Murphy's Week

Murphy's law states that; Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Well that pretty much sums up my last 5 or so days.

It all started with last Saturday. I've been a non-smoker for the better part of 2 years, after my Husband found the key to helping me quit. He was able to tap into my stubbornness and got me to quit just to prove to him I could. That crafty little devil.

Well for some unknown reason, be it job stress, family stress, or maybe just a combo of multiple stresses, whatever it was, I felt the absolute need for a smoke. So I did.

I know, I know. Bad Katie!

I feel I am being punished for that already. Well I was outside, smoking, when I noticed a problem with my sprinkler system. It wasn't shutting off. I thought it was a simple problem so I temporarily shut off the system at the box.

Problem solved, or so I thought.

Sunday morning, my sprinklers were back on again, and pouring water into the street. I turned off the sprinklers and cleared the timer so they would not come back on again, planning to get a lawn care service out. The sprinklers shut off but continued to leak small amounts of water.

It just so happens I work for a plumbing company so I thought I would ask our service tech if they could look at it. Monday morning I chatted with the service guy and was told they no longer provide help to employees.


He told me to turn off the valve to ensure that no more water would leak untill I could get a pro to look at it.

I should mention now, I have some pretty crappy plumbing.

I told the hubby to turn off the valve outside for the sprinkler line, as I had been instructed to do.

Well, hubby tried, and the valve broke.


In the process of breaking the valve off, he managed to cause a big leak outside and shut off all water to the inside of the house.

Time to get a pro involved.

We called a 24hr service plumber who came out that night, but it was too late and too dark to properly fix the problem. He got a new valve in place as a temp fix and told us he would have to come back the next day to solve the problem. The pipes were pretty bad and needed to be replaced around the valve.

So I missed a day of work waiting on the plumber. A few hours of work later, I was given the $400+ bill.

We still need another pro to come out and fix the leaky sprinklers, but the plumber got the main problem fixed with the valve/pipe leak.

Thinking we were on the down hill of our problem week, I breathed a sigh of relief.

That is, untill I was rear ended today coming home from my Daughters swim lessons.

Do I dare say it? What else can go wrong this week?


Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

Oh no! Are you ok? That is a sseriously crappy week! You deserve a big bowl of ice cream or a big glass of wine, whichever you prefer. Hoefully, your weekend will be as good as the week was bad!

Eric said...

Ouch. Sorry to hear about all the problems. If it's any consolation, our family had even worse plumbing problems a few months ago. The house we'd been living in constantly experienced sewer problems. I ended up snaking the line so many times over the years, I swear I paid enough to buy one of those snakes. Anyway, the final straw that hit us was when we dug up the sewer line to replace it. After we dug up the entire line, we figured out that the tree in our yard had roots that went into the City's sewer system and even broke up our neighbor's line as well. We don't live there anymore thankfully, but I can tell you that our plumbing problems at that house made living there a nightmare. I hope things get better for you though.

Jessica Nelson said...

OH my gosh! You poor thing.

Just put the cigarette down. LOL

I hope you're okay though. Definitely a stinky week.

Michelle D. Argyle said...

I hope things get better. When it rains it pours. Just don't pick up smoking again. More problems are never good! I hope you're okay!

Katie Salidas said...

Thanks guys. I'm just feeling really icky from this bad week. I'm going to re break myself of this smoking habit. I can do it. (positive thinking)

Danyelle L. said...


I'm so sorry about your week. I hope things get better for you!

PurpleClover said...

OMG, this happens to me all the time. I can't stand it because I know when two things go wrong close together...I'm screwed and I usually cancel all plans for the rest of the week. lol.

By the way, i LOVED your profile about you being "supermom" ...I was like...whoa! she does it all! then I read the part about "all lies" and I was like..."I hear ya sista!"

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Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

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