vanillafluffy: (Yay ME!)
My car is being kept overnight and getting TWO new front tires, a front-end alignment and an oil change!!!

I'm absolutely blown away. I would've been quite happy just to get the tire replaced. The rest is gravy and biscuits. Wow.

I have a lot to be thankful for, and I am---very!

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vanillafluffy: (Yay ME!)
My car is being kept overnight and getting TWO new front tires, a front-end alignment and an oil change!!!

I'm absolutely blown away. I would've been quite happy just to get the tire replaced. The rest is gravy and biscuits. Wow.

I have a lot to be thankful for, and I am---very!

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vanillafluffy: (Oh crap)
Last night, Mb and I wandered over to the mall for a little while...it was nearly deserted on a Monday night. She bought me a slice of pizza at Sbarro, which was good at the time, but it or something is really cleaning me out today, and I suspect heat-lamped 'za. Still, I've got laundry in the works, so I haven't been completely useless today.

Also, I went to smartusa.com to look at Smart Cars, and discovered to my utter delight that the houndstooth car I featured a picture of the other day is a real option, not just something they did for the car show. No paisley or leopard print among the wraps they offer, but there are some rather nifty options such as woodgrain, harlequin diamonds, a splash patters, and a red snakeskin that's kinda fun. Of the available wraps though, the houndstooth is still my favorite.

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vanillafluffy: (Oh crap)
Last night, Mb and I wandered over to the mall for a little while...it was nearly deserted on a Monday night. She bought me a slice of pizza at Sbarro, which was good at the time, but it or something is really cleaning me out today, and I suspect heat-lamped 'za. Still, I've got laundry in the works, so I haven't been completely useless today.

Also, I went to smartusa.com to look at Smart Cars, and discovered to my utter delight that the houndstooth car I featured a picture of the other day is a real option, not just something they did for the car show. No paisley or leopard print among the wraps they offer, but there are some rather nifty options such as woodgrain, harlequin diamonds, a splash patters, and a red snakeskin that's kinda fun. Of the available wraps though, the houndstooth is still my favorite.

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vanillafluffy: (Porsche cabriolet)
I am absolutely certain that, if I die of natural causes, it'll be between 3:30 and 4:30 in the afternoon. That's the hour when I most want to curl up in a little ball and hibernate, so it follows that The Big Sleep would be the ultimate afternoon nap.

I'm particularly feeling it today, because last night, that goddamned dog next door was barking until 4AM. I swear, I was ready to make a peanut butter sandwich, go over there, feed it to him, and while his mouth was mortared shut, wrap duct tape around his jaws so I could get some sleep.

So, I ended up getting maybe, at a generous guess, five hours of sleep before I romped over to the food bank. I had neither food nor caffeine before charging out the door, Because it was late---they close up shop at 10:30, and it was 9:30 when I zoomed out of here. Worth it---I got some stew beef, and two kinds of cheese, some egg noodles, bagels, canned goods---it's hard to say which is better, getting there early, when there's more choice, or late, when they want to get rid of stuff and give your more. I could've had four bags of bagels, if I'd wanted, but I don't have enough room in the freezer and even I can't consume THAT many bagels.

After that, by prior arrangement, I went over to J's. I have a very steeply sloping driveway, which makes cleaning out my car a major pain in the behind. J has a nice, flat space where I could park and fling...it took an hour for the trunk and another hour for the passenger seat and the passenger side back seat, and that was all I had the energy for. By 2 PM, I was beat.

Got two full black bags into her dumpster (another handy feature of J's place), rounded up a whole bag of cans and inhaled three pieces of pizza at J's invitation (at 2---the rest of the backseat can wait for another day). As usual, there was a certain amount of "That's where that went!", and I could've been more ruthless, but compared to the "Before" condition, when the crap on the passenger side was UP TO the seat, actually more like a 2-inch layer atop the seat---I could actually accomodate a passenger now!

(Honestly, the car shouted "I am a hoarder!", and I was acutely aware of it when that cop shined his flashlight in at me the other night. That was the tipping point, no pun intended.)

This also gives me room to traffic cans to the recycling center. I have the bag of cans from the car, another full bag in the office, and a few partial bags I need to finish filling. I'm missing Kat again---this time her handy-dandy minivan, which held A LOT of cans.

DID remember to drop off library books on the way home, go me!

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vanillafluffy: (Porsche cabriolet)
I am absolutely certain that, if I die of natural causes, it'll be between 3:30 and 4:30 in the afternoon. That's the hour when I most want to curl up in a little ball and hibernate, so it follows that The Big Sleep would be the ultimate afternoon nap.

I'm particularly feeling it today, because last night, that goddamned dog next door was barking until 4AM. I swear, I was ready to make a peanut butter sandwich, go over there, feed it to him, and while his mouth was mortared shut, wrap duct tape around his jaws so I could get some sleep.

So, I ended up getting maybe, at a generous guess, five hours of sleep before I romped over to the food bank. I had neither food nor caffeine before charging out the door, Because it was late---they close up shop at 10:30, and it was 9:30 when I zoomed out of here. Worth it---I got some stew beef, and two kinds of cheese, some egg noodles, bagels, canned goods---it's hard to say which is better, getting there early, when there's more choice, or late, when they want to get rid of stuff and give your more. I could've had four bags of bagels, if I'd wanted, but I don't have enough room in the freezer and even I can't consume THAT many bagels.

