Car Troubles

Last Sunday, after the snow storm, we were to remove our cars out of the parking lot and park on the street, as the norm after a snowstorm, so that they can remove all the snow from the parking lot. My car wouldn’t start. Nothing. Then when you tried to take the key out of the ignition it would start PEEP PEEP PEEP PEEPing. Nothing electronic worked. The key became stuck in the ignition switch. I had to call a towing company to have it towed to a (closed) garage, since it was Sunday. Adios $50. I’m so lucky that J had the money to pay and paid, because I didn’t and couldn’t. This was 3 days before pay day and I was broke.

On Tuesday morning around 8am, the mechanic called with an initial estimate amount to fix my car. $640. He explained in detail the work that he had to do, and said he would call me back with news later. I said okay and hung up. I was almost ready for work. My hair and make up were done, my jewelry was on, and I was in my bra and panties talking to him on the phone. I hung up, I walked in my closet to pick and outfit for the day, and started hyperventilating. I know from experience that it’s so much easier to just cry when holding it in causes a panic attack. I was crying in my closet. J heard, hugged me, and convinced me to call in sick and stay home. 1 – I found it a little ironic that I was staying home on National Mental Health Day, because I had had a crying meltdown. 2 – If only I had known that the final bill would come up to nearly twice that amount…

In the end everything worked out. Well, it’s working out so far and I hope it continues to. My car might very well have more electronic problems pop up again, but I hope they don’t come up soon because I seriously cannot afford it. Because of my amazing boyfriend who paid for my towing and kept reassuring me that it would be okay, because of my friend Sophie who loaned me $500 until mid-March, and because my friend Robyn asked to buy the pair of ankle boots I had loaned her, everything is working out so far.

The silver lining: At least I was able to pay the $1200 car repair bill. A few years ago, a $1200 car bill would have been a lot more devastating. My ex-husband and I were terrible with money like that.

But it still really really effing sucks!! I could have taken a nice all inclusive vacation down south for that price!

V-Day 2013

I love v-day! If you know me you know this, and you know why. I love everything positive about it. (Of course everything has negatives. The worst in my opinion, regarding v-day, is unrealistic expectations.) I love seeing men buying flowers and carrying them around, I love seeing women carry their delivered flowers home from work, I love seeing couples everywhere, I love seeing groups of single women getting together and having a blast. All the happiness and all the love. That’s what I love about it.

Because I had been sick with IBS/Car stress related stuff all week, we modified our original V-Day plans, but we kept the main two parts – We kept our reservations at Moxies and we went to see a pretty great line-up of bands down town. The original plan included alcohol and dancing, but I was definitely not feeling up to that, and also, the car repair bill had us considering cancelling v-day altogether. We agreed on Restaurant & Bands, but no gifts, no cards, no flowers, no chocolate, no froufrou.

Moxies was SO good! I loved that place. We made a pact before entering: We were both to put our phones away during the entire time that we were inside the restaurant, unless one of us went to the wash room. I confess, this rule was harder to remember for me than it was for J. I loved the light fixtures in there. I thought the washrooms were pretty rad too. They even had a wicker basket on the counter full of v-day cards with a sign to please take one and bring it back to our love. J informed me that the men’s washroom has a little flat screen tv in front of every urinal. I had the tropical mango chicken and it was delicious.

[I just said rad. I never say rad. I just felt like writing rad. This is my blog, so I did. At choir rehearsal tonight, the choir director called something ‘nifty’. Then she wondered out loud how uncool the use of the word ‘nifty’ is these days. She asked B, the teenage girl sitting next to me, what young people call exciting things now. “It’s not awesome any more  is it?” B shrugs and says “Kids my age just don’t get excited about much these days.” Everyone laughed because it’s so true… but it’s kind of sad. I hope they secretly get excited.]

We went home to change, and my stomach started rumbling. We went to the show, and I spent a fair duration of it in the gross ladies washroom. So.Gross. Why are women so disgusting in public washrooms? Being nauseous in a gross bar washroom is being exponentially nauseous. Inception Nausea. I couldn’t breathe, it was so hot and smelly in there. It smelled like sweet vanilla or something, courtesy of the girl standing too close to me who stepped on my feet, mixed with waves of eau de sweat when all would raise their arms/horns in unison. Man, you could feel the heat wave when everyone raised their arms at the same time. The last time I came back from the gross washrooms, J asked me if I wanted to go home. I asked if he minded, he didn’t. We left in the middle of the set of the biggest named band there.

We had booked the Friday off, for a v-day long weekend. Almost as soon as I got home with my car from the garage, with the paid invoice, sigh, I felt better. It was a pretty awesome long weekend that included ice cream, board games, a little bit of shopping, a movie, kitty cuddles, and a snow storm.

Snowed In

I’m not sure when it started. When I got up at 4am to use the bathroom I saw that it was already snowing hard. It hasn’t stopped snowing hard since. I have no idea how much snow fell down so far…. When I look on theweathernetwork.com all I see is more snow in the forecast for later this week. Where will we put it all? I’ve got to say though, I have plenty of food of both the healthy and junk varieties, good books, good movies and an upgraded internet package. I’m quite liking being snowed in with J and Roxy 🙂

cold

This week was incredibly cold. It was near or over -30C (-22F) and I was in training for three days. I wasn’t about to pay 20$ per day to park closer to the building where our training was, so I parked at my usual spot and walked to the building for two days, and the last day, the coldest day, everyone parked near the training facility and paid because it was THAT cold. I’m so over winter.

budget

Who knew the federal budget process was so complicated? Isn’t it really cool that instead of jotting down all this information, now we can just take a picture of it with our phone’s camera? Most of us in the class did this instead of writing it all down.

passingabill

 

1/6th of our team trying to put processes and people associated to these processes in order. Out of the six teams in the room, no one got it 100% right. I learned so much during this course. I’m very grateful that my employer supports my career development by allowing me to take such courses that are not in my personal budget.

It’ll be good to get back to my old routine next week though 🙂