Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rapidly approaching rock bottom

After wrestling with heavy pieces of metal trying to get my treadmill to work (and failing) last night, I figured I'd feel better about things in the morning after some sleep. Well, the baby thought it would be way more fun to scream from midnight to 2am and she doesn't even have a new tooth to show for it. When I'm up for hours in the night, I expect a new tooth, a fever, vomit, SOMETHING to show for it.






After that restful night's sleep, I knew the only thing that could salvage my day would be a run, even a stupid low mileage stroller run. If I want to get the maximum amount of stroller miles in, I have to time it to happen when the baby will fall asleep. Her patience for being strapped in a seat is much longer if she's not awake. As soon as Faith got on the bus to go to school, I wrapped the baby in layers of fleece and tucked her into her stroller with a blanket and the weather shield. As I was messing with all of that, I dropped my Garmin on the garage floor and the metal closing thingy (latch?) snapped off into multiple pieces. Whatever, I'll just carry it in my hand from now on.





Since I broke my iPod last week by putting it in the washer, my husband generously offered to lend me his to use while I ran. I like to listen to music sometimes to drown out the maddening "click click click" of the dog's toe nails on the pavement. The first mile of my run was great, the baby was sleeping, there wasn't much wind, and I finally had music again. Then it just stopped. I picked up the iPod out of the cupholder on the stroller and saw the screen doing crazy things and then that unhappy Apple icon popped up right before it went completely black.




I finished up the 6 mile run in silence, cursing myself for breaking my husband's iPod. He's had that thing forever, it's basically an antique. Once I got home, I unwrapped the fleece burrito baby and called the treadmill company tech support. After talking through the issue, the tech realized I had no fucking clue what I was doing and probably shouldn't have been allowed to attempt the fix on my own.




Seriously though, he had no idea so he's sending me three replacement parts because it has to be one of those three things. This time I will either hire someone or just have my husband do it because I'm not getting near a screwdriver again. I don't even know how I cut myself, but I have a gash in the palm of my hand and that seems like a sign that I should delegate this task. The tech support guy did say that it was possible that there is just another part broken (a speed sensor) and my assembly skills were fine.






Here's the really fun part: it's going to be 4 to 5 business days until I get the parts.





That means I'm not going to have my treadmill this whole week at least. Next week it won't matter because my husband is off work, but it's not going to be easy to get a tech out here to repair my treadmill on Christmas week.




Not having my treadmill for one week was bad, but in a "Hey, this is a good lesson in patience!" way. I cleaned and organized things in my spare time and stayed optimistic about the whole thing. This week I'm having serious thoughts about taking down a portion of my back fence so I could run laps around my house while the baby naps, all while holding my strapless Garmin in my sweaty hand.

I'd say this is rock bottom, but it's only Tuesday.


How is your week going? Better than mine I hope.

17 comments:

  1. I'm at work after two weeks off, and I still remembered all my passwords, so it apparently wasn't long enough.

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  2. I have such a beautiful mental image of you running laps through your yard and dodging dog poop.

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    1. A new kind of obstacle race! Just what the world needs.

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  3. Can you buy a day pass at a gym? You know, so you don't kill someone? It would kind of be public service really.

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    1. I might end up getting a punch card or something. This is getting ridic.

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  4. I know someone who works at a gym and may even be able to sneak you in...

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    1. Do you think they'll notice the extra kids in childcare? :)

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    2. Once you pass through the gates no one knows what happens, it's magical.

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  5. I think that the running around the house thing is a great idea. That way you can crank up your stereo and listen to music seeing as you've broken both your iPods.

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  6. Be thankful there was no vomit. We had vomit tonight at dinner. There's the food you just had in your mouth! There's the rest of dinner ! There's lunch! The hits keep coming! Luckily the dog was on hand to stand under the falls and eat it all up. WHERE'S MY MEDAL?

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    1. Are you somehow watching my house? The baby just yakked on my jeans. MOMMY MARTYR TWINS

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  7. I caught yogurty, appley vomit in my hand tonight! ::high-five vomit style::

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  8. I couldn't believe the progression as I kept reading. Worse and worse. Wowww.

    I mean, sorry.

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  9. My week hasn't been much better. I announced I was "emotionally finished with work" today. When the Sears guy came to fix my Sole treadmill he said they sent me a part that wasn't the problem. Then I got another new piece - it sounds very similar to your issues. I don't think it was your skills at all! I hope they get you squared away soon!

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  10. The mental image of you running around the house with the strapless Garmin is pretty hilarious.
    I had a similar treadmill issue, turns out after trying to get someone to come, it needed to be replaced (it was older and no longer covered under warantee). The whole thing took 2-3 weeks and it was brutal.
    I'm also impressed that there is a bus service for Faith. I can't even imagine how it is for a bus driver to be carting around however many 3 year olds!

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  11. I heard Kate from Kate plus 8 ran laps in her driveway while her kids napped to train for a marathon. Your panic is coming off the computer in waves. Next week is Christmas. Relax, bake some cookies, wrap some gifts, and stop fretting about it. Come 2014, your treadmill will be good as new, just in time for training.

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  12. I wandered over to Amazon today and the top items recommended for me were anti-static wrist bands and a guinea pig nativity book (and calendars, of course). My browsing-based recommendations are way more awesome because I read your blog.

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