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lizziebelle: (OMG ONOZ)
My brakes failed this morning. I mean, completely failed, pedal to the floor, no slowing down failed. Fortunately I was going slowly, and the hand brake was able to stop the car, and no one was right in front of me, and a dozen other things that could've made it so much worse. Skipping to the end: it's getting fixed, I have a rental car, and nobody (and nothing) was hurt. Truly, I am counting my blessings.

But. It's going to cost a lot of money to fix, and I just started this new job, and it's going to wipe me out. An angel asked how donations could be made, so here is a link to PayPal if you feel so inclined (and now you know my full name! Elizabeth is my middle name). I would be extremely grateful, and I promise to pay it forward when I am able to.

Tonight is the longest night, and after tomorrow the light will return. Contemplating all the meanings of that this Solstice eve.

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Dec. 2nd, 2014 04:10 pm
lizziebelle: (crow)
On my walk today, a crow landed in a tree just ahead of me and started cawing. I stopped under the tree and took out my camera, intending to get a good silhouette of him sitting on a branch. Just as I snapped the shutter, he took off, resulting in the pic in my icon. My reaction? "Awesome." I love crows.

My car has been out of commission for a while, and today I had it towed to the dealer to get fixed. I wanted to do it last week, but because of the snow the tow truck driver refused to even try backing down my driveway. Thanks to a couple of warmish days, the snow is gone, and Morgan la Fe is finally getting that new starter. Hopefully by the weekend I'll be mobile again.

I finished off NaNoWriMo with just over 19K words. That's a lot for me. I've got a good start on the novel, a fairly good idea where it's going, and a great new habit of writing every day. I did take yesterday off, just because, but I'm back in the saddle, and it feels good. Depression isn't good for creativity, at least not for me. Having NaNo to get me motivated was a very good thing. The hardest part is always getting started. Once momentum is built, it's easier to just keep going.
lizziebelle: (ganesha)
...with a vengeance. Last weekend, it was finding water in my basement and being afraid my air conditioner unit was ruined (it wasn't, thank goodness). This weekend, it's the car; specifically, the alternator. My friend T tried to fix it, but it was too complicated to get at, so he loaned me his thingamabob to charge the battery so I can at least start it. I've procured a ride to work tomorrow so I can take my time and find the right place to get it fixed. Trying not to stress out too much about this, and at least I didn't get stranded anywhere.

I had just replaced the alternator in the Elantra a few months before I traded it for this car. Sheesh.

At least I got some nice garden pictures at T&L's place today.

lizziebelle: (OMG ONOZ)
So, yesterday I started to head out to shop for a new laptop, and my car died before I even got out of the driveway. Well, crap. This morning I finally got through to AAA to get her towed to the garage, where they told me she was out of oil and things looked grim. It would be expensive to fix, and at her age and mileage, wouldn't be worth it. "Time to go car shopping," he said. Double crap. I was hoping to be able to save up a bit more before I had to do that.

*sigh*

They're doing an oil change, which will get me home, but he advised me not to drive her. I've arranged for rides with coworkers until I can get new(er) wheels, and I'll have to go car shopping. I've already found a couple places on the BBB website that look promising, and are fairly close by. Wish me luck!

I knew this was going to happen sooner or later, but I was hoping it would be later. We've had a good run: 14 years and 189,000 miles. I'll miss the old gal. She's been the best car I've ever owned. I had her longer than the previous three put together!

On the laptop front, however, things look rather rosier. My fairy godparents offered me their spare, backup MacBook, which is the exact one I wanted but couldn't afford, even a used one. It's a heckuva lot newer than the old G5, so it'll be able to run the latest software. Yay! That makes me very happy. And relieved. And hey, I can use the money I would've spent on a laptop towards the new wheels.
lizziebelle: (OMG ONOZ)
My car died on the way into work this morning. In the middle of a busy road. Nice man pushed it out of the street, and AAA towed me to my regular mechanic. I thought, and he agreed it was a possibility, that it could be from the huge puddles I went through yesterday. It seemed electrical in origin: warning lights on dashboard lighting up, radio flickering in and out, turn signals fading out when I hit the brakes. He looked at the belts and said they should be replaced, at least.

