Today marked a resumption in my shift pattern after finishing my course on Thursday and six weeks of working Monday to Friday. I should have returned to work this afternoon but with a bit of foresight, I booked some holiday and will not return until Monday.
So today it was enjoyable to have a day off in the week when my wife is at work and my youngest is at school. Just me and the pets and a list of chores to get through, which actually suited me to the ground.
As I was waiting for a boiler guy to come round and give us a quote for a new boiler as our old one (which is actually only 7 years old) is on its last legs. Whoever put in the current boiler chose a cheap model which is clearly not up to the job. We have had nothing but trouble with the boiler ever since we moved into the house 7 years ago with breakdowns every 12 to 18 months. Recently it has felt like we are just throwing money at it now and if this was a car (failing to start, running badly) we would have got rid long ago. Unfortunately a new boiler is anything from £1000 to £2000 and you never actually are prepared for this unlike buying a new car.
My dad had to replace his 20 year old boiler last year and he used a local company and has been happy with the boiler and the service so I gave them a call hence the visit today. The quote has just come through costing £1850 for a top quality boiler, there may be movement on the price if I ask for a lesser quality make, we shall see. One thing is for sure, we need a new one.
In between this visit, I did the clothes washing, sorted the dry clothes, hoovered the whole house and managed to get my hair cut. By 3.30pm I was ready for a cold beer, well it was 5pm somewhere in the world, so why not?
It is now just gone 7pm and I am sat on the sofa, writing this post whist sipping a beer and watching some sport. With all my chores done I can look forward to a chilled out morning tomorrow.
Although we plan to go out tomorrow afternoon, the rest of the weekend will hopefully be a relaxing affair.