After that, by prior arrangement, I went over to J's. I have a very steeply sloping driveway, which makes cleaning out my car a major pain in the behind. J has a nice, flat space where I could park and fling...it took an hour for the trunk and another hour for the passenger seat and the passenger side back seat, and that was all I had the energy for. By 2 PM, I was beat.

Got two full black bags into her dumpster (another handy feature of J's place), rounded up a whole bag of cans and inhaled three pieces of pizza at J's invitation (at 2---the rest of the backseat can wait for another day). As usual, there was a certain amount of "That's where that went!", and I could've been more ruthless, but compared to the "Before" condition, when the crap on the passenger side was UP TO the seat, actually more like a 2-inch layer atop the seat---I could actually accomodate a passenger now!

(Honestly, the car shouted "I am a hoarder!", and I was acutely aware of it when that cop shined his flashlight in at me the other night. That was the tipping point, no pun intended.)

This also gives me room to traffic cans to the recycling center. I have the bag of cans from the car, another full bag in the office, and a few partial bags I need to finish filling. I'm missing Kat again---this time her handy-dandy minivan, which held A LOT of cans.

DID remember to drop off library books on the way home, go me!

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vanillafluffy: (Garcia headset)
Kat let me drive her "new" car. She got it last week---it's a Kia Spectra, somewhat used. She isn't happy with it and is making noises about taking it back to the dealership if she can, but compared to my POS, it's not bad. Automatic, power steering, a/c---what more do ya need?

Did the regular weekly office visit for bloodwork---second visit scheduled for Friday because something is out-of-whack. Next week, we see the actual oncologist on Monday and follow up with the neurologist on Wednesday.

Next week's going to be a woolly booger---in addition to the above, I've been ordered to appear at Job Services for some kind of work-search training class on Tuesday. It's supposed to give me the tools, blahblahblah...so I go in nicely dressed, with a copy of my resume, an extra pen and paper and look attentive. Since my continued benefits hinge on it, yeah...it'll also give me a chance to make my mandatory weekly contacts---a Good Thing, since the rest of my week is DAMN BUSY.

In addition to Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday being full, Thursday GK comes in for the wedding---we drive to Tampa directly from the airport, decorate the venue and have the rehersal on Friday, the wedding is on Saturday and we return on Sunday. I'll miss church, but I should be back in time for SUPPER club.

Meanwhile, this week is a little less fraught. Nothing is carved in stone until Thursday-Friday. Mb has a conference she has to go to for work---it's in Tampa, and she wants company, so she's invited me. The plan is that we go over early Thursday and I'll lounge poolside while she's off conferring, then we'll do a spot of shopping sight-seeing, have pizzas back at the hotel, and some must-see TV. (Perhaps I can convert her?) Friday morning, we'll head back, and I should be home in time to make it to movie night at church.

Saturday is currently free, which means laundry, housework, et al. Next Sunday...my lawn gets mowed, but NOT by me. (I set that up when I got back from lunching with Kat.) And sometime this week or early next, I have to finish my dress. GK and I did the pinning when she was here last---I still have to cut it, turn the raw edge over and hem it down and THEN attach the trim. Theoretically, the first part shouldn't take more than an hour. The trim, since it's sequinned, is going to mean hand-stitching for best effect---that's a classic sit-in-front-of-the-TV-and-do-it project. And yes, I will contrive to get pictures of my splendor. Somehow.*

Granted, buying us both lunch may have been less than frugal, but damn it, I *miss* our former standing lunch date. It was like, all of a sudden, bang! I lost my job, got assigned to doctor duty, ran out of money and became the nanny/matron/enemy all at once. And I do not like transitions at the best of times---which this is definitely NOT.
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* Why is it that everyone else in the civilized world seems to have NO PROBLEM procuring contemporary technology---cell phones, digital cameras (sometimes cell phones WITH digital cameras!), iPods, laptops, Blackberries, Blueteeth---and I'm stuck back in the late 20th century with a tied-down landline, a disposable camera and a computer so old the chip in it is a Dorito---and no printer?! /whine
vanillafluffy: (Garcia headset)
Kat let me drive her "new" car. She got it last week---it's a Kia Spectra, somewhat used. She isn't happy with it and is making noises about taking it back to the dealership if she can, but compared to my POS, it's not bad. Automatic, power steering, a/c---what more do ya need?

Did the regular weekly office visit for bloodwork---second visit scheduled for Friday because something is out-of-whack. Next week, we see the actual oncologist on Monday and follow up with the neurologist on Wednesday.

Next week's going to be a woolly booger---in addition to the above, I've been ordered to appear at Job Services for some kind of work-search training class on Tuesday. It's supposed to give me the tools, blahblahblah...so I go in nicely dressed, with a copy of my resume, an extra pen and paper and look attentive. Since my continued benefits hinge on it, yeah...it'll also give me a chance to make my mandatory weekly contacts---a Good Thing, since the rest of my week is DAMN BUSY.

