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Yakima winery weekend

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Ever since the time Ted surprised me with a trip to Venice for my birthday, he’s planned trips as my birthday presents more often than not – this works out well because I emphatically don’t need more stuff! and because organizing is his superpower. In recent years, we’ve been visiting some of the wine regions around here; we’d done Dundee and McMinnville in previous years, so this year we went further afield, to Yakima, WA, where they specialized in big red wines rather than our local Pinot Noirs. We took Friday off and started with a drive along the Columbia River Gorge, with a stop at the Gorge Interpretive Center’s nice little museum.

There’s supposed to be a good art museum along the way, but it doesn’t open for the year until March 15th; likewise the observatory we drove by as we headerd north turned out to be closed. Once we got to Yakima, we tried to stop at Wilridge Winery, just above town, and that was closed as well; I was beginning to wonder if this trip was going to be a total bust (also, we hadn’t eaten much, so I was definitely getting a bit grumpy). We checked into our hotel and, after a quick nap for Ted and some lunch for me, headed out to a couple of the downtown tasting rooms. Once there, things started looking up; we actually hated the wines at the first winery, which were very dry and had some off flavors, but it was a pleasant place to hang out, and the guy serving the tastings was friendly and gave us some good advice about other places to visit. (We didn’t tell him he hated his wines, of course!) The wines at the next place were much better, and we ended up buying two whites and two reds; the ones at the third place were decent, and we finished up with dinner at Cowiche Canyon restaurant, where the food was excellent though the noise level was uncomfortably high. Friday wineries: AntoLin, Gilbert, Kana.

There are actually four winetasting areas in the Yakima Valley, so on Saturday we headed further afield into the Prosser and Rattlesnake areas. It was a gorgeous day, with intense blue skies and temperatures that eventually got up into the sixties. We made a quick stop at the Teapot Dome gas station, then visited five different wineries, finishing up at our favorite of the whole trip, which specializes in sparkling wines. The tasting was free, and when we ordered a Mediterranean platter to go with it (hummus, tapenade, etc) the food proportions were very generous. The wines there are only $15-20, so I have no idea how they make their money unless it’s just volume; the place had lots of tables and was full, whereas at some of the other places it was just us and the person running the tasting room. Saturday wineries: Bonair, Two Mountain Winery, VanArnam Vineyards, Masset Winery and Treveri (the sparkling wine place).

On Sunday, since it was another beautiful warm day, we were able to take the northern route home (when we left Friday, there was snow on the ground at White Pass and traction tires were required, which was why we took the Gorge route that day). It was even more spectacular than the Gorge: towering cliff, clear streams, capped with a spectacular view of Mt Rainier.

After unpacking and a bit of erging at home (rowers don’t get weekends off!) we finished the weekend with a trip to one more winery – because we had to pick up our wine club shipment there! No wonder Ted looks a bit tired.

getting around to Memorial Day weekend

Monday, June 6th, 2016

The thing about a good weekend is, of course, you’re too busy enjoying it to blog about it. Memorial Day weekend was a good one – and then I didn’t write up its wines on Monday because Monday was still “weekend”.

We spent it at the lake house, and Ted’s parents came up to visit. More people = chance to taste more wine! The neighbors also came over one night, bringing some god Scotch. We started early with the wine if not with the holiday, so ended up haivng wines Thursday through Monday, two different ones some nights.

