Monthly Archives: March 2011

LIMBO

LIMBO –

I wish I could say that this post was about the fun Limbo party dance, where everyone is having a good time walking under the Limbo stick, trying not to touch it, and laughing at those who do or who fall over in the process.  But I’m actually referring to a different Limbo.   Mine is a place or state of oblivion to which persons or things are regarded as being relegated when cast aside, forgotten, past, or out of date; an intermediate, transitional, or midway state or place (definition from Dictionary.com).

 In January, I wrote a couple of posts about stress and about being in the process of getting a new car, since my current lease is up in April. You can read about them HERE and HERE.  Last week, I resumed the process of calling dealerships, searching the internet, and going to various car dealerships, all in search of my new car. Some of the salesmen made me feel stupid or bad for not accepting their “deal”, others tried to pressure me, and one, Jonathan, was just plain honest and straightforward, with no pressure or ill-feelings.  He was very patient with me while I would call him daily to ask a lot of questions, have him run different scenarios, etc.  Well apparently it is now my turn to be patient with him.

 On Monday night, I met Jonathan at the dealership to “seal the deal” for my new car.  I filled out all of the paperwork and then we waited, and waited.  They only had one finance manager on hand, and a few customers were ahead of me.  I finally left the dealership at 10:15pm with the new car (leaving my old car parked there, as it is not at its final destination yet) with the financing NOT in place yet, since the banks were closed.  I was told that the paperwork would be submitted in the morning.

I waited all day Tuesday to hear from them to confirm the paperwork and financing was finalized. I have to make sure the financing is finalized before I can return my leased VW to the VW dealer (it is currently sitting at the Honda dealer).  I call VW to schedule a lease return date for Thursday (today), thinking things will be done by now.  Finally Tuesday evening, I call Jonathan to check on the status, and he was gone.  I left him a voicemail to call me.  He called me at 8:30am yesterday to tell me that the finance manager was calling Honda/the bank today and that he would call me back.  Again, I go all day without hearing anything, and knowing Jonathan is not working tomorrow.  I called him at 5:00pm and he told me he would check on it and call me right back.  He calls me a few minutes later to tell me that the finance manager still hasn’t gotten to talk to Honda, because it is Month End and the end of their Really Big Deal sale, and so it has been very difficult to get through.  He told me that the financial manager will call him tomorrow to update him, and he will call me, even though he is not working, but that I should probably cancel my VW appointment tomorrow for my lease return. 

 So here I sit, waiting, in LIMBO, wondering if the car I am now driving around will actually be mine, when I can turn in my VW, when I can stop paying for insurance on both cars, etc.  And it sucks, because I am getting used to the new car and won’t want to give it back if the financing/paperwork falls through.  Please keep your fingers crossed that this situation gets finalized today so I can move on and start enjoying the new car and my weekend.

Advertisements

3 down, 9 to go

Today marks the end of the 3rd month of the postaday2011 challenge.  I missed a couple of days, but am overall pleased at the consistency of my blogging/posting.  I wrote one new poem, made several new blogging buddies, found lots of new blogs to subscribe to, and actually ended up getting over 100 views on 5 different days, with my best day being 173 views! I was a bit disappointed in the daily topics but also had some writer’s block when trying to come up with my own.  I think that is why there have been more photo postings this month.

How are you doing with your postaday2011 challenge?  Any tips or suggestions on how I can improve and/or what I could write about?

Check back tomorrow for another challenge I will be participating in during the month of April 🙂


Sepia: Old-time gas station

I participate in a weekly sepia photo meme on Wednesdays.  To view other sepia photos that also participate in this challenge, view HERE.  And check out some of my previous submissions below:


Weekly Photo Challenge : OCEAN


I loved this weeks theme, since I think the ocean is one of the most relaxing places.  But with this theme, it made me realize that I haven’t been to the ocean in like  2 years.  So these are some old pictures I found.  Hopefully, when the weather warms up, I will get to go have some beach time 🙂


Up in flames

What’s the most on fire you’ve ever been? Figuratively, literally, whatever.

When I read today’s postaday topic, I started laughing and remembered a particular incident from my past that I thought would be somewhat fitting to share.

It was summer of 2001.  I was working in a 5 bed residential facility for adults with developmental disabilities.  My job was to supervised them and teach them daily living skills, help them work on individual goals, and learn how to be productive members of a community.  Another role was to help them learn how to cook and/or do the cooking if they could not.  This particular sunny, summer day, we were going to bar-b-que some chicken and vegetables.  I went out to the bbq to prepare it.  I lined it with aluminum foil, shut the lid, and then proceeded to turn it on.  I turned all the gas knobs on and pushed the ignite button, but for some reason, it was turning on.  DISCLAIMER-  Let me just say that I have had minimal to no experience with lighting a grill.

So I then opened the lid of the grill with my face very close to it, looking to see if something was wrong, and then I pushed the ignite button again.  Are you picturing what happened next???  Yes, it lit, very well, and it lit up my face and hair.  I had been trapping the gas, because of the foil and having the grill covered, so the minute I opened the lid, it lit.  I had ended up with singed eyelashes, eyebrows, and because I had used a lot of hairspray in my hair that morning to keep my hair tamed back in my ponytail, I now had singed hair, and after visiting the hair salon a couple days later, I was sporting new bangs (I hate bangs).   I had small blisters on my lip, upper lip and nose, but they were not serious.  I was taken to the Emergency Room by my boss (yes, that was an embarrassing phone call).  While we were waiting, she was filling out the incident report papers for work, and she drew the funniest picture of the grill, in flames, along with my face/head in flames.  I can laugh at it now, and I think I probably laughed at the picture at the time.

Needless to say, I’m still a little gun-shy when lighting up the bar-b-que grill nowadays, but I learned my lesson and have had no further incidents.  And I no longer have bangs, and hopefully never will.


Lemon Chicken Piccata Pasta

I got this creamy and lemony pasta dish from the Pampered Chef Main Dishes cookbook.

Ingredients:

1 ¼ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 tbsp olive oil, divided

1 ½ tbsp Lemon Pepper rub/seasoning

3 cans (14.5oz each) reduced-sodium chicken broth

½ medium onion

12 oz uncooked angel hair pasta

1 lemon

2 ox cream cheese, softened

1 can (14 oz) quartered artichoke hearts in water, drained

¼ cup (50ml) capers, drained and rinsed

Chopped fresh parsley and grated fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken into 1-in. pieces.  Place into a mixing bowl along with 1 tbsp of oil and the rub/season, and toss to coat.   Heat remaining oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chicken to skillet and cook until it is golden brown.  Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
  2. Pour broth into a sauce pan and heat until it comes to a boil.
  3. Chop onion into small pieces and add to skillet, cooking 20-25 seconds until it is fragrant.
  4. Carefully add the broth and pasta to the skillet; cook uncovered 7-8 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. Zest lemon to measure 1 tbsp.  Juice lemon to measure 2 tbsp (30ml).  Add zest, juice and cream cheese to skillet and stir until the cream cheese is fully incorporated.
  6. Add chicken and artichokes to skillet. Cook, covered, 1-2 minutes until heated through.
  7. Remove skillet from heat and stir in capers.  Garnish with parsley and Parmesan cheese if desired.