Loosely translated and borrowing heavily from Finagle's Law
"Anything that can go wrong, will."
It's been a wild ride at ye old Bellymonster homestead. To long-story-short things, that dang Murphy popped by for a visit, leaving an expensive mess in his wake.
It started with the furnace:
Furnace guy came. Shook head, sadly, eyeing our 42-year-old furnace. Whistled - in bad way - when he saw our chimney. Turned his palm up in an apologetic way and said he reckoned it'd be cheaper to simply start anew.
I cringed, waiting for the estimate to replace the furnace. Winced when it came. Mark did more than wince. In fact, I'm fairly certain I saw him wipe a tear from his suddenly alarmingly pale face:
We discussed things all weekend long, trying to figure out where we can cut back to see our way around financing a new furnace. On Monday, Mark called from work:
Yep. The WHEEL FELL OFF THE CAR! Thankfully, it happened as Mark turned into the driveway at work and not whilst he was sailing up the 401, but still. We were hoping to get one more winter out of the ol' girl. Alas...
Later that week, I received a second furnace quote - from a man who looked like Santa Claus (without the beard) and who immediately offered to bring some electric heaters by while we made up our minds.
That pretty much made up our minds, so I arranged to have an environmental audit done so that we could take advantage of government rebates, set to end in early 2012.
Spent the rest of the week bemoaning our crummy luck and waiting for the sky to fall.
Murphy, in case you didn't know, also likes to sprinkle mischief in threes:
F*cked-up furnace? Check.
Crapped-out car? Check.
I waited. I fretted. I tweeted:
I prayed. But alas...
That Friday, the computer gave one last pitiful chug, a few coughs, a wheeze..
When Mark came home from work, looking exhausted and stressed out, I greeted him with a smile. But it was enough. He knew. Oh, he knew:
Me: "So, Murphy stopped by earlier."
Mark: "I need a drink."
Me: "Rye and coke?"
Mark: "Do we have any arsenic?"
Thankfully, we have an awesome friend who provided us with a new-to-us computer and amazingly generous family, who've loaned us a car, indefinitely.
On Tuesday, I called Santa Claus (aka. Brian from Rosebush Heating and Cooling) and gave the go-ahead for a new furnace. He cautioned that it might be a few days, as it's a busy time.
20 minutes later, he rang back:
"My guys'll be over in about 20 minutes."
Me: Uh, OK. I thought you said it might be a few days?
Santa: I did. I pulled them off another job. I hate the idea of your little boys having to face even one more day of cold.
Me: Wow. Thank you!
Santa: You take care of those boys, Mrs. They're precious.
Me: They are. I will. Thank you.
30 minutes later, I posted this on Facebook:
I called Mark at work:
"The furnace people just showed up!"
"Seriously? I thought he said..."
"He did! But he hated the thought of the Reds being cold and sent his crew here straight away."
"That's what I said!"
"I guess Santa Claus came to town early, eh?"
*And you? Got any Murphy's Law fiascos to share? Who's YOUR Santa Claus?*