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On Friday, as we left for work in the van, the check engine idiot light came on. We took it to Master Auto on the way in, swapping for our other working car. Except that I'm hoping for better luck, the thought has crossed my mind that perhaps we should store the spare car in their back parking lot. Anyway, they called after lunch to say that they think the warning light is being triggered by the lack of a vacuum in the fuel system and/or the sensor for that. It is a very sensitive sensor, so even if the air leak is tiny, it's enough to make the warning light up. It can also be caused by not tightening the fuel cap thoroughly. This particular problem is nothing to get excited about, the worst thing is that by having it lit up if something else triggers it, there is no way to know as it's already on. The best thing to do is get an OBD reader that allows reset of the warning, then we'll know if there's a new problem. We retrieved the van after work and then took it to Ionia on Saturday. Happily, no new problems have appeared.

We have decided not to fix the possessed heating/cooling system in the beige Park Avenue as that's a several hundred dollar repair. Both blowers have gone bad but winter is coming an a vehicle that no longer knows how to cool the air will not be an issue for a while. With some degree of luck we'll be able to dispose of that car before next summer.

Saturday morning we got up early as I had made an appointment with Big D Lock & Key to purchase and program electronic keys for the van. I purchased one through them, two more on Amazon, and they programmed all three for the cost of programming the one I purchased there. Big D is a strange place, it's a locksmith and has all the normal stuff you'd expect (lock sets, keys, safes) but also has a shelf display that made me wonder if an elderly relative asked if he or she could move the items at didn't sell at their yard sale inside. It worked to my benefit though, I now own a real Coach purse ($15.00!) and a 4-episode DVD of Dragnet ($1.00).

With our purchases in hand, we walked out the to car and headed toward Ionia. I wanted to stop at Portland or any other of the little communities on the way to run an Ingress mission or two, but [ profile] jebra reminded me that there were another six missions in the Ann Arbor Mission Day set that we wanted to do and the only way to keep all the Mission Day badges together was to do them next. I was sad but he was right, so we agreed that we'd wait until this coming Sunday and go to Ann Arbor to finish them up. So we arrived in Ionia around 2 pm and called my mom to see if she wanted to have a late lunch with us. She did; we went and picked her up and went to El Mariachi Mexican Grill. The food was as good as I remembered and we were all stuffed to the gills when we left to go shopping for things to take to the Davis & Jones Family Reunion. We also stopped at the Dollar Tree as my mom wanted to buy a few birthday cards. While there I found a bin of DVDs and picked out a copy of the Julie Andrews movie Star! I had never heard of it but I read the back of the box and thought it sounded interesting. We watched it later that night and holy cats, the costume changes. And the dance routines, my goodness she was strong and flexible to be able to do the moves in the last dance number. [ profile] jebra told me the movie did not do well in the theaters, and I can see how it would be hard to market but I found it appealing for a variety of reason, it's look back on a time in history, in the evolution of music and musical theater, wonderful costuming, and a fairly engrossing story line.

Sunday morning [ profile] jebra got up before I did and started cooking. Our contribution to the Family Reunion was meatballs in a BBQ sauce, plus he made our traditional breakfast of steel-cut oats with raisins. My mom brought salad and fried chicken that we'd ordered from Meijers the day before. We stopped to get it on the way to Onondaga and still managed to arrive on time.

The reunion was better attended than the previous two, perhaps because there was a rumor that this would be the last one. That's not exactly true; during the reunion we took a vote and decided that this would be the last potluck in the township hall. In the future we'll meet a restaurant at a location somewhat central to the attendees, probably in Mt Pleasant.

Anyway I had a good time catching up with everyone I spoke with (three hours is not long enough for an in-depth conversation with everyone) and we helped clean up the hall when our rental was over. Which was easy as there were no tiny children (mess-makers) and all we had to do was take home our leftovers, remove the table cloths, and stack the chairs. My mom caught a ride home with my cousin Barbie, so when we got back to the van it wasn't much past 3 pm and [ profile] jebra realized we had quite a few hours before dark and we could go to Ann Arbor to finish those Ingress missions. We did, and met up with [ profile] traveller42 and [ profile] mbumby at the 6th mission to walk around the park before the four of us went to Plymouth for dinner.

Monday was back to work followed by the first band practice of the new season for [ profile] jebra. I stayed home and biked and did laundry. Tuesday was work followed by dinner at Arby's and then the first guild meeting of the year for me. It was lovely seeing everyone and we had so many knitters attend I was starting to wonder if we'd all fit. Our fearless leader reassured everyone that next month it wouldn't be as crowded as the chairs and tables had been shoved closely together to make room for the silent auction and the video presentation taking place last night. I thought I'd bid on two auctions and knew I'd been outbid on both when I went to check before bidding ended. I wasn't disappointed because I already knew I was going home with a lot of yarn from the free table. But when the winners were announced I was reminded that I'd placed three bids and I'd won the third (for three books, all in the one skein wonders series, and all three for a whopping $5.00).

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Sep. 11th, 2017 08:56 am
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1. If every two or three days the most enormous heavy black spider casually wanders across my sitting room, and I put it in a pint glass (the only glass it fits under) and take it half way down the street and release it into a hedge, is it the same spider coming back each time? Do I need to get more murderous? Or is there just a hive of them somewhere in a corner? I really want it to stop.

2. I'm watching Blue Bloods because there are seven seasons of it and an eighth on the way. It is a cop show set in New York, so I'm not a good audience for it. All the television fails to be NYPD blue but when you are literally about the NYPD it is harder for me to cope with you. It's also super scary conservative, and not trying that hard. But there are eight seasons of it, and I am data inputting until death so I am drinking it whole. I've just started season 2 and they've turned the colour up (like the colour colour) and also introduced a liberal black mayor to be reluctantly impressed at magnum's white catholic cop values and how he is always right and conservatism is good and honest.

3. I'm babysitting puppies for a friend from work. They're so gorgeous. They're so small and they weigh nothing and they tumble over each other and wee everywhere. They're two boys, and they're half yorkshire terriers and half shih tzus. They're black and white with brown eyebrows. I was worried that Rita would hate having puppies in her house and I'd have to spend the whole time keeping them apart, but she loves them and started playing with them after just five minutes and then didn't stop until they fell asleep. They're staying til Thursday but actually I'm not going to give them back. (I am definitely going to give them back. They've been here less than 24 hours and I'm exhausted.)

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Sep. 8th, 2017 02:00 pm
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I see that UK Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is in the news at the moment and I am reminded of the dream I had weeks ago, before he was in the news for much, in which I was at Jacob Rees-Mogg's house while he was having a BDSM sex orgy party. I wasn't there for the party, of course*, I was hired to mend his pipes and that just happened to be the timing. I climbed under the sink and did all the plumbing and did an excellent job of it, and then Jacob Rees-Mogg very much wanted to be rid of me, but he had a buffet table of delicious baked goods which were there for the people he had invited to his house, so I got myself a fine bone china plate and loaded it up and ate cakes with enthusiasm while he stared at me in intense discomfort. Jacob Rees-Mogg was most upset that I was eating his cakes that he'd provided for his orgy friends, but technically he had invited me to his house to do the plumbing and so he couldn't ask me not to without being rude. I licked my fingers and picked up every crumb while ignoring Jacob Rees-Mogg completely and then I left.

I considered drawing this dream for NaArMaMo but it was too difficult. I would have had to go into somewhat more detail on the orgy part than my dream bothered to do.

*people are welcome to have BDSM orgy parties but I think doing them with Jacob Rees-Mogg shows extreme bad taste.

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