Best laid plans

I decided that today would be the day that I finally got to deal with the flat tire on my second car. I am supposed to be driving it weekly, but I didn’t have the money to fix the flat right away, so I let it sit for a while. This morning, I declared it time!

I worked and did a lot of my errands. Then I came home and called AAA at 3:20pm to have them put the donut on the car, so I could take it to be repaired. My daughter was going to follow me in her car, so we could get errands run while the car was being fixed.

The service truck came within 10 minutes. They started to change the tire, but couldn’t find the wheel lock. They called for a tow truck. It would be an hour. Fine. Ten minutes later, AAA dispatch called and told me that they had to move my request to another towing company, and it would arrive within the hour. Fine. I got an automated call telling me that it would be arriving within the hour. Fine.

I looked online and found that the tow truck was due to arrive at 5:12pm. Ok. Great. The tire place closes at 6. Barely time, but ok. Suddenly the website tells me that the tow truck had arrived, at 5:00. I went outside. No tow truck. I called again, and finally got a person to talk to me. She could see my call, but it wasn’t making sense to her. She put me on hold and checked with dispatch. My call had been forwarded to 6 different towing companies, and no one had a flatbed tow truck available! I explained to her about the tire place closing shortly, and that we weren’t going to make it. I wasn’t going to do a key drop off. She told me to call back tomorrow, and gave me a case number so that it wouldn’t count as a call, because I didn’t get service.

I was a giant stress ball by this point. My daughter and her friend tossed me in the car and we did our errands. We ended up at the mall. My daughter told me “Go play with the turtles, Mom.” I didn’t, but I stopped to take a photo of them.

The next morning, I was venting about all of this to a friend who asked why I didn’t just throw fix a flat in it and drive it to the tire place. Well, duh. I ran to the auto part store and while I was there, I asked about the wheel locks. They had them!

I went off to work, and came home and got the car going. I drove it to the tire place and they took one look. Wrong wheel locks. Sigh. Good news, though – one of the mechanics had the right tool to get them off. He showed it to me, and I took a photo and got the measurement. I could pick up the tool at the auto parts store, in theory.

I left the car there and walked the mall and got lunch while I waited. It wasn’t quite ready when I arrived. I only had to wait a few minutes until it was done. Great!

Since I had the car out, I stopped to put gas into it, and washed the windshield. I went back to the auto part store and returned the stuff I didn’t need. I asked about the tool. Nope. I’d have to go to a store that actually carries tools. No biggie. I can do that, but not urgently.

I got home and found a parking spot on the right side of the street for street cleaning. It was a better day than the day before. Always an adventure with me, though.

The rest of the long weekend

I started out with coffee and leftover French toast from the day before.

My Kindle and I were poolside until the guy with the blasting music got to me. I don’t care if I like your music or not, it’s still rude to force it on anyone.

I went inside and ate leftover dinner for lunch and watched a movie, What Men Want. Very cute movie. Nice soundtrack.

My cousin came by again. After a while, I headed to the pool again with the kindle.

I was reading the kindle while in the pool. It’s an Oasis, so it’s waterproof. The cover isn’t, though. The cover is worn and I have a replacement at home, so I wasn’t worried too much.

My brother brought his sons to the pool. I asked his oldest to bring my things to my pool bag. He did an amazing job.

We played in the pool for a while and went inside to clean up before dinner.

My three year old nephew brought a puzzle with him. I worked on it for a while before dinner, since he couldn’t read, and the puzzle had words.

After dinner, my mom brought the boys to go play ping pong. My brother and I watched a movie while I worked on the puzzle some more.

I had almost finished when the boys returned. They both came to investigate. The three year old decided that he needed to push each piece in himself, after I lined it up. The ten year old was given pieces too hurry things up while I distracted the three year old. We got to the end and there was one piece missing. We finally found it sitting on the puzzle, blending in. Ok. On that note, it’s bedtime.

I pulled down the Murphy bed where I was sleeping. My three year old nephew wasn’t in the room when I pulled it down. He was convinced that I did magic to get the bed there.

Next thing I hear is a lecture about white toothpaste being too spicy and he can only use blue toothpaste. Yep. Three year olds have opinions.

Everyone slept through the night. I got up early to head home. I put the Murphy bed away and loaded my car. My nephew was convinced that I did magic after that trick.

The return of the little free library

Many months ago, the little free library I used to use regularly just disappeared! Well, it got blown over in a storm. It was also in the front yard of a house that was recently sold. The new owner didn’t seem to want it there. Oh well.

Today, on my drive from the gym to work, I saw that there is a new one, a block away. I told my co-worker about it and she told me where another one is. I’ll have to find that one later.

I stopped at the one I’d seen on the way to work. I grabbed two books from the giveaway bag of books that’s been in my backseat for months. I put them in the library and checked to see what was there. All children’s books. Well, I hope that changes soon.

I hope that the other one isn’t just children’s. I hope that the one on the way home from work eventually has more books for the older crowd, too.

New podcast

When I don’t have an audiobook going in the car, I’ll go for a podcast. I had a new one fall into my lap last week. Its host is a woman who lost 100 pounds twelve years ago, making small changes.

Her main advice is to not start anything that you aren’t prepared to keep up for your entire life. And next is to not do anything big that is a quick fix.

My first week, I was away, so I wasn’t fully ready to start anything. I decided to go for 64 ounces of water a day. I actually managed it and more. I got through the running to the bathroom to pee all day while I was on vacation and it didn’t really matter if I wandered off. I kept it up. I am no longer running off as frequently, since my body seems to have adjusted.

Sunday night, I packed all my stuff for an early morning swim, followed by work. I got my lunch ready to bring with me.

I weighed myself this morning. I will be continuing that on Mondays.

Today, I got up early. I put on my swimsuit and cover-up, grabbed my bag and headed to the gym. I got in the pool and told myself to not do the full distance. When I got halfway through, I told myself to just do a little more. Then, suddenly, I had just one lap to go! I did it! I went into the hot tub after the swim. I had to get out when the guy in his tidy whities got in. Nope. Didn’t want to see that getting out of the water.

I showered, dressed, and went to work, drinking my water along the way. I found that they moved the little free library a block away! I chose a healthier breakfast than I normally would. I got my coffee and settled into a work schedule.

Close to lunch time, I realized I left my lunch at home in the fridge. Thankfully, we were off early and I wouldn’t starve on the way home.

I went to drop some of the books from my car into the little free library, went to the post office and ATM. I picked up a hold from the library and went home to eat my lunch. I napped and then went to the grocery store.

When I got home, I took out the garbage cans. I had forgotten that I was going to take a kid to get snacks at the grocery store, so I sent them back to the store with my debit card.

I got my stuff ready for a trip to the pool again tomorrow. Is this something I can keep up for the rest of my life? I sure hope so.

National Hot Dog Day

free hot dog locations

Today is national hot dog day.  The above linked article tells about places that are offering free hot dogs.  Unfortunately, most of the places listed aren’t in my area.

We have a local 7-11, but the hot dogs are discounted, not free, today.

I don’t think we have a local hot dog on a stick anymore, but is a corn dog really considered a hot dog?  Plus, it’s only $3 off if you download their app.

Wienerschnitzel has free chili dogs if you download their app, but again, not really local.

We don’t have a local Sonic, but 5 $1 chili dogs isn’t a bad deal.

Whatever you end up doing, enjoy hot dog day!