5/26/2016
R&G
2011 Rioja (Tempranillo)
from Spain
bought at Fred Meyer
This wine is named for the joint venture that produced it; I don’t remember their full names, but R is a French winemaker and G is a Spanish wine trader, teaming up to make a Spanish wine with French influences. We had this with steak and corn on the cob. Aromas of dark berries. The front is loaded with warm spice and fruit; the fruit vanishes and the spice turns peppery on the palate. Without food, the finish just … dissipates; food brings out more complexity and a lingering peppery finish with hints of tannins.
Paula: 3.2 Ted: 3.2

5/27/2016
Brooks
2015 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
from the vineyard
Brooks was one of our favorite wineries from our Dundee weekend in March. We had this with (and after) tapas – in this case, assorted cheeses, crudites, grilled Buffalo wings, andouille and shrimp. The wine is light but not simple. Ranier cherry flavors in front, earth flavors on the finish. Distinct and complex but delicate.
Paula: 4 Ken: 4 Karen: 3.75 Ted: 2.9

5/28/2016
Montinore
2011 Overlook Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills AVA, Oregon
from the wine club
With grilled salmon, grilled asparagus/purple chard, and salad. Light. Paula described it as a typical Willamette Pinot: cherry front, earthy finish – everyone else disagreed about the earth flavors. Smooth finish with tobacco notes.
Paula 4.2 Ken: 4 Karen: 4 Ted: 4.2
We should buy some more of this.

5/29/2016
Chapter 24
2014 Rose of Pinots Noirs
Willamette Valley OR
from the vineyard
another one from our Dundee trip. We had this on its own, while cooking dinner.. Light, just slightly sweet, with dstrawberry flavors in front that almost transitions to citrus but stops just short, finishing with honey flavors that coat the back of the tongue.
Ken: 3 Karen: 3 Ted: 2.6 Paula 3.2

5/29/2016
Schmidt Family
2013 Chardonnay
Applegate Valley
from the winery (Ted’s parents brought it up)
With grilled spatchcocked chicken, salad, bread. Tangy with grapefruit flavors and moderate oak. Classic Chardonnay.
Ken: yuck (he’s not a Chardonnay fan!) Ted: 2.8 Paula: 2.8 Karen: 3.0

Also on this evening, a neighbor brought over some Laphroig Triple Wood Scotch for us to taste. We don’t drink enough whiskey to write a proper review, but it’s got a lesser helping of smoke and peat flavors you’d expect from Laphroig, with a smoother finish. Paula likes Laphroig; Ted liked this a lot better than other ones of theirs he’d tasted. Should have tasted it both with and without water, because according to other reviews the flavors change.

5/30/2016
Abacela
2015 Albariño (white)
Umpqua Valley, Oregon
wine club
We had this by itself, just to finish out the holiday weekend. Crisp, dry and elegant. Pale floral notes, with flavors of apple and grapefruit. Ted commented: tangy flavors that focus in the top back of the mouth.
Ted: 3.2 Paula: 3

wineblending at Gran Moraine

Friday, May 20th, 2016

On Saturday we went to Gran Moraine for their first-ever wine-blending event. We’ve been to a couple at Montinore, but this was very different. At Montinore, it’s a Valentine’s event; they just hand each couple a basket with everything you need, you play around with blending wines from three vineyard blocks, and you get to take home a bottle of wine blended to your favorite proportions. This had a very different feeling, more academic.

It started with a taste of their new rose just to get us in the mood. It’s a bit different from last year’s, more tart and less fruity. The tour itself began with the tank room, where grapes go in and fermented wine goes out. Rudy (not sure of his exact role, but he’s one of the two people we mostly see there) explained a bit about their winemaking process. The tank room is open to the outer air, but the tanks themselves are chilled to an even temperature. Apparently they try to do a minimalist style of winemaking. As the wine ferments, a crust of grape skins, stems and foam rises. They break the crust and stir it back in twice a day – some wineries do that up to 8 times a day. I wasn’t paying close enough attention, though, and he has a heavy French accent, so I never did quite figure out if they add sugar to increase alcohol level. I think he said they do, Ted thought otherwise. After that, we went down to the barrel room and tasted the wine from three different barrels. They varied quite a lot in aroma, amount of fruit flavor, tannins and acidity, though none of them tasted very good compared to a finished blended wine.

