Friday, February 01, 2008
I Wish I Was Here...
Will this winter ever end??? Not looking like it, but I guess since it is just February 1st, I shouldn't expect much. It just seems like it's been winter here since Thanksgiving.
I was at the Hyundai dealership having my car serviced this afternoon when the sleet started. The weatherman had been saying all morning that it was going to start somewhere around noon and he was just a bit off the mark there. I suppose it could have started around noon in the western part of the state, and since I live in the eastern part, it was just after 1PM when the wind picked up and I could hear the tiny balls of ice hitting the side of the building and the windows. I kept looking at the clock on the wall because I had been there about an hour already and I was anxious to get the hell out of there and go home. I had to work this morning and purposely made my appointment at 11:30 so I could get the work done on my car and be securely tucked away in my house and off the roads before it got nasty outside. Of course, my best laid plans usually go awry and today was no exception. While servicing my car the technician noticed my tires were wearing and since I always take my car there, he knew that my tires were not very old. He investigated and noticed my front tie rods were quite worn and that was throwing my front end out of alignment, causing the additional wear on my tires. Sooooooo he recommended they be replaced and since I was already there and the car was up on the lift...yadda yadda...you know the drill. Add a few more bucks to my bill. I really am not complaining since they always treat me well there and usually can do whatever needs to be done without making me wait very long. I've even walked in once in awhile to ask a question and they look at my car and fixed my problem right on the spot. The service manager also added a nice discount on my oil change (free) since I had some unexpected expenses today so I'm happy.
Anyway, I had a perfect view of the weather from the window and saw it change from sleet to snow to freezing rain and back to sleet all in about 20 minutes. By the time I got out of there and on the road, the pavement was covered with sleet which made it a little slippery especially when taking corners. I really had to take my time going home and decided as soon as I hit the highway that the remainder of my errands were going to wait until tomorrow. I was only able to travel about 45 MPH on the highway but made it home in one piece. And home is where I plan to stay.
It is sleeting right now and the last report on the news said it will change over to all rain in a few hours which is going to be bad because it is already below freezing now and all of the roads will turn into a skating rink. I just hope we don't lose power later on. I have some water set aside in case we do and have the candles ready.
Work has been really busy lately and I think I put 55 hours in this week. I am not working tomorrow so it will be nice to have 2 full days off. We are a month into our new contract and things are going pretty smoothly. We've not had any issues with parts which is good because a few departments have been waiting on some things now for a couple of weeks. Keeping my fingers crossed. Parts related issues are usually our worst enemy.
Personally, nothing much has been going on. Last week I took my parents out for dinner to celebrate my dad's 78th birthday. We went to his favorite seafood restaurant and I had to fight him for the bill but I won...this round. He is one stubborn man, I'll tell you what!
Last weekend I met a couple of girl friends for lunch. We went to Chicago Uno's and I ordered the bacon cheddar burger (well done) and some onion rings. My burger was quite rare and I hate sending food back because you never know if the cook is going to sabotage your food out of spite. I was reluctant to say anything but my friends burger was also not cooked to her liking so she said something and the waitress was more than happy to have our food redone. The manager also came out and was so apologetic, she ended up taking both burgers off the bill. I did end up eating most of my new burger which was pretty good and we got some gift cards for a return visit. Usually I enjoy the food and the atmosphere there so I guess I'll give it another chance and see how my next experience goes.
I guess I had better transfer my laundry to the dryer in case we lose power later on.
I have a movie to watch too so now seems like a good time to do that.
Have a great weekend!!