peppermintesse: (Introverted)
The whole of yesterday was spent on the couch, with my head (in a very Old Faithful-like fashion) exploding in a histamine reaction approximately every five minutes. You know, that tingly feeling in your nose, followed by leaking eyes and nostrils. I went through an entire roll of toilet paper just yesterday (I'd run out of Kleenex). My left eye got swollen spectacularly, and my nose was red and very, very raw. It Sucked.

After watching some chick-flicks with [livejournal.com profile] janabard, I went to bed early last night (well, early for a Saturday) after another dose of Zicam (zinc cold-speeder-upper) and Nyquil. Today I'm feeling much better, though bone-tired. I've only blown my nose three times today, and no sore throat.

I would have started the zinc therapy a lot sooner, except, as I said earlier, when one has chronic sinus issues, it's difficult to know the difference when a cold starts up. :P

Today we had to go out for some groceries, when suddenly everything on the truck went out: the battery light came on, the power steering failed, the engine temperature went sky high. After popping the hood, we realized the drive belt had come loose. (It had to be the place who replaced the alternator last week didn't tighten the nuts on the flywheel -- it is too much of a coincidence.) Thank goodness for friends with tools who are able to come out and help. Drive belt back in place, nuts tightened, everything all better, and paid for with a six pack of beer! My kind of auto repair bill. :)

Though now it is Sunday night and it'll be time to go bed before I know it. I feel like I was cheated out of an entire weekend :P I feel like I didn't get anything done, either housework-wise, or writing-wise. Feh.

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Oct. 30th, 2006 11:37 am
peppermintesse: (Dismiss a muse)
Thanks for the reminder, [livejournal.com profile] khalja: Mercury Retrograde from 28 October to 18 November. From the page:

When Mercury is retrograde, everyone's thinking is more introspective and we tend to think about issues and concerns which relate to the sign involved. With Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, people with this sign prominent in their charts will be especially prone to such introspection. [Hm, that explains a lot.--s] There is little choice but to reconsider our personal views and opinions about life. We receive, however, an opportunity to gain insight into our own ego.

Mercury retro in Scorpio inclines to a sharp, sarcastic tongue. People generally tend to be bold and stubborn, headstrong and difficult to get along with. Knowledge and information is equated with power and secrecy. Confusion arises over secret matters that come to light and misguided information deriving from those who cling stubbornly to their opinions. Mysticism and the occult are in the news, scarily so! People are more quarrelsome, skeptical and cynical, hanging on to opposing views and often sarcastic to others. Sexual advances and sexually coloured statements are more likely to be misconstrued.

The emotional influence of Scorpio sharpens our instincts, but makes us less sympathetic. Secrets will come to light, often to the discomfort of those concerned. It is not a good time for surgery.
[Think good thoughts on 9 November, when Nefret gets spayed.--s]

All areas of communication are affected, especially in matters related to hidden things, sexual encounters, passionate commitments, jealousy, investigations and the occult. This period brings travel snafus and missed appointments of all kinds. Documents can go astray. Be sure to carry a diary and refer to it often.

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Truck is all fixed, and runs much better. I am now drinking PG Tips and contemplating leftover chili for lunch. Nothing, nothing, beats British black tea. (Well, as far as tea goes. I still prefer coffee, but there are times when tea is best, such as when one is feeling ooky.)
peppermintesse: (Darcy)
Off of work today, and it's just as well because I feel like holy hell and would be incapable of doing anything requiring much in the way of mental focus. Have to take the truck down for the alternator swap out. I'm hoping it won't take too long, because I'd like to come back and take a nap. (And swap out dishes and put away clean clothes and...)

[livejournal.com profile] janabard and I did watch Fever Pitch last night (again, not the Jimmy Fallon one). I have to admit that the football references were completely over my head but it was a very cute film. And OMG, the OUT OF CONTROL HAIR. I've added it to my Amazon wish list so maybe someday I will own it and watch it again with subtitles. :)

Bleah.
peppermintesse: (Oh fuck)
We've known we have had bad diodes on the alternator on the truck for a little while, but have not really done anything about it because, well, moving and what not. Plus, though a little rough, the truck still ran fine.

