Things are always tight at Christmas, but all was well (barely) in budget-land until yesterday.
Our 3-year-old-top-of-the-line-$2000 LG refrigerator died. Like soupy ice cream and 62 degree lettuce - DIED.
I took it apart (I'm actually pretty good with appliance repair and troubleshooting - I'm great with washing machines) to check for ice on the coils (behind the back panel in the freezer compartment) and make sure the fans are good to go. Check. I took off the back and cleaned everything. The compressor is running constantly, so it's not a temp sensor, switch, or relay. It's the compressor.
I've read that it's a pretty common issue with the Linear Compressors on the LG's. They die every 3 or 4 years. The compressor has a 10 year warranty (yeah), but only for the parts - labor will run about $400. Merry F-ing Christmas.
The only good thing? We have a giant freezer in the garage and the we don't eat meat or dairy, so having a warm-ish fridge is not the end of the world... but it still sucks.
Thanks LG. I've always wanted a dead fridge for Christmas... that doubles as an over priced lemon.
The struggle is real.
I know I am in control of my feelings and my mood. It's mind over matter and how I choose to look at the world and the situations I find myself. It's totally my choice.... but I'm struggling. Anyone else?
For some, it's the weather, or seasonal affective disorder, or maybe it's the energy vampires... For me, it's definitely the vampires. They suck. Literally.
Being around people who are all doom and gloom and angry and act like the world is coming to an end. It's hard to be around and try to find a bit of my own personal sunshine. I want to fix it... fix their mood... but quickly realize there is absolutely nothing I can do because, just like me, it was their choice.
So, as Christmas approaches, and I'm trying my best to keep this shit merry and bright, but it's hard.
What's getting you down this holiday season? How do you fight off the energy vampires?
My kitchen qualifies as a crisis for many reasons (most notably the lack of cabinets and flooring - it's what I call the 'slow remodel process.' I'll have it all fixed up in a year or two), but right now, it's all about the dish soap.
I spent my entire day talking to people about the power of natural foods and natural bath and beauty products and teas and herbs... and I come home to the freakin' Palmolive. I preach to people about "what you put on and in your body matters," yet I have a vat of green goo next to my kitchen sink. It makes me feel a bit icky.
To be fair to myself, I didn't buy the stuff, but it's here and I come face to face with it more than I like (we're a big family and we don't eat processed foods, so I cook.... a lot). As I'm soaking the kombucha bottles tonight, I find myself looking at the jug - and I mean really looking at it.
Why on earth do I need Ultra Strength dish detergent? One that's tough on grease? We don't eat meat or dairy, so unless we have some serious avocado grease going on or someone got out of hand with the coconut oil... I just don't see why we would need this product.
And I find myself wondering... who needs Ultra Strength detergent? What the hell are they cooking? I'm trying to imagine that dinner table and it's making me uncomfortable. I know, I'll distract myself by looking up the ingredients... it's "soft on hands," right? It doesn't make me feel better. I shouldn't be immersing my hands in this crap 5 times a day or slathering it on our dishes, or inhaling the fragrance that continually makes me sneeze...
So it looks like the "slow remodel process" will include a cleaning product makeover as well. The green goo has got to go.... oh, and if you think you really need Ultra Strength detergent that's tough on grease, please re-evaluate what you're serving up from your kitchen.
A work in progress