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After that came the blending. The winemaker herself was there for that; Eugenia told us a bit about herself and the wine business, along with her philosophy of how to blend (always start with the ‘center’ of the flavor; you can then add in a fruitier front or a longer finish). We played around with different proportions, but the three samples we had to blend were set in order so it was pretty clear which was expected to be the main backbone of the flavor. She asked a few people about their preferences, and told some more stories. My main takeaway from the day was that what we were doing was just the play version of what a winemaker does – blending three tastes can’t compare to tasting every single barrel in the cellar, deciding how much of which and what to use to get a consistent wine. To be honest, I was slightly disappointed that we didn’t get to take home a bottle of our own blend, as at Montinore, and that there wasn’t any food except a dish of excellent local hazelnuts to clear our palates. We’re glad we did it and it was a good learning experience, but we probably wouldn’t make this a regular annual thing – we’ll save that for their dinners.

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the wine report, a few days late

Friday, May 13th, 2016

We were out at the lake last weekend – Saturday was gorgeous and luckily we rowed before the wind kicked up; Sunday was colder, gray and windy. But we did get to have a couple nice dinners on the deck!

We keep saying that we need to stop at the Willamette Valley vineyard (it’s right on I-5, so we pass it every time we head out to the lake house) but I’d have to say that we were not terribly impressed with their Pinot last weekend.

5/6/2016
Willamette Valley
2014 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon, obviously
bought at Fred Meyer
We had this with hamburgers. Ruby color, cherry flavors up front. I thought this was a bit acidic, with overpowering tannins; Ted disagreed on the tannins but commented on “strong nasty flavors” in the finish. (Actually, he thought the wine might have gone bad, but it tasted OK to me.
Paula: 2.8 Ted: 1.8

On the other hand, we do tend to like Abacela (which of course is why we belong to their wine club.

5/7/2016
Abacela
2013 Albarino
Umpqua Valley, Oregon
from the wine club
With grilled salmon, sourdough bread and tossed salad. Apple aromas and flavors. A little tart, with light oak flavors on the finish. Tropical fruit notes at the start.
Paula: 3.0 Ted: 3.4

This coming weekend should be fun – we are going to a wine-blending event at Gran Moraine!

Monday, April 18th, 2016

This was a regatta weekend, meaning that it was low on wine, even though none of us actually ended up racing, due to high wind conditions on both Saturday and Sunday. (Having actually started out and road in that water, I can report that they definitely made the right call.)

However, Saturday evening on the lake just wouldn’t be right without wine, so we did have just a little bit Saturday night with our food.

4/16/2016
Cherry Hill
2013, Pinot Noir
Eola-Amity Hills, OR
Bought at Costco
With salad and various grilled skewered stuff. Cherry flavors in front with an earthy finish.
Paula: 3.0 Ted 2.8 Our friend Rebecca: 2.8

Even when you don’t race, regatta weekends are still very tiring (I logged 21000 steps on my tracker, over twice my daily goal and a new personal record) so the wine we had back home in Hillsboro Sunday night was well deserved. We didn’t actually have it with dinner, after deciding to have waffles – haven’t figured out what a good wine pairing for waffles would be, given that we don’t tend to like dessert wines.

4/17/2016
Sokol Blosser
2015, rose of Pinot noir
Bought at the winery on our Dundee trip
On its own, without food
Like in flavor, peach in color. A bit tangy in the middle, with a hint of grapefruit and rhubarb syrup (I made some last year which is how we know that last bit). Not much finish.
Paula: 3.5 (would be just right on a hot afternoon) Ted: 2.9

lake weekend

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Back to our normal wine-drinking habit this weekend, after all the excitement of last week’s trip to Dundee. We went down to the lake this weekend and managed to get a fair bit of rowing in – nice weather Saturday, and we got out on the water before Sunday’s rains started.

