water was gushing everywhere. In Alaska, at least in the Fairbanks area, they design the water systems with a re-circulation line in the house to keep the water moving to help it not freeze during the winter months. Thankfully, I didn’t ruin the pump. The plumber kept telling me that I got lucky. Super lucky. It could of been so much worse. What really sucks though is why couldn’t I have ran out of heating fuel four days later? We went from -20F to +35 in that time frame. *sighs*
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