Monday, August 31, 2009

canceled

This weekend was not the greatest.

I was driving J's car and it died. The motor didn't die, but the transmission was doing nothing. I had to leave his car in the middle of nowhere (for real, it was next to a cornfield) and hop a ride with a friend. The tow truck was $85, the low estimate for the transmission work is $1800.

We just canceled our hotel reservations in Houghton.

It makes me feel both incredibly grown up and extremely sad. I feel more adult making this decision than when we were married, or when we bought any of our three homes, or when JJ was born. I'm not sure why.

All I know is that those are costs we were not anticipating. We are fortunate enough to have 8 months of living expenses in the bank, just chilling in case it is needed; I just don't feel comfortable using that money unless it is absolutely necessary. And we won't need to use that money if I cancel our (MY) trip.

I was really looking forward to seeing my girls, and to hanging out in my favorite bars (even if I had to bring my baby with me). If you are headed up, have a Quaalude and play Free Bird on the juke box at the Ambo for me. Eat some gnocchi at Armando's and then hang out on the deck at the DT.

I think I'll make Library soup on Sunday, and make my family wear their Husky gear.

11 comments:

Sonya said...

I'm totally pouting... :(
Good job on making the adult decision - I would have problems making that choice when it involves Houghton

JJ said...

I'm pouting with Sonya :(
But I know how you feel - the first year that I made the decision to not go to Carnival was hard, but definitely a "grown-up" moment. I'll definitely miss you being there!!

AJ said...

If it's any consolation, the high yesterday up there was 42! We should all plan a trip next year!

Laura said...

I'm sorry about your canceled trip. I'm proud of you for being so adult. :) I think that AJ has it right. We should plan a trip next year. It will be a just plan Awesome Techies Reunion. And we plan enough a head of time, we could bring babysitters with us!!!

Pamela said...

Have someone eat a pasty too! 3 years ago, our transmission died on the freeway. I was a pregnant, hormonal mess. It was better for us to find a new (but used) car. Sad when things like that happen :(

Stephie said...

I'm sorry you can't go, but yay for you for making that decision, I don't think I could have!

Kathy said...

good job!! I hate to write for I know the pain in having extra bills and not being able to go away. Hopefully for you this won't last for years.
And it so wonderful when friends show they care.

Michelle said...

Tough decision -- sounds like you made the right one though.

I like Laura's idea... I have been trying to figure out a way to get a babysitter up in Houghton, too :)

Danielle Michelle said...

I think we should go with Laura's decision. Going to Michigan and not seeing family is hard to justify. I miss my girls :(

Diana said...

I am so with AJ on that one....let's plan a mini-reunion next year!!! I am ALL for that :)

Jericho Rose said...

Can you do the same with mussels?