In addition to Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday being full, Thursday GK comes in for the wedding---we drive to Tampa directly from the airport, decorate the venue and have the rehersal on Friday, the wedding is on Saturday and we return on Sunday. I'll miss church, but I should be back in time for SUPPER club.

Meanwhile, this week is a little less fraught. Nothing is carved in stone until Thursday-Friday. Mb has a conference she has to go to for work---it's in Tampa, and she wants company, so she's invited me. The plan is that we go over early Thursday and I'll lounge poolside while she's off conferring, then we'll do a spot of shopping sight-seeing, have pizzas back at the hotel, and some must-see TV. (Perhaps I can convert her?) Friday morning, we'll head back, and I should be home in time to make it to movie night at church.

Saturday is currently free, which means laundry, housework, et al. Next Sunday...my lawn gets mowed, but NOT by me. (I set that up when I got back from lunching with Kat.) And sometime this week or early next, I have to finish my dress. GK and I did the pinning when she was here last---I still have to cut it, turn the raw edge over and hem it down and THEN attach the trim. Theoretically, the first part shouldn't take more than an hour. The trim, since it's sequinned, is going to mean hand-stitching for best effect---that's a classic sit-in-front-of-the-TV-and-do-it project. And yes, I will contrive to get pictures of my splendor. Somehow.*

Granted, buying us both lunch may have been less than frugal, but damn it, I *miss* our former standing lunch date. It was like, all of a sudden, bang! I lost my job, got assigned to doctor duty, ran out of money and became the nanny/matron/enemy all at once. And I do not like transitions at the best of times---which this is definitely NOT.
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* Why is it that everyone else in the civilized world seems to have NO PROBLEM procuring contemporary technology---cell phones, digital cameras (sometimes cell phones WITH digital cameras!), iPods, laptops, Blackberries, Blueteeth---and I'm stuck back in the late 20th century with a tied-down landline, a disposable camera and a computer so old the chip in it is a Dorito---and no printer?! /whine
vanillafluffy: (Shoes!!!)
Just returned from an afternoon out---lunch with Mb, then we went over to Kat's cleaned out my car, huzzah!---after which she decided she needed to get home and I went for a swim. Ah, bliss! I feel really bad that 'Brat couldn't join me---she worked her butt off. She has a lot more energy than I do. Yes, this was supposed to be Friday's plan, but shit happened. Just like the Lush trip with AI is postponed indefinitely. Shit just keeps happening....

We uncovered stuff I didn't know I had---like another couple bags of cans, to my chagrin. I could've made another couple dollars last week, HIBK. Shoes---five or six pairs, several of which I'd completely forgotten about. A milk glass...butter dish? Pickle dish? IDK. Books. Towels. OMG, STUFF.

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Penmanship, redux )
vanillafluffy: (Shoes!!!)
Just returned from an afternoon out---lunch with Mb, then we went over to Kat's cleaned out my car, huzzah!---after which she decided she needed to get home and I went for a swim. Ah, bliss! I feel really bad that 'Brat couldn't join me---she worked her butt off. She has a lot more energy than I do. Yes, this was supposed to be Friday's plan, but shit happened. Just like the Lush trip with AI is postponed indefinitely. Shit just keeps happening....

We uncovered stuff I didn't know I had---like another couple bags of cans, to my chagrin. I could've made another couple dollars last week, HIBK. Shoes---five or six pairs, several of which I'd completely forgotten about. A milk glass...butter dish? Pickle dish? IDK. Books. Towels. OMG, STUFF.

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Penmanship, redux )

Wednesday

Aug. 5th, 2009 06:00 pm
vanillafluffy: (Likes/Loves)
I still don't have word from HR as to what's happening with my job. I'm supposed to find out tomorrow. Major thanks to everyone who's offered prayers and support!

My muffler started dragging as I left the library yesterday to go to work---had to get an emergency fix on that---third time I've had that done! That's the trouble with having an ancient car, it's always something.

The Fluevogs have arrived! The image online looked more grey than black, but they are black, and lovely, and beautifully package with pretty aqua tissue paper in the box with a dustbag and a personalized card signed by John Fluevog himself (which I've already framed). *sigh* If they were pretty in the picture, they're even prettier in person.

My time on the computer is about to run out, but hopefully I can get the cable people paid on Friday and have it back on in the next 48 hours or so.

Wednesday

Aug. 5th, 2009 06:00 pm
vanillafluffy: (Likes/Loves)
I still don't have word from HR as to what's happening with my job. I'm supposed to find out tomorrow. Major thanks to everyone who's offered prayers and support!

My muffler started dragging as I left the library yesterday to go to work---had to get an emergency fix on that---third time I've had that done! That's the trouble with having an ancient car, it's always something.

The Fluevogs have arrived! The image online looked more grey than black, but they are black, and lovely, and beautifully package with pretty aqua tissue paper in the box with a dustbag and a personalized card signed by John Fluevog himself (which I've already framed). *sigh* If they were pretty in the picture, they're even prettier in person.

