Anyone who has had this crud that we have had attests to the fact that the cough just won't go away. And that it takes awhile to regain your energy. I will agree with both of these. I am fighting hard to get back to pre-illness status. But it tough!!! I was watching a show the other night with G-man, and it was particularly funny.....I started coughing and couldn't stop. So now I am laughing and coughing, and couldn't breathe. I actually strained a muscle from coughing. Good times....
We had G-man's car in the shop on Friday, and total came to just under $1700, with the diagnostics from the previous week. UGH. Almost $200 more. This did include an oil change, but an oil change isn't $200. They had trouble with the O2 sensors and required more labor.
I had planned on having my tires done this weekend, but it didn't work out. Next weekend seems to be better.
Both cars need a good vacuuming and wash. I am so glad that the weather will be turning warmer soon.....even with the strange snow storm we had yesterday morning that dumped several inches of snow in about 2 hrs. My office actually closed until noon. It didn't effect me, as I was already on my way to the office when the boss closed, so I didn't know about it until AFTER I got to the office.
Our new discussion is summer "vacation." I use the term for lack of a better one. We have never taken a real vacation....but that is on the agenda once we are debt free. Hey, it gives us something to look forward to. But in the meantime, it has been several years since we have been to my mother-in-laws (the kids and G-man went for a long weekend 2 years ago, but I stayed home). I think it has been 4 years now.
We are probably going to go for 4-5 days. It is a 7-8 hr drive (we have done it so many times we can do it with our eyes closed). My brother lives 20 minutes from my MIL, so we will see him as well.
Gas and tolls will probably be $300. UGH. I swear, driving from CT to VA is a rip off!!! Once we get there, our expenses are minimal, since we stay at Nannie's and most of the food is provided by Nannie. Of course we will run to the store to help out, and there will probably be one night we will go out with the "party people" of the family.
My bigger issue is my lack of a paycheck for that week. We are entering into April, and I have had ONE full paycheck this year. We aren't in a place to be able to save up the full amount before August. So a small paycheck and the expense seems too high for us to pull it off. Alot of it would depend on WHAT days we actually go. If we left on a Wednesday, and came back over the weekend, I would only miss 3 days.
We saw her at Christmas, so it isn't like we haven't seen her. Even if G-man went by himself, the gas and tolls wouldn't change. The only variable would be my paycheck. The kids really wouldn't have much to do there. Add in all of the hassle for a trip that really isn't relaxing.....And I
would rather not go. None of it is decided, but the more I think about
it, the more I lean towards NO.
But the snafu....it is G-man's mom.....I am sure he wants to go. *sigh*
I wish all of this wasn't an issue....but it is. I really do look forward to the day when we can actually take a VACATION.