Then came this week.

Realized mid-week that the battery charge level was lower than it usually was. Thursday night the battery light came on. And last night, the truck refused to start after our coffee night out; after a jumpstart from Pop A Lock, we managed to get almost all the way home before the truck died completely in the driveway (which is more of an alley than a driveway — [livejournal.com profile] janabard & I had to get out and push).

Evidence would suggest that the alternator is no longer charging the battery.

So looks like that alternator replacement/rebuild is happening this week. We consulted the Chilton-esque repair manual and have decided we do not have the time (both to wait for the replacement alternator, or to actually do the repair), the tools, or the skills needed to do the replacement ourselves. [livejournal.com profile] fearga has suggested a local place that her hubby goes to (won't take his vehicle/s anywhere else), so we're shooting for (hopefully) Wednesday. Probably will call there on Monday to see what kind of turnaround time we're looking at.

Meanwhile, we have obtained a battery charger and the truck is rejuicing as we speak. Stopgap measure, to be sure, but at least we can use the truck in the interim.
peppermintesse: (Up to no good)
Thanks to the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] mtgat, I have entered myself into an art contest. I signed up for "Gingerbread Dude", second choice, "Devil's Food Cake". The ol' visual-creative muscle needs a workout, and this sounds like fun.

This work week has seemed impossibly long, which is weird, because I only worked Wednesday, Thursday and until 11:30 today (and 11:30 - 4 tomorrow).

Weird sort of day out on the roads. Lots of people indecisive about what lane to be in, driving too slow, etc. We ourselves almost got into an accident with a car riding in our blindspot until the last possible moment, then we got tapped in the rear by a girl in a beater white car (being in a solid, 1988 Chevy truck with a steel bumper, there was no damage; not to the car, either). Is the moon void of course? ::checks:: No. Hm. Well, in any case, I'm not going out again tonight.
peppermintesse: (Pissed Katchoo)
Turns out when Jiffy Lube did work on our truck yesterday, they undid some jury-rigging we did, to route coolant around the broken heater coil. The puddle of coolant in the street verifies that there is none actually left in the truck. Thank GOODNESS it's winter and is fucking cold outside, because that kept the engine cool enough to not fatally overheat.

Jiffy Lube will be getting quite an earful tomorrow. See my pissed off Katchoo face there?

ETA: As I put in the comments, it turns out it was nothing Jiffy Lube actually did. The water pump just picked a really crappy time to crack. An took it back to Jiffy Lube and they added stop-leak and topped off the coolant at no charge, but the local garage diagnosed that the water pump needs to be replaced. They want to charge $400 to replace it, and the part at the local auto parts store is a whopping $17. We're trying to recruit help to swap it out ourselves. :P
peppermintesse: (litho self)
Took the truck in yesterday for a tune up and some other maintenance, which it's sorely needed for some time now, but only now can we afford it again. Estimate given as ~$400. Which, ouch, but not totally devastating. (So nice to be able to say that again.)

I got the garage to drive me home (I do love that perk) and about 25 minutes after I got home, they called me.

Them: We have a little problem.
Me: Oh?
Them: Well, when we went to take out the #7 spark plug it... the top broke off.
Me: <goes into a swirly-coloured haze>
Them: The carbon buildup sort of glued it in.
Me: Oh. <feeling very sheepish>
Them: Now, we're going to try to get this out but if we can't, we'll have to take the engine block apart. Just wanted to let you know. We'll call you back in the morning.

Now, I understand why they do this sort of thing. They don't want any nasty surprises, so they call when something has a potential of going very, very wrong (and expensive), so that when they correct it (and this garage usually does) it'll be like getting happy news. CYA and all that.

But I really didn't want to sit around all night worrying that my truck's repair costs might be doubling or tripling.

They did call me this morning... and luckily, the solution they left the broken spark plug sitting in all night did the trick, and they got it out. They also gave the run down on some future "need to do"s, none of them potentially destructive but more than we can spend right now on top of this work.

Maybe in six months or so.

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