My time on the computer is about to run out, but hopefully I can get the cable people paid on Friday and have it back on in the next 48 hours or so.
vanillafluffy: (Garcia headset)
Gods help me, they had a Kindred: The Embraced marathon on SciFi channel today, and I got sucked in to that. Way too many pretties, and a few "OMG, that's!---".... Now, if they'd just rerun American Gothic, I'd be a really happy camper.

Criminal Minds was awesome tonight! )

I haven't written anything, I've done some picking up, although no lie, those bags are HUGE.

Tomorrow is the season finale for SPN---I'm torn between fear and anticipation. Either way, I have an idea of what I'm going to work on as a SPN summer project, IF I do anything.

There's no Harper's Island this weekend, and I'm really snarked by how poorly CBS is promoting it. I keep reviewing the suspects according to means, motive and opportunity, although any time "a deranged killer" is being floated as a suspect, logic tends to be a longshot.

I'm driving on the donut, so I'm anticipating payday on Friday almost as much as SPN. Plus, I've GOT to get a fan for my room---the window A/C is blowing air, but the compressor is ded, and it's been roasting. Oh god, and it's only MAY!
vanillafluffy: (Garcia headset)
Gods help me, they had a Kindred: The Embraced marathon on SciFi channel today, and I got sucked in to that. Way too many pretties, and a few "OMG, that's!---".... Now, if they'd just rerun American Gothic, I'd be a really happy camper.

Criminal Minds was awesome tonight! )

I haven't written anything, I've done some picking up, although no lie, those bags are HUGE.

Tomorrow is the season finale for SPN---I'm torn between fear and anticipation. Either way, I have an idea of what I'm going to work on as a SPN summer project, IF I do anything.

There's no Harper's Island this weekend, and I'm really snarked by how poorly CBS is promoting it. I keep reviewing the suspects according to means, motive and opportunity, although any time "a deranged killer" is being floated as a suspect, logic tends to be a longshot.

I'm driving on the donut, so I'm anticipating payday on Friday almost as much as SPN. Plus, I've GOT to get a fan for my room---the window A/C is blowing air, but the compressor is ded, and it's been roasting. Oh god, and it's only MAY!
vanillafluffy: (Clipper)
I zoomed over to my tire guy on my way to work; he tested the tire, said it was leaking where it was previously plugged and that he'd try to plug it again, but if that didn't work, that it was definitely time for another tire. So I ponyed up $7 for the plug, which seems to be working. I'm going to stash a few dollars for another tire just in case.

Saw a really pretty blue Year One Camaro this afternoon. And a late model something---I don't remember what---but it was emerald green, just gorgeous. Not a loud green, just a very classy jewel-tone.

Tonight, when all the supervisors were gone, I went back to my previous position and swapped that keyboard for the piece of shit at my current desk...I'm tired of having the space bar stick! It's a pain in the ass when I'm trying to type up a request and itallrunstogether.

That's the kind of thing where supervisors get all "We'll get them to open a work ticket" --- NO. If swapping peripheral componants on computers was rocket science, I'd be working at NASA and making a helluva lot more money. If I get really ambitious, I'll completely reorient the tower, which was what I did when our department was over on the other side of the call center. I stayed over about 45 minutes one evening and repositioned the tower from the floor under the desk to horizontal on the desk with the monitor on top of it. At the moment, it's vertical on the desk, which I don't like---it takes up a lot of real estate. We'll see....

Got a few good sales today...from my position in the trenches of online retail, the economy seems to be springing back. I'm not getting a lot of zillion-dollar luxury item sales, but people are buying blue jeans and prom dresses and sneakers---life goes on!

Tomorrow is my Friday, O frabjuous day, calloo callay....
vanillafluffy: (Clipper)
I zoomed over to my tire guy on my way to work; he tested the tire, said it was leaking where it was previously plugged and that he'd try to plug it again, but if that didn't work, that it was definitely time for another tire. So I ponyed up $7 for the plug, which seems to be working. I'm going to stash a few dollars for another tire just in case.

Saw a really pretty blue Year One Camaro this afternoon. And a late model something---I don't remember what---but it was emerald green, just gorgeous. Not a loud green, just a very classy jewel-tone.

Tonight, when all the supervisors were gone, I went back to my previous position and swapped that keyboard for the piece of shit at my current desk...I'm tired of having the space bar stick! It's a pain in the ass when I'm trying to type up a request and itallrunstogether.

That's the kind of thing where supervisors get all "We'll get them to open a work ticket" --- NO. If swapping peripheral componants on computers was rocket science, I'd be working at NASA and making a helluva lot more money. If I get really ambitious, I'll completely reorient the tower, which was what I did when our department was over on the other side of the call center. I stayed over about 45 minutes one evening and repositioned the tower from the floor under the desk to horizontal on the desk with the monitor on top of it. At the moment, it's vertical on the desk, which I don't like---it takes up a lot of real estate. We'll see....

Got a few good sales today...from my position in the trenches of online retail, the economy seems to be springing back. I'm not getting a lot of zillion-dollar luxury item sales, but people are buying blue jeans and prom dresses and sneakers---life goes on!

