Monday, November 15, 2010

One of those weeks

Oh my stars! It's been one of those weeks.

On Thursday I got into my car and it wouldn't start. The battery was dead. Fortunately, my friend Jennifer dropped by and while she was around, gave me a jump. Problem solved!

Except it happened again on Friday. My battery had been pretty weak for awhile, it had died once while I was just listening to the radio in my car, and on Friday it was clear to me that it had to be replaced. Jennifer was kind enough to jump my car again, and I got it to the dealership.

(Needing a car battery jump reminds me of my stellar business idea, which is a hotline called 1-800-DAD-HELP. You call the line, and then a father-type guy will give you father-type advice about what to do. Like, how exactly to jump your car and not die, or how to find studs in the wall, or other fatherly things. And there could even be a mobile unit where a father-type person be dispatched to your location to help you jump your car, or use an electric drill, or help you load awkward stuff into your car at Ikea. Call me investors!)

I've got the logo waiting and ready

You know how it is when you take your car to the dealership. I needed a new battery, but it turns out I also needed new tires, new fluids, new flux capacitor, and new belts. Since my car just hit 90,000 miles, I wasn't surprised, but those things all cost money. I've been working on building an emergency fund, so it wasn't as bad as it could be, but it does mean I'll have to start over. No emergencies for the next six months please!

The same day my I took my car to the dealership, one of my tenants gave 30 days notice, which means I have to find new tenants for my rental. It's such a hassle. I'm not looking forward to it, at all.

Also, my cable went out. We get broadcast channels, but none of the cable stuff. Now a Comcast guy is coming between 8 and 10 tomorrow morning. I hope they can fix it.

Now, these aren't really big problems. I feel really lucky that I have a working car, tenants, and cable in the first place. There are many, many problems that are much worse than this. The car is fixed now, the cable should be fixed soon, and I'll find a new tenant. I'm just a little bummed that it's happening all at once. At least I had the PMQG sewing night to provide entertainment on Saturday!

To make myself feel better, I practiced a little retail therapy. I don't have a tight budget to speak of, but I do watch what I spend pretty closely, so I went to Goodwill to pick up some fun stuff, and not feel to bad about spending money.

Two of my new treasures, a soup pot and a ricer. I put the soup pot to good use, and made split pea soup.

These shoes were seven dollars, which I think is overpriced, but they are cute and comfy so what the heck


Betty Crocker Ass said...

The 1800DADHELP is brilliant! said...

I wanna be the first on your investor list...that idea is terrific....

Jill said...

Love that idea! If you are looking for someone to be that Dad type guy, my husband can do it. He can fix anything. Even our hot water heater this morning. After my cold shower though.

2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel said...

Jeff is gonna do this in Retirement... seriously... ohh so now you have 2 contractors...