Friday, a Trader Joe's finally opened in Iowa in West Des Moines (about 75 miles one way from our house), and we had planned to get there by mid-morning. Some plans have a way of not working out. Here's the huge parking lot and inside it was just as crazy when we arrived LATE in the afternoon!
Since it was the first morning the temperature got below the 20 degree mark (since we've had the new furnace-thing), the brand new, expensive furnace did not work!!! So, we called the furnace man and he arrived fairly soon, but then spent the next two hours trying to figure out WHY the furnace did not work.
The furnace man had apparently done something wrong in the 'configuration' of the thermostat and the electric back-up heater (which only kicks on under 20 degrees).
We now have heat (and a few items from Trader Joe's)! Hopefully next time it won't be quite as crazy!