All in a Day's (sort-of) Work
1. After one of my car tires lost air again despite my having filled it upon noticing some flatness last weekend, my mom had me drop the car off for the whiz kid mechanic to check and loaned me the un-sexy station wagon for the morning. Fortunately, the tire was able to be patched, so I got my car back for $10 (which is the least I've paid for car repairs in quite a while). Of course, my car was blocked in by a little red sportscar, so I had to wait while they moved it. And they had my car completely closed up, so the August sun had baked the dash and I burned my hands on the steering wheel. Good thing I like these people.
Oh, and before they gave me back my keys, the whiz kid mechanic handed me an envelope he said he hadn't had the chance to mail. I didn't open it until I got home.
I was surprised to find a thank-you note for being a loyal customer and filling out a survey (the business is technically new, as he has taken over the shop in the past few months) along with a $20 gift certificate. I think I'll wait until something bigger happens.
Because when you have an 11 year old car--and you're, well, me--something always does.
2. I ran two errands with the un-sexy station wagon before my car was done. One was to visit my cousin (and best Confirmation sponsor ever) who is doing a little housecleaning now that both her parents (my great-aunt and great-uncle) are gone. She is offering me a china cabinet which has more display/storage area than my current one. The bonus is that it doesn't have a funny smell like my china cabinet--this was not discovered until it came into my possession, after my aunt had picked it out (up in Nyack, home of many antique stores!) and had been hanging out in my parents' dining room before I moved. So my cousin helped me take measurements for the china cabinet as well as its companion buffet, which currently is in front of her fireplace.
Not sure if I have room for the buffet, but I have measurements to mull over now and figure it all out. I hope.
3. The second errand was to pick up more corned beef for The Cat. That's right--I said corned beef. Just for kicks I'd picked up a few slices, enough for one sandwich, on Saturday but didn't use it until Sunday after church. By chance, the lunchmeat bag slipped out of my hand and the corned beef flopped onto my clean, bare foot (not the floor, thankfully), so I scooped it up.
Didn't "Miss Fussy" come around the corner right then, sniffing interestedly? She went nuts for how my foot smelled, and then stood on her hind legs, paws on the kitchen cabinets, begging at the counter.
She gobbled up quite a bit, so I got more today. Her appetite's been waning again, so the vet (who when I related the story today laughed and exclaimed, "I haven't had corned beef in a while!") is going to see her for a shot on Friday. And prescribed more corned beef in the meantime.
4. Finally, this evening I went to the library (my side job location, not my home library) and got some training from the head reference librarian on how to use an iPad and how to borrow e-books in our system. He also showed me some photos of the conference he'd just attended--the reception was here which I imagine was very cool. Even if it was a bunch of librarians, hee hee.
And then he sent me home with of the library's iPad Minis to practice using until Saturday when I am back there for work. Wasn't expecting that. Whatta day!