Last years Valentine’s Day was an unmitigated disaster owing to illness and a meltdown on the MBTA meaning we were waiting for over an hour in the cold for a train so we decided to stay at home this year. What could go wrong right? Apparently everything is the answer.
Helping our decision to stay at home was the fact that it was forecast to be a brutally cold weekend in Boston; it ended up being the coldest day since 1957! We woke up to temperatures of -23C (-9F) and as low as -33C with windchill. It was so cold that even the bloody icicles had icicles. As someone who moans when it is just a few Celsius below freezing you can imagine how unhappy I was at waking up to this kind of weather. It was cold enough to freeze the balls off of a brass monkey as they say and as my body is considerably more fragile than brass I resolved to not leave the house.
At some point around lunchtime our downstairs neighbours rang the doorbell to announce that the pipes had burst and that the basement was flooding just a little bit. Water was turned off to the house until they found our that the burst pipe was the washing machine and it could be isolated while the rest of the house had water. Unfortunately in the interim period our cold water pipes had frozen anyway so we had no cold water in the house. This discovery led to frantic shutting off of all water pipes in the house which even more unfortunately resulted in our boiler being shut off by accident. Needless to say we couldn’t restart the boiler.
We were now in a situation where we were without heat or water on the coldest day for years. Fortunately a engineer was able to come round in a few hours (it felt like days) and restart our boiler and we wandered through the cold to get some water from CVS. The water came back at midday on Monday and luckily the weather is going to get much milder in the next couple of days so hopefully our cold related troubles are over. We don’t like to do anything special for Valentine’s Day but it would have been nice if it hadn’t been so eventful!
How was your Valentine’s Day?