danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
So I got back from PA this evening, but it seems that this trip was destined to be fraught with trouble. First, I had to get my car inspected before going down, but the guy at the inspection station gave the car a cursory look before I pulled into the bay and told me that it wouldn't pass without new tires. So off I ran to Sears to get a new set of tires, and was freaked that I wouldn't get back in time to get the inspection done, and would therefore not be able to go to the SCA event Saturday before continuing down to PA.

But Sears was able to get me in and out in just over an hour, and I rushed home and got the car done. That meant that I could go to the Victuality event in CT Saturday morning. Which was awesome. If they run it again (which it looks like they will), next year I am definitely going to enter some of the cooking challenged. This year I was too intimidated and harried to even think about it. But it was a fun event.

After the event, I continued on to PA and got to Sis's house around 11:30 at night. Things went pretty well during the week; Dad was in a pretty good mood, and I managed to work all week and still find stuff to do to get him out of the house. And made lots of food to get him to eat better.

Then Sis got back from her vacation Sat evening, and I parked my car on the street in front of her house so they could pull into the driveway to unload. Then I went out to the car this morning around 8:30 to load it, to discover that during the night, someone had hit my car and run. The damage to the car is not enormous, but panels got pushed around such that I can't open the driver's door. It is driveable, but I have to climb in from the passenger side to do it. Called the cops, and he discovered that the neighbor across the street had significant damage to the front of his car (which was in his driveway). But he wasn't answering the door when the cop knocked. Come to find out from Sis later that this neighbor only recently go his license *back* because of his history of DUI. The guess now is that he wasn't willing to answer the door because he was still drunk enough to blow a questionable BAC. The cop says he will continue to pursue the investigation. So I'm somewhat cautiously hopeful that the responsible party will be found, so that my insurance company can go after him.

Meanwhile, my car will have to go into the shop at some point soon for repairs, which is inconvenient. I don't have rental coverage, unfortunately. (I should probably change that, but too late now.) I'm hoping I can work out a way for hubby to take me to the train or whatever so that I can still get to work while the car is being repaired.

Anyway, the ride home was uneventful after that, but the whole situation stinks.
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
So yesterday, Hubby took the family out to dinner. We went to the Olive Garden in Leominster; I drove. On the way home, the car started making lots of very unhappy noises from what sounded like the rear passenger-side area. I hadn't driven the car most of the weekend (one short trip over to Stow on Saturday), so I was thinking maybe it was just salt coating the brakes from the recent snowstorm. But in the course of coming home from the restaurant, the noise kept getting worse instead of better, and I knew it was something bad.

Then, driving to and from the train station today, the noise had gotten much, much worse. The car had to go into the shop immediately.

Well, we just got back from dropping it off, since they have an overnight drop box. That way I won't have to worry about how to get home when the repair takes all day (and hubby leaves for work very early in the morning). I just hope it doesn't take more than one day, since I really need to go out tomorrow night to do the shopping for Hafla. But hubby has said that if I don't have my car back tomorrow night, he'll take me to do my shopping.

I just hope it's not too expensive. And that once it's done, I can hopefully eek another year out of the car to make up for it. (Not to mention, Honda is no longer making the Element, as of this model year.)
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
So yesterday, Hubby took the family out to dinner. We went to the Olive Garden in Leominster; I drove. On the way home, the car started making lots of very unhappy noises from what sounded like the rear passenger-side area. I hadn't driven the car most of the weekend (one short trip over to Stow on Saturday), so I was thinking maybe it was just salt coating the brakes from the recent snowstorm. But in the course of coming home from the restaurant, the noise kept getting worse instead of better, and I knew it was something bad.

Then, driving to and from the train station today, the noise had gotten much, much worse. The car had to go into the shop immediately.

Well, we just got back from dropping it off, since they have an overnight drop box. That way I won't have to worry about how to get home when the repair takes all day (and hubby leaves for work very early in the morning). I just hope it doesn't take more than one day, since I really need to go out tomorrow night to do the shopping for Hafla. But hubby has said that if I don't have my car back tomorrow night, he'll take me to do my shopping.

I just hope it's not too expensive. And that once it's done, I can hopefully eek another year out of the car to make up for it. (Not to mention, Honda is no longer making the Element, as of this model year.)
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
Yay! I have my car back. And we took it all over the place after picking it up, including grocery shopping at BJs, which ran later than I planned, so we were a little late in meeting [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  back at our house to go see "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" at the high school. E has been working the stage crew, although he was backup today and didn't actually do anything today. But he stayed for the cast party, and has decided that for the spring show, he wants to actually try out for one of the acting parts (which he didn't do this time).

Dual Yule yesterday was fabulous as always. My neighbor and her daughter came (technically their second event, but first big one), and had a blast. They are really looking forward to next Sunday's Shire Yule Revel, too.