Then I waited for the call. It finally came just before I went on break. It's the alternator. Which is going to cost $395, which I don't have. They're going to let me pay in installments, thank goodness for businesses that reward loyalty. But it might not be done today, because they have to get the part. So I've procured a ride home if I need it, and one back in on Monday. I've also procured chocolate, which was even on sale. 'Cause there's no way I'm getting through this day without it. ;)

It's always something, isn't it?

*sigh*
lizziebelle: (OMG ONOZ)
My car died on the way into work this morning. In the middle of a busy road. Nice man pushed it out of the street, and AAA towed me to my regular mechanic. I thought, and he agreed it was a possibility, that it could be from the huge puddles I went through yesterday. It seemed electrical in origin: warning lights on dashboard lighting up, radio flickering in and out, turn signals fading out when I hit the brakes. He looked at the belts and said they should be replaced, at least.

Then I waited for the call. It finally came just before I went on break. It's the alternator. Which is going to cost $395, which I don't have. They're going to let me pay in installments, thank goodness for businesses that reward loyalty. But it might not be done today, because they have to get the part. So I've procured a ride home if I need it, and one back in on Monday. I've also procured chocolate, which was even on sale. 'Cause there's no way I'm getting through this day without it. ;)

It's always something, isn't it?

*sigh*

*sigh*

May. 19th, 2011 06:18 pm
lizziebelle: (beer good)
On my way to work this morning, my car died at a stop sign. Just quit. Wouldn't start up again. "Oh crap," were my words, I think. Followed by pleading with my car, to no avail.

*sigh*

So I called AAA, and settled in for the wait. At least eight people stopped and asked if I needed help/ was OK. The people around here are nice.

The requisite kid with bad teeth playing country music in the truck showed up, and towed me to my mechanic, who is around the corner from my office. As I started walking to said office, it started to rain. The tow truck driver gave me a ride, bless his little country-music-loving heart.

The mechanic called me while I was eating lunch, and the verdict was a faulty crankshaft sensor, which I didn't even know my car had. He could fix it today, thank goodness, and the cost was $245. Which I can't afford, but it could have been so much worse. So I'll eat PB&J for lunch for a while.

*sigh*

On the way home, I saw this: )

Thank you, Mother Nature. <3

*sigh*

May. 19th, 2011 06:18 pm
lizziebelle: (beer good)
On my way to work this morning, my car died at a stop sign. Just quit. Wouldn't start up again. "Oh crap," were my words, I think. Followed by pleading with my car, to no avail.

*sigh*

So I called AAA, and settled in for the wait. At least eight people stopped and asked if I needed help/ was OK. The people around here are nice.

The requisite kid with bad teeth playing country music in the truck showed up, and towed me to my mechanic, who is around the corner from my office. As I started walking to said office, it started to rain. The tow truck driver gave me a ride, bless his little country-music-loving heart.

The mechanic called me while I was eating lunch, and the verdict was a faulty crankshaft sensor, which I didn't even know my car had. He could fix it today, thank goodness, and the cost was $245. Which I can't afford, but it could have been so much worse. So I'll eat PB&J for lunch for a while.

*sigh*

On the way home, I saw this: )

Thank you, Mother Nature. <3

updatery

Feb. 16th, 2009 04:23 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)
OK, the mechanic just called me, and things could be a lot worse. It seems to be an oil leak that's affecting one of the plugs, causing a misfire. So, car won't go 'splody, or leave me stranded along the highway, it'll just cough a bit now & then until Thursday, when he can fix it. I also have to come up with $250 to fix it, which I might be able to borrow from Mum.

