July 29, 2005

Settlement

I'm moving on. I agreed to a settlement from AAA that is almost fair. I wanted a little bit more, but I just couldn't fight the fight anymore. For some reason, our neighbor has taken to drunken laughing conversations at 2:00 a.m. every morning, and the sound just wafts into our bedroom and wakes us both up. Then, once awake, I'd start thinking about negotiatiating and never get back to sleep. That's how it's been every night this week except last night. Since the fight is over, I slept like a baby, right through the hideous laughter of my neighbor.

Now the search begins in earnest for a car, and that's what I'll mostly be doing this weekend. I don't look forward to it at all. Some might think car shopping is fun, but not when you're under pressure to find one quickly, for a set amount, and it's 100 degrees outside.

To prepare myself to car shop, I will be doing my usual morning preparations of sipping coffee and sitting here:

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Gazing at this peacefull view:

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Have a great weekend!

Posted by LoriO at 8:46 AM

July 27, 2005

AAA**holes do vex me

It's been all car, all the time in my head lately, so boring to talk about, but there it is. My car once again has been totaled.

AAA has come up a bit on their offer, but it's just not enough to actually buy another car. And OH, my adjuster is such a bitch. Guess what I'll be doing this weekend? Used car shopping. Ugh.

In knitting news, here's the most boring baby blanket picture ever:

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Click here if you want to see a close up of the stitches. Can you see how it is a white yarn with flecks of color mixed with an off white plain yarn? Do you think it looks good? Like in an heirloom, antiqued sort of way? Or does it just look dingy?

I knitted two whole rows last night on my sleeves! Then I noticed that I had dropped a stitch on one of the cables. Luckily, I kept my head, dropped only those stitches that formed the cable and picked them up again. Whew! I only had to do that twice to make it look ok.

Lessee, what else? Last weekend Sean and I went to a few garage/estate sales. I picked up these for a song:

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What's that in the lower left hand corner? Why yes, it's the issue of Knitter's Magaine I was desperate to win off eBay awhile ago. I was very excited about this find, until I started looking through the magazine and discovered that there were about 20 pages missing. Poo. But, what can you expect for practically free, right? I loved that there were two Knitting Pure and Simple patterns in the lot! Lucky! I love her patterns, and these were two I didn't have.

Posted by LoriO at 9:11 AM

July 21, 2005

More stuff

Thanks everybody for your comments. I am going to write my neighbor a note and thank her for the gift card (which oddly, I seem to have lost) and let her know that I don't have any hard feelings. I really don't. It was an accident and she doesn't need to beat herself up about it. She's the one that will suffer the most with higher insurance.

The insurance battle has taken a weird turn. After they totaled my car, and I rejected their first settlement offer and provided them with comparable cars available in my area, they decided the value of my car was raised enough that maybe now it might not be totaled.

They want to send it back to the shop where it was originally looked at for a complete tear down and have them write an estimate. This sounds suspicious to me because the guy at the shop told me they had already written an estimate, and it was an obvious total because the "rails were compromised."

I'm leaning towards having it looked at again for another estimate, but I think I'm going to a different repair facility. Something out of their Direct Repair Network. I just don't trust them.

I'm still knitting on the baby blanket, and I wish I could remember to take pictures. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe someday. It's going slow, like all my knitting. Right now it's all car, all the time in my head.

Posted by LoriO at 8:39 AM

July 19, 2005

Bah!

The fight is on with the insurance company. They gave me a lowball offer this morning. I hate confrontation and am not a good negotiator. It's causing me much stress. But, I keep trying to remember that it's a small annoyance in the grand scheme of things.

My neighbor dropped off a card in my mailbox saying how sorry she was. She enclosed a gift card for Starbucks. What's the protocol with this? Do I need to send her a thank-you note? I guess I could let her know that I don't have any hard feelings towards her. I'm mad at the situation, but I not holding anything against her personally.

I'm knitting almost exclusively on the baby blanket at the moment because I'd like to finish it in time for the baby shower on August 20th. Then I kind of want to knit some type of ensemble too. Eh, one thing at a time.

I hope I'll be able to pick up where I left off on on the Lace and Cable sleeves when I'm done with the baby knitting.

And thank you everyone for your nice comments!


Posted by LoriO at 2:57 PM

July 15, 2005

Totaled

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It doesn't really look all that bad in the picture, but I guess it couldn't be saved.

Posted by LoriO at 9:18 AM

July 14, 2005

Friday the 13th came on a Wednesday this month.

I got rear-ended yesterday on the way to work. I stopped at a red light, but the person behind me didn't.

