Last night I had to get out. Out of the house and out of my head. I went to see “Star Trek Into Darkness”. It worked. For two hours I forgot about everything rattling around in my mind and got submerged in J.J. Abrams vision of the beloved series. The deepest thought I had during that time was “Will Simon Pegg be cast in J.J. Abrams “Star Wars” film, and will that make him the first actor to be in each franchise?” Pegg must be excited that Abrams was picked to direct the next Star Wars film. He’s a huge fan of the original movies and made plain his disgust for “The Phantom Menace” in “Spaced”, the BBC series he starred in. Highly recommend “Spaced” by the way.
Everything I wrote about a couple of weeks ago is still going on. The roof is still leaking after having a second roofer come by. They told us if it leaked someone would have to go into the attic. Their “120 lb spider monkey” according to Jenn. Sound about right. I’ve been up there and seen where the leak was. I couldn’t reach it. And even if I could there would be no room to maneuver.
Jenn’s leg is still hurting though not as much. The acupuncture has helped but requires more visits.
I completed a pre-requisite for the interview, turned it in, and interviewed with my direct supervisors last week. Now I wait until the last week of the month to find out if I got the position. This coming week I have a second week of Six Sigma training. The material is great but being in a conference room 8-5 everyday is a test of endurance for me.
And the car is in the shop. After removing the transmission the mechanic found exactly what he expected. A bearing failed. He found several others that needed replacing. I couldn’t say I was too surprised. The car has nearly 200K miles and the original transmission. The estimate to repair is $1300. When he finished he said there was one more thing. One night someone (or someones) popped the lock, popped the hood, cut the battery cable, and carefully removed the stereo. It was a gift to Jenn several years ago. CD, MP3, bluetooth compatible, and sounded great. Gone. “At least they didn’t break the window” my mechanic said. I agreed. I had that done many years ago when I left my portable CD player on the seat of my Neon. Rather than open the UNLOCKED door they smashed the window and stole the CD player. So yes, I was thankful these criminals took their time and did it right.
I’ve learned one thing as a single car family. I need coffee in the morning. Jenn doesn’t allow food and drink in the Prius. I knew how much I needed coffee after attempting to give it up a few months ago. I’m surprised to learn the time matters so much. Normally I brew a cup before I leave for work. I take small sips while listening to NPR or a podcast. By the time I arrive at the office I’m ready to go. Since the breakdown I feel like I’m moving in slow motion until I get to work and have a cup of coffee. I had a couple of days I was so tired I thought I’d fall asleep if I got a long red light.
And finally I enjoyed my favorite treat made by my favorite people; homemade cinnamon rolls. Jenn and P worked on them Friday and Saturday.
Here’s a picture of my treat in all it’s artery clogging goodness. You can see the streams of icing filling in the doughy gaps between each roll. So delicious!