Had lots of oohs and aahs over my new garb. I put my scribal portfolio into the A&S display, and got two tokens left for me, including one from the Queen. Talked to Nest and Alys about what I'm going to enter into the K&Q A&S, and they both think I have a good set of projects that show a lot of diversity.

It was great seeing lots of friends. A very mellow and fun-filled day. Oh, and as soon as [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  uploads the pic of me in my new garb, I'll post it here.

danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
Yay! I have my car back. And we took it all over the place after picking it up, including grocery shopping at BJs, which ran later than I planned, so we were a little late in meeting [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  back at our house to go see "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" at the high school. E has been working the stage crew, although he was backup today and didn't actually do anything today. But he stayed for the cast party, and has decided that for the spring show, he wants to actually try out for one of the acting parts (which he didn't do this time).

Dual Yule yesterday was fabulous as always. My neighbor and her daughter came (technically their second event, but first big one), and had a blast. They are really looking forward to next Sunday's Shire Yule Revel, too.

Had lots of oohs and aahs over my new garb. I put my scribal portfolio into the A&S display, and got two tokens left for me, including one from the Queen. Talked to Nest and Alys about what I'm going to enter into the K&Q A&S, and they both think I have a good set of projects that show a lot of diversity.

It was great seeing lots of friends. A very mellow and fun-filled day. Oh, and as soon as [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  uploads the pic of me in my new garb, I'll post it here.

danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
So I was supposed to pick up my car yesterday. It turned out not to be ready earlier in the evening, and M had to be somewhere, so the garage guy offered to come pick me up (the garage is less than 5 miles away), since he was staying until 8 p.m. anyway. He actually drove my car over (as a test drive), but noticed it was acting a little funny. So when we got back to the garage, he put it on the computer and tweaked something, and then it seemed to be fine. I started off back home, and didn't get more than about 100 yards from the garage when I noticed that it WASN'T fine. Periodically, the car would lose power, like I was stepping on the gas, but none was getting to the engine.

He tried a couple of quick fixes while I waited there, but nothing helped, and eventually, he got an error code off the car computer, but he needs to call Honda today to find out what the code means. So one of his employees brought me back home, sans car.

Hopefully, whatever is causing the problem can get fixed today. Unfortunately, the garage can't stay open late today, but the owner will be there Sunday morning (since we will be out of town all day Saturday at Yule). So the current plan is to pick the car up on Sunday morning, assuming whatever needs to be fixed can be done today.

Meanwhile, I had to ask Himself to take the boys to school again this morning, and he was, par for the course, an asshat about it, deciding to take the opportunity to yet again hassle me about not having rental coverage on my insurance. Yes, Dood, I get it, I should get rental coverage. But not something I can do in the middle of the current thing. Saying it over and over again isn't going to change that. Because gods forbid I should cut into his opportunity to sleep late this morning. Of course, if he hadn't been an asshat originally about having the boys' school bus come and go from my house instead of his, this wouldn't be an issue now. But clearly, it is all my fault.

Luckily, my immediate boss is not an asshat, and is not hassling me about working from home again today (that whole situation comes from the asshat 3 levels above her, but she is overriding him in emergency situations like this).

Hopefully tomorrow will be a nice, relaxing fun day. I could use it.
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
So I was supposed to pick up my car yesterday. It turned out not to be ready earlier in the evening, and M had to be somewhere, so the garage guy offered to come pick me up (the garage is less than 5 miles away), since he was staying until 8 p.m. anyway. He actually drove my car over (as a test drive), but noticed it was acting a little funny. So when we got back to the garage, he put it on the computer and tweaked something, and then it seemed to be fine. I started off back home, and didn't get more than about 100 yards from the garage when I noticed that it WASN'T fine. Periodically, the car would lose power, like I was stepping on the gas, but none was getting to the engine.

He tried a couple of quick fixes while I waited there, but nothing helped, and eventually, he got an error code off the car computer, but he needs to call Honda today to find out what the code means. So one of his employees brought me back home, sans car.

Hopefully, whatever is causing the problem can get fixed today. Unfortunately, the garage can't stay open late today, but the owner will be there Sunday morning (since we will be out of town all day Saturday at Yule). So the current plan is to pick the car up on Sunday morning, assuming whatever needs to be fixed can be done today.

Meanwhile, I had to ask Himself to take the boys to school again this morning, and he was, par for the course, an asshat about it, deciding to take the opportunity to yet again hassle me about not having rental coverage on my insurance. Yes, Dood, I get it, I should get rental coverage. But not something I can do in the middle of the current thing. Saying it over and over again isn't going to change that. Because gods forbid I should cut into his opportunity to sleep late this morning. Of course, if he hadn't been an asshat originally about having the boys' school bus come and go from my house instead of his, this wouldn't be an issue now. But clearly, it is all my fault.

