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January 27, 2006

January 27, 2006

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I am Brooke. I love my husband. I love my daughter. I love my job because I can pick and choose my schedule and stay home with Harper the majority of the time. I love to do DIY projects. And I love my life!

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Juan, Camie, Josh, Me

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Josh, Erin, Brooke, Josh, Brandon, Camie, Juan. Right before we moved to Texas from Cali.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

3 years!

Well, I'm a little late posting this because I didn't get home until about midnight last night, but yesterday was mine and Josh's 3 year anniversary. We ended up spending our anniversary with family at Papa's funeral and also on two planes back to Austin. It wasn't what we had planned (not that we really had anything planned) but it was great to unexpectedly see family, although the circumstances weren't exactly what we would have wanted, and to celebrate the life of a wonderful man.

I just want Josh to know how much I love him. He is a great husband and such a hard worker. I really appreciate everything that he has done for us so far. I look forward to many years to come!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Papa


We just found out this morning that Josh's grandpa, who we call Papa, passed away. We truly are going to miss him. I haven't known him for very long but he was always fun to be around. We definitely will miss him, but we can't wait to see him again.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Water Heater Continuation

Well, if you don't know anything about my water heater dilemma, read the previous post before reading this one.

Okay, so here's the rest of the story:

I left off at the water heater guy arguing with me on where the water softener loop was installed and also the water softener lady telling me that any plumber can move my water softener.

So a few hours later the water heater guy calls me and asks if I was able to figure anything out and I so I told him that I wasn't able to get a hold of the builders (because I was going to call them and tell them that they were going to have to pay for the water softener people to move the water softener) and what I was able to find out with the water softener people. So I told him that I wasn't able to get a hold of anyone and Legacy but that I was able to get a hold of the water softener people. I told him that they said that they wouldn't be able to come that day to move the water softener but that they said that any plumber would be able to move it. Well, the first thing he said to that was, "no, I'm not going to be able to do that. In fact, I won't do that. There is a huge liability issue with having a water softener in an attic and I won't be a part of that so I guess I'm just going to have to take you off of the schedule today until we can figure something out."
Before I tell you what I said, let me just point something out. Why is he freaking out about the water softener being in the attic. He basically told me that it was a huge risk and that he would never recommend the water softener to be put in the attic because if it were to flood then we would be in big trouble. Well, that seems like a good point until you realize that...the stupid water heater is in the same spot as the water softener and it holds a whole lot more water than the water softener. Anyway, I don't know why we were even having that conversation. Okay, well here's my response to him saying he had to take me off the schedule.
"Okay, well if that's the case, I want some kind of compensation for every day that I am without a water heater, including the ones that have already passed. So that means that we are up to 4 days. It's not my fault that the water softener loop was installed in a place that you say it shouldn't have been and that you won't move it yourself. It's also not my fault that I have a water heater that has already failed within six months of living in this house. So, that's fine. You take your time on figuring out what you are going to do. I will just expect some major compensation for this problem. Especially since you have come out twice saying that you have fixed it and then we've had to wake up the next morning, yet again, to cold water. It's very unprofessional and I don't appreciate it."

Now, I sort of felt bad afterward because I know that it's not really this guy's fault that the water heater stopped working correctly but he was the one standing in the way of me having hot water by that night and so I wasn't very happy and I was basically saying anything to be able to get it in that day.

So he said in response, "I understand completely. I will try to get a hold of Legacy (because they were the ones who were actually going to have to give us compensation) and we will see what we can do for you."

So I said, "thanks, i appreciate that."

Well, a few hours later I finally get a call back from this guy and the first thing that he says is, "Well, I talked to Legacy and I apologize but it seems that the water softener loop was installed where you said it was by the builders. For some reason it wasn't in my paperwork but I apologize for that so I will try to move the water softener and we will be there tonight to install your new water heater but I can tell you this, I cannot be responsible for anything that may happen to the water softener after today."

My thoughts:
#1 Yay! I will have hot water today.
#2 Dude, I tried to tell you that the water softener loop was installed where I said.
#3 Great, now I have to worry about this stupid water softener more.

So anyway, they came a few hours after that to install the water heater. Two guys came and they are up there and of course I am watching what they are doing...and what do they do? They just lift the water heater right over top of the water softener. Are you kidding me? Seriously? If you could have done that the whole time then why was there this huge ordeal about the water softener being there? So, that was annoying but at least I didn't have to worry about having any problems with the water softener because the plumbers didn't end up having to mess with it. Yay for that!

So, they leave and Josh gets home a few minutes after that. He asks me how everything looks and I tell him fine, you can go look at it. Well, he opens the door and says, "why is it so small?"
"What? I didn't even notice, but you're right, it is smaller than the last one."
So basically that is the new issue on my hands. I have to call on Monday and probably talk to the same guy who doesn't seem to believe anything I say and find out why we now have a water heater that is smaller than the previous one. But at least we have hot water now and we can use the dishwasher! Yay for that.

