Okay, well it's been quite a week. Monday night, my husband and I are sitting and watching tv, when we hear a loud CRACK. Don't know where it came from, so we went looking around throughout the house, trying to see if something fell off a shelf or whatever. We don't find anything. Next morning, hubby leaves work extra early. When I get up, I go to get a cup of coffee since he always makes it before he leaves for work. No coffee made, which is odd. I check the reservoir in the pot and it is full of water, the filter and ground coffee are ready to go. Very odd. I hit the switch. Nothing. I plug it into another outlet. Nothing. DEAD. So, after pulling out our cheapy coffee pot (that we sometimes bring on vacation) and getting my caffeine fix -- you do what you gotta do, right? -- I open the fridge to get milk for my cereal. Control panel is blinking wildly and will not reset. I reach my arm into the fridge unit. You guessed it -- it's not cold. I go in the basement, flip the circuit breaker, check the plug. There's obviously juice coming through the socket since the panel is blinking, but it's not cooling. FABULOUS! I call Sears repair and get the next appointment which is tomorrow morning, dump all the perishables in a cooler with ice and head off to work. Fast forward to the evening, relaxing again in front the tv (lazy, aren't we?), we notice it's hot and sticky INSIDE. The air vent is shooting air up but it's not cold. OH BOYO!!!!! So, today the fridge repair guy came, ordered a replacement control panel -- once it arrives they will do the repair. Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day, but definitely $400 to repair. You know, I did not truly appreciate refrigeration until now....... The air conditioner guy also came today -- a/c is toast. In fairness, it is nearly 20 years old. New unit will be installed tomorrow -- $7700!!! (we'll be eating beans and rice for a long looooong time). Turns out some type of power surge came through and zapped the crud out of our stuff. Therefore (and my reason for this long boring post).....we are bringing out an electrician tomorrow to install a "whole house" surge protector, to help protect us in the future. Think of it as the anti-budget buster. That is all -- carry on. Wish me luck and sanity in the coming days. Thank you for your support.