Thursday, 11 February 2010

My slowly dying car

Here is a list of things that are wrong with my car, that I could pay money to fix, but since I'm planning to buy a new car soon (I hope) I'd really rather not. In no particular order.

  • all the cup holders are broken
  • the driver's side tail light is out
  • the driver's side tail light cover is broken
  • the reflector cover on the back of the trunk is loose
  • the driver's side front wheel well was shredded by my tread separation last year
  • the driver's side fender is sticking out funny since the tread separation
  • the fan resistor thing is broken, i.e. will only blow on high
  • the front passenger seat has had so many lattes spilled on it I can't cope with it anymore
  • the windshield washer pump has stopped working
  • there's no CD or MP3/aux player
  • it's probably time to do something about the brake pads
  • I lost the remote for the doors and trunk a couple years ago

I think that's everything. So I really want a new car. I have to make an appointment to test drive an Insight soon. I like the Insight because it's about $10K cheaper than the equivalent hybrids from other companies. Although I really would like to see a Chevy Volt, but they won't come out until at least the 2011 model year, and I don't think my present car will last long enough. But I have a good relationship with my Chevy maintenance people, which would be nice to preserve.

Monday, 8 February 2010

And suddenly, it was two and a half months later

What a whirlwind. Finally calming down. Got nothing much to say, but let's catch up.

Finally got grades in, except for one student who disappeared with personal and family issues until after school started in January. Well, got a grade in for that student too, on the understanding that she'll get a paper finished eventually and it'll change.

January was full of nonsense--papers to read, reviews to write, that sort of thing. Didn't get done with all that until last week, but at least it's done.

Was able to pack up and clean the sublet, say goodbye to many TO friends (missed a few, who I hope will e-mail or Facebook me soon. Have started the long process of reintegrating myself into Winnipeg society.

Returned to Winnipeg late January 28th, or early January 29th. Celebrated with a Slamburger with Ken and Nitsa. It's good to have friends.

Saw the closing night of Drowsy Chaperone, thanks to Wpg friend Sheena, on my first Saturday back in town. Meantime, boxes have arrived and are mostly unpacked. May have a comedy show to see tonight and another tomorrow, but I'm kinda tired. We'll see how I feel after supper.

So, priorities now. Do all the research I was supposed to do in TO, get my house clean. And get out of debt. Which isn't easy, considering I've just had to replace my backpack and my dead toaster oven. Both still in the trunk of the car until I get a handle on the rest of my life.

K. I'm back.