Lacy Danes

Aug 31
Doing it on your own….

Well I have been doing it alone for a bit now and I have learned some very interesting things…

First up Cars: My Dad did a lot of the car stuff for me growing up and when I married my X did. I have never changed a tire… or my oil. To be honest and I know this sounds horrid I have only ever dropped my car off at the mechanics for work or washed it by hand. That is it! Now living an entire continent away from my family and no longer having the support of my X I have had to take on car maintenance.

So far I have…
Changed the tail light blinker on my car… Not as hard as I though… actually quite easy… you can do it girls.

Filled my car tire with air. I have no idea if I added enough or why my tire leaked. But I will on the way home today take my car by the tire store. Again not all that hard.

I made an apt to get my breaks fixed: A light came on in my car I had no idea what it meant… a circle with dashed lines around it. I did panic for a min. and pulled over I pulled out the car manual and flipped to the warning lights section and found that it was the change break pads light. I called the mechanic when I got to work and he said that it was okay… not to panic. That my breaks were down to about 1/4 and that I could drive for a few weeks and still be fine.

I am also planning on ordering new tires… I just need to figure out how to tell what size and kind to get… Well that is if I can wait to do that. After my flat today I may need to get new ones now at the tire store.

Second house stuff: Living with others you usually split this type of activity or the one who knows more does it.

Plunging a toilet…. I know I have done this before but it has been awhile. There is the ick factor that comes in to play here so I scrunched up my nose, closed my eyes and plunged away… Thank God it didn’t overflow onto the floor!

My printer did not work… Even though I work in computers I am technically challenged. I still am not entirely sure why this one is messed up but I did come across a work around. I unplug my internet and plug in my printer to the wireless and I can print. Otherwise I get the printer is not responding error from my computer.

Bills…. I hate tracking money and paying bills. I’m not a numbers person but being on your own you need to track it. So I have set up a spread sheet to track my bills, money and investments.

So what does all this mean personally?
I have learned that I am fine by myself. My life is full and I always have something to keep me busy. But not so much that I don’t have time to think or feel or spend time with friends. Because ultimately that is what is important, spending time with those you care about, those you enjoy.


3 comments to “Doing it on your own….”

  1. Sasha White
      · August 31st, 2006 at 5:59 pm · Link

    You’re doing GREAT!!

    I think, I could be wrong, but I think you chould be able to get the tire size fromyour cars manuel as well. If not, Just chek the tires you already have, the size and how much air they shoudl hold should be around the rim. If you look close you should see it. Notice I said THINK and SHOULD, simply because this is how it is on MY car. Not sure about all. 🙂

  2. Lacy Danes
      · September 1st, 2006 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Thanks Sasha!
    I had to actually get a new tire last night. I had no idea what kind to get so I just asked for the closest to what was currently on the car. All in all it cost me 115.00

    I have no idea if that is a good price for a tire and installation or not. The tire they put on was not the most expensive they offered me but in the middle so I figured I did okay.

    On a good note, my car now drives much better. Don’t know why that is but…


  3. Lauren
      · September 2nd, 2006 at 8:06 pm · Link

    Good for you, Lacy! You’re kicking ass.

    I highly recommend Consumer Reports, they’ve got a lot of information about a lot of products and whenever you need something new or fixed, it’s a great reference.

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