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Excitement abound….

My grandmother passed away on Thursday, the 14th, which coincidentally is James’ birthday. My brother met me here Friday and he drove up to WV for the funeral on Saturday. Saturday was also Jenny’s birthday and James’ official last day of work (retirement).

Jenny couldn’t come with us to WV since she had to work. I called her on Saturday morning on her way to work to wish her a happy birthday, and during the conversation she told me she thought the heater was broken. Immediately I could feel my stomach knotting up… thinking I was going to have a huge repair cost. Then she explained that it was the heater in the car, and that it was the knob to adjust the strength (1,2,3,4,etc.) of the fan. I told her not to worry about it, and that I’d look at it when I got home. It’s a 10 year old car. It’s not the first switch to break, and I wasn’t that worried about it. We hung up and I started getting ready to leave the house.

Jenny calls me back approximately 10 minutes later, “There’s smoke pouring out the dashboard.” I told her to get out of the car and dial 911. She called me back 10 minutes after that, “I can see flames now.” The fire department was on their way, and got there shortly after that. They extinguished the fire.

Since I was in WV, she went ahead and contacted GEICO who sent a tow truck out. They towed it to the house, and Jennifer (our neighbor) came and picked up Jenny. GEICO initially told Jenny that since it was on fire, they were probably going to total it. They did get her a rental car which she was able to pick up on Monday morning. On that paperwork also, they said the car was totaled. Jenny went ahead and emptied out the car, took the license plates off and everything before I got home. They told her that if I wanted to keep the supercharger, I could, I just needed to put the stock parts back on.

I then began weighing my options… do I want to buy the car back and take on the project of fixing it? What kind of fire damage, water damage, etc. might be back there? I don’t know what they were going to offer me for the car, but I honestly didn’t want it. I’d rather have my car fixed. :-P

Anyway, I talked to the adjuster on Friday, and explained the damage. He drove out to the house to inspect the car, and agreed with me that it probably wasn’t totaled. However, without being able to remove the dash and inspect the damage, it was impossible to tell. They went ahead and towed it to a repair shop last night to inspect it further.

I’m crossing my fingers….

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1 January 1970

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Vacation, Holidays, Dog Bites

It’s that time of year again, and thankfully I’m off of work ALL NEXT WEEK. I have a few things to do this week while I’m off, many of which involve cutting back some of our excess expenses. I’m trying to figure out how we can visit Aaron and Samara in Alaska, but I’m not sure we’ll have the money. :-( This makes me sad.

Things I need to do:

  • Finish wiring up the radio in the truck
  • Get a new phone, drop the iPhone and it’s $30 data plan
  • Cancel Sirius
  • Cancel HD channels on DirecTV
  • Shop around for car and homeowners insurance
  • Order and change O2 sensor in the BeetleTrouble code wasn’t O2 sensor. It was misfires in 3 cylinders. Ordered a new ignition coil, plugs and wires instead. If those don’t fix it, I’ll change the O2 sensors.
  • Fix windshield wiper fluid in Beetle — doesn’t spray on driver’s side
  • Wire up new Bose speaker
  • Hook up the under-counter radio in the Kitchen

Jenny did get a new job a couple of weeks ago doing home care. She’s really enjoying it, but working 6 days a week. I guess it’s time I actually get the truck fixed to where I feel comfortable driving it more since having only one car kind of sucks.

We went to WV for Christmas. We drove up on Thursday night, and left late last night since Jenny had to work this morning. She got the opportunity to put on a bite suit and take bites from the K9 dogs. As of last night, she had a nice bruise starting on her arm. I think her camera is still in the car, so I’ll post pictures tonight when she gets home.

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Six Random Pictures

Here are six random pictures I found on the internet this week.

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1 January 1970

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