Friday night, 3/8/2016
Kirkland (yes, we bought a Costco house brand wine!)
2010, Rioja Reserva
Spain, no idea what vineyard
bought at Costco
With hamburgers. (Why not?) Austere, probably a bit overaged. This was smooth and drinkable but had no fruit flavors left. Distinct tannins. No acidity to speak of, just overarching tannin structure.
Paula: 2.3 Ted: 2.7

3/19/2016
Árdíri
2011, Due Stati Pinot Noir
75% Willamette Valley OR, 25% Napa Valley CA
bought at the vineyard
With grilled salmon, tomato/mozzarella salad, homemade bread. Very fruity, with strawberry flavors all the way through, and earth flavors at the finish, all on top of structured tannins. No unpleasant flavors, even if you aerate the wine or hold it in your mouth for 30 seconds. (Many wines do have overpowering tannins or acidity develop when you do either of those.) We had a lot of Árdíri wines, because this is a local vineyard, and we’re members of their club. Their Pinots seem to be extremely variable over time – you can have one, and then have it again a month later and notice different things. Lately we’ve really been liking their 2011s and 2012s.
Paula: 3.5 Ted: 3.5

3/20/2016
Christopher Michael
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
grapes from Washington, bottled in Oregon
probably bought at New Seasons
With Hungarian Goulash Soup and homemade bread. Rounded, jammy front. Tannins ramp up through the palate, with spice flavors at the finish. We had some of this winery’s Pinot Noir a few weeks ago and didn’t like it much, but this one wasn’t bad – decent but not remarkable.
Paula and Ted both: 3 (look for at < $10)

Wine with friends in AZ

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

K-Pot
2014 Malbec
Cahors, France
At Caffe Boa, Tempe
Very young for a red, but a really nice mellow front. A bit smoky in the end – I think that will smooth out with time. Tina: 4; Jay: 2 Paula: 3.5

Hawaii: a delayed report

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

I’ve been terrible about updating, and I do have stuff to tell about. We just came back from a fantastic four-day weekend in New Orleans where we reunited with a bunch of Ted’s college friends and their spouses. But before I can even talk about that I need to mention our trip to Hawaii at the end of September.

I’d never been there and had wanted to go, ever since we went to Cairns in Australia and everyone was talking about how much it resembled Hawaii. Ted’s been there before, but it was back in his teenaged years so he was ready for a revisit too. Normally I prefer winter adventures (liek the Ice Hotel) to tropical ones, so I wasn’t actually expecting to like Hawaii as much as I did, but we had a great time. Possibly all the Mai Tais had something to do with that, but I think it was mostly the warm ocean itself – I tried to make sure I got in the water every day, even on the days we went off exploring.

We spent our first few days on Oahu, in Waikiki. The beaches were crowded, but we enjoyed them anyway. We tried out boogie-boarding, not too successfully – where are you supposed to put your legs, anyway? – and stand-up paddleboarding with somewhat more success. We visited Pearl Harbor and I wished my Dad could have been with us – he’d have liked it. I’d been interested in visiting the Polyneian Cultural Center, but I was a bit uncomfortable when I found out it was run by the Mormon CHurch (and not, say, actual Polynesians) and I heard it described as a Disney-like version of history. So instead we went to the Bishop Museum, founded in honor of Bernice Bishop, the last Princess of Hawaii by her widower, and it was really excellent. That museum also helped us realize how alive Hawaiian culture really is even now, and what a large part of the people there are of Hawaiian ancestry, at least partly. (The Hawaiians were very open to marrying any immigrants who settled there, which may have helped their survival through all the germs said immigrants brought.) It’s definitely well worth a visit.

Also worth tasting are the Mai Tais, which we learned to like in Waikiki and ended up having most days we were in Hawaii, with the occasional Blue Hawaiian or Sandy Beach to lend variety. (Uh, when I say “learned to like” – there’s not much learning curve to it!)

