So far, today has been a model of domesticity.
With no syrup or sausage in the house, I provided a hot breakfast was via freshly baked Grands cinnamon rolls.
After Flar took off with the kids (heading into gnarly traffic, and getting to school an unprecedented 30 minutes late), I washed dishes. I'd the dishwasher unloaded/loaded, the recyclables rinsed, the trash can and recycling bin retrieved from the curb, and about a third of the dishes washed, when I remembered that I was going to take my car to Powers this morning.
Last Friday, my "Service Engine Soon" light came on, so I called Powers and made an appointment to bring it in this morning. I waited while they checked it out: there were two codes related to "Service Engine" and four related to "ABS", which has also been coming on, intermittently, as well. I talked it over with the owner, and we agreed to change the oil and air filter, then run through the other codes. (The air filter was indicated by one of the codes.)
Back at home, I finished washing all the dishes, then started in on the fridge. It's been since Kittybane and Starmaiden house-sat over Christmas, that it was cleaned. Since then, there's been an incident with a blender pitcher of strawberry milkshake. I pulled out expired stuff, cleaned the top three shelves, and re-organized things.
I also planned menus for the next week, and made out a grocery list and Sam's list. By then, Flar and Knight were back from Rotary, and Knight was nice enough to stick around to see what the word was on my car.
I am no longer a happy customer of Powers. They hadn't changed the oil, and in fact, hadn't looked into any of the codes further. Grr. No wonder they hadn't called me yet. This was, by the way, after 2pm. I dropped it off at 9:30, and left it to them at 10. Okay, technically, they were quick about the initial check, but I was not given any warning that there would be this much delay.
In the conversation I had (once again, with the owner), I found out that his Service Manager had moved to Memphis. I had always been very happy with the S.M. He always took good care of me and my car, and kept me well-informed about the status. The only time I had an annoying delay in the past, was when my initial call got taken by the owner, who failed to inform anyone about what kind of service I'd arranged, so they could pre-order parts. This is also the man who's had my father-in-law's motorhome for three years. I was a customer of Powers because of the service manager at this location, not because of the owner.
Knight drove me to Powers so I could pick up my car. On the way to picking up the boys at school (I ended up second in carline), I called 590 and found out the name of the company that has the car show on Saturdays. I'm taking my car to Autotech on Thursday morning, after I get the oil changed at 9 Minit Lube on Wednesday. The downside is that Powers is the only company in town that offers free diagnositics. But I'd rather take my car to a company that I can have some faith in, and I guess I've developed some faith in Autotech just listening to the call-in program on Saturdays.
After I picked up the boys, we stopped at Incredipet for dog food, CompUSA to exchange the Netgear box, and the grocery. This trip, the boys were a help rather than a hindrance: Critter kept the running total on his visor, so I didn't have to keep switching between calculator and grocery list on mine.
I made Quiche for dinner tonight, and have sour cream and butter coming up to room temperature to make mousse for dessert. Flar has not only noticed, but commented on, my domesticity. I'm giving the credit to being off Zyrtec, but maybe my New Year's resolutions are starting to kick in.
Saturday, while we were out shopping, the postman tried to deliver Flar's present. Today, I forgot to include that in today's errands. So we'll probably pick it up tomorrow. I have to call to see which night this week works best for Knight and Ro to come over for Flar's birthday party. That is, if the package IS the present. ;)
Tonight, beside making the mousse, I'm going to work on Erosul.com and write a carpooling email to chess parents. I'll do final calling for the tournament tomorrow afternoon.