Tomorrow is my Friday, O frabjuous day, calloo callay....
vanillafluffy: (Where will you be...?)
I thought we were finally settled into a permanant seating arrangement, but today several of us---including me---got shifted around. I had a minor hissy fit and managed to get a place I like at the end of a row, although tomorrow, I'm going to wear pants so I can crawl under my previous desk and swap out keyboards. The space key on this one sticks. Note to self, take in a few more Q-tips to go with the little jar of rubbing alcohol I took in to clean the mouse with. The last one was bad, this one was outright filthy and nobody else does it. I sometimes wonder wtf it is that tech support actually DOES all the time....

Came home, watched Harper's Island, which is gonna be interesting. I was a little surprised by who got killed at the end of the ep---I didn't see THAT coming---and there are an awful lot of pretty 20-somethings left. Yawn. They hinted at an angsty relationship between the sheriff (Jim Beaver, hooray!) and his daughter, so hopefully he'll be around for most, if not all, of it.

And tomorrow, I need to leave the house early and see if I can pick up a cheap tire OR get someone to put the donut on for me, because the right front was almost flat when I got out of work again tonight. And there was a car parked right in front of the air pump at the nearest gas station; I had to go another two blocks and neither one of them is lit worth a damn.

Guh, I'm tired, and my week has two days left....
vanillafluffy: (Where will you be...?)
I thought we were finally settled into a permanant seating arrangement, but today several of us---including me---got shifted around. I had a minor hissy fit and managed to get a place I like at the end of a row, although tomorrow, I'm going to wear pants so I can crawl under my previous desk and swap out keyboards. The space key on this one sticks. Note to self, take in a few more Q-tips to go with the little jar of rubbing alcohol I took in to clean the mouse with. The last one was bad, this one was outright filthy and nobody else does it. I sometimes wonder wtf it is that tech support actually DOES all the time....

Came home, watched Harper's Island, which is gonna be interesting. I was a little surprised by who got killed at the end of the ep---I didn't see THAT coming---and there are an awful lot of pretty 20-somethings left. Yawn. They hinted at an angsty relationship between the sheriff (Jim Beaver, hooray!) and his daughter, so hopefully he'll be around for most, if not all, of it.

And tomorrow, I need to leave the house early and see if I can pick up a cheap tire OR get someone to put the donut on for me, because the right front was almost flat when I got out of work again tonight. And there was a car parked right in front of the air pump at the nearest gas station; I had to go another two blocks and neither one of them is lit worth a damn.

Guh, I'm tired, and my week has two days left....
vanillafluffy: (Default)
Today's agenda calls for calling out from work. Adventures with GK, Red and CF take priority. (And I have time off to cover it. The three most dangerous words in the English language: I don't care.) I'm up early to wash my hair, which is icky.

News from work: C-Boss is gone! After all of what, five months? Quite abrupt, although she *was* acting snappish the previous week. No distress here, especially since her successor is (Oh gee, now I have to come up with a suitable cover name!) the gal I sold the big LeSnobbi bag to. She's a sweetie, and she likes me---she used to coach me back when she was a rep---so I'm pretty mellow about the news.

Also, we have FINALLY been assigned to desks---this was another of C-Boss's "innovations". We started shifting around in October, for crying out loud, and I've spent the last few months lugging a piece of wheeled luggage in with me every day. Now I can park a box on my desk and a tote bag under it and just schlep my purse. Thank goodness!

Got off work last night and crawled under my desk to organize the wires down there--one of them kept shorting out my monitor every time I brushed against it. Then I went out to the parking lot and found I had a semi-flat tire. Nursed it to the station up the street, pumped air into it and it held all the way home. (I stopped twice to check.) Something else to worry about. I need to find another car, PDQ.

I still haven't exercized the massive squee which was this week's SPN, but I'll get to that sometime this weekend....
vanillafluffy: (Default)
Today's agenda calls for calling out from work. Adventures with GK, Red and CF take priority. (And I have time off to cover it. The three most dangerous words in the English language: I don't care.) I'm up early to wash my hair, which is icky.

News from work: C-Boss is gone! After all of what, five months? Quite abrupt, although she *was* acting snappish the previous week. No distress here, especially since her successor is (Oh gee, now I have to come up with a suitable cover name!) the gal I sold the big LeSnobbi bag to. She's a sweetie, and she likes me---she used to coach me back when she was a rep---so I'm pretty mellow about the news.

Also, we have FINALLY been assigned to desks---this was another of C-Boss's "innovations". We started shifting around in October, for crying out loud, and I've spent the last few months lugging a piece of wheeled luggage in with me every day. Now I can park a box on my desk and a tote bag under it and just schlep my purse. Thank goodness!

Got off work last night and crawled under my desk to organize the wires down there--one of them kept shorting out my monitor every time I brushed against it. Then I went out to the parking lot and found I had a semi-flat tire. Nursed it to the station up the street, pumped air into it and it held all the way home. (I stopped twice to check.) Something else to worry about. I need to find another car, PDQ.

