• My Car Is A Money Pit

    October 3, 2012

    I’m off to Seattle later this week, so I’ve spent the past few days with my butt glued to my desk chair and pounding out work. I put together a few posts to publish while I’m away, wrote my Health posts (I’m writing for them twice a week now), and finished up my last few NuVal posts and a couple of other freelance projects. Basically, I’ve been getting ish done!! My plan is to have everything wrapped up by Thursday afternoon, so I can totally unplug while I’m away. I {heart} Seattle. I can’t wait to be there.

    Lunch

    Around noon yesterday, I broke for lunch, which was reheated leftovers from the previous night’s dinner: Broiled chicken with red bell pepper, onion, green beans and Sunshine Sauce. It tasted just as delicious as it did the night before. That Sunshine Sauce is ridiculous! I just want to put it on everything!

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    Snack

    I called it quits with work around 3:30 PM (I started at 7:00 AM) and took Murphy for his afternoon walk. Before we headed out, I snacked on a Paleo Morning Glory Muffin.

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    When I returned with Murphy from our walk, Mal was home from school, so I asked him if he could drive me to the auto repair shop to pick up my piece-of-crap car, which was fixed earlier in the day.

    On Friday, when I took Murphy into Boston for his pug photo shoot, I put the windows down in the backseat so he could put his head out and sniff away (much like the photo below).

    Well, when I tried to close the windows (they’re automatic), one got stuck 3/4 of the way up. I tried to shimmy it up with my hands while pressing the button at the same time, but no luck. The motor was dead. Grrrr. And, of course, it rained later that night, so Mal, the wonderful husband that he is, went out in the pouring rain and rigged up a plastic bag contraption to keep the inside of my car dry.

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    I drove around with plastic bags flapping from my back window all weekend long (and felt like a total tool), so I finally caved on Monday and brought my car to the shop to be fixed.

    I’m glad my window is working again, but, man, my car is really becoming a money pit! Let’s hope this is the last repair for awhile now.

    What’s the most ridiculous jerry-rig/repair job you’ve ever seen on a car? When is it time to stop putting money into a car and just buy a new one? 

    Dinner

    Last night’s dinner was Skillet Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Spinach Hash and, boy, was it a good one! I’m a fan. Sweet potatoes, apple, cinnamon, sausage, onion, and spinach… yum! I also threw in a little bit of minced garlic. Definitely try this one, guys!

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    Health News & Views

    Fall is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it—from the brightly-colored foliage to the smell of sweet cider donuts—it’s a season that brings me great joy. Once that slight chill in the air arrives, I immediately start to crave all of my favorite seasonal dishes. Farmers markets and my local grocery store are bursting with fresh produce right now, so warming up in the kitchen is that much more appealing. Here are some easy and delicious ideas to get creative with this season’s produce.

    I’m off to my doctor’s appointment. I have a whole slew of questions for him, so, hopefully, I’ll have some answers soon. Wish me luck!

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    Caitlin October 4, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Love the rigged up window…cars are always a money pit. Never had good luck with them and always feel like when I take it to the shop they could totally upcharge me and I would have no idea! Love the pug pic too!

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 4, 2012 at 6:16 am

    That dog photo is amazing!!!

    Sorry to hear about your car.

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 4, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Haha I know how you feel about being embarrassed to drive in your car – last year I got rear ended in traffic on the highway and my bumper started falling off! So I tied it back up with a rope until I had a chance to take it to the repair shop. It looked awful! :P

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    Alyssa October 4, 2012 at 7:52 am

    That pic of Murphy is hilarious!

    I remember my friend’s driver’s side window motor broke. It was all the way up, but whenever she went to a drive-thru, she had to open the car door. But if I was with her, I’d climb in the backseat & order through the back window. People always looked at us like we were crazy haha!

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! October 4, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Oh man, I love Murphy’s face when he’s out the car window! Sorry about your car – glad it’s better now!

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    Jenica October 4, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Hahahaha your car story was priceless. I’m sorry it’s turned into such a headache for you, but at least you have a sense of humor while talking about it.

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    Stepf October 4, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I currently have a broken driver’s side door lock. I have to lean over and unlock it from the passenger side! Lame. :)
    p.s. Fun fact: It’s jury rig not jerry rig. Weird, right?

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    Chase October 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

    They way I look at it: If the repairs were divided into monthly payment, would the expense outlive the car? (this mostly goes for cars that are paid off, not that you owe money on.)

    Example: Car is 10 years old and really on its last legs. Needs a $1500 transmission job. If I bought a new car for a monthly payment of $300 a month, that’s a “5 month” repair job. Will the car last longer than 5 months? Then yes, do the repair job. If no, then it’s time to consider getting a new car.

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