Posted by medicated at 9:16 PM |
Okay, so it's been a few days since my last post. I have been maxing out my credit card on car repairs and upkeep. As you have read before, I wrecked my car in the snow storm a few weeks ago which racked up $1,000 worth of damages. Okay, it could have been worse and I'm thankful I'm not hurt, but it is still irritating when you have to save every penny to afford the wedding of your dreams.
The insurance adjuster called me the day before I was supposed to get my beloved VW bug back and let me know that one of my tires was about to blow because it had a split in it. Upon further inspection, there were two more tires that were on their last legs. "Luckily" I had had one tired replaced last month after it split in two while I was at work. Needless to say, I knew it was an absolute necessity to replace these forlorn tires asap or I would have a lot bigger problems than finding the perfect sash for my bridesmaids dresses.
Ryan had to work today, so I ventured to the Discount Tire alone and dressed as business-like as I could so I wouldn't get gauged in the price department. ( I thought it was best to go in looking like I knew exactly what was going on and had a degree in tires...) Five hundred dollars later, I walked out with three brand new tires to add to the variety of other new pieces to my car that I "love".
Upon leaving the tire place I got in a "what the heck" kind of mood and decided if I was going to spend all of my credit card "money" on car repairs, I was going to do it right. I had been putting off getting my oil changed for, well....about 5 months. (I know, I know) The Valvoline Instant Oil Change was conveniently only two streets away so I pulled in before I changed my mind and spent oodles of money on a high mileage oil change. I was feeling responsible about my choice until the head mechanic asked me if I had my "adhoifnaoien" changed or had any problems with my "aodfinbe". (That's how I heard it anyway...) After he translated it to English, I realized he was telling me that I had the wrong kind of Coolant in my car. Apparently, I'm supposed to have electric orange coolant, instead of the electric yellow coolant that was in there now. Heck, if I knew it was color coded, I would have made the right decision in the first place. Colors are sort of my thing. He told me it would be approximately $90 to get my Coolant flushed. Without giving it a second thought, I squealed my brand new tires out of that money trap and headed home.
Feeling powerful and fancy in my now, half new car, I called Ryan (who was now home from work) and told him I would come pick him up to try out my new tires/oil. On our way to town, my car started doing "weird" things. Okay, maybe I should inform you that I recently got a letter from Volkswagen (my favorite place...) saying that there has been a recall on my model and that I needed to bring my car in to get the "whatever" replaced. Basically, my car is not talented in the switching gears department and everytime it changes from one gear to the next, the whole car jerks like it saw a ghost. It started out to be not that bad but now, it has progressed to the point of making the "accelerating" noise when I am stopped at red lights.
I know I should have gotten this problem fixed a long time ago when they sent me the notice, but with the snow days, hospitalizations and car-less/sick days that have made me miss work, I haven't really been in the position to take a day off to spend with the Volkswagen mechanics.
So that is where I've been the past few days and what I've been doing. Fun stuff obviously...Wait, I did have a wedding associated activity this weekend! I got to meet up with my beloved wedding planner and friend/deejay, Justin at Lillie Belle's to discuss where he would be set up and what he would need to bring. The meeting went wonderful and it was great to see an old friend. Until next time....