Thursday, June 24, 2010

Brake Tag Mania

Preface: Louisiana has a ridiculous law that requires all cars to carry an inspection sticker otherwise known as a brake tag. Each year, every car registered in Louisiana must go to an "inspection station" and pass inspection to receive this years brake tag. Now, these "inspection stations" (i.e. little old men in a shack on the property of a car wash/gas station/etc) have been known to do as little as look at the car and as much as actually get in your car and punch the brakes to be sure they work.

So on Monday, I was supposed to have lunch with my Mom. She works in Mandeville which means I had to cross the Causeway to get to her (which for those of you who don't know, is a 26 mile bridge). Anyway, I was in a fabulous mood because I had just gotten a job interview. So as I'm singing along to Lady Gaga (and not speeding!) I see a police car pull out of one of the turnarounds. No big deal, I'm not speeding or doing anything illegal. But don't you just know, that police car pulls up behind me and puts on her lights. Crap. Over the megaphone "Get into the left lane and pull over into the next turnaround." (Again, 26 mile bridge. Every few miles there is a "turnaround" that connects the two sides of the bridge for, I guess turning around, or instances such as this.) Anyway, the next turnaround wasn't for several miles so I had to drive (with hands firmly planted and 10 and 2 mind you) with this police woman and her flashing lights right behind me. Rather disconcerting. So we finally make it to the turnaround and pull in. The officer walks over the the car and asks me if I know why I was pulled over. My response..."Uhhh." She tells me I have an expired brake tag and expired registration (I actually do have the registration sticker, and the registration, but someone, ahem, broke the sticker so I had just been keeping it in my car rather than putting the sticker on my license plate). Crap. So I give her my license, registration, and insurance. What's that you say, Ms. Police Officer? My insurance card is expired. Great. Well the lovely police officer cited me only for the expired brake tag and warned me to get it all taken care of immediately. Yes ma'am. I'm on it like shit on velcro. I continue on and have a lovely lunch with my mother.

Tuesday I go straight to my Dad's to get my insurance card before running any other errands. Totally the dutiful citizen right?! I got pulled over on the street I live on. Sigh. I got stopped by a cop who was camped out at the snowball stand down the road! So he walks up to my car and asks if I know why I've been pulled over. "Because I have an expired brake tag and registration......" He seemed surprised that I knew. I explained about the stop and ticket from yesterday and also that I'm literally blocks from my home on my way to my parents' house to get my insurance card. He takes all my papers and goes back to his car to "see what he can do." Mr. Police Officer comes back to let me know that he's just going to give me a warning today (yay!)...but that I must get these things taken care of immediately. Yes, sir. I'm on it like shit on velcro. He also so kindly informed me that driving around with an expired insurance card (even if the insurance is, in fact, current) is grounds to have your car towed. Well thank you, sir, for not towing my car. 

So after a search around the house both that afternoon and in the evening when my dad got home, we came to the conclusion that we did not, in fact, have a clue where my insurance card was. Crap. So we email the insurance agent who sends us a pdf copy of the card the next day which I promptly print out and head off to go get my brake tag. It started to rain about halfway there and I didn't think anything of it. I should have. I was curtly informed by the man in the shack (see Preface above) that you could not get a brake tag while it was wet or raining. Crap. I returned today, in the sunshine, to get my God-forsaken brake tag.

So now I'm totally legal. Registration sticker on the plate? Check. Insurance? Check. Brake tag? Check. Well that was a fun week.

NOTE: I really do appreciate police officers and all they do...I just don't like when I'm the one getting pulled over. ;)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Job Interviews!

I'm very excited to report that I have, not one, but two job interviews next week! :) They are both for high school outreach positions and I'll be interviewing Monday and Tuesday of next week. Good thing I already had a trip to Ohio planned. There was almost a bit of calamity yesterday as I had an impromptu phone interview as I was flying down the interstate. But I think that just shows my fantastic multi-tasking abilities. ;)

I have not interviewed for anything in...well, a long time. And for the last interview I did, we were given the questions beforehand. Not so much with big girl interviews. :) So any advice would be much appreciated. :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Reading Update

A month or two ago, I posted a reading list, and I have read several books this summer...but only one on the original list. Oops. My intention was to read and comment, but as you can tell, my blogging has left something to be desired lately. But I'll give you my thoughts on what I have read anyway...

