Anybody who has had a child get married knows that one tends to get a bit busy as the day approaches. And it's a tad stressful on everyone.
My daughter's wedding is Saturday. I've held it together fine so far. Twinges and stress and last minute stuff going on, yes, but together.
Among the last minute stuff (totally separate from the fact that I realized last week that I had let my vehicle registration expire) was some serious maintenance work on the SUV. I love my SUV. It's a 2004 Hyundai Sante Fe and it's the first vehicle I've ever owned that I didn't want to trade for new the instant the new smell wore off. The new smell not only has long ago worn off but the Sante Fe is dinged and scratched and usually dirty and there are gremlins living in it that fill it with trash the instant I clean it out. Also occasionally mice. It's got 125,000 miles on it. I can fit 18 bags of mulch in it. It fits me. I love the thing and have no interest in getting a new one.
I'm supposed to drive people for wedding stuff. So yesterday I took the Sante Fe in for some major maintenance stuff - replace the timing belt as well as a water pump that was heading towards crapped out. Also oil and inspection. Ended up taking longer than expected so I couldn't pick it up yesterday. OK, no problem. Friend runs me over today and I hand over $900 and drive off. Run a few errands. Stop at a stop light and suddenly it's running rough and the engine light comes on. Right back to the shop to be greeted by something like "Ack!" and back it goes into a bay again. Seems something happened to the adjustment of the timing belt. They have to take a bunch of things apart and readjust. And at that point it was getting late in the day. So they ran me home and tomorrow is Wednesday and the wedding is Saturday and I'm sitting here without a vehicle and no, there's nothing I need it for RIGHT NOW but my stress level is building....