Okay, now you guys are updated on that issue. I'll let you know the rest of the story once it has happened.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Today's Rant

Well, I've already had quite a good morning and it's only 10:00...a.m. Let me just explain.

We are now on our 4th day without a water heater. We woke up Tuesday morning with cold water. Very exciting, I know. Josh was in the shower and it all of a sudden went cold. Well, before he left work he got it working so I was able to take a shower with warm water. We woke up Wednesday morning to the same problem again so Josh once again took a shower with cold water. Well, I called the plumbing people to see if they could come out and fix it because we are still under warranty. Well, they come out that night and leave saying it's fixed. Well, we checked it before we went to bed that night just to be safe and what do we find...a water heater not heating the water. So Josh got up about an hour early Thursday and tried to get the heater lit so he could take a semi-warm shower. It took him about a half an hour but was able to get it lit so he was able to take a warm shower. Well I called them Thursday morning and they said that they were going to come fix it again and that they were just going to bring a new part to be switched out. Well, I called a friend in my ward to see if she could possible be "on-call" for me because I had to go to work and Josh was at work but I needed somebody to let them in when they got here so that they could fix it. Well, she was very kind and was able to help me out.
Josh got home about a half an hour after the plumber had fixed the water heater and so he goes to check it out...yes, the water heater was already not working. So I had had enough. I called the plumbing emergency line and I got an answering machine. It basically said to leave a message and someone will call you back within 20 minutes. So I left a message saying that they keep saying they've fixed it and then it's not fixed and that it's winter and we are sick of having cold water and not being able to use our dishwasher and that we wanted it fixed that night. Well nobody called me back. I waited about 35 minutes and then decided to call again. So I left another message basically saying the same thing and that I had expected to receive a call within 20 minutes and it didn't happen but that I really expected it this time. Well, I got a call back within about 5 minutes. They told me that they were very sorry but that there was nothing that they could do that night but they did say that they were going to come on friday and that they were just going to replace the whole water heater. So that's a good thing because if we're already having problems within 6 months of living at our house then a brand new one sounds like the right way to go.

So that's basically a summary of the last 3 days. On to today:

So I get a call at 8:30 this morning which is already annoying because I actually get to sleep in on Fridays. I didn't get to the phone in time because it took me a minute to register the fact the my cell phone was ringing and I needed to answer it. So I got there too late but I looked at the missed call and realized that it was the water heater people. So I called them back right away and I get transferred the the plumbing manager. He says, "Well, we have a problem. We can install your waterheater today but from what I have been told by the guy that was there yesterday trying to fix your water heater, you have a water softener in the way of being able to get the water heater in or out of there."
So I say, "okay" (what am I supposed to do about it was what I was thinking)
He says, "I don't understand why there is a water softener in the attic anyway. Why would the water softener company install it there?"
And I said, "well probably because that's where the water softener loop was put"
He says, "no it wasn't put there. I am looking at the plans right now and it doesn't show any water softener loop there."
So I say, "Yes, that is where the water softener loop was put."
And guess what he says, "No it wasn't"
(Are you serious guy? Are you really trying to tell me where and where not the water softener loop was installed? Seriously?)
So, very irritatedly I say, "Yes it was. I am the one who built the house. I am the first owner. I am the one who walked through the house every week and I can guarantee you that that is where it was installed."
So then he says, "Well who installed it? The builders or the water softener company?"
So I say, "The builders"
And he has the nerve to say, "Well, I don't think so but either way you guys need to move the water softener so that we are able to proceed with installing the new water heater. I don't know how you guys want to deal with that but my advice is to call the water softener company and see if they can come out sometime today and move the water softener."
(So I'm thinking, why the heck is this guy arguing with me about where the stupid water softener loop was installed. Obviously that's where it was installed because that is now where the water softener is. How stupid can you be?)
So I say, "yes, that is where the water softener loop was installed. But back to the problem. I will call you back after I call my husband and see what he wants me to do."

So I call Josh and tell him the problem. Well, before I actually tell him the problem, I made sure he knew how rude the guy was to me, then I told him the problem. Josh said that the water heater people should be able to move the water softener because it just takes a plumber to be able to do that. A plumber installed the water softener so a plumber should be able to uninstall it. Well, after talking about it we realized that we would lose our warranty on the water softener if that company didn't uninstall and install it again. Shoot me. So I call the water softener company and told them the problem and the first question she asks is:
"Well, I don't understand why the water softener was installed in the attic in the first place. That is not standard."
Do I really have to have this conversation with her too?
So I said, "That's just where the water softener loop was installed."
So she puts me on hold to talk to her manager to see what they could do. She got back on the phone and said, "Well, we won't be able to get anybody out there today but if this person has his plumbing license, which he should because he's a plumber, then we will allow for him to uninstall and install it again without anything happening to your warranty."
Well, that was a big relief. I was very thankful that that went in our favor. So I called the guy and left him a message to tell him that he could just move it himself but he hasn't called back. I don't think he'll be very happy that his company has to do more work than they want to but it still goes back to the fact that that's not my problem. They're the ones that can't seem to fix it and I'm not going to go any more days without a water heater. Okay, sorry to bug everybody with my problems, but rant now over...well at least for now. I will let you know what the guy says when he calls me back.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

