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Chartreuse Cardassian Cephalopodcast

Yes, I owe a great number of backblog posts. But for your listening pleasure, here is the first ever Cephalopodcast. It involves knitting and Indiana Jones, and is definitely NSFW.

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Backblog

There’s a lot to blog about.

Firstly, the big window was finally put in on December 15th, when it was 9 degrees f.

Secondly, we are all sick.

And thirdly, the Gordian Shrug pattern has finally been published! Yay!

More soon. I hope.

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Update on the Window

Our window came in to {whatever pretend name I’m giving the DIY Home Improvement Superstore}. Today. In the middle of a blizzard that dumped 10” of snow on us and closed all the schools, and the UNIVERSITY is closed for only the second time since I’ve been with hubby, which is 16.5 years. So of COURSE the window comes in today. Tomorrow is really cold, friday is really cold but warmer than Thursday. So it’s going in Friday.

Our contractor called to inform me of this. As I am looking out the window at the large quantities of snow. Sheepishly, he said “your window is in today” and I laughed for a good 10-15 seconds, as did he. Of course it is. He said he’d measure the new window to make sure it fits before they start pulling out the old window. Which is good. Somehow, I am a little gun-shy in believing they’ve ordered the right size this time.

So we’ve scheduled for a day where it’s supposed to get UP to 15 degrees F. The day they were going to put in the window three weeks ago? 65 degrees F. Ugh. I have a great case for the heating oil compensation, but no real concrete way of proving how much more we’ve had to spend. And I still don’t know how much we’re paying for the new, re-ordered window. Which is more than a bit disconcerting. I hate not being kept in the loop. I feel disrespected as a customer because of this. I “get” that mistakes happen, that things are not perfect in the real world. But all I really asked for was to be kept in the loop, and the only updates I have gotten have been when I call them myself.

I talked to the installs person at {whatever pretend name I’m giving the DIY Home Improvement Superstore} and was all “my comped trim and the payment for the extra heating oil we’ve used? Hmmm?” and she was all “heating bills for Oct and Nov” and I was all “we have a TANK of heating oil that gets filled EVERY FOUR MONTHS. I haven’t taken pictures of the level.” and she was all “Well I have to talk to a manager” and I was all HEADDESK

I still don’t know how much this new window will be. A part of me (a tiny part, the part that is convinced fairies live in my woods) thinks maybe they’ll comp the entire window. The rest of me knows this ain’t the case. I still don’t know how they could order the damn thing without letting me know how much I’ll be out. So I will (most likely) have to argue for the original 15% discount I got on the windows with a coupon back in early October, as well as SOME sort of compensation for their employee being an idiot and ordering the wrong size window even though the contractor gave the numbers for the RIGHT size.

I feel like I’m having to bend over, because it’s feckin cold and I want an actual window in where there’s plastic up, even the old crappy window was better than this. And we STARTED THE PROCESS IN THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER.

Next year, the remaining 5 windows that need replacing? Ordering them in June.

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Overheard while getting the Squidlets ready for bed.

K to E: “When you’re done getting your jammas on, want to get married to me?”

 E to K: “All wite!”

K to E:  “Here is the rug where we will dance after we get married in our jammas. Let’s get married, your Majesty!”

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Saga of the Windows, part the Second.

Updatey Update:

I called {Home Improvement Supercenter} just now for the third time since the contractor left, first time today. Got the Millwork manager, with whom I spoke the weekend after we ordered the windows (I got home and realized we didn’t have any of the spec sheets, I spent several hours in {Home Improvement Supercenter} that weekend trying to get the specs for the main window, which they were ultimately unable to provide. Oddly enough, if I’d just been given that effin’ spec sheet, I would have compared the dimensions, as I did with the other windows, and gone “Hey, this won’t fit – it’s wrong” and none of this sh1t would have happened). Asked the manager what the status is. He told me they’d gotten the quote and ordered it this morning. I said I had wanted to be called when the quote was in so I could come in during the ordering process and make sure it was right. I had him read the ordered dimensions to me, which were 130.5 and then he said 59″. Later he said 54″, which is what the contractor said. He said they ordered it directly off the contractor’s notes from yesterday. I think he was a little flustered, but I might call later just to make sure it’s 54″. The stain color, style of window, color of shades, color of exterior are correct. I didn’t ask the style of shades, but it seems like they went off the specs for those things on the previous window and those were all correct. Supposedly, we’re looking at two weeks. I am not sure if he means two weeks til it’s finished or two weeks til it’s here and ready for install. I asked to be informed at every step of the process, when the window is finished, etc. Then I told him that since the trim will have been ripped down and tacked up twice by that point, how about providing me with new trim? He said he would have to talk to a manager but he was sure that would be possible. And I also said that since I am stuck with plastic where a window used to be, the furnace is running constantly and the fuel bill will be much higher than usual. And he said that could be taken care of as well. I will let this post help serve as proof for this, or at least an extra shred of proof, that T*** said this could happen.

