Firstly, it was my birthday last week.
Then we drove back down the peninsula and stopped to grocery shop. At his place he started grilling and cooking, while I baked my own cake. Then a few friends came over and we had a nice meal and again just hung out chatting for a while. It was a quiet day which was perfect after the craziness of tech. And while I felt a little guilt over not doing more since my birthday was a day off, I think it turned out just fine. Really it made me happy, and isn't that the point?
Next up was the fun I had with my car on the most recent Monday. (Thank God this wasn't my birthday.) J and I had slept through his alarm - okay ,really he slept through his alarm, I had woken up but had no reason to move and was enjoying the cuddling. So I was giving him a ride into work. We got into the car and I turned the key. The radio came on and various dashboard things lit up, but there was nothing else, No attempt to turn over, not even a click.
Other things to ponder from this experience:
1) I have actually been slightly ahead in the finance department for about the last month, and had been pondering if I should put something extra into savings or make one of the larger purchases that have been in the back of my brain, like a new HD tv or an actual couch (to upgrade from the futon). But apparently I am fixing my car. Hopefully I am enough ahead.
2) The car I rented was a Mazda 6 and it was really cute. Though wow driving an automatic is weird to me these days, I kept stepping on a non-existent clutch.
3) It might be time to retire my car. It is a 1996 Honda Civic and it was in an accident before I bought it. The seller had disclosed that, and I had my at-the-time mechanic check over the car and they said it was a great deal. But they checked the engine and not the body, because apparently the people who put the car back together kind of frankensteined it. The back half of the car isn't square, in fact my current shop regularly asks me if it was a salvage title. (Which it wasn't, but still.) So between the bushings, and a cracked exhaust manifold that I won't be able to ignore much longer, I probably need to put $1000-1500 of work into this car this summer. And as my mechanic pointed out, given that part of what they need to fix is in the jenky back of the car, he's a little worried about what else they might find. I'm not really ready for car payments again, but it might be time to stop throwing money at this car. We'll see.
I am also aware I owe photos of the finished tattoo - which I haven't had anyone take yet. So I will get on that soonly.