TYPE ONLY 1 WORD... IT'S HARDER THAN YOU THINK!!!
1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Your significant other? Josh
3. Your hair? Blonde
4. Your mother? Lesli
5. Your father? Mike
6. Your favorite thing? House
7. Your dream last night? None
8. Your favorite drink? Lemonade
9. Your dream/goal? Stenographer
10. The room you're in? Bedroom
11. Your fear? Accident
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Utah
13. Where were you last night? Bed
14. What you're not? Sad
15. Muffins? Banana
16. One of your wish list items? Scion
17. Where did you grow up? Tehachapi
18. The last thing you did? School
19. What are you wearing? Jacket
20. Your TV? Big
21. Your pet? Dachshunds
22. Your computer? Toshiba
23. Your life? Wonderful
24. Your mood? Content
25. Missing someone? Husband
26. Your car? Broken
27. Something you're not wearing? Barrette
28. Favorite Store? Target
29. Your summer? Fun
30. Your favorite color? Pink
31. When is the last time you laughed? Yesterday
32. Who will/would re-post this? Tonia
33. FOUR PLACES I GO OVER AND OVER:
a. Church
b. School
c. HEB
d. Work
35. FOUR PEOPLE WHO E-MAIL ME:
a. Taylors
b. Facebook
c. Jean
d. Stephanie
36. FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS:
a. Pasta
b. Pizza
c. CPK
d. Tacos
37. FOUR PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW?
a. Utah
b. Windsor
c. Ely
d. Bakersfield

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Oh, what a catch, right?

So I was on the phone with my friend Bonnie and she was telling my some pretty exciting news...that she's pregnant! Well, during this conversation, Josh thought it would be fun to call me over and over again. He ended up leaving 3 messages and called I think 6 times, so the last time he called I had to tell Bonnie, I'm sorry, I have a very impatient husband, so if you could excuse me for one second, I will answer his call and be right back. So I answered his call and I said:
"Honey, there is a reason why I am not answering the phone." He says, "There is?" and I say, "Of course there is, you nerd, I'm on the other line with Bonnie." And he says, "Oh, okay, just call me when you're done."
Are you serious? That's what I answered the phone to hear? I thought maybe there was something major going on because he wouldn't stop calling and he never does that. Well anyway, he's a nerd and here are the three messages he left that I listened to afterward: (This is what I have to deal with all the time)

(Listen to message 1, 2, and 3 to the right of this post)

I guess he's kind of cute, but seriously dude! Anyway, I came home and had one message on the house phone as well, but I won't bother you with that one. It pretty much sounds the same as the others.

I guess the whole point of this post is to find out if any of you have to deal with crazy spouses like this either or if I'm the only lucky one.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Pouty face!

Well, I'm sad to see my nice vacation come to an end. I do still have tomorrow to relax and then after that, it's back to reality. I have been out of school and off of work since December 18th. So it's been a few weeks. I have really gotten used to being able to keep the house clean, have dinner ready when Josh gets home, and making lunch for Josh in the morning and being able to jump into bed right after!

Anyway, it's back to school and to work on Monday! Yay for me!

Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year's Goals:

So, here is a list of things that I am going to work on/complete this year (I figure I better write it down and share it with all of you so that I will actually feel like I really need to complete them all):

  • Read the scriptures everyday.
  • Finish the Book of Mormon with Josh at least once this year.
  • Have my own personal prayers everyday.
  • Have family prayer with Josh everynight.
  • Get at least a 3 month supply of food and money by the end of the year. (Food Storage is very expensive!)
  • Graduate school by June.
  • Pass the Texas CSR test.
  • Blog at least once a week. (This is the easiest way for me to keep a journal) And print a blog book at the end of the year.
  • Work out at least 3 times a week.
  • Save money to go on a cruise or to New York (we haven't decided yet) for our 5 year anniversary.
  • PATIENCE-this is a big one. I try to be patient but I'm really bad at it...well, at least with Josh I am.
  • Focus on my callings more at church. Spend more time preparing the lessons.
  • Be better at sending cards out for birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
  • Have my living room painted by the time the in-laws get here, so by Feb. 18th.
  • Become more organized.

I know that's a pretty hefty list. Some of these things will be easier for me and some will be harder, so I tried to come up with things that wouldn't overwhelm me. Do me a favor. Every so often ask me how things are going pertaining to this list. It might help me actually keep up with this list past January. Thanks! I hope everyone is having a great New Year! Happy 2009!