I asked how it could have happened that the window was ordered wrong, given that the contractor’s measurements were right there in front of the guy that ordered the window. The manager said that the millwork guy (I don’t want to say his name – the guy we worked with through the entire process) just ordered it wrong. He just plain got the numbers wrong. And the manager said it’s all on this guy’s shoulders. I feel a little bad for the guy, but I did ask twice if he could double-check the measurements on the big window since it was a special order and he said he had. Which it is pretty obvious now was not the case. I did everything I possibly could to make sure this would go well, so I have nothing to feel guilty for. And damn, the weather yesterday was PERFECT for putting the window in. PERFECT. COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER.

*sigh*

So now I wait. And move the furniture back (I rearranged. Not sure if I like it all that well yet but eh). And get ready for tomorrow’s playdate, and ultimately get ready for Thanksgiving. When we will be hosting my sis and her dude, who have a new construction going on that’s chock full of Pella windows which were not mis-ordered, arrived on time, and look great. A little lemon juice, I guess. So at the earliest, we’re looking at the first week of December. in Wisconsin. To install a 130″ long window. Yeah, *that* will be a warm day. Not to mention arranging babysitting *again* and S taking off work *again*. Not that I am bitter.

Anyway. Updatey update.
Mwah!

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Saga of the Windows

The Saga of the Windows has now become a Viking Dirge.

ZOMGWTFBBQ THE FRACKING WINDOW IS TOO FRACKING SMALL

Now that the trim is off, one of the old storms is broken, and the plaster is all screwed up, we are facing a month or two more with this old cold nasty window that I was so ready to be done with. We’re going to wind up having to pay up on the 6 months interest free before we get an actual damn WINDOW at this rate! I know it’s a petty and small thing when compared with health whines, I do. But at this point, I am just a bit despondent. I love this contractor. I’d work with him again in a heartbeat. I am sick of the two and a half months of back-and-forth we’ve gone through to get quotes from Pella and get these windows ordered. And the guy at {the Home Improvement supercenter} SWORE he’d call the contractor to double-check the size of the big window, because the number was a little chickenscratchy. I wrote down the two possible numbers. 128.25 and 108.25. The correct number was 128.25. The size window the dude at   {the Home Improvement supercenter} ordered? 123.25. The rough opening, now that the trim is off, is actually 130.5. (there’s a thicker side wood support doohickey than the contractor expected) The 128.25 would have worked just fine. The 123.25 will not. PLUS, the guy at  {the Home Improvement supercenter} made up a number for the height, it’s 5” taller than the opening and it seems like he pulled it out of his ass. Or Pella made it up. Or gremlins ate the original file. But it’s just messed up. I am also a little annoyed because I made a point of working with one dude at  {the Home Improvement supercenter} to make sure that this sort of thing wouldn’t happen – because surely, if only one person is working with us, they’ll understand all their own notes, etc. I wish I would have worked with the guy who used to be a VP for JBL. However, “I wish” does not equate to “I did” and I am stuck here stewing in my own frustration. Thanks for letting me vent, you guys! I love ya.

 

On the plus side, the three other (small) windows and the storm door are in and are fantastic.

 

On the minus side, it’s Wisconsin and the weather today was sunny and 34 degrees, which is unseasonably warm, and when the replacement replacement window arrives, I can guarantee that this will not be the case.

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