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Not feeling that fabulous, hence the non-postage. Blrgh. ;-p My sinuses flare up ALL the time, but attacks are really bad when the seasons change, like winter to spring and summer to fall. Aiii! That means that my head is getting itself geared up. They don't really hurt yet, there's just that slight feeling of pressure that lets me know an attack is on the way. Hooray! Or not.

Easter dinner at the in-laws was fun as I secretly knew it would be. Delicious food was had by all, and my niece has a new boyfriend which is serious HOORAY! material because the old boyfriend was a bit of a jerk. He kind of had jerk-ish tendencies. This guy reminds me a bit of Tim McGee from NCIS, but way less geeky and a little cuter. He's a good guy, so I heartily approve.

I DVR'd five or six Biblical-type movies and I'm now enjoying the fruits of that labor. Hooray for Biblical movies and Biblical epics! I watched Godspell and The Ten Commandments yesterday and this evening I watched Barrabas when I got home. Tomorow it'll be The Silver Chalice and last but certainly not least, King of Kings, which is known in the foxmonkey abode as the one with the good-looking Jesus. Jeffrey Hunter, OH MY. And even though my sparkly handbasket to hell is pretty much assured, I won't say another word about good-lookin' Jesus. :le sigh::

And! Fixing the fallout from the dead battery last week, we discovered that resetting the radio was ridiculously easy (yippee!), resetting the clock was also pretty easy (yippee!) and...there *is* supposed to be a warning tone for the headlights. Unfortunately, other than telling me that it exists, the manual didn't have any suggestions on either why it isn't currently working or what one might do to try and fix it. But this is good news! It means that all we have to do is figure out what's wrong and fix it (a fuse perhaps?) and then I'll never leave my lights on again. As God is my witness! ::shakes fist:: Just call me Scarlett.

And that, my friends, is the core dump of my brain. And now I'm off to find Vampire Diaries Bonnie/Damon to read.
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Had another girlie outing planned today, a FOOD party, no less, with tastings and demonstrations and CAKE, and I missed it. I am officially a doofus. Well, I'm kind of of a doofus. It's mostly Honda's fault. ;-p

When I got in the car to head off to my girlie outing, absolutely nothing happened when I turned the key. Aiiiiii! Dead car! Turned the key again knowing full well nothing was going to happen. Thought for a second, then tested the knob thingie for the headlights. Yep, locked in the "ON" position. I didn't turn them off when I got out of the car last night. In my own defense, the garage light comes on automatically when the door opens. I was in a lit garage, so again, not my fault! Kinda.

This is the part in the story where I gnash my teeth and growl, because I *knew* this was going to happen sooner or later.

One thing I don't like about the new car...and you can probably see where this is going...is the fact that there's no warning tone or indicator light to alert you if the lights are still on when you cut the engine. Again, aiiiiiii! It's been quite a few years since I last had to remember to turn lights off. If the car door opened and the lights were still on, my Civic hatchback very helpfully went ding-ding-ding! until the problem was corrected. The Corolla went one better, 'cause it had daytime running lights and that meant, hey! I didn't even need to turn the lights on in the first place! Already on! The lights went off when the car did, naturally, so again, no need to worry there. Well.

Not only do I need to remember to turn the lights off now (hahahahahaha!), I need to remember to turn them on too! It's amazing what fundamentals of driving fall by the wayside when you don't need to think about them anymore. So yes, I knew it was a matter of time. What I don't get is that the Civic was an '87 and the new car is a 2004, so it doesn't make sense that there's no warning mechanism in place. There's a very helpful outline of a key that lights up if you leave the keys in the ignition, but nothing for the lights. I'm wondering now if there *is* such a mechanism, but it just isn't working...? Hmmmm. Need to get the manual out of the glove compartment and check that out. If it turns out to be true...

I'm thinking that a strip of fake mirror (acrylic mirror sheet, according to this website!) should do the trick, even if the garage lights are on. Hubs!monkey looked like he would take the suggestion under advisement, since he'd be the one out there with the drill and screws or whatever fastenings you'd use to attach the thing to the garage door.
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Due to a husband-related incident last week, I've been carless. This was the second car of ours that he'd managed to kill, and I was none too happy about it. Luckily, hub's brain is the size of a raisin and his skull is at least five inches thick (with pudding and cookies cushioning everything in between), so he was fine. The hospital kept him for a few days for observation ('cause this was his eleventy millionth brush with head trauma), but he's (mostly) fine. Aiiiiiii! That's the second time I've gotten a call at work to tell me that...wait, the third. Jeebus. The third time I've gotten one of those, "Hello, Mrs. Hubs!monkey? This is AdmittingLady at YourFriendlyHospital..."

Aiii! Too much drama in between. Like, when I called to inform my insurance company about the accident, there was "some concern" with my last payment because it had been made by e-check, and I'm thinking...uh, so? It's not like a paper check where you have to wait a few weeks for everything to go where it needs to go, blahblahblah, am I right? Isn't an e-check immediate, in theory? Also, the fact that I'd paid the premium THREE WEEKS AGO should have made any e-check questions null and void, yes? Yes. BASTAGES. I actually had to fax a copy of my statement showing that the funds had been withdrawn from my account before we could go forward, and I'm getting all het up again just thinking about it. I mean seriously. Three weeks and they still needed proof from me that THEY had withdrawn the funds from my account? OH MY GOD, I NEED TO STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS BEFORE I STAB SOMEONE. Anyway.

So! Our policy provides for a vehicle for up to thirty days while the car is fixed. Went to the impound to retrieve the cell phone and the registration and sign the paperwork to release the vehicle so the insurance guys could tow it to the auto body shop. Little did I know that the impound lot covers about THREE friggin' zip codes, and you have to walk back to your vehicle, and they don't have a courtesy car to take you to the back 40 to get there. HOLY LAWD, the drama. Saw the car and knew pretty much immediately that it was a lost cause. Even if they'd fixed the thing (HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!) there's no way I'd have trusted it more than possibly pulling it out of the garage for a quick spin down to the corner store.

When they called to tell me that it had been totaled I wasn't the least bit surprised. They redeemed themselves for the MASSIVE PAYMENT FAIL by giving me a surprising bit more for the car than I'd expected, and giving me a check that day. Woohoo! I'm suddenly in love with my insurance company, even if they are all bastages!

I figured that two cars killed is more than enough, and there's no way that I'll ever buy a new car again, not as long as I'm married to hubs!monkey. There's a car lot nearby that's been in operation for about 25 years, and they're BBB accredited, or whatever you call it. Went online and checked out their inventory. I saw this little thing and fell immediately in love. :-)

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The one in the little pics is mine, the wikimedia folks very kindly provide a bigger picture.

2004 Honda CR-V, satin silver metallic finish. Squee! Went to see it in the rain Thursday, but didn't test drive. Drove up to the lot this afternoon and someone was looking at it! Aiiiiii! By this time I'd pretty much been thinking of it as mine, so I was just a little distressed to say the least. Hung about trying not to look too interested while the couple checked it out and examined it inside and out and sat in it and stuff. When they finally walked off to another part of the lot I wandered over very casually and staked my claim. :-) Took it for a test drive and fell even further in love. Whipped out my checkbook, and now it's mine! It's in my garage!!!

It's a bit bigger than my old car, which was a regular 4 door, and of course it has a higher profile, being an SUV and all. It's going to take a little getting used to I think, but I so love it. :-D

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