Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Red Wire

This morning I stayed home to wait for the appliance repair man to come take a look at the brand-new oven. Mark/Boris (more about his name later) showed up around 9:00am. He unscrewed the oven and pulled it out of the cabinet. The oven clock and control panel works, it just doesn't heat up. So he thought maybe the 220 volt circuit was off, but we checked and it was on. He used an electric continuity tester to check if the wires had power at the circuit breaker, and they were fine. So he opened up the oven and checked the wires coming into the oven, and there was no power coming in. Uh oh. We took the drawers out and he tested the wires in the 220 volt outlet, and sure enough, the red one doesn't work! So he came out for nothing. I don't think they will get money from Kitchen Aid for warranty work, because the oven's not broken. During the time Mark was here, he was very talkative. And because I am working on my people skills, I chatted along and asked him questions. He's originally from Russia. He's 42 years old and has a wife who is 39, and a daughter who's 19. He tried to remodel his kitchen himself. Some pipes burst behind the wall and there was water damage and mold. He said his wife ended up in the ER because of it. I said, "from the mold?" He said, "no, she tends to get very emotional about things like this." He told me that I was handling this very well. If it were his wife, she would be freaking out about the red wire. His name is Mark, but there is another Mark where he works, so he just told them to call him Boris, LOL. He told me that he's only been repairing appliances for a month. He used to be an electronics engineer at a high-end car dealership in Orange County. With the economy being down, and the car industry in shambles, he got laid off. He said he was depressed for three months, because he didn't know what other jobs he could do. His wife suggested he repair appliances, so he did. Everyone has a story. And everyone has hardships. But really, the best part of the conversation? He thought I was no more than 26 years old. For reals! I was so happy for the rest of the day, LOL. Today I put our photos back onto the BOW (Big Orange Wall) in our circular staircase. I had taken them down before the start of remodeling, because I didn't want them to be knocked off the wall or get all dusty. I wanted to show you the cake that Todd made last night from scratch. It's called Cinnamon-Apple Cake, and I got to eat one piece of it. It was delicious! But Todd took the rest to his Toastmasters meeting today to share with everyone. He's the president of his chapter of Toastmasters International, until the end of June, when his one-year term is up. Tonight is the third consecutive night that we've used our wonderful new kitchen to cook our dinner. We made Szechuan Spicy Noodles with Carrot-Cucumber Relish. It's one of our favorite dishes. Even with the remodel not done yet, I am already so thankful and excited about the new kitchen and master bath. I love it and feel like I got a brand-new house. The kitchen really is the heart of the home. The hassle of the remodel is worth it. Tune in tomorrow for my iPod Shuffle playlist for the Seattle Rock N Roll Half Marathon that I'm running this Saturday! Yes folks, this is what I've been training six months for. It is fast approaching!


  1. It is so true, every person has a story. That is one aspect of this P365 that I like, that we get to read about others stories.

    Hope they work the wire-thingy out so that you get your oven to be a little more useful than only being a clock. =)

    I love your BOW, so beautiful with the photos leading up and the color is very happy!

  2. So needed that recipe..I've got four cucumber plants in my garden that have become like aliens..aliens that are producing more cucumbers than I can force my family to eat! :D

    He made Cinnamon Apple Cake?? You are married to a good man! He needs to make you another one so you'll have energy for your 1/2 marathon.

    I love the story of Mark-Boris. Everyone does have their own story..it's something that I try to teach my kids..you never know why people act the way they do, they could be in the middle of a family tragedy. Instead of judging them, I encourage my kids to pray for them.

    Have a great day!

  3. I really love the color of your walls. So bright and happy.

    Now that your kitchen is open again you guys may never have to eat out again...especially with the cooking skills you both have :)

    I really enjoyed the story of Boris. Good reminder to us all that we never know what challenges others may be facing in their lives.

  4. Good luck at the half-marathon!

  5. wow the noodles are looking so yummy - thanks for the recipe!

    As you know - I love your BOW - because orange is my favorite colour!

    I always think Todd is "The Man" you are so blessed with him - baking cakes for you and waiting while you are running... it´s a dream!

    Hope your oven will work soon now as they know the problem with the red wire.


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