Here's the funny thing, a few years ago, I had some car trouble on the freeway one morning on my way to work. I pulled off to the side and called for road service. My neighbor happened to be driving behind me and pulled over too, to make sure I was ok. It was nice of her, but I was fine and she went on her way.

Yesterday, after I got hit and came to my senses, I pulled off the road and got out of my car. I look to my left and my neighbor is there. For a minute I thought "what a coincidence, she's here to help me again." Only, no. She's the one who hit me.

My Subaru is (was? waaaaaaa!) a pretty sturdy car, but it was no match for her Ford Expedition. Her front bumper was slightly dented, and there was a dent in the hood of her car. My entire back winshield was knocked out, and the bumper smushed up to the back wheels. I was knocked into the intersection, but luckily there was no cross traffic at the time because of a light-rail train going by.

I'm waiting to hear from the body shop if my car is fixable or not. I'm trying to brace myself for it to be totaled. I only had 4 more payments on it. It really sucks.

I wasn't hurt, but I was pretty shaken up. It surprised me how shaken up I was. It took me what seemed like forever to figure out how to turn off my audio book and turn off to the side street to let traffic get around. I was almost hyperventilating. I got out of the car, and my neighbor said "did you turn off your car?" and no, I hadn't. By the time the CHP got there, I had calmed down a bit and my hands had feeling in them again. I think it was just the adrenaline.

While waiting for the tow truck driver, I started taking all my stuff out of the car. (Note to self, don't keep so much stuff in your car!) And I realized my coffee cup wasn't in the cup holder. I found it on the floor in the backseat. Empty. Next to my bag of knitting. It was a very close call, but no coffee was spilled on the knitting, thank goodness. I think it all spilled out under the driver's seat. It's interesting to think that the coffee cup didn't actually "fly backwards" when I got hit, but that it's more correct that it stayed in place as the car moved forward and then gravity took over and it landed in the backseat.

My boss told me to take the day off and take it easy and get things in order with the insurance and rental car and stuff. So I did, and Sean took the day off too for moral support. Then he took me to lunch at one of my favorite restaurants (The Slocum House) and I had a fabulous House Ceasar with fried rock shrimp. And Creme Brule for dessert. So yummy. Then we went home and I slept for a couple hours.

My neighbor was really sorry. I felt bad for her, I know it was an accident. She just looked down at the radio really quick and didn't see the light change. But I feel sorry for me too. My poor little car!

We ran into another set of neighbors last night while on our way to a community meeting, and they asked "did you get a new car?" (I'm driving a rental, a Toyota Corolla) and I said "no, it's a rental. I got rear-ended this morning." They said, "that's funny, our neighbor is driving a rental Carolla too." I said "that's because she's the one who hit me." HA haha ha.

I didn't have the energy to knit at all yesterday, my arms and legs were just heavy all day. But here's a boring progress pic of my sleeves:

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Blah.

So that's about it. Bad news, definitely not Happy Good Luck, but not a tragedy.


Posted by LoriO at 10:32 AM

July 8, 2005

Moon Pie Buckaroo

I just found out that there is a name for this:

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Go laugh at Wesley Buckaroo!

(Link found via Stitchy McYarnpants)

Posted by LoriO at 11:22 AM

Whoopsie! Dead air!

Is this thing on? *tap tap tap* Hello.....

I guess I'm a little behind in my posting. It just doesn't seem like there is that much going on, but here's the rundown.

In knitting news, while other people go to Sleeve Island and drink fancy drinks while they knit pleasantly away on their sleeves, I go to Sleeve Hell. I am having the hardest time with these sleeves! I'm knitting them both at the same time, but right now I've had to tink back about 8 rows on one of them because of a missed YO. Why did it take me 8 rows to find this mistake? I have no idea. I blame the wine. The sleves are turning out to be the most complicated part of the sweater, with all the increases, and trying to incorporate the pattern. It's really taxing my brain. Yet, I just have to finish them and sew the thing together and I have a brand new sweater. (And then do some sort of crochet edging which will require me to learn to crochet.) Must keep going.

I worked a little on the Baby Blanket on the way to Sean's parent's house for the 4th of July, and worked a little more during the day while his Mother and I tried to teach his Niece how to knit. Somewhere along the line my 5K, 5P pattern became a 5K, 4P, 6K pattern right in the middle of the blanket. It's an easy peasy fix, but I'm procrastinating. The Niece did not take to knitting by the way, declaring it to be "really boring."

We finally have phone service again at our house. It only took 13 days and three giant holes in three separate yards on our street, and partial removal of a neighbor's concrete driveway to fix it. Piece of cake.

And that's about it really. Last weekend was all about getting ready for company. This weekend we have no plans, just they way I like it.

Posted by LoriO at 8:31 AM