Musings on the winter solstice if not about the winter solstice

Today is a snowy solstice but not anywhere near as snowy as this one from a few years ago. It’s in the mid-30s tonight and I dunno how serious the snow will get but I doubt we’ll be shoveling and maybe not even de-icing the sidewalks.

If it’s possible, the last month of 2020 has been even crazier for my little immediate family than the rest of the whole steaming bunch of crapola. Our problems are of the first world variety involving automotive vee-hickles and technological crapola, etc. KNOCK ON WOOD! Because I don’t even want to think what’s next. Praying in my own godless way for NOTHING!

This week we have two vee-hickles in the driveway instead of zero. My laptop has returned from an overnight. It wasn’t in the shop. It was enlisted as a possible backup for a phone problem. I didn’t miss it that much. Although I do have some important files on here, I mainly use it to write my blahg. Those important files? Recipes and photos mostly. I pulled up a recipe tonight. Shrimp Scampi Portofino from I dunno where. Nothing financial is on my laptop.

I am not George Soros 🐽🐽🐽 but I don’t usually pay attention to what I’m spending. I don’t do a whole lot of discretionary spending except on grocks. This month has been an expensive one and I am finding myself at least eye-balling our balances.

Like I could definitely use a new laptop but this one (2013 MacBook Pro) isn’t actually BROKEN, except for the sound and about half of the keyboard lights. Automotive vee-hickle? Hmmmm… Last year somewhere pre-pandemic, I was reluctantly thinking about replacing my Ninja. We like Mooon Yooonit (RAV4) a lot and I was kinda thinking about another one of those. And then… I wasn’t driving to Cubelandia any more and the Ninja was a perfect curbside pickup vee-hickle. So I bagged the whole new car idea.

The new Kayak Woman car issue has resurfaced recently when Ninja (Honda Civic SI) needed new brakes and therefore wasn’t available for others who needed an emergency car. Where are we now? She’s 12 years old. Maaaayyybeee a new Ninja? At this point, we don’t need two cars that can tow things and I don’t need to do snow drives to Cubelandia or anywhere any more, so… We’re thinking about a new Ninja. But. I really want a manual tranny and have been getting mixed signals about that. Man oh man, I still want to drive manual. Please don’t make that go away.

Good solstice to y’all. Cheers!

3 Responses to “Musings on the winter solstice if not about the winter solstice”

  1. Mark Axe Says:

    Real men and uber Kayak women aren’t afraid to let their cars shift for them.

  2. Margaret Says:

    I liked my manual Toyota Celica but it’s too hilly here and I’m not coordinated enough for that brake/clutch/gas ballet. New cars are nice because they are generally reliable. I’m driving so little that mine is almost like new!

  3. Jay Says:

    After so many years of driving a stick shift (since 1981), when we got the 2004 Prius – we finally abandoned the manual, because Prius does all of the thinking for you. I drove Dad’s car when back in MI, which is a manual. And I still find myself mentally wanting to push in the clutch and shift now and then. Even reengaged the Prius gear selector once at a stop sign. … Old habits.

    And it’s snowing in Seattle. Low 30s, don’t expect it to last past tomorrow early morning.
    No snow day for the kids though.