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In the Past Week ...

Last Monday: took the car in to get a second electrical coil replaced, and figured it wasn't too bad a hit, at about $220.
Last Tuesday: had to shut my personal laptop down, since one of its fans died. We'll get it in to be fixed sometime soon, when we can afford it. Meanwhile, I can use my business laptop, which is what I'm doing now. 
Last Wednesday; tried to drive the car to an assignment. No luck - it was dead, not just running roughly, which was the case when the coil died. So we got it towed to our mechanic's place. The bill this time? An even $500 to replace the starter. Yay. I'm lucky I had access to funds to pay for this. And I remember that I didn't pay anything for the car, so we're still ahead of the game. (I actually love our mechanics, though; a couple of them are very fond of BB, and one of them worries to me about BB's health every time I go in. And he cut about $40 off the initial starter repair estimate, something I convinced he did because he worries so much. I'll stick in a plug for Runge's Auto Repair, for any one on Chicago's North Side who needs good auto work, done quickly, with honest estimates. They aren't cheap, but the money pays for quality.)
Last Thursday, I got a brief chance to talk to the co-director of "The Little Mermaid" and "Moana," since he's an alum of one of the private high schools I cover, and he came back for a visit, and to take a tour with kids he'd hosted last year at Disney. Sometimes my job lets me do cool things. 
On Friday, I was disappointed to hear that FB and Miss Em were heading south to Indianapolis to visit some of Em's family. I'd hoped to have some Labor Day time with them. But I didn't stay disappointed too long, since we'll see them next weekend. In the back of my mind, and not too far back at that, I'm mourning the fact I won't have such easy access to FB, to either of them, when they move to the west coast next year. All the time I can get with him, and them, over the coming year, is precious to me.
On Saturday, I joined four or five other condo association members in our courtyard, to pull down ivy off the courtyard walls. That was four hours of definite labor on a Labor Day weekend, but it was also fun, although we now have a huge mound of ivy that I need to get someone in to dispose of. I could ask our maintenance team, but I'm sure they'll be less than thrilled to be asked to get rid of the ivy that we took down ourselves, instead of paying them the $400-plus that the maintenance company quoted us. Ah, well, they can make an extra $50 or so to haul it away, so they're not going to be total losers. 
On Sunday, I listened to a lot of Steely Dan music, in honor of the passing of Walter Becker. One of the few good things that a long-ago fiance ever did for me was introduce me to that band. I don't think there's much of their oeuvre that I don't like  (and they're the type of band that would have used that term, at least when Becker and Donald Fagen were younger.) Yes, most of their early stuff sounded like the kind of thing that two feckless, too-smart-for-their-own-good, never-got-a-date-on-a-Saturday-night-but-thought-it-was-the-girls'-fault, types would write — but it was excellent music nonetheless.
Also on Sunday, I cut about 400 words from Chapter 28 of Hearts & Moons. We'll see how that goes over with the very nice person who's helping me by editing the chapter.  
On Monday, BB and I headed for the Field Museum of Natural History, to see Sue the T-Rex, the last day of a fantastic exhibition on tattoos, and quick trips through at least one of my favorite regular exhibitions (on Tibetan history and culture.) I may try to put a picture up of the two of us in front of Sue. I took entirely too many pictures in the Tattoo exhibit; it was amazing, and I'm going to try to learn more about (Look up Yantra tattoos and the Wai Kru ceremony.)

And tomorrow, I get back to work. At least it's only a four day week.  
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Sep. 5th, 2017 02:10 am (UTC)
Okay, LOVE this!! Don't love the 720 bucks for the car - but I do love the update! Very bullet-pointy. But also very awesome! Pulling down ivy sounds like the right kind of fun to have...though I hated weeding when I was a kid, lol!!

I hope they had a good time in Indianapolis. And I hope you get lots and lots of time with them before they move to my side of the States.

Sep. 5th, 2017 11:06 pm (UTC)
I wasn't keen on weeding either, and I'd actually figured my association would be willing to fork out the money to get it done by someone else. That proved not to be the case.

I don't think they had a good time in Indianapolis, or at least FB wasn't looking forward to it. There are apparently Issues With Family Dynamics, and he kind of looked as if he was going to a proctology exam.

*hugs you back*
Sep. 8th, 2017 12:20 am (UTC)
UGH...at least it was semi-fun/satisfying?

Poor FB!! I know the problem he has gone through well. UGH.
Sep. 10th, 2017 07:30 pm (UTC)
It turns out that FB's Indiana visit was a lot more fun than he expected it to be, so thank heavens for small mercies.
Sep. 5th, 2017 02:45 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Good hearing what's been going on with you, dear! (Though I'm sorry about the car and laptop trouble, that sucks.)

Sep. 5th, 2017 09:39 pm (UTC)
We'll find out on Thursday if the laptop's fixed, or whether they have to order a new fan; At least I'm not without a computer, which is a positive.

It's good to hear from you, as well!
Sep. 6th, 2017 06:45 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed!
Sep. 5th, 2017 04:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds like several days of interesting and satisfying stuff. Your car repair costs sound reasonable; good for you for having a decent mechanic!
Sep. 5th, 2017 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the costs were definitely reasonable. It was just a bloody pain to have two separate problems surface within days of each other.

The trip to the Field was wonderful. As is always the case with that museum (or most others, for that matter), there wasn't nearly enough time or energy to investigate all the things I wanted to see. There was an exhibition on China that we had to give up on because we were worn out with everything else we'd wandered through.
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