atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5945: Well, son of a bi--

Went to Lowe's to pick up the curtains which had supposedly arrived. Traffic--traffic was really bad, both on the way out, and the way back. I left here about 3:45 and didn't get to the Lowe's store until dark.

They were not there yet. I asked the woman why the e-mail had been sent when the order wasn't ready. She said the best thing to do is to call first. What the hell is the purpose of an e-mail telling you your order is ready to pick up if you have to call the store to make sure it's ready for pickup? And why the everlasting fuck couldn't they have just shipped the damned curtains to our home, instead of making me drive somewhere to pick up an Internet order?

Left there in a medium fettle, endured far too many idiots on the way to Menards.

Menards--do you know the single most expensive faucet cartridge happens to be the one I need? Actually I'm not sure if it's the most expensive, but it's gotta be in the top three. Either side, $8, $9; this one? TWENTY FRIGGING DOLLARS. It's for a Moen fixture, for future reference.

Getting it out was a pain, because you need a special tool to loosen the thing. I used needle-nosed pliers in its stead, and managed to extract it without breaking anything. I took the cart with me to make sure I had the right one, and I compared them very closely before making my selection.

Grabbed a box of finishing nails and another 3-pack of masking tape, because I know I will need it when I paint the other rooms in the house.

So--paid for my purchases with the merchandise credit which turns out to work exactly the same as a gift card, not a check, so I have a remaining balance on it which is still usable. If I'd known that, I wouldn't have bought the Mountain Dew. Well, I still have three bucks on it, so F it.

Got out of there, had to wait for a train, then had to wait for still more idiots on the way home--got home, put cartridge in, everything tests fine. No more dripping and--as a bonus--it's easier to turn the knob now. I think the cart was last replaced in 1994, so that's no wonder.

Should save us at least $20 on the water bill, making it worthwhile. The cats will have to drink from their water dish instead, though.

And getting all that done took me four frigging hours. Because traffic.

* * *

But! Tonight is pot roast night. With the cold and the wind it is the perfect dish for a night like tonight. I got that one started around 2 PM, so it's just about ready to eat.

Love it, how simple it is. Get a good piece of chuck roast--about two pounds--and put it in the bottom of the slow cooker. Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Medium or large onion, quartered and put at the points of the compass. Fill the rest of the space with carrots and potatoes. A little more salt on the vegetables. Turn the cooker on and let it do its thing for 4-6 hours.

Enjoy. And you will, trust me. It'll feed 2-3 people.

* * *

Mrs. Fungus will be home soon. Then we will feast on pot roast. It will only be a little while. Still, I wish I'd had more to eat today than a PBJ this morning....

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