Ok, so the air conditioner was fixed and did not require multiple thousands of dollars. In fact, just under $200 for a capacitor (which of course leads the to question: if the air conditioner goes fast enough, do we travel into the future?). New filter is needed, too, but otherwise we should make it to the fall when we can make an informed, not panicked, decision about what to do next.
And then we went to swim lessons after the repairman left. That was fine, if hot for Leo and me, but on the way home, Smart Sophie decided to teach Maeve some "magic" tricks. Like hide the quarter, pull it out from behind the ear kind. Except Sophia doesn't quite get that these are sleight of hand tricks. She thinks that people really store things in their ears and up their sleeves and so forth.
So you know where this is going. Straight to Southwest Pediatrics to have a wadded up piece of paper removed from Maeve's ear. We leave here in three minutes.
But the house is once again the correct temperature (meaning not 86, which is what it was this morning). Dodge one bullet, get another one stuffed in your ear.