Wednesday, January 9, 2008


I had noticed for about 6 weeks that my car was running slightly rougher. It just sounded a little deeper throated when it idled. I kept thinking that I probably should take it in and have someone look at it, but put it off as it didn't seem emergent and would probably cost a lot of money.
Then today as I was turning tightly I heard a little bit of "groaning" noise. I thought since the car is now groaning and moaning, I really should do something about it. I had bought an extended warranty with the car, way back when, since I tend to put a lot of miles on a car. My warranty is good for 100,000 miles. I'm at about 97,500.
I just heard from the dealer that the car needs a new power steering rack, to the tune of 2000$. It also needs an injection flush, motor mounts, radiator flush. All to the tune of about 2700$ plus or minus. They think they can get the extended warranty to pay for most of it. How fortuitous that I got myself in before the warranty expired! Or maybe it was inspiration? It's all good which ever one it was.
I had to rent a car while mine is being fixed. They gave me a Mazda 5 with 31 miles on it. New car smell, mmmmm. It makes it oh so tempting to buy a new one. But I know once mine is fixed and I get it a bath, I'll be happy with it again (Especially if I don't have to pay for all the repairs!).
Isn't it nice the way things can sometimes work out?

Friday, January 4, 2008


I just wanted to say how much I appreciate all the small and large kindnesses that are shown me. Just this week, my friend Carrie needed to have emergent surgery. I called one of the surgeons I work with and he immeadiately took care of her, treating her like a VIP. How nice it was of him to do that for me and for her!
I just started working on my evening stint. My co worker in the evenings this week has been Victoria. She has made me feel so welcome and has helped me in so many ways. She just told me tonight how nice it was to have me here and gave me a big hug. How kind of her!
I had my one on one with my boss today. She was very kind about my trials and tribulations in getting used to my new hours and open to easing my way in any way she can.
The first night of my evenings, my friend Geoff called to see how I was doing with the evenings. How kind that was.
I just recently discovered the dog park and have been taking my dogs there. The people and dogs there have been really kind and nice. One gentleman in particular was going around the area cleaning up in general, not just after his own dog. How kind of him to do that and make it a nicer place for everyone.
I just wanted to acknowledge some of the kindnesses that are around everyday, there seems to be enough of the negative in the environment.