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Missed my Prius yesterday

Bringing the Happy Hybrid to the mechanic for it’s 45,000 mile checkup and road safety once over turned out to be an expensive trip. Turns out the car needed new tires, so by the time I left there, I was down nearly $700. And the heads up that it would need brakework done at my next oil change to the tune of another couple of hundred dollars. Swell. Oh well, just the nature of being owned by a car. :) And now we know we’ve got brand new properly inflated and aligned tires for the trip on Saturday.

Did miss it while I was driving my mom’s Camry to work and back yesterday. It’s the little things. REALLY missed my mp3 cd deck. Brought a CDR to play until I realized her deck was just a regular CD player, wouldn’t play my mp3 discs.

And it doesn’t take long to get Smart Key spoiled. I actually *harumph*ed when I had to stop and take the keys out of my pocket and actually MANUALLY unlock the door.  I never really wanted a smart key setup when I got the Prius, but it came as a package deal (along with the backup camera and the *rolls eyes* designer Prius trunk carpet). with the mp3 deck, but now that I’ve had it, it’s really handy. If I didn’t need my keyring to open up the office every morning, I’d never SEE my carkeys. LOL.

And of all things, I missed my speedometer, if you can believe it. The Camry has a standard dial/needle speedometer, with numbers at 60 and 80, and just a line representing 70, and smaller lines in 2 mph increments in between. So to figure out how fast you’re going, you really have to study it, at least I do, and so rather than do that, I pretty much just stayed with the flow of traffic while I was behind the wheel yesterday.

Now, the Prius speedometer!  It’s set deep into the dashboard, but since it’s a digital readout, it just tells you in big bold easy to read Tommyknocker green numbers that you are going X MPH. EasyPeasy. Much better than trying to count out what one big hash mark and two small ones are on the Camry dashboard. Prius gives you spoon-fed MPHs. 😀

I do love my Happy Hybrid. :)

Bizzy Weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, y’all! :)

Had Doug (who was staying the weekend) and family here for Thanksgiving Day, when we ate our selves to oblivion, and I lost a whopping 13 cents playing Tripoley that evening.

Friday took my car into John West Auto to have the PCV valve replaced since my Toyota dealership had recommended when I went in for the Prius’s 30,000 mile checkup to have it replaced, and it was only going to be $125. !!! So I opted to NOT have them replace it, took it to John’s instead, who pulled it out, took a look at it, said it looked nearly brand new and definitely DIDN’T need to be replaced, put it back and didn’t charge me a cent for it. Yay. A mechanic you can trust. Definitely WON’T be letting Toyota do anything to my car that costs anything over my prepaid 5000 mile maintenance anymore. Then Doug had brought over the Wii version of Press Your Luck, so we spent some time looking for Big Bucks and No Whammies, then I introduced him to the first movie in the Mummy trilogy.

Saturday we got up and went to Lowe’s and picked out our Christmas tree for the year. Then sat back and watched The Blues Brothers, which I’d never seen, and later that evening watched The Departed. And in between played RAYMAN RAVING RABBIDS TV PARTY, which I’d just picked up at Best Buy that afternoon, on the Wii. “Bwaaaaaaaaah! Daaaaaaaaah!” Absolutely insane game. Not sure yet, but I think it’s fun! 😀

Also discovered that one of our cats – Lucy – apparently has a UTI, so we brought her to the vet for the official check on Saturday, and came home with a week’s worth of antibiotics and a few days worth of pain killer to give her until the antibiotics kicked in. Fun. Just LOVE medicating a cat! :-O

Today spent most of the day putting the lights and decorations on the Christmas tree, then brought in Dominos Pizza for dinner. Yum.

Christmas Tree 2009

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree...

Watched the 20th Anniversary episode of AFV then tuned in to the Amazing Race, then kicked Doug out 😉 and called it a weekend.