Wednesday Weekly May 23: Back to The Working Routine

This week has been very busy. With the contract job I took, part of each weekday is consumed with working. I also had to run a lot of errands and do some wedding planning. My 2007 Focus demanded some of my attention since it needed some repairs and maintenance. Needless to say, I didn’t travel much other than running around like crazy to get chores done.

This upcoming long weekend should allow me to catch up. I’m hoping next week I don’t get the time suck of car repairs like I did this week.

It all started when I was going to work one morning. I saw my passenger side mirror hanging from the cord that connects the adjustment motor. I see the mirror repair I did a few years back undid itself. The mirror itself rocked back and forth enough that it wore the plastic a bit. The plastic was worn to the point the current bolt that holds the mirror to the car could no longer hold it.

When I was testing things out, I had a stroke of bad luck. The bolt itself fell into the door. I ended up having to take apart the door to find the bolt. I also had the car parked outside, and it was 90F (32C) in the hot sun. This wasn’t much fun.

I took the bolt and mirror to AutoZone and found a bolt that was fat enough to hold the mirror in place but was too long. I drove around for a couple of days without a passenger side mirror waiting for a time I could buy a new bolt. Also, I knew it could take a while to do the repair.

On my way home from a job site, I stopped at Home Depot and got the bolt I needed. I waited until Saturday morning to do my repairs. The 2007 Focus had just rolled over 260,000 miles, so I also needed to do an oil change. I did that and was able to then repair the mirror in a lot shorter time than expected.

Besides the car repairs, I’ve been trying to knock out the things that have piled up on my to-do list. There was some wedding planning stuff I had to take care. There was also a bunch of little random things that needed to be straightened out. All the little things added up to a lot of time.

I’m halfway done with this contract job. I have completed two weeks of it and have two more remaining. After that, I’ll be blogging full time again and traveling a bit more. Besides the products reviews, I know the next two or so weeks will be light on travel. Stay tuned, as I am planning a few trips coming up!

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