Friday, June 26, 2009

Vacation: FAIL

Where do I even start? I guess I’ll start by saying that I’m very happy that June is almost over, since it has become one of the worst months I’ve had in recent – and distant – memory. Excuse the lack of pretty pictures. I have plenty of stuff I want to get back to, but I’m not “there” tonight.

As you may remember, two weeks ago, I found out my full-time job was going bye-bye come Sept. 1. On that same phone call, I arranged to take the first five of my 17 days of vacation during the week that ended today.

So last Friday, I shut down my work laptop and figured I’d enjoy a good solid nine days away from ye olde full-time job. A little time at the lake, an afternoon sewing at the quilting store … what could be bad about that?

Last Saturday, we had Ysolda Teague at the store. It was much fun, but was quite literally a 12-hour day at work. I was completely shot when I got home around 10:30 pm. I hope to post more about that day a little later on.

Sunday morning, I woke up and got my act together to leave for a few days at the Lake. I finally got on the road around 1:30 pm. One of the last things I did before I left the house was to apply my “6-10” (June, 2010) registration sticker to my license plate. The plan was to stay at Van Buren until Thursday morning, then head homeward in time to work at Bloomin.

So I start driving. It’s my first trip up for the year, but I’ve made this drive a million times. I’m listening to “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” on my iPod. The world was good.

Two hours later, I’m still headed northbound on I-79 and am just south of Erie, Pa., when my cruise control clicks off. No big deal … until I hit the gas to get back up to speed and nothing happens. I hit the hazard lights and coast at 35-40 mph for two miles to the next exit. When I brake at the bottom of the exit ramp, I truly have no car left, so I coast at the speed of frozen molasses to a stop on the side of the road. No cell signal, so I climb a nearby hill to call AAA, the Hubster and my parents (at the Lake).

Tow truck takes me to a dealership in Erie, where my parentals meet me. I get to hug my dad for Father’s Day and then he starts driving back to Pittsburgh. Mom and I grabbed some dinner, then headed back to the cottage.

My timing belt had stripped at 70 mph. Pistons and cylinders collided, also known as “catastrophic engine failure.” The car has been donated to the Butler County Humane Society.

Which leaves me car-less and job-less. Hubster was budgeted for the next new vehicle, but now we’re crossing our fingers that his Corolla with 117,000 miles holds on for a few more years.

Earlier today, I test-drove a few cars and picked what I think is going to be a winner.

[Side Note: Knitting Friends have been invaluable through the Car Debacle of 2009. Knitting Friend #1 has a mechanic husband who was very helpful through the “fix it or trash it” debate. Knitting Friend #2 has a husband who has business relationships with a number of dealerships in the Pittsburgh area and has really been a huge help with the purchasing process. Don’t want to think about how much more icky this whole thing might have been without their guidance.]

I though I had weathered the storm. We’re on track to drive home a new vehicle tomorrow after a half-day of work at Bloomin. I went to knit night at Borders tonight and stayed longer than I had planned with LaurieG and CelticQueen. Much fun!

And then I came home. And checked my least-used email address. And found out that I’ve been let go from the first job I picked up when I moved to Pittsburgh. The one closest to my heart.

I don’t know when I became radioactive, but I’m ready for it to stop. Seriously. Stop.

Is it July yet? I know there are only four days left in June, but I’m starting to think I’m not going to make it.


Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about the rough patch you are going through. Hopefully you have reached the bottom and it has nowhere to go but up.

Bezzie said...

What the hell? Yeah hopefully July will see you with an umbrella to shield you from the piss storm. Ugh!!!

LisaBe said...

i am SO SORRY. it does seem like it pours sometimes, doesn't it? all i can say is that, the last time i had a period like that, it ended with an offer for the job i have now, which is one i think i'll keep for life if they'll have me. and it's led to a period of peace and normality that i never would have expected or even known i wanted. i guess that's a weird way of saying that things can only get better.

so, so sorry.

Celtic Queen said...

I so thought that we had maybe starting pushing things back in a better direction when you visited last night. I'm sorry to hear that the mojo is still not great. Here's to going up from here.

turtlegirl76 said...

The other job is gone too? And they told you via e-mail? That stinks. I'm so sorry. =( You couldn't (well, I suppose you could) have had a worse month. Here's hoping July is much better!

Jenn said...

Gah. GAH. I can't believe they told you via email, that really sucks. I hope things start going your way soon!

Margy said...

Sending positive energy your way - think about what you really want to do - it will happen! And at least you didn't get hurt when the car crapped out!

Yvonne said...

Welcome to the SS Schleprock. My name's Yvonne, and I'll be your cruise director. Please try to enjoy your stay here, no matter how difficult that may seem, what with it pouring all the time, lack of joy, and general all-around dismal forecast. I will tell you that the conversation is great, as you are in excellent company. We allow knitting on all decks. Buffets are served daily and feature all the comfort foods -- mac and cheese, pierogi casserole, homemade bread (with good European butter), and of course, Ben & Jerry's. I believe Americone Dream is your favorite, and we've just stocked the freezer.


Donna Lee said...

I felt that way through April/May and finally feel like my dark cloud is lifting. Maybe I shouldn't say that aloud. Pretend you didn't hear it.

I hope things slow down and reverse for you. I believe things happen for a reason so maybe all of this is leading to something good.

Sarah said...

From the way I'm looking at it, with all this bad luck you've been having, July is going to be very good for you. I'm sorry you have to go through all this crap. I'm here for moral support any time you need it!

Mama T said...

I'm sorry to hear it's been so rough for you this month. I hope things turn around for you soon. I miss you... Misty

Jess said...

Sorry about the rough times. I really hope stuff starts looking up soon. I imagine it has to. Hang in there!

Jen said...

What an ass month. Here's hoping for an extra-good July!