After a few days there we went on to the Kona Coast of the Big Island. There we spent more time swimming, not to mention snorkeling, more SUP, kayaking, and of course drinking Mai Tais. We went out for a short ride on a glass-bottomed boat and got to see rays swimming right below us. Both in that boat and later that day with snorkels we also saw a ton of coral formations, right there in the shallow water in front of the hotel. We spent one day driving around the island, stopping to see steam rising from the crater at Volcanoes National Park – we’d have liked to do some flightseeing to see the active lava flows but the price was very high. So instead we circumnavigated the island in the car – even though this is the biggest of the Hawaiian islands, you can still drive around it in a day, seeing lots of spectular cliffs and gorges. Unfortunately, one of the things I’d wanted most to do didn’t work out – we went on an excursion up Mauna Kea to see the sunset and stars up there, but it was having one of its rare foggy days, so we mostly just saw gray. We did manage to get in a quick visit to the National Energy Laboratory of Hawaii, only fifteen minutes from our hotel and the home of the Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Turbine – my senior project in college was to design a smaller version. (OTEC uses the potential energy inherent in the difference between the cold temperature of deep ocean water and the warm temps on the surface to generate electricity.) Sadly, they never really got the big one running, but there are hopes they’ll finally have it done sometime next year. Meanwhile they’re using the cold-water pipeline from the deeps for everything from cooling soil to grow wine grapes there to desalinating and selling to Japan as special 2000-year-old unpolluted drinking water, only $20 a bottle.

Next time, we definitely need to make it to Maui! And soon, I need to post a fe pictures and write up our New Orleans trip.

Further saga of the washing machine (but a good weekend away from it all)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Further saga of the washing machine (but a good weekend away from it all)

Thursday 6/19: I had to come home just slightly early so they could check to see if everything was still damp.

Friday 6/20: Arranged with ServPro to com out in the brief window at noon where we were home from work getting ready to leave for the weekend. (THat company was very good about setting appointments and showing up on time. Yay, everything was dry! That meant he could take the monster fans out, and we could leave the cats home alone for the weekend.

The weekend at the lake was very nice, more on that later.

Sunday: We gothome and hooked up the washer and dryer – they are standing on bare floor rather than linoleum in a room with no baseboards and there’s a hole cut in the ceiling of the powder room below, but at least we can do laundry.

Monday 6/23: The insurance people finally called to make an appointment, but they call when I’m in a meeting so I have to call back. Turns out the soonest they can come is Friday – and not even at the end of a workday, but Friday morning, which will make the fourth time one of us has had to miss work / work from home due to the stupid washing machine.

The weekend was great, though. We hosted three women from my local knitting group at our lake house, which is only a half hour from the Eugene fiber festival Black Sheep Gathering. We spent Saturday at the Gathering, of course, but there was lots of knitting on the deck, watching the trees and the lake, and I’m pretty sure everyone had a good time. We made the food easy – pizza on Friday night, hamburgers, veggie burgers and hotdogs on Saturday. We provided those plus wine, and people brought breakfast and dessert stuff, not to mention beer and hard lemonade. There had been plans for movie watching and such, but everyone seemed pretty happy just to hang out and knit, appreciating the lake and the perfect weather. There was a minor contretemps with an air mattress, so now we know to make the head end of the bed away from the dial that inflates and deflates the mattress. We may make this an annual thing; besides the three we had, we can sleep about two more people in comfort, or more if people share beds. We would need more chairs on the deck, but that’s doable – we want to upgrade our deck furniture, and if we haven’t done it by then, there’s always the stacable plastic variety.

(Also, Ted gets a hefty share of husbandly brownie points, for hosting a bunch of women he’d barely met, and being both social and active on the housework front. I think they were impressed, actually.)

the washing machine saga

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

I am recording this here mostly for my own reference but also to have a place where I can point people for details when I gripe about our washer issues.

Approx 5/15- 5/30/2014: Our Whirlpool Cabrio washing machine, bought new in February 2013, a top-loading HE model, was being weird – it kept leaving clothes wet at the end of a cycle, so I’d have to run an extra spin cycle.

