Tuesday, January 22, 2013

22 Days In . . .

Well, we're 3 weeks into the new year and we've had:

a $400 dentist bill
a $350 mechanic bill
a $150+ orthodontist bill (that one is monthly)

and as I type this, there is a plumber in our basement yelling and cursing and very worried about the job ahead of him given the bizarre sewer pipe routing in this 160+-year-old house. With every ticking minute and every uttered curse word, I can't help but wonder what this is going to cost (we've been up late for 2 nights in a row with back up issues, have bought Drano multiple times and thought we had the situation fixed - when all the bathrooms started backing up as we were going to bed yesterday, we knew we were in trouble - we've had no water usage since. . ).

(Hey Mom, that free toilet paper? Apparently, too thick and fancy for our old house). :(

I really was doing a good job not freaking out about our quarterly taxes increasing due to the social security tax hike and I was even choosing a healthy perspective with regard to our property taxes going up 120%.

But man oh man, what a way to start the new year.

6 comments:

Emily Foley said...

Oh gosh. That makes my heart beat go crazy. How do you stand it? I HATE money.

Boquinha said...

Oh, I'm a wreck! Finances stress me out! When he called out another plumber and they started digging up our backyard, I was really getting nervous. UGH.

Add to it that it's 1 degree out, so every time they open and close the door (a lot), I hear the sound of more money going out the door with our oil heating. Bleh.

Dr. Mark said...

Our kids and you would get along quite well with that hating money thing, Emily. They want to go back to the barter and share system.

Some days I feel like the middle man--the hospital hands me the money to pass along to the plumber. He took $450 from me, by the way. Go January!

Dave Johnson said...

What a sucky start to 2013. What did you guys do for water during all that? We had plumbing trouble at our old house. Luckily we had a friend with a digger who replaced our septic tank cheap. I don't know what we would have done otherwise. Should we bring a port-o-let when we come?

Dave Johnson said...

What a sucky start to 2013. What did you guys do for water during all that? We had plumbing trouble at our old house. Luckily we had a friend with a digger who replaced our septic tank cheap. I don't know what we would have done otherwise. Should we bring a port-o-let when we come?

Boquinha said...

For water, we just went without. Everyone got one flush that morning.