Pranks of The Universe!
Of all the jobs I’ve had in my life, I’ve spent most of my working years as a waitress. It’s a profession at which I excelled, and I learned tons about life while doing it; it’s also always been a helpful skill to fall back on when in need. I think a lot of people are under the impression it’s an easy job, often assuming we’re too stupid to do anything else. I assure you that this is not the case. It takes people skills, acting skills, kissing ass to idiot skills, trying not to snap on ‘Karen’ skills (no offence to my awesome cousin who is a Karen but doesn’t act like a ‘Karen’), mind-reading, multi-tasking and most importantly, time management. If you are unable to prioritize the dozen things you need to be doing simultaneously throughout your shift, you will fail miserably.
This honed skill of time management translates into everyday tasks. I utilize it with housework and errands; you wouldn’t start laundry as the last thing you have to do, right? It’s the first thing because you can get other things done while the machines are doing their thing.
On this particular day my order of tasks was to start the laundry, go upstairs and do the dusting, bring down the sheets to wash, where hopefully the clothes are ready for the dryer, and get those working while I continue with other things on the lower lever.
However, The Universe had another plan!
When I came down with the sheets, there was a huge puddle of water on the floor of the garage! Awesome…realizing something is leaking is a scary thing to have happen and it’s usually expensive.
Fortunately, we were able to find a plumber to come fairly quickly, who determined the water heater needed to be replaced, which of course takes time to procure and install and then wait for the water to heat up. Now it’s taken all day to wash the only set of sheets we own, but it gets even more fun!
One by one the major appliances decided to prank us! First, when I went to start the dryer with the sheets, it wouldn’t go on! Do you ever get those hot flashes when you have instant panic, or is that just me? Mike and I balance each other out well in which situations we stay cool, calm and collected when the other one assumes the worst. He just flipped the breaker off and back on and it worked again. Phew!
Then, when I went to start dinner, the oven had nothing displayed and wasn’t working. At least this time it’s less panic and more annoyance, but still slightly concerning at the same time because it’s just so odd! Same solution as the dryer.
Finally, the microwave did the same thing. Now, it’s more like, OMG, what else?? That was the last one, but it was just so strange. It’s not like they’re all on the same breaker; that I could have understood. I swear, some days The Universe is enjoying a laugh at my expense.
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