korafox: (RAWR)
The good news: My van is still technically driveable. 

The bad news: I had to take my van to a mechanic for making funky engine noises, and it turns out part of the exhaust system is rusted through.  This means that I don't get to use the heat (the A/C was already broken), and I have to crack the windows while I drive because otherwise I might die of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Fixing the problem on this 15-year-old vehicle would have cost about a grand (and we just shelled out a similar amount to fix the other vehicle last Friday), and that is $1000 that is much better spent on a new car.

So, sometime after the holidays, I am going to get to learn the joys of buying a car.  I am just thrilled at this prospect, of course, and am already having anticipatory sticker shock.

To counteract this crappy, crappy day, however, husband gave me my Christmas present early.

He got me a vest!!!  A snazzy vest that actually fits me!!!  I have no words for how much the dapper genderqueer side of me is jumping up and down for joy right now.  I am looking forward to having an occasion to wear it.   So much love to husband, who knows I would never have been able to buy this for myself.  : )

korafox: wheat field with cypresses (facepalm)
The good news: I learned how to jump a car yesterday.

The bad news: We had to jump the van yesterday. 

Actually this was a relief, because when we tried to start the thing, the specific manner of it not starting seemed to be something worse than just a dying battery.  (It was making a rapid click-click-click noise and it seemed like the ABS was completely frotzed.)  But it sorted itself out once we got some juice into it, and all things considered, it was probably the best situation to have something like this happen in.  Both of us were there, we had the other car right there to jump it with, and we were just going out for groceries so it wasn't like there was a meeting or something we were going to be late for. 

And before anyone says anything, I know damned well that cars are not an area of particular expertise for me.  I've never had my own, so basic maintenance is not something I was ever responsible for.  I fully intend to just go and buy Cars For Dummies or whatever the actual title is, so that I can at least smile and nod and have some clue what they're talking about should I end up in conversation with anyone about automobiles.  (Hint: if I become a police officer, this will happen.  If I learned anything from my ride-alongs, it's that things with combustion engines are the go-to topic for officers chatting with one another.)

Also I am highly suspicious in retrospect that the reason my wrist was acting up yesterday was not due to workouts (I haven't had push-up related wrist issues in a while...thank you, increased muscle tone) but due to the whackadoodle weather.  The fog was like pea soup when we went out to the store. 

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