Well, it's been a little while. Firstly, Thank you all for the kind birthday wishes, especially Andrea and Leslie with the LJ prezzies. I had to wait until I went back to work, so I could view them properly with the DSL connection -- THANK YOU!!!! Much Love to everyone!
I had taken a three-day vacation: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.... I took Daughter to the doctor to get a re-fill on her Imitrex and ended up on antibiotic for a sinus infection, slept in, renewed my driver's license, had lunch with Pastor Mary during which we wished each other a 'Happy Birthday' and swapped daydreams of winning the Lottery and touring England, Wales & Scotland; I e-mailed my youngest sister and wished HER a Happy B-Day, e-mailed my mom, talked to the Splendid Vet again about Bel's ligaments and made an advance payment for the surgery (Big Sis: the reference is from the book 'One Hundred and One Dalmatians' by Dodie Smith! amazing what stick in the memory sometimes....), watched anime (Kyo Kara Maoh, Mushishi, Shonen no Myoshi, Eight Clouds Rising, Princess/Princess), ate cake and generally lazed recuperating while I could.... and it was a good thing, too.
Lunchtime, Friday September 28th -- I got into my car intending to run some errands and maybe pick up some accessories for Daughter's hair to go with her positively GORGEOUS homecoming dress (Homecoming Dance on Saturday) and drove approx. 1/quarter of a mile when the roaring sound that both Husband and I believed to be my exhaust system going bad suddenly got horrendously worse, and my car wouldn't go any faster than 25 mph. I managed to turn around and limped the car back to the church parking lot. So much for lunch. Luckily I keep emergency supplies in the office cupboard. Eventually, we (husband and I working together via cellphones)had my poor Buick towed to a transmission repair shop; unfortunately they couldn't get to it Friday afternoon....
Daughter was STUNNING Saturday night -- She said she had to use her harisen (japanese paper fan) to fend off the guys!
Alas, Monday Daughter was running a fever, coughing, voiceless, earache, headache, etc..... I kept her home from school, but went to work planning to ask one of the Elders (who used to be our next door neighbor) if he'd be willing to give us a ride to the doctor's sometime during the day. Also, nagging the Transmission shop.....Bad news. My transmission was TOAST. It could be replaced/rebuilt, minimum $1,150 - Maximum $2,000+.
Thank GHOD for teh Shiny....(pets teh Shiny).... Good News: Pastor Joyce offered the loan of her car as long as she got it back before 4 pm. Semi-Bad News: Daughter has a Sinus Infection (proabably caught it from me the week before), needs antibiotics (of course -- she can't possibly just use what's left of mine), medicated nasal spray, etc. More Bad News when I got back to work: Transmission is BURNT TOAST at $1,875, and I won't get it back until Thursday (October 4th) which is also Daughter's birthday. Daughter is bummed, I'm bummed, Husband (who is exhausted from 65 hr work weeks!) is bummed. Also coming up is the end of the school quarter and Daughter has projects due AND a Choir Concert Wednesday!
Fortunately, the projects are mostly finished and Daughter can work on them at home in between bouts of fever and coughing. I spent a lot of Tuesday e-mailing the appropriate teachers and explaining the situation, all of whom are understanding including the Choir Director who agrees that if Daughter has no voice, she can submit a report on Mozart in lieu of participating in the Concert. Daughter e-mails Project docs to the Teachers Wednesday afternoon, and that's pretty much taken care of.
Thursday.... I get my car back (and there is much rejoicing)!!!!!!
Low Key Birthday for Daughter....I got her a couple of cosplay items from Hot Topic, Husband got her some PS2 games she wanted, Bel 'gave' her the new 'NightWish' cd.....
And Husband gave us a joint birthday present, since they're only two weeks apart -- we HAVE DSL!!!!!!!
and *whew* Do NOT want another week like THAT!!!!
But teh Shiny is in pain... which means any chance of my sneaking off to the D.C. SlashBash this coming weekend has dropped from highly unlikely to absolutely no way, Jose......
Wails LOUDLY!!!! --- I wanted to meet 'dontwanttosaygb' and jump in the Ted BED!!!!!! I wanted to talk BBM-Boyz with Jess and Marijke, and Tes, and beth, and EVERYONE!!!!!