Saturday, February 04, 2006

Everyone Wants My Money!

Despite her aching quadriceps, The Sheep headed out bright and early to take care of the much-needed oil change for her chariot. I use a national chain type place near where I live. They've done much of the work on all my past vehicles and, to their credit, have always been quite honest and fair with me. What they got goin' on in that area they really lack in speed of service. A simple oil change invariably takes at least an hour, usually more. I've tried a variety of strategies ranging from kindness and understanding to assertiveness, all to no avail. I've even attempted the "boob-enhancing" sweater trick but that also seems to result in my being stuck in the freezing-cold waiting room for endless hours. And I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't catch on to the probable reason for that strategy on the guy's part for a loooong time.

Today's work took about an hour and a half. It also is going to cost me. I sort of expected this, to be honest, and I think that's part of the reason it was so easy for me to put this errand off for as long as I did. It looks like I'm going to need some work done on the suspension/steering as one of the bearings is just about done for. They assure me that I will not die (probably) if I wait until the school vacation in a couple of weeks. The estimate for this fix is right around $400.00. I did my best to explain to them that Dr. DeSade, DMD is looking to buy a trailer for the boat I just bought for him courtesy of my recent dental nightmare and that all of my funds are committed to that little project, but they would have none of it. They want my Sheepie little dollars just as much.

The good news here was that I did get quite a bit of uninterrupted knitting time in this morning. I brought The Great Shawl Experiment along for the Auto Fun Field Trip as it's pretty mindless and I made some good progress. There's no rush on this one:

It looks a bit "off-center" but this will make sense when it's me! I've knit this one in "scarf-form" about a million times.
I also put some more time into Amy's Fingerless Gloves and am almost back to where I was when the Temper Tantrum Incident occurred. Still on track for getting these done on time!!! Take that, dropped stitches!
Tonight, it's back to the wheel, though. I'm really going to push on that Lincoln! I probably won't get it done, but I don't think it's unreasonable to think that I could at least get another bobbin-full out of the way!!! I might as well get used to working with what I have since I need to pay the various men in my life to take care of me. No shopping trips in the foreseeable future.
Next time, I'm going to try wearing the Killer High Heels...I hear those sometimes help in the negotiating process.


mrichme said...


I'm sorry to hear about the vehicle. I don't think the heels will help, summertime maybe. The repair job could be a lot worse.

Without the discretionary income due to the men in your life you should have some real quality time to your different projects during the vacation week (2 weeks away). Maybe you can have a craft day with cammadsmom. Tuesday Child1 is going to be at a day camp. Just a thought.

Diana said...

I'm glad you said that was a shawl you were knitting. I was beginning to think you were knitting a thong!