My car tried to run away yesterday

What a weekend! Out with the gang (Erin, Ali, and Kyle) Friday and Saturday nights. Friday was dinner, driving and swimming followed by a movie. Saturday was TV, talking and swimming/hot tubbing. The gang is building again it seems. That always makes me happy, alone time and “us” time is great, but I need group time too now and then. The summer holds promise for some interesting times.

Yesterday was a day though, one that I was glad to be done with. I woke up in a bad mood from being out late the night before and it went down hill from there. Thankfully and regrettably I had the house to myself in the afternoon, I planned to clean up my room, the car, and just chill for a while. It quickly turned ugly. I let the battery on my car run down completely while cleaning it out and getting distracted with laundry. Dead, not even enough to make the engine turn over slightly. Crap.

Normally we have all kinds of odd tools and stuff around the house, not a battery charger though. Since no one else was home I had no one there to jump start my car either. I called and found that I had access to my uncle’s car but I had one small problem since my car was in my garage and no one was there to help guide it out. I got his car in my driveway and then thought about how I would get my car out. It’s a straight shot out of the garage into the driveway and the driveway isn’t that slanted, a quick push out the door and then jump in to stop it and then a quick jump and I’d be on my way. Of course it sounded all too easy.

I lined my car up to push it out, just a little turn to the steering wheel to square it up. A small push got me to the edge of the driveway/garage then another push would take the back wheels over the small bump that separates the two structures. One more push from the front wheels and I’d be set. I lined up on the front of the car, I couldn’t push with the door open or I’d risk ripping off the door of the car or screwing up the side of the garage door opening. I pushed just enough to get over the bump, the car took off down the driveway. I mean it went a lot faster that I thought it would. I quickly ran around to the side of the car, jumped into it while it was increasing in speed, slammed on the non-power brakes and threw it into gear. The car lurched to a stop nearly at the sidewalk by the edge of the driveway. I was 5 feet from the busiest road in my neighborhood. Terrific.

I hooked up the jumper cables and proceeded to jump the car, of course that didn’t go that well either. My battery was so dead that I couldn’t just hook up the cables and go, no I had to wait 10 minutes to get the thing charged up. Geez, not my day. Knowing what I know about cars (not that much probably) I knew that I had to let it run for a while so the alternator could charge up the battery again. I moved my uncle’s car back to his house and locked it up again.

A quick trip to Peru would help charge it up I thought. I took it to AutoZone to see if they’d test it out to make sure that I just ran it down and there really wasn’t a bigger problem with the car. The battery hadn’t fully charged during the 15 minute ride to the store and the guy said that I could have a problem with the battery. I had the cables in my trunk still and thought instead of buying a new $60-80 battery I would chance it for the evening and see how it would work out.

Back home to shower and get ready to go to Kokomo. The car started like a champ on my way out to hang out. I had the cables I was ready. We did our thing at Kyle’s house and headed home a little earlier than I thought we would, but late enough I suppose. No problems.

Today I headed back to AutoZone and received a clean bill of health for my battery. All is well again.

For a moment yesterday I imagined my car rolling down the driveway and crashing into a slow moving Chevy, that would kill my insurance payments for sure. Luckily all is well and the guy said I really have nothing to worry about. I’m still buying a battery charger this week, just in case.

From the trenches…

Well for those of you keeping track, Sunday was a bust for studying, Stripes came on, I sat and watched. Then the NASCAR race came on, I watched, I usually don’t even like NASCAR! Then it was time to go out with the guys, IHOP with Kyle and Orion, Banana Nut Pancakes with Bosenberry syrup is awesome! BTW, today is Free Pancake Day at IHOP from 7-2. Go there now! (unless it’s not today from 7-2). So I basicaly got no studyign done at all which meant that Monday was study or die day. I got my two papers done and studied for my test. Now I just have to get that presentation paper written, which hopefully I can get done today at work. I just need to keep my motivation up and I’ll be fine, I’m sure there’ll be another update later today telling you that I’m not done yet…. motivation

Tryin to relax

The last few days have been really stressful for some reason. I mean yesterday for some reason I was so stressed that I was just jumpy all day long. My whole body is tense, I feel hyper and tired at the same time all the time. Last night I tried to fix it a bit. I went out to eat at my favorite place after class, ate some old fashioned comfort food, Huevos y Chorizo. It was great honestly, I ate dinner at dinner time for once, I sat and relaxed, saw an old friend and caught up a bit, and just enjoyed a meal that made me feel good. It kinda reminded me of the old times, the times when we all went out to eat and got stuffed and then just hung out, those were good days. There was the sweetness of silence around me even in a busy restaurant, I was alone in the world and it felt pretty good honestly. I’m not trying to be a hermit here by any means, I love being out with people but sometimes I think we all need time alone. Time to reflect and relax. Time to just be yourself, by yourself. I went home after that and studied for a few hours, I dont’ feel confident about this test, i’m stressed over projects still, but for about an hour last night none of it mattered…

TGIF

Man I am so glad that this week is over. Yesterday I had two tests, one was called a quiz, but it had 40 questions and was thereby a test in my book. I think I did ok for the most part, a solid B effort. 🙂
The blog has been lacking in content lately because life has been busy, I’m going to try to keep more meaningful stuff on here, but I also like the links and pics that I randomly post, any thoughts?
This weekend is Ben’s party, can’t wait, should be a ton of fun. A fire, some football, cooking out, it’s like God wanted us to do this too, I checked the weather today and it’s going to be the warmest its been all week. Perfect! Everyone will be there, at least 8-10 of us. I’m excited.
Something hit me last night, suddenly, at least at IUK, Facebook is the new cool. Since our campus didn’t have it until like a month ago, no one really knew what it was or how it worked. Now that we have it, its crazy, people are constantly on it and making connections through it. I was in the cafeteria yesterday and saw no less than 3 laptops with Facebook up on their screens, that’s crazy to me. I’ve made contact with friends that I haven’t seen in over 5 years, I’ve strengthened other friendships. Thank you Facebook for everything.
I guess I should go get back to work, I’ve got nothing really to do today, but I’m sure there’s something somewhere to be done.

I hate the cold, I hate the rain

In reference to John’s post, I also hate the rain, the cold, and the squeaky shoes.
It’s about 50 out today and raining… It’s a bone chilling rain. I’m downloading music and basically just plain down. Something happened last night, I can’t quite put my finger on it but I went from 100 to 0 in about 2 minutes and now I’m stuck at about 20. This sucks. Something needs to happen, I fear that I may do it alone and ruin everything. Restraint. It’ll never happen, that’s why I want to just grab it and run. That wasn’t the deal though, all for one. I should go back to studying for my test.