Monday, December 15, 2008

So, what's new with you?

Saturday I put in five hours at work cleaning up my desk so I could start training a temp to replace me while I go up to do Service billing. Saturday night I worked the Holiday Party, and had a really awesome time. Except my car broke down again on the way there. I was able to make it home, and was very lucky that my niece was already at my house and drove me to the party. I kinda had to be there as I had the list of everyone who was supposed to show up, and their meal choices and $300 in gift cards to give away as door prizes. The president and his new girlfriend drove me home. Which was a bonus - since I didn't have to drive, I took advantage of the open bar.

I not only got a filet mignon dinner out of the deal, I got an additional 3 hours of overtime. I consider that a win-win situation.

My landlord jumped my car yesterday, and I thought maybe it was a fluke that I had so much trouble Saturday night. Maybe I had left the lights on and that was why the battery drained while I was driving. I didn't make sense to me though. I don't think I even had the lights on during the day on Saturday, and why would it start, but then power down while I was driving?

Anyway, I started my baking yesterday, and periodically went out and started the car, with no problems. It started right up this morning, but it was dark and foggy and as soon as I turned the headlights on, it started having problems again. I was able to drop my son off at school, but barely made it out of the parking lot. Going 20 miles per hour, then 15, then 10 as it just kept dying. I made it around a corner where I knew I could pull off the road, put it in drive and it just died. I'm thinking maybe it's the alternator, as the battery is brand new less than a year ago. I have no idea, I don't know cars. I only know I had to walk to the nearest gas station and they didn't have a pay phone, so I had to beg to use their phone to call work and have someone come get me.

I had the car towed again to my mechanic, they'll let me know when they know what the problem is. I cannot stand the idea of another car bill the week before Christmas, but what choice do I have? Again, I'm very lucky that my company had a vehicle I can borrow until I sort out the car situation.

In the meantime, I'm keeping busy at work and at home. So far, I've made 2 batches of cashew brittle, 3 dozen chocolate chip cookies, 5 dozen black & white cookies, and about 100 chocolate peanut butter cups. I refuse to let anything knock me down. I'm like a punching bag, hit me and I'll keep getting up, saying "Is that the best you've got? Really, is that all? Cause I can take you. C'mon, let's go...".

13 comments:

MelO said...

YOU GO GIRL!!!

Damn... there is NO knockin' you down, is there? Good for you... I was reading your story and wanted to cry for you because I am having similar weird issues with my car.

Can I just tell you that the $70 I spent on the Duracell Car Battery Jumper has saved me OODLES and OODLES of money and time. However, like mine, yours doesn't sound to be a battery problem.

Grrr...

I'll cross my fingers and toes for you that your mechanic doesn't tell you that your car "is weird" ... cause that's never good. :(

Gwen said...

Booo! Car troubles suck. And so do you for having all that baking done already. I didn't get any of it done this weekend like I planned. Guess I suck, too.

LegalMist said...

Ack. Hang in there. Car troubles are never fun, but most especially when it is miserably cold out.

I hope it is something easy (and cheap!) to fix.

That damn expat said...

Mmm chocolate peanut butter cups! I'm almost willing to buy you a new car for a batch of those.

I hope things work out for you and soon. You are strong, I'd be out in the street screaming at the top of my voice now.

~E said...

Fancy Fancy She's the Man, If She can't do it NO ONE CAN!

...

except you know, replace "man" with "girl"...and replace "can" with a word that rhymes with "girl"

Angie said...

Not that I know anything about cars, but my car did the same thing a couple years ago. I had thrown a belt, which somehow meant that my alternator didn't work so the car was using the battery to run lights, radio, etc. Anyway, on my car it wasn't a bad fix, it was just a belt. My dad took care of it in about 15 mins. I hope your mechanic can fix it quickly and not-too-expensively. :)

Memarie Lane said...

Good that you're getting it checked out before something worse happens.

Laura said...

You seem to be taking it well! I would be freaking out about now.

The Cashew Brittle sounds yummy by the way.

Dr Zibbs said...

You should start calling your black and white cookies "Ebonies and Ivories". Just a thought.

JoJo said...

Wow, you are a baking maniac!!! Send some my way!! lol

Sorry about your car though, that sucks. I still haven't dealt w/ my shot O2 sensor. Just keep repeating, "the car is paid for". That's what I do.

Aunt Becky said...

And now, having nothing to do with your post, all I can think about is how hungry I am. Care to send me some goodies ;) ?

Fancy Schmancy said...

Thank you all, I really appreciate the comments and the support. If I could, I would send you hugs in the way of baked goods. The cashew brittle and chocolate peanut butter cups really are to die for, and the Ebony and Ivory cookies aren't bad, either.

LYDIA said...

haha, GOOD FOR YOU!