Sunday, February 24, 2008

We are not helpless women.  Really.

By 9:00 this morning Moriah, Liz, Natalie, and I were all in Patience’s bed with her.  She has an electric blanket, and our beds were all too cold.  Why?  Because our furnace is not working. 

We don’t know when the pilot light went out, but it was 54 degrees in our house this morning, and it has gotten steadily colder.  Lindsey slept over at a friends’ house last night and went to church with her this morning, Laura left for church before the rest of us were up, and Liz left after just a few minutes of warming herself in Patience’s bed.  Then Patience made pancakes while Natalie, Moriah and I tried to figure out to how to re-light the furnace, to no avail.  The pilot light is out and we got the panel off but were unable to get it re-lit.  We were told not to try too hard since none of us had lit a pilot light before and it can apparently be dangerous.  This piece of equipment is a mystery to all of us:

We tried calling multiple friends in hopes that they would have pilot lighting skills, but so far no one has had much experience.  Our landlord found an emergency furnace fixer man who should be here between 1 and 2 pm, so Moriah and I are holding down the fort until then.  We’re wearing multiple layers of clothes (including gloves), and we’re snuggled under three blankets on the couch in front of the fire with a hot water bottle nestled between us.  Our housemates have gone to a coffee shop to do their work there where it is a bit warmer. 

We all felt quite inept this morning though, when we couldn’t figure out how to get the furnace to light, and then we couldn’t get the fire to stay lit, and nothing was working to make our house the least bit warmer.  Things are more under control now, and within the next two hours we should start warming up.  But this is one adventure I had not experienced before.  Living off-campus in a house does carry a bit more responsibility than living in the dorms!

Posted by Emily MacLeod on 02/24 at 12:50 PM
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