I still haven't exercized the massive squee which was this week's SPN, but I'll get to that sometime this weekend....
vanillafluffy: (Metallicar)
As I may have told you all, my little Honda is 20 years old, 250+ miles, and lately the noises the front end are making alarm me. PJ mentioned a few weeks ago that he knew someone who was selling a car...I asked him about it, and today she showed up at church in said car, a '97 Nissan, nothing special, but probably worth the $1700 she was asking. The trouble is, first, there's no way I'm going to have any spare cash until April at the earliest, and second, even when I have it, I wouldn't have it all at once, and she wants a lump sum. Too bad, it had COLD air. *sigh* She didn't even stick around for the service; when I told her that, she took off. Sweet.

While this was going on, SA was listening. After Nissan Lady left, she told me that her mother had to give up driving and had a car for sale. I told her that I needed to take care of my property taxes first, and even then, I was going to need something cheap, IE, a 3-figure car. She said that sounded do-able and she'll talk to her mom about it. According to her, it's an Oldsmobile...I'm translating that as "totally unsexy gas-guzzler", but for the price.... Also, SA's mom is the source of my purely utilitarian but highly functioning refrigerator, so I'm willing to take a closer look.

I also found out that there's going to be a quilt show up in Titusville next weekend. I'm going to call GK and see if she's interested!
vanillafluffy: (Metallicar)
As I may have told you all, my little Honda is 20 years old, 250+ miles, and lately the noises the front end are making alarm me. PJ mentioned a few weeks ago that he knew someone who was selling a car...I asked him about it, and today she showed up at church in said car, a '97 Nissan, nothing special, but probably worth the $1700 she was asking. The trouble is, first, there's no way I'm going to have any spare cash until April at the earliest, and second, even when I have it, I wouldn't have it all at once, and she wants a lump sum. Too bad, it had COLD air. *sigh* She didn't even stick around for the service; when I told her that, she took off. Sweet.

While this was going on, SA was listening. After Nissan Lady left, she told me that her mother had to give up driving and had a car for sale. I told her that I needed to take care of my property taxes first, and even then, I was going to need something cheap, IE, a 3-figure car. She said that sounded do-able and she'll talk to her mom about it. According to her, it's an Oldsmobile...I'm translating that as "totally unsexy gas-guzzler", but for the price.... Also, SA's mom is the source of my purely utilitarian but highly functioning refrigerator, so I'm willing to take a closer look.

I also found out that there's going to be a quilt show up in Titusville next weekend. I'm going to call GK and see if she's interested!
vanillafluffy: (Iconic moi)
How to Be a Dumb Blonde


Decide on the way out the door that you "need" to swap out purses---because the bag you've been carrying for a week is far too small to carry 2 liters of diet cola, a can of soup and all your usual paraphernalia.

Instead of transferring relevant contents before leaving the house, take both bags with you. Arrive at work and empty stuff from smaller bag into great big bag.

Exit car, locking doors to protect contents of gas tank. Grab wheeled backpack from trunk (This is a necessity, since we no longer have reserved desks and have to bring everything back and forth every day.), toss in smaller purse, close trunk.

Realize that due to habit of recent use, you have put your ONLY set of car keys in the bag which is now secured in the locked trunk....

Panic. I called all over the place, and finally got ahold of PJ (Poor guy!), who came down and called AAA, who had the car open in under 2 minutes---there's a trunk release up front---and I am charged with getting my key copied and getting AAA coverage. The key I think I can manage. The AAA coverage---[livejournal.com profile] ang5fam, I hope we can sell tons of stuff on eBay!
vanillafluffy: (Iconic moi)
How to Be a Dumb Blonde


Decide on the way out the door that you "need" to swap out purses---because the bag you've been carrying for a week is far too small to carry 2 liters of diet cola, a can of soup and all your usual paraphernalia.

Instead of transferring relevant contents before leaving the house, take both bags with you. Arrive at work and empty stuff from smaller bag into great big bag.

Exit car, locking doors to protect contents of gas tank. Grab wheeled backpack from trunk (This is a necessity, since we no longer have reserved desks and have to bring everything back and forth every day.), toss in smaller purse, close trunk.

Realize that due to habit of recent use, you have put your ONLY set of car keys in the bag which is now secured in the locked trunk....

Panic. I called all over the place, and finally got ahold of PJ (Poor guy!), who came down and called AAA, who had the car open in under 2 minutes---there's a trunk release up front---and I am charged with getting my key copied and getting AAA coverage. The key I think I can manage. The AAA coverage---[livejournal.com profile] ang5fam, I hope we can sell tons of stuff on eBay!
vanillafluffy: (Metallicar)
This morning, Kat took me to an early lunch, and we went over to Lowes so she could get ceiling fan info. Also got some copper wire, so I can work on some jewelry projects and some batteries for my desk fan at work.

She then followed me over to the tire store, where they discovered a hole and plugged it. (Cost: $7. Not having to drive the donut to work: Priceless.) Oh, and the "Check Engine" light stayed off, so I'm going to think good thoughts that yesterday was a glitch.

From the tire store, Kat and I went our separate ways. I'd noticed a car I wanted to look at at a pawnshop on Clearlake, so that's where I headed.

