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Wizards and Hobbits
By georgeha (Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 11:31:46 AM EST) flatpack, thropes, drill baby drill (all tags)
just middle aged angst.

Plus car issues, kid issues, stimulating the economy, cordless drill, thropes, Weekend Plans and less.

Poll: Closed to NCAA sanctions.

I've been retreating to Middle Earth the last few weeks, and haven't read anything new in a while. Mrs. Ha's been tired at night, so no movies, either. Well, I lie, I got a big box of old hex and counter wargames from Mr. Troll, and I've been reading the rulebooks, but I'm not going to review them here. FWIW, Frodo and Sam are in Morder, about to see just how close the Orcs are on their tail.

Stimulating the Economy

Last weekend we got rid of the tree, then went and spent a lot on a Sauder cupboard type thing, we're in an organizing kind of mood. Add to that what we spend on bins at Target, and we really stimulated the economy.

I forgot how much fun it is to have a working cordless electric drill (I have a small cordless
non-electric drill, but it's not very useful). One of my pressies was two new Gold Versapak batteries, now I can drill, or drive screws anywhere I want. It was very helpful in putting together that flatpack storage unit.

Thropes and other kid issues

The same day we got rid of the tree (Saturday) we went skating with the Girls Scouts last evening, and after that we went to Wendy's for dinner. The only thing worse than the fast food smell is the fast food smell mixed with vomit, eight year old got sick Saturday night. We were exhausted, but we had a whole house to organize Sunday, so it worked out.

Mrs. Ha had Monday off, so eight year old was able to stay home without scrambling for child care, that worked out, too.

In other kid issues, thirteen year old's bus driver have been coming early, maybe ten minutes early, so she's been getting rides to school, from me, from newspaper_dad, from newspaper_mom, it's been a pain. The obvious answer, get her out the door earlier, is hard. At least she admitted this morning that's she's too used to being lazy in the morning.

With swimming starting up for her, my days are getting longer, This year the pickup time is around 5:45, so I'm staying a little later at work, and still waiting outside the school for a while. Too bad my phone sucks for surfing the web.

In other schooling news, I signed up eight year old for a Saturday art class at Nazareth (a local college with a good teaching college). The best public middle school in the city is the School of the Arts, so she has to demonstrate some sort of decent artistic talent (save for Theatre Tech, which the oldest is in), and she likes
art. I had plans to teach her guitar, but that takes time I don't have, or haven't been able to make.

Car issues

On day, after dropping thirteen year old off at school, I saw my low oil light and it reminded me to add a little, I did, then my hood latch got stuck open. So, an unexpected and unwelcome half an hour in the cold driveway, WD40'ing and oiling and manipulating my hood latch to get it to work again.

My little econobox is driving me nuts on the little stuff. The driver's door doesn't always unlock, the hood latch sticks open, the heater core is inadequate for Rochester, a speaker is blown. The engine is still great at 175k (it's a 16 valve four banger) and it's small, peppy and manueverable, just the thing for city streets. I would like something a little warmer, with better doors, but since Mrs. Ha is not happy in her job, I don't want to take on extra expenses.

Weekend plans

Tonight it's Mother-Daughter Book club, and neither one had finished the book (it doesn't appear to be that good of a book, anyhow). It's looking like Father-Youngest Daughter time, too then.

I don't have anything planned, but we did get our box of new vacuum cleaner bags, so I can vacuum, woo-hoo! I had hopes that getting rid of the tree would help my allergies, but I'm in denial. We have a long haired sheddy dog, and two medium haired cats, and the house is a furry mess. Vacuuming should help.

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I got nothing, no book reviews, no movie reviews | 14 comments (14 topical, 0 hidden)
If your engine oil light came on by Gedvondur (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 11:40:08 AM EST
You won't have to worry about that car for long enough to care.  My experience with those lights is that they indicate "Oops, you've fucked the motor" and that oil consumption increases a lot after that and continues to until it becomes untenable.  Hopefully your econobox will not have that experience.



"...I almost puked like a pregnant StackyMcRacky." --MillMan
It's a Toyota, an old Toyota by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #3 Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 11:44:23 AM EST
so I can probably shove sticks of margarine in the engine block and it will run.

I think the oil was a little low, once I got moving and the oil pressure got up, the light went away.

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True - maybe by Herring (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 02:36:16 PM EST
On older cars, it was an oil pressure light, not oil level. I suppose it dates back to the days when oil pumps wore out. If the level of oil drops low enough for the pressure light to come on, things aren't good.

I do have an oil level warning thing on my car. Since it can do 30K miles between services, sometimes it comes on and you need to add maybe a pint of (fucking expensive)oil.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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(Comment Deleted) by xth (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 11:41:17 AM EST

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That will eventually help by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 12:08:21 PM EST

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sanctions by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 11:44:42 AM EST
did you contact recruits outside of season ?

Buying a hungry recruit a Big Mac is a problem? by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #6 Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 11:50:35 AM EST
I didn't know that, I mean, the Big Mac was wrapped in a HUMMER, and driven by a very delectable and willing co-ed, but still.

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Middle aged angst.fuels this place by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 11:47:12 AM EST
Car issues: Bungee cord solves the hood latch issue. Never locking the door takes care of that problem. Who needs two speakers anyway? And wear a coat, gloves, and hat, the way I did when I drove a 65 Bug in Utah winters. Or buy a Mini.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I don't lock it at work by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 11:52:01 AM EST
but in the city I do, not that your average perp can drive a stick, but a car theft would be an inconvenience.

My winter driving gear is coat, hat, gloves and an electrically heated seat covers.

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Bus by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 05:06:41 PM EST
Why don't you just call the bus company and tell them the bus driver is always early? Won't they do anything? Bus drivers are certainly not supposed to be early. My bus company is VERY strict about such things, and lots of parents stay on top of it, to be sure. You could call in the morning, when your pick up time is and verify that the bus has already gone by with the office. I can't imagine they would think that was cool, but then I have to think you would have already done this, so maybe they don't care. I dunno. It's my two cents from the bus driving world.


Mrs. Ha has by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 05:36:42 PM EST
and they're first response was that it should be there on the right time.

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Uh...yeah... by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 06:46:17 PM EST
But then it didn't change clearly, did you keep calling? I guess they just don't care as much as our bus company does, that sucks for you!


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I'll call Monday by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 06:48:31 PM EST
and maybe we can ask a few other parents to call.

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catching the bus by garlic (2.00 / 0) #14 Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 05:52:23 PM EST
I lived on a very long cul-de-sac growing up, probably a mile long. So if we missed the bus on the way up the street, we could go out there and catch it on the way back. It also didn't hurt that the school was only a mile away if you were willing to hop a few fenses and walk through a cornfield.

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