Sunday: 6/1/2014: Washing machine died completely. When we turned it on, it would do the sensing, then stop and refuse to run. (This was right after Ted ran a few loads of laundry and before I did mine!)

Thursday: 6/5/2014: Repairman came and told us it needed a new transmission and ‘splutch’ (sic), which would cost about $500 to replace.

Saturday: 6/7/2014: At the lake house for the weekend. Did laundry there. Very helpful to have a backup!

Sunday, 6/8/2014 Came home, went and bought a new washer. (Still a top-loader HE but an LG this time.)

Saturday, 6/14/2014:
Noon: New washer installed. We run a cleaning cycle and a load of sheets.
6PM: Ted notices a dripping sound, then sees a few water drips from the ceiling of the powder room directly below the laundry room. Finds that the washer appears to have been dripping all day, because the inlet hose wasn’t properly connected. We mop up water, and he tightens the connection but turns off water to the washer just in case.
7PM: I call Best Buy store, who tell me to call Geek Squad, who tells me I have to physically go to the store and file a damage claim.
7:30-8:30: We stand around at Best Buy while the Geek Squad people fill in what is apparently very complex paperwork. They tell me someone will call on Monday to arrange a time to come out and check damage.

Monday, 6/16/2014: Nobody calls. Toward the end of the day I try calling the Geek Squad, who transfer me to a fulfillment center (?) who cannot help me because I don’t have the claim number with me at work and they can’t look it up any other way.

Tuesday, 6/17/2014: I bring the claim number with me and call the number the people at the store gave me for the fulfillment center. This time I get connected to a nice man who tells me the Best Buy people tend to be confused by the warranty process but he’ll have someone from the warehouse call me. Warehouse manager eventually does so, and wants to come to the house to look at it. I have an early afternoon meeting, so we arrange to meet at the house around 3.
3:40: I call the warehouse because no one has shown up. The person who answers me says that manager has already left but she left a note that she sent me an email. Apparently she didn’t want to call because I was in a meeting, so she emailed me to say that she doesn’t need to come out after all. But it was my personal mail – didn’t check it before leaving work, didn’t check it after getting home because I was working from home. As requested in the email I send pictures of the damage (two tiny paint bubbles in the powder room ceiling) plus a picture of the washing machine hoses where they were hooked up wrong.

Wednesday 6/18/2014 (today): Talk to warehouse manager again. She is very nice and apologizes. She promises to do what she can to have an insurance adjuster call today. She comments that the hose hookups are cross-threaded, probably due to the initial installation because Ted wouldn’t have been likely to tighten them that much. She also gives me the name of ServPro, a firm that deals with water damage, that they use a lot. I call them and they arrange to have someone come out at 3 today.
3:30: After looking around and using his dowsing rod (OK, it’s an infrared sensor that determines where the damp cooler areas are), ServPro guy tells me it will cost about $1500-$2500, but he can have a crew come out right away if I want – they’re on the way back from another job.
4:00: While talking to him the insurance adjuster calls. He makes it clear he can’t pay ServPro directly but that we will need to pay and he’ll reimburse us IF the assessment shows that they are liable. I have him talk directly to ServPro guy to get an idea of exactly what damage has occurred. He seems to think it will be OK, but reiterates that he can’t guarantee anything until they do their assessment, and that he can’t send anyone out to fix the damage after the moisture is dealt with.
4:30: ServPro crew arrives.
6:30: They’re still here, taking my house apart and sucking out water. (Did I mention that only about a couple cupfuls of water caused all this angst? But I can smell the moisture where they have the floor torn up, and they tell me that the flooring was wet enough that it pretty much just crumbled – they just took out a giant trashbag full of what I guess are flooring bits.)
7PM: They’re still here. And I’ve realized we can’t use the washer, dryer until Monday, and using the powder room means navigating around that huge fan and tubing.