As advertised, I have only one track. When I get an idea stuck in my head, it tends to stay there, like a set-in grease stain. The car is a Camaro. It has a CD player, the interior is decent, the milage is 147K, which is 100K less than the car I'm driving now. It's the same shade of teal as S's Camaro, but nowhere near as crapped-out with rust. It has a moon roof, like the Camaro I was lusting after last year, and it's a five-speed. They're asking $1700, $300 down and make payments, which might actually be doable. I'd want a 3-day option to take it up to my mechanic, but that's not a bad price, even before negotiating.

The big question is, where am I going to get $300? Payments, how big and for how long? And how am I going to do that AND make my property taxes? [livejournal.com profile] ang5fam, I may end up selling half my earthly possessions on eBay!
vanillafluffy: (Metallicar)
This morning, Kat took me to an early lunch, and we went over to Lowes so she could get ceiling fan info. Also got some copper wire, so I can work on some jewelry projects and some batteries for my desk fan at work.

She then followed me over to the tire store, where they discovered a hole and plugged it. (Cost: $7. Not having to drive the donut to work: Priceless.) Oh, and the "Check Engine" light stayed off, so I'm going to think good thoughts that yesterday was a glitch.

From the tire store, Kat and I went our separate ways. I'd noticed a car I wanted to look at at a pawnshop on Clearlake, so that's where I headed.

As advertised, I have only one track. When I get an idea stuck in my head, it tends to stay there, like a set-in grease stain. The car is a Camaro. It has a CD player, the interior is decent, the milage is 147K, which is 100K less than the car I'm driving now. It's the same shade of teal as S's Camaro, but nowhere near as crapped-out with rust. It has a moon roof, like the Camaro I was lusting after last year, and it's a five-speed. They're asking $1700, $300 down and make payments, which might actually be doable. I'd want a 3-day option to take it up to my mechanic, but that's not a bad price, even before negotiating.

The big question is, where am I going to get $300? Payments, how big and for how long? And how am I going to do that AND make my property taxes? [livejournal.com profile] ang5fam, I may end up selling half my earthly possessions on eBay!
vanillafluffy: (Zzzzz's)
I only had about 6 hours sleep last night (and I was short the night before), so if this post doesn't make a whole lot of sense, that's why.

Yesterday at work? Was a total zoo. I'm told Mercury is in retrograde, which explains why I was getting every weird-ass question, every ESL caller, all that jazz. Took one Trendicrap order that I PRAY goes through because it was 58 items and took me about 45 minutes to get checked and confirmed. Had a full dozen orders, would've been a couple more, but the credit cards didn't go through. Seems like the holidays are starting to gear up already, which is good, becase back-to-school was definitely down from last year.

Oh, and next week? We have THREE partners coming in, including one on Wednesday. Lucky me, I have to make a special trip to Melbourne at the crack of dawn on my day off. *grumble grumble grumble*

Thursday evening, I coughed up $20 for gas, and my car seems to be running better, leading me to theorize that my problem was either a clog somewhere in my fuel system, or tainted gas that's now been diluted enough to run properly again. *knocks wood that it's okay now*

The church painting isn't quite done, but it's coming along nicely. We still have some trim left to do, and some of the doors need to be replaced. The base coat is a soft goldenrod, the trim and doors is a great olive green. Since we're surrounded by woods, the effect is very natural and mellow.

Can't brain....
vanillafluffy: (Zzzzz's)
I only had about 6 hours sleep last night (and I was short the night before), so if this post doesn't make a whole lot of sense, that's why.

Yesterday at work? Was a total zoo. I'm told Mercury is in retrograde, which explains why I was getting every weird-ass question, every ESL caller, all that jazz. Took one Trendicrap order that I PRAY goes through because it was 58 items and took me about 45 minutes to get checked and confirmed. Had a full dozen orders, would've been a couple more, but the credit cards didn't go through. Seems like the holidays are starting to gear up already, which is good, becase back-to-school was definitely down from last year.

Oh, and next week? We have THREE partners coming in, including one on Wednesday. Lucky me, I have to make a special trip to Melbourne at the crack of dawn on my day off. *grumble grumble grumble*

Thursday evening, I coughed up $20 for gas, and my car seems to be running better, leading me to theorize that my problem was either a clog somewhere in my fuel system, or tainted gas that's now been diluted enough to run properly again. *knocks wood that it's okay now*

The church painting isn't quite done, but it's coming along nicely. We still have some trim left to do, and some of the doors need to be replaced. The base coat is a soft goldenrod, the trim and doors is a great olive green. Since we're surrounded by woods, the effect is very natural and mellow.

Can't brain....
vanillafluffy: (Metallicar)
I got out of the house early this afternoon, and went to the used tire place. Got two decent tires for a smidge under $50. I didn't realize how much I'd been wincing about the tailpipe scraping every time I hit a rough patch. Much improved! Need to stop for gas on the way in tomorrow.

Had a few words with Uber-boss this afternoon, letting her know that the commute has been causing a lot of wear and tear on my vehicle. (I do not trust He-boss to adequately convey my consternation at the state of affairs.) Over $200 in less than 30 days---that's a lot on what I make!