So the upshot is: I can drive it until it gets fixed; it's nothing dangerous or major; I'm not stranded in East Longmeadow. Also, I'm off tomorrow, so that's one less day of driving.

Thanks for all the good wishes! Now I need a little money mojo. ;)

updatery

Feb. 16th, 2009 04:23 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)
OK, the mechanic just called me, and things could be a lot worse. It seems to be an oil leak that's affecting one of the plugs, causing a misfire. So, car won't go 'splody, or leave me stranded along the highway, it'll just cough a bit now & then until Thursday, when he can fix it. I also have to come up with $250 to fix it, which I might be able to borrow from Mum.

So the upshot is: I can drive it until it gets fixed; it's nothing dangerous or major; I'm not stranded in East Longmeadow. Also, I'm off tomorrow, so that's one less day of driving.

Thanks for all the good wishes! Now I need a little money mojo. ;)
lizziebelle: (OMG ONOZ)
My car started hesitating while I was on the way to work this morning, and the check engine light came on, and I started panicking. I begged and pleaded with my car to at least get me to work (I was a little more than halfway here, and on a highway headed toward a bridge), and she did, bless her. I called my mechanic, who is near the office, and he said to bring her over. I did at lunchtime, and walked back (it's only about a quarter mile) to work off some of my nervous energy. So now, I wait for the call. Please cross your fingers, light a candle, send good vibes that it's something really simple and inexpensive, and something he can fix this afternoon! I'll be in deep doodoo if it's not. Thanks!
lizziebelle: (OMG ONOZ)
My car started hesitating while I was on the way to work this morning, and the check engine light came on, and I started panicking. I begged and pleaded with my car to at least get me to work (I was a little more than halfway here, and on a highway headed toward a bridge), and she did, bless her. I called my mechanic, who is near the office, and he said to bring her over. I did at lunchtime, and walked back (it's only about a quarter mile) to work off some of my nervous energy. So now, I wait for the call. Please cross your fingers, light a candle, send good vibes that it's something really simple and inexpensive, and something he can fix this afternoon! I'll be in deep doodoo if it's not. Thanks!
lizziebelle: (beer good)
My day chiefly consisted of one irritating thing after another, culminating in a dead car battery due to my having left the lights on all day. Nobody noticed until nearly 5:00, when Al called me from his car as he was leaving for the day. Yep, it was dead. Someone had jumper cables and we tried jumping it, but no go. I called AAA, and they said "ten to forty-five minutes," which turned out to be somewhere in the middle. It took a few tries, but we got my baby started, and he tested the battery and proclaimed it good. Thank you, AAA; thank you Mom for buying me AAA; thank you Sears for Die Hard batteries!

I'm having a grilled cheese sandwich for supper; comfort food is the best thing for this kind of day. I also have beer, given to me by a reader for whom I save the paper every week.

And! New Lost tonight!!! This makes me very happy.

Ooh, and George Clooney is on the news. He's an official UN envoy for peace! *sigh* He's so wonderful. *g*
lizziebelle: (beer good)
My day chiefly consisted of one irritating thing after another, culminating in a dead car battery due to my having left the lights on all day. Nobody noticed until nearly 5:00, when Al called me from his car as he was leaving for the day. Yep, it was dead. Someone had jumper cables and we tried jumping it, but no go. I called AAA, and they said "ten to forty-five minutes," which turned out to be somewhere in the middle. It took a few tries, but we got my baby started, and he tested the battery and proclaimed it good. Thank you, AAA; thank you Mom for buying me AAA; thank you Sears for Die Hard batteries!

I'm having a grilled cheese sandwich for supper; comfort food is the best thing for this kind of day. I also have beer, given to me by a reader for whom I save the paper every week.

And! New Lost tonight!!! This makes me very happy.

