I'm too scared to open this receipt. It's been sitting on the desk since Monday, when I realized our air conditioner wasn't working right. No matter how low I set the thermostat, the temperature bottomed at 78 degrees. This happened during last year's brutal heat wave, but we toughed it out. Not this time.
I picked up the phone and called the Lee Company. As I asked to be put on their post-holiday schedule, the operator heard Elise squalling in the background. "Ma'am, do you have a baby in the home?" She put me on hold, then returned to let me know they would be coming that night, the final call before the Fourth of July. And they did. While the unit was shut off, I took the kids to the mall. Our offer of popsicles and ice water seemed paltry compared to the buckets of sweat those two men produced. It was 8 pm before they left.
When I returned to a rapidly cooling house, I "forgot" to ask my husband how much he paid for the repair. I deliberately avoided looking at the receipt folded next to my computer. In fact, it's taunting me right now. Whatever the total, it was worth every penny. So what am I waiting for?
If anyone local needs heating and air service, I highly recommend the Lee Company. They are the ONLY company who called me back, and the only one I'll call in the future.
UPDATED: I peeked. Only $99! I was expecting $300-$400. We have the money in our emergency fund, anyway. I just wanted to share my cowardly reaction with you. I have an amazing ability to ignore what I don't want to see. It's one reason I'm so vigilant with our budget. I could so easily be someone who stuffs credit card bills in a drawer and refuses to open them until we are deeply in debt. Even though the stress of worrying about unopened bills is worse than the bills themselves...