Now that I am on the back side of things I think I can tell you all about the never ending list of disasters and have a bit of gratitude as well that things DID get handled, we ARE all safe, and I am sure this will be funny someday. Well, maybe not that last one.
Back up to a couple of days before Christmas, the boys and I are out (hubby still gone) delivering bags of goodies to some friends and we decide to stop at a shopping center to grab a bite to eat. Traffic in the parking lot is hellish, I'm in and out of first gear (I have a stick) as I wait patiently to find a spot. All of a sudden the car dies, smoke is POURING into the cabin through the vents, thick white stuff that smelled like burning plastic, yuck! I get the car to start again and beeline it (it's now making screeching noises) to the far side of the lot where I'm not blocking traffic. I yell at the kids to get away because smoke is all over the parking lot now and people are running away... I go to raise the hood and when I prop the hood up, the stick literally buckles into a U shape, it's that hot! It's cold, dark outside, creepy part of the parking lot, and now I have to wait with 2 kids for an hour for the tow truck to show up. Don't get me started on the tow guy, he was a total moron - told him I had a manual and he proceeds to start winching my car up with it in 1st gear and the e-brake on, grrrrr! Of course there was no "bite to eat" that night and the kids had a dinner of cereal at 9 pm, another great moment in parenting.
It gets better... I was without a car until after Christmas so there was then absolutely no chance of holiday travel... and it cost $1300 to fix, yikes! My clutch was shot, I also ended up with a new axle as well. I am floored by this one, I've had Subarus for years and never had issues like this. I don't ride the clutch, heck my little Subaru Justy had almost 200K on it and was on the same clutch! I hate to say this but this is the first one I've had that was assembled here in the good ol' USA, not a good feeling.
Anyway, that's all done and the car is back.
Now it's the day before Christmas Eve and we are looking forward to picking up the hubs as he returns from the past 2 months of being absent, my text msg lights up.... of course, he's not coming. On to explaining that to the boys, that was loads of fun.
Then finally, the next morning I hear they are coming back that night, just in time for Christmas - I'll believe it when I see it!
I actually called the tower and asked if they had any flights coming in since I wasn't given a flight number and the guy says "I don't see any but if you want you can come on down and wait and see...", seriously. Well, that's what we did...just waited in the parking lot in the car!