Archive for April, 2014

Car Fixed, Who Ordered This Weather

Yes, my car is now fixed.  New alternator, new battery, and an oil change.  So hopefully no problems for a while.  Actually, I saw my next problem (tires) but it can wait and with the weather changing, not such a big issue right now.

On my walk to the mechanic I snapped a few pics of the lovely greenery that results of our schizophrenic weather.

Cherry blossoms with leaves

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I don’t know what these are but I love how vibrant they are.

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A double rainbow I saw walking out of Walmart

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So all in all a good day.

Another Car Update

So my car is now in the shop.  The mechanic in town can replace the alternator plus labor for less than $200 which is really nice.  I did have to have my car towed there but used a different towing company so it cost me less.  All in all I’ll have spent about $450 when all is said and done.  Which isn’t too bad but still a lot.

I also made it to the library and have eleven new books to read.  Plus two to finish before next week.

I feel like I was very productive today which is nice.  Getting my car fixed, added roadside assistance to my insurance (because I didn’t have it), went to the library, had a nice walk.  Now I just to buckle down and find a job.

Car Update

So the tow truck showed up.  And my car started again and ran for about two blocks before it died.  The tow truck driver was kind enough to followed so that when my car decided to die again he was able to tow it home for me.  So really funny but really not mostly because it was another added expense.

Really nice and helpful gentleman.  I also have a mechanic that I will call in the morning.  I will also be calling my insurance because I have roadside assistance so that will cover the cost of the tows. Yes, I have to have the car towed to the mechanics.  At least it’s in town and not far.

Hopefully, once this is fixed I am hoping nothing else will go wrong until well after I have a job and savings.

At least it’s not currently raining.

Definitely the Alternator

After having my car die on me at Walmart and then starting again and then dying when I’m less than a mile from home, I’m definitely convinced it’s the alternator.  So what I should have done Monday I am for sure doing tomorrow. Going to a mechanics.

I’m currently waiting on a tow truck to give me jump to get home.  Tomorrow, I hope my car starts so I can take it to the mechanics before it dies again.  Fun times.  Not.  At least this time I was able to determine a plan of action and so not be so overwhelmed this time.  I’m glad I had the number of a tow truck to call and that they’ll provide reasonably fast service.  So waiting and working on focusing on the humor not the sucky part of the evening.

Oh, did I mention it was doing the typical Oregon spring thing and raining?  Yep, totally fun times.

A Bit Better

Day that is.

I ended up taking my car to Les Schwab instead of calling the mechanic the guy gave me.  I like Les Schwab better and I love their service.  Neither the battery or the alternator were really a problem.  Both were doing what they should but I did replace the battery just in case the battery was bad.  The alternator was doing what it was supposed to do so things are working like they should but the lights on the dash that refer to the battery and brakes were on, faintly.

After reading the owner’s manual again, my thinking is something wrong in the electrical system like a blown fuse.  It would explain the lights being on even if there us nothing wrong with the car.  So I do actually have to visit a mechanic but it shouldn’t be an expensive trip.  It’s even something I could replace myself, if I knew how, though it doesn’t seem that complicated.

Hopefully, things will settle down.  No more issues.  They screw me up.

This wasn’t a big issue but when you’re broke and unemployed, well just plain old me, things can be overwhelming.  At least I was able to go grocery shopping, since my parents gave me money. 

I just have to remember to trust my judgment.  The difference in.cost between the parts store and Les Schwab wasn’t all that much and Les Schwab guarantees and warrantee their work.  So should I have any problems with this battery, I just have to go in and they will fix it for free.  I have always had good luck with them.  I’m surprised when other people haven’t but then I wonder how they were acting.  Oh well, not my problem.

So a possible trip to the mechanics tomorrow.  Now I just need a job. And to eat.

One Of Those Days

One I’ve ended up in tears so many times in the last two hours. 

Stupid car.  I had the battery go on me.  I noticed it as I was driving that the windshield wipers were jerking, the radio wasn’t working, and the clock was dying.  I made it to the one auto parts store in town before it completely died.  I had the one gentleman there check it and it was dead.  He was able to charge it but this was after calling my mother to ask for money and then having my card declined because I didn’t have any money in the account. 

So I have the old battery charged enough that I made it home and hope it stays charged enough that I can take it to a mechanic’s.  The gentleman at Auto Zone gave me a name and number of the mechanic he uses which I’ll call tomorrow.  It’s either the battery or alternator but I don’t know which.

I know this isn’t necessarily a big deal, even if it’s a bit expensive.  But when you’re broke and unemployed and suffering from depression, everything just overwhelms.  So I’m in tears.  And hungry but again no money until tomorrow and very little food.  Not that I want to eat because I feel like I need to make what little I have left last as long as possible.  Because I don’t know when I’ll have money again. 

So not a good day today for me.

Cleaning Up

While it mostly involved my living room, (I made my sofa clean and comfy so I will sit in it again; don’t ask, it’s a thing) I also want to cover the last part of Lent.

It’s Holy Week.  While there is much to be said about Holy Week, like how I have a small collection of palms (yes, I have many and added another Sunday), I want to review my Lenten resolutions.  It is interesting that I have started hearing them referred to as resolutions because it implies more than a passing fancy.  Not unlike New Years resolutions.  Though people tend to be better at keeping Lenten resolutions, go fig.

Anyways, out of the things I did on my list, which to review are:

Give up meat
Give up pizza
Post here about Catholic topics
Go to Confession
Search for a job

I have followed through without issue on items 1 and 2. 

I went to Confession, twice even (love my priests because they are so caring and loving and you can feel it and see it). 

Posting here about Catholic topics not so much though I did try to post helpful things.  Though posting here about how I no longer visit a certain blog anymore due to it’s members’ and owners’ behavior was important to me, largely in regards to exposing myself to material and ideas that are harmful to me.  I would end up angry and hurting, mostly at myself, trying to convince myself these hurtful, even heretical ideas were things I needed to do and believe.  They weren’t.

I had to eventually ban myself from Catholic Answers Forum  years ago because of all the garbage I was picking up (personal ideas that people were spouting off as if it were divinely revealed dogma that came straight from Jesus’s mouth).  I had to the same with this Christian blog because there was no difference in the behavior they supposedly condemned from their own behavior.  And I thought they were just a couple of people who thought blogging was a good idea to stop behavior they found appalling and then got in over their heads. Or just don’t care how they write and what they write has an impact on people because they feel entitled to write what they want, how they want, consequences be damned.

Well, enough about that.

The one thing I really didn’t do this Lent was look for a job.  Up until last Saturday, I had only looked once, maybe twice and I definitely hasn’t applied to any.  And probably the only reason I am doing so now is because I’m low on food, the credit card company and student loan company keep calling, and I’m not sure where I stand with a friend, though that last is more me.  What hasn’t helped is having my depression flare up.  Last week was not a good week though Thursday and Friday were in that I was up before noon.  That’s huge for me.  My sleep is again messed up.  I feel lousy.  And empty. 

My friend saw me a week ago and was saying I should get on the state health plan so I could go on meds again.  And I’m thinking that all I need to do is find a job because I don’t think the depression could be affecting me that much.  No way.  Heck, I can still read books and I blog.  So I’m still functional just not as much as I would like or had been in the past.  But then I started thinking about it.  I suppose I could be more affected by the depression than I thought but would I really know.  How could I tell?  I don’t know.  But I’m functional enough I guess.  I just haven’t got a job.  Or, much food.  Or money.  Oh well.

I don’t know.  I just don’t know.


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