This is how my weekend is going so far..... (plus a giveaway winner!)

After many of your words and encouragement, I have decided to register as an Athena.

To those of you who are not sure what that means, Athena is a category for women 150 pounds or over. I've only been able to enter the Hartford Half Marathon & 5K as an Athena (I won 1st place once!) for running events, but it seems like the sport of triathlon cares about us heavier girls. So my plan is to register Athena, train hard, and try to take first place!

Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and EasierI mapped out some training for the next 14 weeks or so, and I will be spending a lot of time in the pool, which I have only been in once since my triathlon last fall. I recently bought the book Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, and Easier. Now I just need to read it... hmm maybe while I spend time on the bike trainer. Which reminds me I did get in a nice 60 min ride after work today! Tomorrow is a long awaited long run outdoors with Shelley & Tutu making our St. Pattys day 10K next weekend!

I almost forgot to draw a winner for my raffle for this week!
Please email me your choice of prize!

There are still TONS of fabulous prizes to win! Please check out my Run to Home Base Raffle HERE to make a donation to a great cause and win some great stuff in the meantime!

Also, have you checked out my Arctic Ease giveaway yet (HERE)? Entry is easy & you have until 3/16!

Now.... I was literally writing this blog post, when Kevin went down to the basement to hide girl scout cookies on my roomate. I hear, "Stephanie, you need to come down here.."


Not again.

Last year, Easter weekend, my brand new home (constructed Sept 2009, 2 months before I moved in), only 6 months after being built had the basement flood. It ruined many of my christmas decorations and boxes. My house was still under warranty and they told me that the water wasn't from outside, it was from the furnace condensator. Despite the water marks along the edge of the basement, and water stained cracks. They put in window wells and gutter tubes "just in case." With all this snow melting, and rain we've been having, I went down to check the basement thursday. Nothing. Not a drop. Now it looks like this....

1/4" deep!

See my soaked bottom boxes?

So Kevin just left for home depot to buy a wet vac because towels are just floating in the water, and not even making a dent in the amount. I am pissed because they *promised* me that this would never happen again. And I'm pissed because my home is no longer under warranty, although my mom thinks that since this was a problem they claimed to take care of while it was under warranty and clearly failed to do so, that they should be responsible. My mom says we will hire a lawyer if we need to. damn, lawyers are expensive.

So Monday I guess I will either be calling "Mike" the horrible contractor who built my house whose number I found, or the real estate lawyer I used to see what I am entitled to. Needless to say my good mood, and healthy habit went out the window and I have worked my way through 1/3 of a 6 pack of beer, and have a pizza on the way. YUCK!


Terri said...

Ugh - how awful! I hope you manage to get the problem fixed soon. You can't even use your basement, can you?

Penny said...

That is awful. I hope you get it all worked out. Thanks for the definition of Athena .

Carly said...

Bummer about the basement. I would fight it hardcore. I think your mom is right. Persistence is key!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

flooding sucks. I hope you can get something from your builder.

Wells L said...

I agree fight, fight hard - but I know that will be a HUGE challenge all by itself. Fighting the flood plus fighting the crap contractor plus working plus working out plus being a fiance . . . it's all just a LOT on your plate. Been there, done that. Came home one year from Spring break to 64,000 gallons of water covering my lower level - NICE!!! Lived in a hotel for 6 weeks - NICE. It CAN be done -fight with all your might, but take care of yourself along the way.
Good luck in the athena catagory. I think it's a good decision.

Suzy said...

So sorry to read about your basement. Ours flooded a couple years ago and we keep a close eye on it every year (esp with all this rain). I hope that you can take some action agains the builders! GL with the athena category. I'm sure you can get 1st with a great training plan.

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

So sorry about your basement.

Go Athena Go!

Pizza is good for you, as long as there is pineapple on it (at my house anyway!)

Shawn Becker said...

Oh my gosh, I am so sorry about your basement..I agree with your Mom, they should fix what they should have the first time!
Keep the faith and enjoy the pizza and deserve it!

misszippy said...

That flooding absolutely stinks! I hope it gets cleaned up quickly and easily for you.

Anonymous said...

That completely blows. It sounds like you'll deifnitely need an attorey, unless the builder has a heart. I hope he does. I hope you get it worked out. Perhaps you'll need a sump pump. Regardless, I'm sorry you're weekend is turning out this way.

JenniferLeah said...

Uuugh--I hope you can get somewhere on the home front with out having to get nasty or spend a ton of money. Sometimes just the hint of litigation can get people moving in your direction.

Best wishes on training--I really like TI and got a lot out it!

Savannah said...

So sorry to hear about your flooding! Hope everything works out for you!

Trish said...

That sucks! Only 1/3 of a six pack? Girl, you have some willpower! Wilpower that will get you to first place!!!(notice I did not mention the pizza... I had pizza last night too...) I really hope you didn't lose anything precious to the water this time!