Wednesday, June 22, 2011

We have AC!

by Meghann on June 22, 2011

Out with the old….

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…And in with the new. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Having a working AC unit is a beautiful thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

They say if your relationship can survive a month with a broken ac, then your relationship can survive anything.

Ok, that’s lie. ‘They’ probably don’t say that, but I can definitely attest to it.

Let’s just say our ac has been on the fritz for a little over a month now, and Derek and I have probably had more arguments in that month then in the last 5 years we’ve known each other. Nothing is worst than hot and cranky people – even worst when you throw a constantly panting Jack Russell into the mix. Poor Maddie. :/

Our AC problems began with a leak back in May. That leak led to the fear of water damage and the need to turn the unit off. (Insert hot and cranky Meghann here).

We were eventually able to rig a system consisting of a tarp and a large bucket to control the leak.

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The rigged system bought us some time to gather price quotes from 4 different AC companies regarding a new unit. You see, when Derek purchased the condo back in 2010, he went in knowing the AC was going to be needed to be replaced. The handler inside was installed in 2005, but the system outside came from the late 1980s. Repairing any part of the system would run us almost as much as replacing it and – since the outside component was so out of date – our only option was to replace both.

We took our time gathering quotes (err… Derek took his time), thinking the rigged system would buy us plenty of time.

Wrong.

It didn’t take long until problems with the outside unit began to surface too. We went from being able to leave the ac on for 8 hours at a time, to barely getting 30 minutes out of it (before it overheated). It was a dragged out nightmare of constantly turning it on and off.

Eventually everything just stopped working all together. The last few nights were the worst – it stays pretty hot and sticky in Florida at night.

Thankfully Derek found a company – and a price quote – he liked and the new system was installed today. ๐Ÿ™‚

The condo is still in the midst of cooling down and – trust me!- I have never been more thankful for running AC. I’m pretty sure Derek has never been more thankful too – now he can have some peace and quiet again. You know… instead of the nagging, uncomfortable girlfriend and dog.

A comfortable girlfriend is a happy girlfriend. ๐Ÿ™‚

I celebrated the NEW AC by turning the oven for the first time in a week.

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Fried Chicken Tenders, Roasted Corn on the Cob, and Steamed Broccoli. <- heck yeah!

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The fried chicken tenders came with a new twist.

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I added some grainy dijon mustard to the egg wash for a little kick and instead of traditional bread crumbs I used a mix of wheat brand and ground flax seed seasoned with salt, pepper, and chili powder.

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The thin tenders baked for about 12 minutes at 415.

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The results were incredibly flavorful and crispy. The addition of the grainy mustard gets two thumbs up!

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Derek and I can’t seem to pull ourselves away from the marathon of ‘I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant‘ on TLC. This show is insance! I mean, how can they NOT know they’re pregnant?!?! It’s crazy!!!

On the flipside, I also watched a marathon of 16 and Pregnant last night.

I know. I need to watch less tv. Maybe I’ll go ready a book (that doesn’t involve pregnancy).

Good Night!

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