– This past weekend was busy – Saturday was all about chores, Sunday was all about entertainment. All aboard the memory train.
– At 5am on Friday morning, my mom called me all excited. She thought the scrolling thing on TV that showed school closings included the school I work for, so I got up to check it out. I was so hoping for a snow day. Nope. Classes were delayed 2 hours, but we, the staff, were supposed to come in at the usual time.
– We were rewarded with pizza for braving the weather! Pizza + Friday = Awesome.
– On Saturday I was scheduled to take my car to the mechanic for a courtesy check. I bought my tires from the place and thought I should get a second opinion about the prognosis the other shop gave my car. The Firestone guy said that it might not be the tires but the car. I told him I’d probably be getting a new car in late Spring or early Summer, so to please be gentle about what he was going to charge me if there was something wrong. I sat down and had a cup of coffee they had just brewed for their customers. Soon after, he sat down next to me and told me that it was, in fact, the car. A few parts and pieces and two tires would need to be replaced. The price wasn’t as gentle as I would’ve wanted, but I told him to go through with it. I went browsing the nearby shops, and had an early lunch at Arby’s. Any excuse for Arby’s and their “jalapeño bites”.
– I returned later on and decided to wait in the warm shop rather than walk around in the deep snow. I’m crazy like that. There was a guy waiting for his van to be fixed, and the mechanic came out and told him, “I need to show you something about your van, come with me.” The guy got up and said to me what I was already thinking, “That’s not a good sign!” I glanced out the window at that time and saw a mechanic drive my car around and out of the lot. He was either making that car his own or taking it for a post-repair test drive. Thankfully he came back and I was able to pay for my car. It was actually 5 bucks cheaper than the estimate because they found a coupon they could tag on for me. Sweet! How bout scrounging around for a $698 dollar off coupon? No? Okay, 5 bucks is better than nothing. I was content, though. I know they only replaced two tires, but it felt like they were all new.
Went home and, taking advice from my mom to get my taxes done, I found my W2 form and my info for the online tax pros, and went through the process. Aside from a few temporary, technical setbacks, I managed to get my taxes all filed, and now I just need to wait for the refunds. I’ll put both the federal and state refunds into the “Tara Needs a New Car” fund. Won’t you please give? Just 10 cents a day will give this poor, middle-class girl a chance to save up for a car with a CD player. Operators are standing by. I kid, of course. Anyway, I felt very accomplished with my car fixed and my taxes done!
– On Sunday I met up with Mr. AlienCG to see “Avatar”. I didn’t know what to expect of the movie, I had heard mixed reviews. But I really enjoyed it! The acting was great and all, I managed to get a bit teary-eyed during some scenes, but I was more impressed with the cinematography and the effects. It was a long movie, for sure, but I was captivated throughout most of the scenes. Had to wait for a big shootout army invasion scene to take a much needed “break” (where does the theater get off calling what I ordered a “small” drink?) so that I wouldn’t miss anything. I really enjoyed that movie, though, and I’m anxious for that one to come out on DVD. By the way, I keep wanting to say “come out on video”, but that is kind of an old saying now. Then just when I learn to say, “come out on DVD”, we’ll have switched to all “Blu-ray”. Sigh.
If you saw “Avatar” either in regular vision or in 3D, what did you think about it?