Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.
— Jane Austen
Sorry I didn’t return to regular programming – I got busy dealing with the body shop, the insurance adjustor, a lying student loan company supervisor (Oh, you’ll call me back in 48 hours, max? Really? I think someone’s pants are on fire.), and crappy apartment maintenance people (Oh, you can’t come today like you said you would, but you’ll be here first thing in the morning? Really? Oh, you’re sorry you couldn’t make it this morning, but it’s after hours now and a dishwasher is not an emergency but you promise you’ll be here tomorrow? Really? Oh, you couldn’t make it again today, but this time you super-duper promise you’ll make it tomorrow? Really? Suck on it. If I get West Nile virus from the nasty, standing water in the bottom of my dishwasher, I may go all Lawyer on you.) – and frankly, was not in the mood for Things to Be Happy About. But don’t you worry, I have a bang-up Christmas edition all ready to go for you – it will be like an extra present for you to open Christmas morning!
So the car: remember how I said how thankful I was that the damage wasn’t extensive? Either I know nothing about cars, the body shop and insurance adjustor are ripping me off, or I jinxed myself. I think it’s the first one, but I’m not positive. We’re up to $2200 and they haven’t even put the car on the lift yet. Awesome. Thank god I wasn’t one of those people who said “Oh, I never get in accidents, so I can handle a $1500 deductible.” I know myself better than that, and went for $500. That hurts, especially at the holidays, but it could be worse.
Remember also how I said how great my boss is? He gave us Christmas presents yesterday, which I was not expecting at all (we already did our “annual round robin gift exchange,” you know). Two words: Coach wristlet. If you know anything about me, you know I do not care about labels and I would never buy myself Coach anything, but I was amazed at his generosity. It’s beautiful and classic – plain black leather – but I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with it. Does anyone use one of these? I’m stumped in the face of such a thing.
Speaking of gifts, I am officially done, and everything is wrapped, as of last night. Actually, that’s a lie. I left one thing for my brother unwrapped because I may have to exchange it after I get to his house tonight and see if he already has it. He won’t be there til Sunday night – he’s on an out-of-town job – so it will be safe.
And speaking of my brother, welcome him to the blogosphere, won’t you? He’s not a great speller, but I love him anyway.