Thief in the Night

December 27, 2017 // Posted in Life, Shopping, Technology (Tags: , , ) |  Comments Off on Thief in the Night

Alas, sadly, this is another post about my car. Last night, while I was sleeping, someone stole the catalytic converter from my parked car! What? I was shocked! I had never heard such a thing in my life.

It turns out stealing catalytic converters is big business these days and far more common that you might think. An aggressive thief can steal as many as 10-15 in a single day. The catalytic converters can sell for $20 to $240 and some thieves have boasted they can be removed in less than a minute. SUV’s are often targeted because they are higher off of the ground and may not even require a jack to get underneath and cut off the catalytic converter.

The are stolen because they contain precious metals such as platinum, palladium or rhodium. They are required by local governments because they mitigate pollutants and other emissions from your car. Your vehicle will not pass an emissions test without a catalytic converter, and some cars won’t operate at all without one.

Repairs after the catalytic converter has been stolen can cost $500-$2300 depending on whether the vehicle is significantly damaged in the process. Some people go as far as having a cage placed around the new catalytic converter to prevent it being stolen again. Another suggestion is to have your VIN number etched onto the replacement.

I have even heard of catalytic converters being stolen in shopping center parking lots. For someone who knows what they are doing, they can get under your car, cut off the catalytic converter, and be gone within minutes while you are shopping an totally unaware that your car was a target.

From now on, I will be parking as close to entrances of buildings and shopping centers as I can get, and in a well lit area if possible.

Planning to get rid of those pesky extra pounds

May 1, 2017 // Posted in Home, Life (Tags: , , , ) |  Comments Off on Planning to get rid of those pesky extra pounds

I don’t know why my weight seems to fluctuate, but the doctor said it is normal. Apparently as our day to day activities change with either the weather, work or cash flow, our weight seems to do so as well. So I seem to have gathered a few extra pounds that are just beginning to make my jeans a little bit uncomfortable.

To get back in shape, I could run for the exercise, but I tried that before and people have a bad habit of allowing their dogs to run loose in this area. I was almost mauled once and had to jump into a car that had stopped at a stop sign. The surprise on the drivers face was priceless, but I was more worried about the dogs chasing me at the time to actually find the humor in it. Made a new friend though.

I suppose I need to either go to a gym or buy some kind of equipment for my house. At the moment, if I want to go to the gym I can actually ride with a friend of mine when she goes. Unfortunately, she is not very reliable. I think if I’m going to do this regularly, I am going to go with the equipment.

Still not really sure if I want a tread mill or a weight machine. I am thinking that if I look on Craigslist, I might be able to get both. I have enough space for them so that might be the best idea. Buy them used and save money at the same time. And they are right here at my house when i want to use them.

Considering a Tattoo

February 20, 2017 // Posted in Life, Shopping (Tags: , , ) |  Comments Off on Considering a Tattoo

Tattoo’s are no longer for the bad boys and girls any longer. It seems like just about everyone has at least one if not more. So far I haven’t jumped on that bandwagon but I really like some of the work I have been seeing and the timing seems right. Not to mention, I have the extra cash to be able to splurge on something like this as tattoo’s are expensive.

I have asked several friends what shops they recommend and everyone seems to have their own favorites with one exception. Just one shop was mentioned multiple times and the same artist each time. After looking over their tattoo’s, I have decided to go to the shop itself and check it out.

Walking in the shop was a revelation. There was amazing artwork all over the walls and tons of photo albums to look at. I was greeted warmly and told the girl at the desk that I needed help figuring out exactly what I wanted and where to put it.

I knew that I wanted some flowers and vines, with maybe a couple of small birds. We were able with the help of the artist to come up with a design that I really love and will look great. It will go on my side and will look amazing with my bikini during the summer months.

I made my appointment and will be getting the work done next weekend. I can’t wait !

Dealing with Car Trouble

October 1, 2016 // Posted in Life (Tags: , , ) |  Comments Off on Dealing with Car Trouble

Having car trouble and being a woman do not go hand in hand. You would think that plenty of people would stop to assist you but they don’t really. Thank goodness for AAA and cell phones. If you don’t have AAA, that tow truck is going to take a long, long time. Fortunately for me, I do have it.

Once you are able to get towed the garage of your choice, then you have to deal with men who look at you as if you have three heads or just plain talk down to you about the repairs. Such a lovely time to be had.

Then comes the part where you have to decipher if they are trying to rip you off or not. I know that some shops are famous for charging women twice as much as a man for repair jobs, because we do not really know that much about cars and how they run. I am trying to learn with each time I need to have something fixed but it is not easy. Sometimes I will take my dad with me or a guy friend so that the shop is less likely to take advantage of me. It definitely helps, that’s for sure.

Coffee or Hot Tea or Maybe Some Hot Chocolate

January 20, 2014 // Posted in Eats and Drinks, Life, Shopping (Tags: , ) |  Comments Off on Coffee or Hot Tea or Maybe Some Hot Chocolate

This cold weather has me craving a warm mug with some type of comforting beverage in it. I want a nice mug of coffee with some flavored creamer, or maybe a nice cup of hot tea – green tea with Mandarin orange bits – or maybe some hot chocolate with real milk and real chocolate melted in it and some marshmallows floating on the top until they melt.

The only other hot beverage that I can think of for a cold winter night might be some hot mulled cider. I found a recipe online that calls for cider and orange juice and some spices that you put into a gauze pocket and let it steep in a crock pot for a couple of hours on low. It sounds delicious but I don’t have any cider, so that will have to come later after I get to the store.