Thursday, November 24, 2011
Isn't that an odd thing to sound thankful for? But I am. You see, we had intended to make a 1,600 mile roundtrip journey for Thanksgiving this year. And if we had done that without getting the car into the shop, our driveshaft might well have failed. As the mechanic put it, it's encased in such a way that it wouldn't have dropped out onto the highway. Instead, it would have torn out our transmission or rear differential. And at that point, we'd be talking the kinds of thousands where you probably just buy a new car.
So I am thankful for the repair we had, instead of the repair we might have needed.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The car was done at 5:30, which meant going to the grocery store at 6pm, but the store had lots of checkers working so even though it was crazy-busy, the line was actually pretty fast. The bird is now brining overnight and in the morning we will turkey it up.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
This has been a challenging Thanksgiving season. First, we had to cancel our travel plans and are staying home, just the two of us, for Thanksgiving. "But that's okay," we said, "we can finally celebrate our anniversary, get a hotel for one night and get away. "
Then I took the car into the shop yesterday for what we though would be a couple hundred and has turned out to be a couple grand. "Well, that's okay," we said, "the hotel is out of the budget now, but we will just stay home and cook together and enjoy each other's company."
Then the shop called to tell us that they couldn't have the parts in until sometime today. And the work is fairly extensive. Which means that we won't get it back until at least this afternoon.
And we haven't done our Thanksgiving grocery shopping yet. So, if we are lucky, we will get to be in the grocery store, looking for a turkey, sometime around 6pm tonight. If we are not lucky? Meatloaf. The cupboard has a bad case of Mother Hubbard right now.
It's getting to be a little challenging. But you know what? Even the worst case scenario would still be okay. Because we still have each other, and I am continually thankful for that.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
This weekend is being spent deep in work mode - a computer project that requires much concentration. I used to use this project, which happens every November, as an excuse for junk food - "It's so boring, I deserve a snack to keep me going." But this year, I've instead had a marathon of a favorite show - in this case, Buffy the Vampire Slayer - going on in the background to reduce the boredom.
Additionally, when I got to the point where my body just couldn't take anymore sitting on the couch and working, instead of raiding the kitchen, I switched over to Kinect and played some physical games to get my blood moving and give my brain a little rest. So here I am, feeling happy with myself instead of bloated and ashamed. And honestly, I think I got more work done than I would have if I was mindlessly nibbling.
Certainly there are fewer crumbs in my laptop!!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Last week I was feeling kind of blue that the scale wasn't changing. Well, I stepped in it this morning and was down 4 and a half pounds!! Thanks so much everyone for encouraging me to stick with it! I have a long way to go, but at least I feel I'm on the road again!
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