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Busy on a crazy Saturday

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I realize this is the last weekend before Christmas. I also realize that the Detroit area was cheated out of a couple shopping days because of a snowstorm last Sunday. Translation: everybody will be out running errands today and most of them will probably not be in the best of moods.

I have no choice to join the chaos today. Not only do I have my own errands to run, I also have to start looking for a vehicle to replace my worn-out van. I'm going into the day with a good attitude and I'm determined to keep it all day. I'm going to do these errands with a very special person, so this should help my attitude. And I'd rather spread some cheer today and see what kind of reaction I get from the Grinches out there.

  
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CTEMPLE 12/18/2010 5:44PM

    Be strong ! It can be done!
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KAMAPERRY 12/18/2010 3:46PM

    Good luck today!

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SHAWFAN 12/18/2010 11:13AM

    Hope your sunny attitude will make someone else's day brighter. emoticon

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It's Great to Have People Helping You

Thursday, December 16, 2010

When your vehicle acts up, you find out who your real friends are. I am so very grateful to have some of these friends. And I realized how Spark People has helped me: I didn't turn to food for comfort - I went walking and did exercises. Learning how to journal has also helped me. Thank goodness for the "fine" things in life.

  
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KKP4673 12/17/2010 1:40AM

    So glad there are some good things you can see in this situation!! Way to go!!

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48 Hours in the Life of a Van

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Yesterday morning, my van's battery was dead. Today, I went to have someone change the thermostat so I would be able to have heat in it. (The high of 24 is not a good time to go without heat.) Well, the radiator kept overheating with the new thermostat. Then it overheat with the old thermostat in it. Then, it blew a head gasket. It will be towed tomorrow to see what can be done and how much it will cost.

I have no clue how I am going to get the money to fix it, let alone if it's worth fixing. The van itself has 410,000 miles on it. The motor (that DH built "so well") has 125,000 on it. My job will end withing four weeks. So, I'm sitting here with a glass of wine hoping I can get some sleep tonight. Somehow I don't think that will happen tonight, either.

  
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KAMAPERRY 12/16/2010 9:58AM

    I'm so sorry!! emoticon

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FITMARY 12/16/2010 8:03AM

    I'm so sorry to hear that. Try to hang in there! After winter comes spring, and you can get through this! Just keep going! Don't give up!
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DEEO12 12/16/2010 7:12AM

    Sorry this has happened..But try to stay positive. Everything happens for a reason and things always have away of working themselves out. emoticon

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SHAWFAN 12/16/2010 4:48AM

    So sorry about the van. Hope you can get a lift from a friend or family member until you can figure out what to do. Remember, when one door closes, another opens. It's just finding that door. emoticon

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CTEMPLE 12/15/2010 11:43PM

    Oh Patty! Seems a lot of miles, and it all has to do with age: certain parts tend to go at the same time.
Maybe borrow a car or a ask for a lift from some workmate until the holidays. It's such bad timing to get car problems.
Breath in... Breathe out! I hope you find a solution!
I love your pusses pics.
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Working on my Attitude

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The weather is still bitter cold, the roads are still a mess, my van wouldn't start this morning...but, I was able to take my daughter's car to work. She got a ride from someone. At work, I was able to immerse myself into my work and get my mind off my van. And we all were treated to pizza, chicken and salad for lunch by a company our company buys products from. So that was nice to be able to all eat and talk together for a change. I'm seeking out the positive. The negative is trying to pull me down, but...I don't want it to!

  
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KAMAPERRY 12/15/2010 10:00AM

    Awesome attitude :)

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SHAWFAN 12/15/2010 7:54AM

    Try to stay positive. Keep looking at all of the positives that are happening to you, the use of your daughter's car, the free lunch, the nice conversations with coworkers. These are all very positive forces. Find other positives that you may take for granted...your good health, the good health of your family members, the fact that you have a job when many others are unemployed. There are many things to be thankful for.
I have trouble keeping positive throughout my days also. I try to focus on these things myself whenever I get pulled down.
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Working on my Attitude

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The weather is still bitter cold, the roads are still a mess, my van wouldn't start this morning...but, I was able to take my daughter's car to work. She got a ride from someone. At work, I was able to immerse myself into my work and get my mind off my van. And we all were treated to pizza, chicken and salad for lunch by a company our company buys products from. So that was nice to be able to all eat and talk together for a change. I'm seeking out the positive. The negative is trying to pull me down, but...I don't want it to!

  
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JAREJIL 12/15/2010 6:30PM

    Yay!! I like that you are seeking out the positive!!

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