Ooh, and George Clooney is on the news. He's an official UN envoy for peace! *sigh* He's so wonderful. *g*
lizziebelle: (frack!)
Wouldn't you know that a couple of days after telling [livejournal.com profile] green_fae how much I love my car, it decides to give me trouble? It never fails. It's like saying "What could go wrong?" Never say that. You might as well ask for something terrible to happen.

Anyhoo. I'm driving to work this morning, watching the trace of snow we got make patterns on the road, when the car starts shuddering, and the "Check Engine" light starts blinking. It's never done that before. Scared the bejeebus out of me, so I immediately pulled into a parking lot and called my mechanic. He said not to drive it, so I called AAA and waited for the tow truck to arrive. Fortunately, there was a Dunkin Donuts across the street, so I walked over and got a decaf to warm my hands, and a donut to soothe my nerves (it was chocolate, shut up, it worked). Three-quarters of an hour later (just like the nice lady at AAA said) he shows up, and off we go. While we're driving, towing my precious car behind us, this dude is talking, in various combinations, on a walkie-talkie, a cell phone, and a CB radio-type thingie. And looking at his clipboard, writing on it, and sending other drivers out on calls. Eek! Oh, and the truck had one of those camera thingies, so I could see my car on a little screen below the dash. That was cool.

My AAA membership only covers the first five miles, so the tow cost me $20.

Bob the mechanic moved my car, so I asked him if he felt the shudder, and he did (whew), and said it could be that the car needed plugs, or maybe coils, or maybe something else. Oy. (He said driving it with the light blinking like that could damage the catalytic converter, just so you know.)

So. He called me a few minutes ago, and it turns out that it *is* the plugs and wires, and it also needs a fuel filter, and gee, I'm really overdue on an oil change as well. Gonna cost me about $265. On the one hand, whew, it's not hundreds (or thousands) of dollars, but on the other hand, I don't have $265 to spare! Something's getting paid late this month. Sheesh.

I'm very lucky that it happened in daylight, in a place where I could pull off the road, and it wasn't precipitating. So I guess the best I can say is, it could've been a lot worse.
lizziebelle: (frack!)
Wouldn't you know that a couple of days after telling [livejournal.com profile] green_fae how much I love my car, it decides to give me trouble? It never fails. It's like saying "What could go wrong?" Never say that. You might as well ask for something terrible to happen.

Anyhoo. I'm driving to work this morning, watching the trace of snow we got make patterns on the road, when the car starts shuddering, and the "Check Engine" light starts blinking. It's never done that before. Scared the bejeebus out of me, so I immediately pulled into a parking lot and called my mechanic. He said not to drive it, so I called AAA and waited for the tow truck to arrive. Fortunately, there was a Dunkin Donuts across the street, so I walked over and got a decaf to warm my hands, and a donut to soothe my nerves (it was chocolate, shut up, it worked). Three-quarters of an hour later (just like the nice lady at AAA said) he shows up, and off we go. While we're driving, towing my precious car behind us, this dude is talking, in various combinations, on a walkie-talkie, a cell phone, and a CB radio-type thingie. And looking at his clipboard, writing on it, and sending other drivers out on calls. Eek! Oh, and the truck had one of those camera thingies, so I could see my car on a little screen below the dash. That was cool.

My AAA membership only covers the first five miles, so the tow cost me $20.

Bob the mechanic moved my car, so I asked him if he felt the shudder, and he did (whew), and said it could be that the car needed plugs, or maybe coils, or maybe something else. Oy. (He said driving it with the light blinking like that could damage the catalytic converter, just so you know.)

So. He called me a few minutes ago, and it turns out that it *is* the plugs and wires, and it also needs a fuel filter, and gee, I'm really overdue on an oil change as well. Gonna cost me about $265. On the one hand, whew, it's not hundreds (or thousands) of dollars, but on the other hand, I don't have $265 to spare! Something's getting paid late this month. Sheesh.

I'm very lucky that it happened in daylight, in a place where I could pull off the road, and it wasn't precipitating. So I guess the best I can say is, it could've been a lot worse.

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