The last four days have been a whirlwind of adulting. Itâ€™s been kinda exhausting.
Friday we had someone from AAA Furnace over to service our HVAC. Everything seems to be in good shape. I hung out to do anything needed inside (mostly adjusting the thermostat while he did his tests), partly because COVID, and partly because kittens.
Saturday was the big day, though.
After working out in the morning we went to Airport Appliance to buy a new refrigerator (per previous entries). We decided to go with this French door model by Beko, a Turkish company which is apparently huge in Europe and has been in the U.S. for about five years. Itâ€™s devilishly hard to find out how reliable fridges are – even if you find that one has been great, it was probably made 5 or more years ago, been discontinued, and who knows if the current models are as good. Internet reviews are generally useless, partly because a lot of them are just complaining, and partly because a review from someone whoâ€™s had their fridge for 6 months or less isnâ€™t that helpful for reliability.
We had an additional wrinkle in that the space for our fridge is only 70â€ tall, and many fridges are a bit taller than that. It turns out we actually have more space if we remove or trim the bracket immediately above the fridge, but weâ€™d already made a decision when I realized that. Good to know for next time.
Anyway, weâ€™re replacing a 13-year-old GE fridge, and not many companies make counter-depth fridges fridges that are 69â€ high. GE makes several, but Iâ€™ve heard bad things about their newer models, and frankly we were not very impressed with the apparent build quality or the styling of those models. Whereas the Beko seemed generally more solid and we really liked the look of it.
We did buy the extended warranty, which means it should work for at least that long, right? Right??
Afterwards we had lunch at Yiassoo (a longtime favorite which has substantially improved their patio seating during the pandemic), and then came home and took Jackson and Sadie to the vet for their annual checkup. This was the first time Sadie rode in a carrier by herself, since weâ€™d always brought her with Roulette. And she yowled the whole way there and back. Jackson was also unhappy, and even peed in the carrier on the way home. But, both of them are healthy and thatâ€™s what matters.
(Simon and Edison seemed to barely notice that we were all gone.)
After all that I went down to pick up some books Iâ€™d ordered from Books Inc., and did a grocery run.
In the evening I managed to find COVID vaccinations for Monday, about which more later.
Sunday was finally a quieter day. We went to the farmerâ€™s market in the morning, and in the afternoon I wrapped up our taxes, which will be filed this week. I also did a Magic draft which I am playing out this week before Strixhaven comes out, and the first game was totally bonkers, lasting well over half an hour. (I won with 6 cards left in my deck!)
This morning we found that our fridge has gone out again, so we moved stuff into our chest freezer (which has plenty of space even with the stuff weâ€™ve already put in it) and mini-fridge (which is pretty packed now). The new fridge will be delivered on Thursday, and what a relief that will be.
And finally today we went to Leviâ€™s Stadium to get vaccinated. Despite having a little trouble finding the entrance, everything otherwise was smooth and easy. It took about an hour and a half including driving time. We joined House Pfizer, and six hours later neither of us has had any reactions, though apparently they could show up tomorrow. Itâ€™s great to finally be on our way! We rewarded ourselves with treats from McDonaldâ€™s on the way home. And Iâ€™ve been telling cow-orkers about our experience so they have some idea what to expect when signing up.
And today there was the police shooting of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis. Iâ€™m sure smarter and more informed people than me (probably none of them Republicans) will have a lot useful to say about this, but one thought I have is that if weâ€™re not going to take guns away from the cops, letâ€™s take tasers away from them. Tasers arenâ€™t particularly safe either, and cops mistaking their tasers for guns is bad news. If all they have to fire is a gun, then at least they know what theyâ€™re signing up for when they draw their weapon.
In any event, thereâ€™s nothing Iâ€™ve read that says to me that Wrightâ€™s actions even merited tasing. What the hell was the cop thinking? Were they even thinking?
So, thatâ€™s been a lot of stuff, even just considering our stuff. Iâ€™m looking forward to the fridge being delivered, and dealing with much less stuff for a couple of weeks.