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04 August 2008

SEND WHUFFLES NOW! SEND THEM NOW! RIGHT NOW![More:]

I've had a horrible day today and feel completely discombobulated.

The contractors started today on the building work to my flat, to repair a crack in the wall caused by tree roots.

So, 9am I get a call in the office from the builder. He's a sub-contractor, and the main contractor had told him that the flat was empty and unoccupied. Where they got that idea from I don't know.

But anyway, this bloke has arranged for a plumber to come in tomorrow and remove the boiler from the kitchen while the wall behind it is repaired. So no water. For most of this week.

I knew this was part of the job, but had been told by the insurers that I'd be given plenty of notice of this. They agreed to pay for a hotel, up to the cost of 50 per night. Now there is NOTHING in this area for 50 a night, except a DSS hostel-type place on the Romford Road in Forest Gate, and there's not a chance I'd stay in one of those. But there is a Holiday Inn Express about half a mile away, but it's 80 a night.

So after numerous phone calls back and forth with the insurers, they finally agreed that they had forgotten to tell me about this, and that, because of the short notice I can stay at the Holiday Inn for 3 nights, from tomorrow. It might be longer, and the insurers seem to think it'll be an easy thing for me to say 'oh, let me stay one more night', but the hotel said that they are usually fully booked over the weekend as that's their busiest time, what with people travelling to weddings and such. I also get 15 a day for meals. There's a carvery at the pub next door, so I'll eat there. But I have to pay for all this and then be reimbursed.

The cats will be fine. I confined them to the 'front half' of the flat today, with a litter box, and they can stay in those arrangements, drinking bottled water (but they had better not get a taste for it, or they can go and live with Madonna or somebody). I'll be here every evening and will let them have free run of the place, and go out through their cat flap, until morning, when I'll come back from the hotel and make them come in again.

So tonight I have to prepare all my lunches for the week and take them into work. I will be really popular, as our fridge is a 3ft cube, but I have got all my food for the week here and am not buying lunches out as well as dinner.

And I will also have to go into the office for FIVE DAYS this week!! Nooo! This will kill me.

I HATE UNEXPECTED CHANGE LIKE THIS!!

SEND ME A WHUFFLE! I NEED A WHUFFLE!


*stamps feet, cries*
yoiks that's a big inconvenience! I'm sending over a big box of whuffles - you can take what you need now and just save the rest. I know it's the little things like this that can drive you nuts. I feel for you.

But at the risk of sounding like my mom - if that's the worst thing that happens to you, you're pretty damn lucky. Yes, my Mom made it real hard to complain about just about anything.
posted by Slack-a-gogo 04 August | 12:23
Oooh! Many many whuffles to you essexjan! What a pain in the arse.
posted by gaspode 04 August | 12:26
I HATE being uprooted from my home for any reason, and at short notice, too? Bah- I'd be cranky too, Jan. Whuffles!

(The line about the cats and the bottled water made me LOL, though)
posted by BoringPostcards 04 August | 12:35
{{{{{JAN WHUFFLE}}}}}

what BoPo said, me too.
posted by taz 04 August | 12:38
Whoa. What a stressful situation. I'd be ready to murder someone with a dull spoon at this point.

*whuffles*

Lots of them.
posted by Fuzzbean 04 August | 12:38
Oh man, I feel your pain! I'm sending SO many whuffles right now!
posted by Specklet 04 August | 12:38
OH MY GOD YOU GOT A CARVERY? I WANT A CARVERY!

I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT A CARVERY IS, AND I WANT ONE.

MAYBE I CAN WHUFFLE FOR CARVERY!

WHUFFLE! CARVERY! WHUFFLE!
posted by Hugh Janus 04 August | 12:43
**whufffffffle!**
posted by lysdexic 04 August | 12:44
Whufftacular whuffles, going your way.

*wafts whuffles where wanted*

Hugh Janus: I think a carvery involves knives!
posted by mdonley 04 August | 12:47
Damn, I was hoping it was peanuts.
posted by Hugh Janus 04 August | 12:48
Whuff. Fle. There, there. Look on the bright side - you get to spend a couple of days playing hotel! Bring the cats! Crank the AC! Watch lots of TV! Jump on the beds! Wheeee! Hotel! Order room service - the little metal covers make even the most banal food seem special.
posted by mygothlaundry 04 August | 12:56
Hugh, a carvery is a restaurant where they have big pieces of roast meat that the chefs carve for you and you can choose which you want from beef, pork, turkey, lamb or ham - or have ANY COMBINATION of these - as much meat as you can stomach (I always have a mix, especially if there's lamb) and then there's a help-yourself buffet of Yorkshire Puddings, roast potatoes and lots of different vegetables and gravies.

Sometimes they're horrible, with food sitting round for hours, but my local one is always very good. It's part of the Toby chain, so it's mass-market, but if you're hankering after meat and veg, you can't go wrong with a carvery.

And OMG! They have Indian night on Wednesday. All you can eat!!!
posted by essexjan 04 August | 12:57
I have a new favorite word!
posted by Hugh Janus 04 August | 13:04
That sucks! Whoofles and Whuffles and Whiffles.
posted by rainbaby 04 August | 13:19
((((((((essexjan)))))))))
posted by drezdn 04 August | 13:23
::whuff whuff whuff whuff::
posted by casarkos 04 August | 13:40
*whuffles ej, 'cause that kind of discombobulation sucks hard*

*whuffles the carvery, 'cause, well, do ya hafta ask?*
posted by elizard 04 August | 13:47
Sending a bucket of whuffles- and I'll throw in a big bag of Doritos ;-)
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 04 August | 14:12
Ooh, we are, in fact, making a Costco run tonight, so we'll grab a ginormous Costco-sized Box O' Whuffles while we're there!

*whuffles*
posted by lonefrontranger 04 August | 14:26
*wuffling*
posted by sperose 04 August | 14:30
Welcome to Whufflestown. Population: you.
posted by Hellbient 04 August | 14:43
*pours a bucket of cilantro-free whuffles over essexjan's head*
posted by bunnyfire 04 August | 15:02
According to my iPhone I have to give you shuffles instead of whuffles.

Shuffles!!!
posted by seanyboy 04 August | 15:11
*whuffles*, essexjan. What an inconvenience.

Like mgl says, hotels can be fun! You don't have to make the bed! No cleaning! Little hotel soaps!
posted by LoriFLA 04 August | 15:17
Welcome to Whuffle House, can I take your order?
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posted by Hellbient 04 August | 15:25
Many whuffles, Jan. I hate being uprooted, too, even with notice. Hang in there. Indian night at the carvery does sound wonderful, though.
posted by lilywing13 04 August | 18:41
Sending lots of whuffles your way, Jan. I am so sorry to hear of your uprooting!!
posted by redvixen 04 August | 18:49
many belated whuffles, ej... Maybe you should just come back to NYC? : )
posted by Pips 05 August | 14:22
Oh Jan, that sucks. Whuffles from me too.
posted by goo 05 August | 15:20
Warning: Very mean-spirited, ranting, complaining post. || Cool knitting patterns for babies?

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