Luckily, my immediate boss is not an asshat, and is not hassling me about working from home again today (that whole situation comes from the asshat 3 levels above her, but she is overriding him in emergency situations like this).

Hopefully tomorrow will be a nice, relaxing fun day. I could use it.
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
I finished the garb last night, except for putting one hook and eye on the collar of the tunic. The coat has buttons now and a few more pearls (just can't stop adding pearls!). The tunic isn't DONE done, since I would like to embellish it eventually with beads and pearls, but it can be worn at this point. I'm also hoping to do a little more decorating of the hat, but that can also be done at a later date if necessary. So the agenda for tonight (after scouts) is to sew hooks and eyes into my tunic and into R's dress, put eyelets in her sleeves, and finish sewing the trim on the neckline of her dress. Great activities to do while watching the premier of Top Chef All Stars tonight.

Yesterday I emailed the certificate for the custom archery bracer I am donating to the Yule auction to benefit Pagan. I did one of these before and it seemed to do well. Also have to dig out my yeoman medallion to return to Li, since this is the first event we will both be at since I graduated. I also thought about getting together some stuff to put in the A&S display, maybe something in progress... And get together my full set of feast gear so I have loaners for D and R.

But I'm really looking forward to Saturday, it's definitely one of my favorite regular events.

In car news, I should be getting it back tomorrow afternoon. Paying the deductible in cash (the garage doesn't take plastic, grr) is going to put a bit of a pinch on our holiday season, but getting the reimbursement from the insurance company for the original tow from the scene will help somewhat.

Then Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , M and I are going to see You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown put on by the Littleton Middle School, which E is working the tech crew for. I'm also hoping to put up my Yule tree. Next Sunday is the Shire Yule, which I have to do a small award scroll for. Yep, going to be another busy month (aren't they all??)!
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
I finished the garb last night, except for putting one hook and eye on the collar of the tunic. The coat has buttons now and a few more pearls (just can't stop adding pearls!). The tunic isn't DONE done, since I would like to embellish it eventually with beads and pearls, but it can be worn at this point. I'm also hoping to do a little more decorating of the hat, but that can also be done at a later date if necessary. So the agenda for tonight (after scouts) is to sew hooks and eyes into my tunic and into R's dress, put eyelets in her sleeves, and finish sewing the trim on the neckline of her dress. Great activities to do while watching the premier of Top Chef All Stars tonight.

Yesterday I emailed the certificate for the custom archery bracer I am donating to the Yule auction to benefit Pagan. I did one of these before and it seemed to do well. Also have to dig out my yeoman medallion to return to Li, since this is the first event we will both be at since I graduated. I also thought about getting together some stuff to put in the A&S display, maybe something in progress... And get together my full set of feast gear so I have loaners for D and R.

But I'm really looking forward to Saturday, it's definitely one of my favorite regular events.

In car news, I should be getting it back tomorrow afternoon. Paying the deductible in cash (the garage doesn't take plastic, grr) is going to put a bit of a pinch on our holiday season, but getting the reimbursement from the insurance company for the original tow from the scene will help somewhat.

Then Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , M and I are going to see You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown put on by the Littleton Middle School, which E is working the tech crew for. I'm also hoping to put up my Yule tree. Next Sunday is the Shire Yule, which I have to do a small award scroll for. Yep, going to be another busy month (aren't they all??)!
danagryphon: (House WTF)
Car stuff )

The event Saturday was really awesome. The dayboard was actually pretty fun to do, since I cooked over a week and a half, there was no stress in it. The amount of food seemed to work out really well (especially given that I was wildly guessing on numbers); the only things that were left over were vegetable pies, some cheese tart, and some of the stews. Everything else was GONE, but lasted until the end of the day, so there was definitely enough. The stews and veggie pies I will freeze and take to the Shire potluck in a couple of weeks. The cheese tart isn't going to make it that long.... ;)

The event just felt so effortless, which is a tribute to the organization of the autocrat and the helpfulness of so many good folks in the Shire. I didn't get much of a chance to watch the fencing during the day, as I was checking on the dayboard and drinks, and hanging out with friends. But I did get to play one of the kings in the final chess match, and fight the deciding bout of the entire game (which I lost, of course, which is why it was the deciding match). I really hope we do this event again, at least on a semi-regular basis.

My neighbor is already planning on coming to a couple of events in December. She is buying a dress on payments from one of the merchants from Saturday, and I've told her that if she and her daughter come over on Friday, we can make something in a similar style (Italian Ren) for her daughter from the bits in my fabric stash. That way, they will both have at least one piece of their own garb.