Colombine: If you remember, this is the book about the Colombine High School tragedy. Despite the obviously tragic story, it was incredibly well written and very interesting. However, if you're someone who gets emotionally involved in what you read, you may need to stop and start this one a couple times. But it's totally worth it.

Savor the Moment: The third book in Nora Roberts' Bride Quartet. It's wonderful. Ok, so I'm a romance-novel-aholic...but seriously. It's a perfect summer love story and made for a lovely, light, make you feel good, read.

Black Hills: Surprise, surprise. More Nora Roberts. I picked this one up at Target for another "light read" after Colombine but it turned out to be one of her thriller/murder mystery types. Oops. It was really awesome anyway, because it's Nora Roberts, and she's always great. 

Rich Again: I'm sorry, but do not read this book. It was supposed to be about this fabulously wealthy and not so fabulously dysfunctional family, who have all of these problems...because of a malicious stalker? Yeah, they really seem to create their own horrible destiny but then it turns out it's a psychopath? It's one disastrous event after another, without any real plot.

I haven't decided what I'm going to read next. I guess something from my list...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

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Ok, so I think my computer has finally been fixed. Part of the reason I have been so lax in writing posts is because it was nearly impossible to use the internet on my computer. It would take forever to do things that should take seconds. Anyway, yesterday, we had yet another "fix"...something about a domain name. I'm hoping this fix is for real. It has worked great thus far, which is promising because the last fix held for less than 12 hours. Anyway...here's an update.

Horseback riding = :)

I've applied for 3 jobs and am continuing to search for more.

And I'm taking another trip to Ohio at the end of next week. :)

But now I have to run, Father's Day is this weekend, and I have not even an inkling of what to get my Dad or step-dad. Sigh.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Computer Capers

I'm not sure if this title quite fits...but I've been really slacking with both cute titles and blog writing in general...so, here it is. And it's even less cool now that I've explained it...I digress. :)

Anyway, so I've been having some computer issues for quite some time now. I actually didn't even realize that the problem was my computer (rather than a network or something like that) until a couple months ago. Since then, I have tried everything from trouble shooting online to brining my computer to the Apple store, twice. Then I brought it to my step-dad, who changed one little setting on it and *magic* it worked! For about 3 days. Sad face. Then, after spending literally hours backing up everything on my computer I completely wiped out the hard drive and re-installed my operating system. Loads of fun. But, I thought at the time, totally worth it because my computer worked great...for less than 24 hours. Sigh. As a last ditch effort, I have posted and SOS on an Apple discussion forum. We'll see how it goes.

But the people at Apple have me paranoid. Because when I took it in to them (the second time) they told me that nothing was wrong with my computer. But I swear, there really is a problem, or am I just being picky? I don't think so but now I'm all confused. I'm honestly not sure the problem will be fully resolved until several years from now when I purchase a new computer.

But it's just my luck. I have like the one Mac in the world that doesn't work brilliantly. On the plus side, I've learned a lot about my computer by trying to figure out what's wrong with it. :) Silver lining. :)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Jelly Legs and Shopping Carts

Yesterday I rode a horse for the first time in 2 years! It was so much fun and completely awesome, and by the end of it...I couldn't feel my legs. It was only a half hour lesson but I am seriously out of shape...especially for riding horseback riding. I'm still super duper sore but I need to get over it quickly because I have another lesson tomorrow morning. :) It's going to be painful but I couldn't be more excited!

So this is completely unrelated...
but do you ever feel like you're the only person in Wal-Mart who is paying attention to where they are going? I feel like I spend about 75% of my time in Wal-Mart dodging other customers who are obliviously trying to run me over with shopping carts.

Ok, I'm done. :)