So it has been a long while since I have posted anything. I am beyond frustrated and upset right now. Last year at this time I was trying to get together my audition tape for MCC but my house conspired against me.
This year I was and am determined but when I started my new job in May I knew I would have to take a step back from my cooking and adjust to the new amazing job. Right after starting we had a terrible thing happen - the smell of gas filled our house. The gas company gave us good and bad news - it wasn't gas 👍 but it was CO2 being forced back into the house. We believe it's a result of damage done to our house by the demolition of the house next to us (it was at best 2 feet away from ours). The gas was shut off to the house. Then started the long process of figuring out what to do next.
The end result is we are having to replace our NEW hot water tank, the air conditioner and furnace. The chimney is the problem - it is used by all of these but fixing it is really just for the hot water tank as any new furnace would be side vented. We ended up having to call our insurance company and are hoping they will help. If they won't it's about $10,000 to get everything fixed.
The biggest problem is the lack of hot water - we have had no hot water for almost 6 weeks now. We are camping style in the house for washing dishes, cold washing clothes and running to my parents to shower which is very stressful but it also means I have to basically stop my culinary adventures (it takes 40 min approx to boil the one large canning pot of water - and we need at least 2 for cooking *sigh*). So I still have my goal it just means I am going to have to double down on my cooking when I can get back to adventures.
Tonight is the first time in a while that I'm cooking from scratch again- it feels good and I really miss it.