Smog check time

I took my car in to get it smog checked. This is a car I don’t drive often, so it’s a process.

I had to jump start it, since I don’t start it often. I drove it around to charge up the battery. I figured I may as well get the smog check done while I was out.

I got to the smog check place and they took my car right away. I had to get back in the car, since the technician couldn’t move it. He didn’t know how to drive a stick shift!

Then, a while later, a different technician came to ask me for the paperwork from the last smog check. I have never needed it in the past, so I didn’t have it with me. It turns out that he couldn’t read a number on the catalytic converter, and he needed to document it. My friends who do smog checks tell me that it is not common practice to check the number.

I think that I will find a different station next time I need a smog check. These guys really didn’t seem to know what they were doing.

A couple of days later, I went to AAA to get the registration sticker for the car. The DMV computers were down, so I had to go back the next day. They only had one cashier open, so it was a long wait. I got it done, made a photocopy of the smog paperwork, and put everything in my purse.

I took the same car in for new tires a few days later. I told my mechanic about the issues. He wasn’t surprised. He told me a story about the valet parkers at Tesla. If they get a car that has a manual transmission and they don’t know how to drive it, they have to stand there with their hand up and call out “manual!” until someone is free who can drive it.

When I left the shop, I remembered the registration paperwork and sticker in my purse. I got everything out of my purse and into its proper place. I felt very accomplished.

Get Out

I finally got around to seeing Get Out. Actually, I was informed that I was going to watch it with my daughter.

I knew that the movie was kind of creepy, but I was under the impression that it was a full on horror movie. It was not. It was definitely a thriller, but not bad enough to keep me awake at night, since not much popped out me randomly.

It did give me cause to think, since it was about racism. It was done well. I recommend the movie. It’s worth seeing. Don’t be forced to watch it like I was. Just watch it.

What to do when your neighbor’s kid won’t stay out of your driveway

When your neighbor’s kid won’t stay out of your driveway

I loved the above linked article. The home owner kept getting alerts that someone was in his driveway, so he had to do something about it. Grab your chalk and do a little research! Build a racetrack.

I am glad the article went the way it did. There are just too many grumpy neighbors out there. I was impressed when other neighbors were using the racetrack. I loved how they showed the child improving over time. Stay within the lines, kiddo.

I do hope that the child’s mom does something nice for the racetrack owner. His driveway seems to be infested by neighbors. It doesn’t really put him out much, other than a little noise and security camera alerts. I hope they have fun.

Unicorn and Mermaid Waffles

Unicorn and mermaid waffles

According to the above linked article, these beauties actually exist. The description in the article tells about adding some sweet to your morning. Cotton candy or blue raspberry? That does not sound delicious. It does sound very sweet, especially with the suggested addition of whipped cream.

If I was required to add color to my breakfast, I think I’d rather choose green eggs and ham. Maybe I’m being too critical because I’m not big on sweet breakfasts? Still, I don’t think this one will be a big seller.

Princess bride virtual reading

Princess bride virtual reading

So you want to run a fundraiser. Your first step is to find a location. Your next step, if you’re the author of the above linked article, is to find the cast of The Princess Bride and have them do a reading of the script.

I love that they are all getting together for a cause. I’m just happy that they are getting together. Unfortunately, Andre the Giant will be sorely missed. I wonder how they are going to do that part.

The Magic Bag

My daughter asked for something from my purse.  I began digging.  I pulled out a textbook, then a clipboard.  Next I pulled out another textbook and some pens.   My kindle came out next.   I found my wallet and pulled that out too.

My daughter looked at me, and then at my purse.  She whispered “it’s a magic bag.” I told her, “yes, and I’m Mary Poppins.” She didn’t believe me,but asked for my car keys so she could look for the item in my car since the magic bag wasn’t spitting it out today. Yes. It was in the car. That’s why I couldn’t find it in my purse.

Cat hotel

At my house, so many different things are used as cat beds. My favorite is the random paper bag taken from the bag of leftover shopping bags. The cats fight over it occasionally, but then one realizes that paper beds aren’t so glamorous and she finds another one. The cats will play in cardboard boxes, but they aren’t fans of sleeping in them.

Mini kicks people off of the kitchen chair when it’s her naptime. Inky will hide in the garage and we will find her on the pile of laundry.

Inky’s favorite place to be, though, other than on my lap, is on top of the refrigerator. She sits up there and watches whoever is cooking. She supervises and occasionally tosses out a bit of cat hair to hopefully not end up in food. I guess she considers it the penthouse. Thankfully, she doesn’t have to pay by the day, because then she’d be asking for money from me. Maybe we should have her get a job?

Can you please style my hair?

My daughter is doing her cosmetology courses through the college. Right now, because of distancing, they are over zoom with mannequin heads. She does beautiful work.

Because of the amount of space she needs, she works in the garage. Molly usually keeps her company, sharing the chair. Molly blends in with the chair, so she’s not usually noticed when she’s napping during zoom meetings. Today, though, Doris was her companion. Her instructor commented on how beautiful the dog is. My daughter told the instructor that the dog’s name is Doris.

The instructor tells my daughter that his elderly neighbor is named Doris, also. He tells about an interaction with the neighbor. Doris the neighbor is deaf, so the neighbors communicate by American sign language. Because they are socially distancing, they sit on their back patios and chat. Doris asked if the instructor was back working yet. No. Not in the salon, no.

Doris said she was disappointed, and wanted him to style her hair. He said he’d be able to do it soon. She thought that was great, so she pulled off her wig and threw it onto his porch. He styled it and brought it back later that day.