I was supposed to take a few people bow shopping sometime in the next couple of weeks, so I don't know when that will happen. Also, there is an archery practice down in Berlin this weekend that I was going to go down and help with, and that probably won't happen now, either. And the boys have to deliver the wreaths they sold for Boy Scouts this weekend. Oh boy. This is going to get interesting.
danagryphon: (House WTF)
Car stuff )

The event Saturday was really awesome. The dayboard was actually pretty fun to do, since I cooked over a week and a half, there was no stress in it. The amount of food seemed to work out really well (especially given that I was wildly guessing on numbers); the only things that were left over were vegetable pies, some cheese tart, and some of the stews. Everything else was GONE, but lasted until the end of the day, so there was definitely enough. The stews and veggie pies I will freeze and take to the Shire potluck in a couple of weeks. The cheese tart isn't going to make it that long.... ;)

The event just felt so effortless, which is a tribute to the organization of the autocrat and the helpfulness of so many good folks in the Shire. I didn't get much of a chance to watch the fencing during the day, as I was checking on the dayboard and drinks, and hanging out with friends. But I did get to play one of the kings in the final chess match, and fight the deciding bout of the entire game (which I lost, of course, which is why it was the deciding match). I really hope we do this event again, at least on a semi-regular basis.

My neighbor is already planning on coming to a couple of events in December. She is buying a dress on payments from one of the merchants from Saturday, and I've told her that if she and her daughter come over on Friday, we can make something in a similar style (Italian Ren) for her daughter from the bits in my fabric stash. That way, they will both have at least one piece of their own garb.

I was supposed to take a few people bow shopping sometime in the next couple of weeks, so I don't know when that will happen. Also, there is an archery practice down in Berlin this weekend that I was going to go down and help with, and that probably won't happen now, either. And the boys have to deliver the wreaths they sold for Boy Scouts this weekend. Oh boy. This is going to get interesting.
danagryphon: (House OMG)
My Honda Element, also known as the little orange lunch box, is 4 years old and has 80K miles on it. I have had to do very little in the way of maintenance so far (but have had it checked pretty religiously). Well, it's time has come. I just had to put the second set of new tires on it. I went with a little more expensive tire than last time, in the hopes that they will last more than 40K miles. However, before I get it inspected before the end of the month (coming up fast!), it also needs new brakes. All four of them, rotors and pads, the whole shebang. Ouch.

It is off at Midas right now getting this done.

The good news is that my dad recently cashed in a whole life policy that he and Mom had bought for me as a baby, which will just about cover the tires plus brakes.

So, now I'm just going to keep the thing forever. I've still got just under a year to pay on it. But I absolutely love the car, and now that I've done the major system that usually needs maintenance at this point, I'm hoping it will last me at least another 2-3 years before I feel the need to replace it. I'd like to have a couple of years without a car payment.

The Element is the ultimate camping vehicle. The only thing I've ever felt was a drawback with the car is that it can only seat 4 people. The backseat could hold 3 people (small children), but there are only 2 seatbelts back there. But I love that the seats split and one can be folded up so that I can fit all the camping stuff in there and still carry 3 people. If all 4 of us go camping (which almost never happens anyway), then we need to take M's truck anyway.

And besides, how many other parents have cars cool and distinctive enough that their kids want to make a replica of it for their last pinewood derby car?



danagryphon: (House OMG)
My Honda Element, also known as the little orange lunch box, is 4 years old and has 80K miles on it. I have had to do very little in the way of maintenance so far (but have had it checked pretty religiously). Well, it's time has come. I just had to put the second set of new tires on it. I went with a little more expensive tire than last time, in the hopes that they will last more than 40K miles. However, before I get it inspected before the end of the month (coming up fast!), it also needs new brakes. All four of them, rotors and pads, the whole shebang. Ouch.

It is off at Midas right now getting this done.

The good news is that my dad recently cashed in a whole life policy that he and Mom had bought for me as a baby, which will just about cover the tires plus brakes.

So, now I'm just going to keep the thing forever. I've still got just under a year to pay on it. But I absolutely love the car, and now that I've done the major system that usually needs maintenance at this point, I'm hoping it will last me at least another 2-3 years before I feel the need to replace it. I'd like to have a couple of years without a car payment.

The Element is the ultimate camping vehicle. The only thing I've ever felt was a drawback with the car is that it can only seat 4 people. The backseat could hold 3 people (small children), but there are only 2 seatbelts back there. But I love that the seats split and one can be folded up so that I can fit all the camping stuff in there and still carry 3 people. If all 4 of us go camping (which almost never happens anyway), then we need to take M's truck anyway.

And besides, how many other parents have cars cool and distinctive enough that their kids want to make a replica of it for their last pinewood derby car?



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