There is no doubt that getting scared awake is not the my preferred scenario at midnight. This is why I do stuff like filter our which people can make my phone ring in the middle of the night. When I hear something like the phone ring, I’m like immediately awake and can taste the adrenaline as I scramble for the phone. The same reaction appears to be appropriate when the gas furnace decides to shut down. There was a sound. And I wasn’t sure if I had really heard it or not. But it sounded like a big clank and it came from the basement where the HVAC equipment was. It was enough to get me fully out of bed and reaching for my robe. By the time I got out of my bedroom, I could tell that the HVAC heating was not running. And it was in the teens outside. I of course immediately began cussing myself for not remembering to get the HVAC heating maintenance done earlier in the fall. That HVAC maintenance was one of the things that fell through the cracks. And now, I was paying the price for that omission. There was really nothing I could do. The gas furnace would not restart and it was bitterly cold outside. So, I had to breakdown and call the HVAC company. The cost of the emergency HVAC service call was going to sting but there was no way I could wait until morning with a houseful of kids. The HVAC technician ended up fixing the HVAC in less than a half an hour. But the fact that it happened at all was something that didn’t allow me to fall back into my slumber that night.