Daily Wordcount so far: 1701
Weekly Wordcount: 5791
Not so much accomplished today. Why? Well, life decided to interfere, dag-nab-it.
I had to take Guitar Hero to the dentist today for what he thought was going to be a filling. When he came out, half his face was frozen thanks to the first half of a root canal they’d started. (The second half won’t be done until May 9th!) He waved a prescription for Tylenol 3’s and some amoxicillin in my face and slurred something about needing to get it filled. Thankfully there was a Shoppers Drug Mart right next to the dentists, so I took him in. While we’re giving the information to the pharmacist, he announces he’s either a) going to be sick and/or b) pass out. I got him sitting down post-haste, so he didn’t do either, but it wasn’t fun for a while.
After I got him home and tucked in, I had to take my car back into the mechanics. Yes, I know it was at the mechanics’ all last week – I’d taken it in for a new resonator (part of the muffler system), and a lube/oil/filter and came out with not only a new resonator but four new brakes as well. (I’m unsure whether they ever did do the lube/oil/filter.) In their defence, I had asked them to check it over as it hadn’t had those checked in a while. But Marley had made a comment about how the mechanics at a place she worked deliberately broke things to get more business. At the time I said “Nah, I trust these guys, I’ve been using them for years, they’ve even done work for free.” Today I’m seriously wondering if maybe they’ve done exactly what she predicted. You see when I drove my car home on Friday night, there was now an ominous creaking/groaning noise coming from the back. Gizmo Guy thinks it’s a shock or a spring that’s gone. Plus the inside heater/ac fan didn’t work on the settings 1,2, or 3. Only on high. And strangely enough, when I had the system completely turned off, there was an air flow when there shouldn’t have been. Now the fan worked fine when I took it in last Monday. So it’s back in the shop again today. I’m hoping the strange groan is simply something they didn’t tighten, and the fan is something they hooked up wrong. I cannot afford all this work.
And to top my day off, my laptop wouldn’t boot. I think it was because yesterday I de-installed a program I use to catch adware and bots. I’ve used it for years, but recently it upgraded itself and installed a resident program that took up all my memory. But I think when I de-installed it, it changed something in the registry or one of Windows main programs as I couldn’t access my C drive at all even with my recovery disks. Luckily I’d backed it up on Friday, and I’d been using my desktop for my writing lately, so I’ve not lost any work. Gizmo Guy says the disk drive itself is fine, but he’s had to re-install Windows, which meant reformatting the drive. I have to tell you it’s a pain to have to reload everything – from all the service packs for Windows, the anti-virus program and all the latest virus files, Zone Alarm, Firefox, and all those other programs I need. You know, the little pesky ones? Like Office.