Thursday 6/19: Came home a bit early so I could let the ServPro guys in to check the moisture levels – drying out nicely.

Friday 6/20: ServPro guys found everything had dried, so they were able to remove the giant monster fans. Huzzah!

Monday 6/23: Insurance people finally called to make an appointment – earliest available was Friday morning. I’ve had previous phone calls with the main adjust but he had to have someone else come out to see what needed to be repaired.

Tuesday 6/24: realized the washer connections are still leaking after all. Called insurance person to explain this, left message.

Wednesday, 6/25. Insurance person calls back, says she will talk to warehouse manager who needs to figure out how to deal with washing machine (not sure if it can be fixed or must be replaced). She and I both leave messages, but have not heard back by Friday.

Friday, 6/27: Insurance adjuster comes out and inspects damage. We try again to talk to warehouse manager but she’s not in yet. Leave a message with someone else there.

Sunday, 6/29: Insurance guy called back and sent estimate for repairs.

Monday, 6/30: Finally got hold of warehouse manager, was told to call the store where we bought the washer. Did so. They’re going to fill out a separate claim to repair the washer itself – luckily, they seem able to copy information from the original form, so I didn’t have to spend forever on the phone. Same day, guy came out from ServPro’s repair division to check out the fix. Tells me he’ll have someone call to scheduled repairs.

Tuesday, 7/1: Still no call to schedule. I check back. He says he’ll get them on it.

Thursday, July 4: Best Buy calls – somehow I don’t hear phone so they leave message that they’ve scheduled delivery of washer for Tuesday July 8. We do not want washer delivered until repairs have been made so I call back (cell phones, yay – we were 300 miles away at the time visiting family) and schedule delivery for Saturday July 19.

Monday, July 7: Receive email from ServPro – we have to sign an authorization form, then they can schedule repairs. I sign form, scna and send back. We also go to flooring place as instructed and pick out tile.

Tuesday, July 8: Receive email from Best Buy that they are delivering washer TODAY. Thunk head into desk repeatedly. Also call Best Buy but they are unable to reschedule. Nice man on the phone says if we just aren’t there, they can’t deliver and will call us to reschedule. We suspect instead that the washer will vanish and we’ll never get it. Called the main number of the repairs place, since the project manager wasn’t responding, and finally got them scheduled. Called Best Buy again, because I noticed washer hoses weren’t listed in delivery email, and this time talked to someone who put me on hold, called warehouse, and rescheduled delivery to Saturday (and told them to bring hoses). Bill arrived for repair work.

Thursday, July 10: Ted was able to stay home. ServPro people came and fixed hole in powder room ceiling, but not flooring in laundry room. I call them again to check. Project manager calls me back (and apologizes for not responding previously) and explains that flooring had to be ordered – in fact, he went with our second choice flooring, because out first choice would have taken two weeks to get here. Flooring scheduled to arrive Friday, when baseboards would also be put in place and they and powder room ceiling painted. Then Best Buy called – they were going to be delivering washer next day, Friday. WTF is wrong with these people’s calendars?? Told them to bring it Saturday, in case there’s any reason not to put washer on flooring right after installing it. (Adhesive that needs to dry?) Also spoke to insurance agent. We agreed I would call him when repairs were done to make sure it was all within the estimate, and he’d then cut us a check for the remediation plus repairs.

Friday, July 11: Flooring replaced, baseboards replaced, painting. Was supposed to take 2-3 hours, but only one guy showed up and it took from 1PM until – well, it’s after 7 and he’s still here. Did not get a time for washer delivery; the autmated system said it was now scheduled for 7/19 – the date I’d originally asked for!!! ONly now we’ve made plans for that weekend and it took me another half hour on the phone to get it rescheduled for the Friday before. Good grief.

Currently up to 17 separate days on which we had to either talk to someone on the phone or have them out at the house. Some days had multiple phone calls, or call + visit.