As I mentioned previously, our HVAC system broke and had to be replaced. I also mentioned that even though it's costing like $10,000 I have been staying remarkably calm. I blame this on gratefulness. While by all rights I should be apoplectic instead I am just so grateful that we have stable jobs, that Arnold and I have been diligently saving and that instead of buying a house before we were ready that we were able to keep our heads and know that we needed a huge emergency reserve before we could buy a house. I have never been more grateful for the four years we spent saving and living in the crapartment. It's a good feeling to be faced with a major expense for the first time without a major panic attack. Could this mean that I might be inadvertently turning into a mature adult? I swear I had no intentions of doing so. The HVAC guys have been here for three days. I'm hoping today will be the day that our new energy-efficient heat magically works. And... actually I just heard one of the installers squawking in the attic. I hope that's a good sign.