Good Auto Mechanic Needed ASAP

So yeah, crap, my car broke down.  My old mechanic who I really liked and trusted to be fair isn’t around any more, so I have to find a new mechanic.

It is so hard these days to find a mechanic that is honest and won’t try to upsell every small problem you have.  You go in for an oil change, they give you a laundry list of problems they’ve discovered.  You go in for a new tire and you leave with a tune up and new brakes.  It gets expensive!  Of course safety is an issue, it’s important that the tires and brakes work well, but who has that kind of money to plunk down unexpectedly?

I think I will ask friends and neighbors who they use and try to get a referral.  That is usually better than picking a random garage out of the phone book. I used to count on big chain shops with name recognition, but the turnover of mechanics is so high that you really never know who is going to be doing the actual work on your car and whether they are any good. I would rather find one guy who owns his own shop or who has been a long time employee at a local shop so I can build a relationship with him and be able to trust his work.

Do you know anyone? I need a good one ASAP!

Potluck Christmas Party

So my boss wanted me to organize the Christmas party for our office this year. Crap ! This is the biggest pain in the whazoo there ever was. I have about a month to get it done. I have already decided that it will be a potluck dinner party. Probably would have been easier to just get a bunch of platters made somewhere but everyone else will be doing that and accidents happen. Orders get lost or given to the wrong customer and wham ! No food !

So potluck it is and now I have to get people to agree to bring in main dishes and desserts etc… Chips and dip, sodas and stuff like that I can go buy on the company dime from Costco or somewhere like that. I also need to dig out the Christmas decorations and put them up as that is part of the job as well.

I already know what I am bringing. It’s the one thing everyone loves for me to bring in. Oreo truffles aka Oreo cookie balls. They are seriously simple to make and cost very little as well. People LOVE them and they are usually gone before dinner is even served !

Craving Comfort Food

I have a food craving. One that comes from my early days of living on my own. You remember those days right? Back when you just leave home to get your own place or go off to college. My addiction is Ramen noodles. We have all had to eat them at some point in our lives. Usually when we are finally realizing that paying the bills and eating don’t always go hand in hand. We go to the store and buy the cheapest stuff we can that will get us by without starving and Ramen noodles are always on that list.

I still eat them quite a bit. Not because I have to, but because I have learned to love them. I like to change them up and add all kinds of ingredients to them. I like to add veggies and meat and a wee bit more flavoring ( of course), and mushrooms. I have to have mushrooms in as much food as I can. ( Even bigger food craving, but that is not important right now. )

Did you know that Ranch salad dressing tastes great in beef flavored Ramen noodles. OMG…it is amazing. A friend of mine told me to try it and it was so delicious. So if you want to have a blast from the past or are currently living off of Ramen. There are a million and one ways to give them a little bit more pizzazz ! Just throw some of your favorite ingredients in there and ….Voila ! Tasty meal.

Dead Batteries Always Disappoint

Last night I needed a flashlight, but the one in my kitchen drawer had dead batteries in it so it didn’t work. What a disappointment and annoyance. I probably only used that flashlight two or three times, so the batteries ran down not from overuse but from gradually discharge while not being used.

I found two fresh batteries in the garage, but damn I can’t believe how fast the batteries went dead in that flashlight without even being used. Maybe I need to stock up on some rechargeable batteries and making sure they get charged every couple of months so that when I have an emergency and need a flashlight that the dead batteries won’t be a disappointment again.

Need New Tires

Something is wrong with the rear tire on the passenger side. Thank god I see that side of the car before climbing into the drivers seat and heading out. The tire was almost flat this morning and I had to drive down to the gas station to use their air station before I got on the highway.

I looked all over for a nail or screw in the tire and can’t find anything, but there must be something wrong for the tire to go so flat in just a day or two. The tread is not all that bad, but now that I’m looking at tires, I guess it wouldn’t hurt to get a new set put on and then I won’t have to worry about slow leaks or uneven wear.

Almost all the tires stores advertise that if you buy three tires then you get the fourth tire for free. I think we have all come to expect that sale promotion as normal daily business. I have to check around and see if Firestone or NTW has the best deal this weekend. I might be able to put it off an extra week for the sake of catching a sale – depending upon whether that rear tire holds air long enough or not.