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Changing oil, changing lives

Posted Aug 15 2009 12:00am

Ok, so maybe that’s a little bit dramatic.  I don’t think I changed any lives today.  But who knows, maybe I did change someone’s life somewhere.  A girl can dream, right?  But yes, I did change some oil.  Or at least I kind of helped.

Saturday night is kind of a funny time – at least it has always been for me as a runner.   I’m still pretty young, and try to get out and about occasionally on evenings where I don’t have to be up early the next day for work.  So that pretty much leaves me Friday night and Saturday night.  But… what tends to happen is that Friday night I am so exhausted from the entire day (and week) of work that I just decide to stay in.  And then Saturday night, when I should be raring to go… I start thinking about how I have to wake up at 6am for my long run in the morning so… usually end up staying in.  When did I become like a 90 year old grandma at the age of 26?

Today was actually quite a productive day.  I slept in, which is always a good start.  We didn’t get up until around 10:30, and then we headed to Barnes and Nobles for our ritual.  Woo hoo!  We didn’t get to go at all last weekend, due to all that was going on with his parents last few days here, and it was the first weekend in months that we didn’t go.  Isn’t that crazy?  and I really, really missed it.  After the ritual, we went to Kragen auto parts store.  We decided that from here on out, we were going to do our own oil changes in our car.  I always used to do mine myself, until I went to grad school and didn’t have a garage or the tools to do it anymore.  Now I have the garage, and the tools – we just needed to get some one-time purchases such as a hydraulic jack and stands to put up the cars, a tarp and some towels to keep the garage clean (I made it very clear that I would have a meltdown if oil got spilled all over my garage floor… that shit is impossible to clean up) a funnel, a drop light, etc.  Then we went to Target to get a cheap kitty litter box to catch the old oil in underneath the car.  While we were there, I got some dark chocolate coconut Kashi bars on sale, a flavor I haven’t tried yet but have been meaning to.  Woo hoo!

kashi chocolate coconut

I also got another box of hair dye – this one for “dramatic blonde highlights.”  It’s one of those ones where you put on the cap and pull pieces of hair through to paint and highlight them…  Yeah, more on that later (don’t worry, I haven’t actually done it yet.)

We also stopped by the grocery store, which was great because we were running majorly low on food at the house.  Well, I wasn’t really.  I don’t think I ever run low on food.  But real food, the kind S wants every day such as pasta, meat, etc. was running low.  I got lots of goodies, such as fresh plums, big green grapes, fresh tomatoes and broccoli, bananas, some yogurt, some cereal, and an angel food cake :)

My car doesn’t actually need an oil change for another couple thousand miles, but Big S’s was waaay overdue.  I’m talking 3000 miles overdue.  So, since I only have a one-car garage, he pretty much did most of it himself – I only helped with a little bit at the end and then with the cleanup.  But I still had fun, and soon it will be my turn to do my car.  And he didn’t make a mess of my garage at all, which I was extremely thankful for.  While he was working on the car (like everything else he does, he did it very SLOWLY so it took him approximately 3 hours total) I managed to go to the gym, come home, shower and make us both dinner.  And then help him finish and clean up.  Oh yeah, and I had about a 15 minute conversation with my neighbor in there, who happened to go by as I was outside.  I took it easy at the gym – I was exhausted (for some reason my body has really felt like an old person’s lately, with all these aches and pains) and I knew that I have my long run tomorrow (albeit it is only a 10-miler… cake after last week’s fourteen.)  So I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, while watching football.

Did I mention how TOTALLY PSYCHED I am that football season has officially begun?  Or, at least preseason?  Steelers have already won their first game…  I have a feeling this is going to be a good year.  Sevenburgh doesn’t have quite the ring to it that Sixburgh does… but I’ll still take it!  WOO HOO!!!

My noms for the day:  Breakfast was a whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter and a tangerine at Barnes and Nobles (with my coffee of course):

english muffin tangerine

S wanted his picture taken too:

B&N ritual

And we were there for quite a while so I got hungry again and had a Kashi trail mix bar:

kashi trail mix bar

After all of our shopping, I had to try out my new gigantic grapes when I got home.  They were delicious!

grapes

I also had a piece of my new angel food cake with some pudding:

angel food cake pudding

And right before I headed to the gym, I had a few… ok four… brownies:

brownies

For dinner, my turkey salad:

turkey salad

And for dessert, one more brownie and a homemade banana split with my fresh new bananas and some candied almonds… YUMMERS!!

banana split

After dinner, I went outside and picked up one of the little froggies that are always hopping around in the mornings and evenings when it is cold.  I brought it in to the house for a little while just for JB to play with (I don’t let him hurt it, don’t worry… just kinda follow him around while he hops around the house.  JB LOVES it.)

Here are some cute pics of JB and his friend:

JB froggy

JB froggy

Every night seeing JB with something else reminds me how lonely he has been since bunny died and how much he needs a friend (besides me and S.)  S is strongly considering getting a kitten, which I think would be great for JB to play with (as long as they get along…) so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Now I’m off to bed to get sleep for my 10-miler tomorrow morning bright and early.

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