Got lots of compliments on the cute new wedges---except from my feet, which seem to think I should've gone up a size. Maybe I will, if I can find them in a 12 the next time I have money. Then again, they're canvas, they ought to stretch a bit....

Work was decent, but if they don't have the TV fixed by next Thursday, I'm gonna be ticked!
vanillafluffy: (Metallicar)
I got out of the house early this afternoon, and went to the used tire place. Got two decent tires for a smidge under $50. I didn't realize how much I'd been wincing about the tailpipe scraping every time I hit a rough patch. Much improved! Need to stop for gas on the way in tomorrow.

Had a few words with Uber-boss this afternoon, letting her know that the commute has been causing a lot of wear and tear on my vehicle. (I do not trust He-boss to adequately convey my consternation at the state of affairs.) Over $200 in less than 30 days---that's a lot on what I make!

Got lots of compliments on the cute new wedges---except from my feet, which seem to think I should've gone up a size. Maybe I will, if I can find them in a 12 the next time I have money. Then again, they're canvas, they ought to stretch a bit....

Work was decent, but if they don't have the TV fixed by next Thursday, I'm gonna be ticked!
vanillafluffy: (Where will you be...?)
The disappearance of CarGuy was inconvenient when I had my clutch problems. Now it's gone to full-scale aggrevating, since I just had to cough up $15 for someone to fix his "repair" of my tailpipe.

That's not the worst part, though: Both my front tires are showing steel wires.

The place I usually get (used) tires at is closed on Wednesdays---go figure!---so I'm going to have to scoot out of here early tomorrow and do something about that. And I haven't gassed up yet for the week. It's always something

Where's Bobby Singer when I really need him?!
vanillafluffy: (Where will you be...?)
The disappearance of CarGuy was inconvenient when I had my clutch problems. Now it's gone to full-scale aggrevating, since I just had to cough up $15 for someone to fix his "repair" of my tailpipe.

That's not the worst part, though: Both my front tires are showing steel wires.

The place I usually get (used) tires at is closed on Wednesdays---go figure!---so I'm going to have to scoot out of here early tomorrow and do something about that. And I haven't gassed up yet for the week. It's always something

Where's Bobby Singer when I really need him?!
vanillafluffy: (Shoot me)
Yesterday was long and angsty. I distracted myself by writing, which was a Good Thing, as Cousin Martha would say.

2nd Choice garage didn't answer their phone til mid-afternoon, and still hadn't looked at my car. By the time they did, it was late afternoon. The verdict: Something I never would've guessed---the clutch. Apparently there's some kind of plastic bushing inside, and after +240K miles, it crumbled.

They have to get the part from Honda---it isn't generic---and it's going to run in the neighborhood of $160 to fix (which nearly had me under my desk sucking my thumb).

I got a ride to the CUUPs Meetup from PJ, to whom I confided my tale of woe, and he's going to loan me the cost of the repair. (He also bought me dinner. Ribs...yum!) [livejournal.com profile] ang5fam is sending an early birthday present, which will top up my tank. Meanwhile, my insurance payments have been made, my phone/cable/net bill is paid, and I got lots of sweet comments on my fic.

So now, I'm waiting to hear from 2nd Chance to find out what the official total is going to be---hoping they were able to get the part today!---so I can get ahold of PJ and possibly actually go to work today. (I'm really afraid of what may happen if I call out AGAIN.)

Life can be infernally complex.
vanillafluffy: (Shoot me)
Yesterday was long and angsty. I distracted myself by writing, which was a Good Thing, as Cousin Martha would say.

2nd Choice garage didn't answer their phone til mid-afternoon, and still hadn't looked at my car. By the time they did, it was late afternoon. The verdict: Something I never would've guessed---the clutch. Apparently there's some kind of plastic bushing inside, and after +240K miles, it crumbled.

They have to get the part from Honda---it isn't generic---and it's going to run in the neighborhood of $160 to fix (which nearly had me under my desk sucking my thumb).

I got a ride to the CUUPs Meetup from PJ, to whom I confided my tale of woe, and he's going to loan me the cost of the repair. (He also bought me dinner. Ribs...yum!) [livejournal.com profile] ang5fam is sending an early birthday present, which will top up my tank. Meanwhile, my insurance payments have been made, my phone/cable/net bill is paid, and I got lots of sweet comments on my fic.

So now, I'm waiting to hear from 2nd Chance to find out what the official total is going to be---hoping they were able to get the part today!---so I can get ahold of PJ and possibly actually go to work today. (I'm really afraid of what may happen if I call out AGAIN.)

Life can be infernally complex.
vanillafluffy: (Terror bang)
The Plan calls for me setting my alarm for 9:30 AM tomorrow, first calling 2nd Choice Garage to see if they've had a chance to peek at my car yet. Then Kat, who will pick me up so we can cruise Wal*mart, because I am OUT of caffeine and that's a very dangerous thing.

Today's irony: There are two 2-liter bottles in the trunk of my car. *sigh*

Tomorrow evening is CUUPs dinner meeting, although I'm not sure if I'll be able to afford it. Even if the problem IS quick and cheap to fix. Arrrgh! Doooomed---!

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