Two Things

So I see WP has updated since last I posted. Interesting…

I handled the one year anniversary of my Dad’s passing better than I imagined. There’s still a Daddy-shaped hole in my heart, but it’s filled with memories.

I’ve officially been at my new job 2 months and I still love it. It’s amazing and fascinating all the grant opportunities there are out there. Fellowships, awards… I’ve thought of getting no less than three different degrees just so I can apply for the funding, ha ha ha. It’s easy work and the most stressful thing I have to do is make it through the mid-afternoon caffeine lull and wait for sponsors to write back/update their websites.

There are two things I’d like to write about tonight, however: My car and my writing.

Thing The First: My Mickey Fickey Car:

I got this car — a 2005 Grand Am — in 2006. I didn’t want this car. I’ve bitched about it ever since. I didn’t want a Grand effing Am, I wanted a Nissan. Instead, I got a Pontiac. I really can’t rag on Pontiac’s; the one that was traded in was a Grand Prix and, almost ten years later, I still miss that car. She was my baby and if it hadn’t been too expensive to fix her I’d have had her longer. So I’m harder on the Gran effing Am than I should be. For all I do to it (or don’t do), she keeps going. I think she was actually made by Timex.

In the eight years I’ve had her, I feel like there isn’t a year when I’m not replacing Something. Brakes, oil, wipers, tires — the expendable things I get and expect. It’s all the Other Stuff. In no particular order:

  • New wiper arm: And I don’t mean just the driver’s side or the passenger’s side, I mean the whole friggin’ contraption that spans the front of the car.
  • Fuel pump: That was not only expensive but unexpected.
  • Rear bar: I used to be a car girl, but now I don’t remember what it’s called. It’s not a tie rod (or maybe it was) but it’s what they check when the tires are aligned and that bitch was bent to hell.
  • Ignition tumbler: My key got stuck one July 4th and I getting a locksmith to replace it was tedious. Meanwhile, it’s exempting me from a current recall.

Today was front brakes, calipers, and rotors. I was able to get credit at Midas, so now I’m $600 in the hole, but at least I don’t have to manually shift my automatic car and cringe when there’s rain in the forecast.

Thing The Second: Writing:

A friend reminded me today that NaNoWriMo is right around the corner and asked if I was participating. I really forgot about it since I’ve been so preoccupied with a babbly tornado that is my toddler and working on other writing projects. However, I had a bit of an epiphany about two “on pause” projects — combine them! Genius! And now that I’ve been reminded about NaNoWriMo, I think I’ll use this as my opportunity to do just that. Thing is, that gives me ::counts:: 6 days to finish the project I’m working on. That also means the fight scene I’ve been working on in another project will go unfinished for a while (this fight has been going on for at least two-and-a-half months now). I guess that’s okay; it’s not that I dislike said project, my heart just isn’t in it right now. My characters aren’t talking to me right now.

I’m not quite sure how to end this post, so I’ll leave with this:

I'm a wee bit obsessed with this show... Ten in particular :)

I’m a wee bit obsessed with this show… Ten in particular :)