I don't even know where to start.
I stopped at Big 10 Tires today to have my car checked over in preparation for my road trip to NC on Monday. The diagnosis: I need an alignment and two new tires (because the tires are wearing unevenly because they are out of alignment). That is the bare minimum I need in order to get to NC safely. But in addition to that, I have a transmission pan leak and I need my rear brakes adjusted. AND THAT IS WHAT IS SO MADDENING! I just had my 60,000 mile service done less than two months ago, I should not have problems with those things two months after they were just tended to! I shelled out enough money that there should not be any problems with my car.
Of course, money is a concern - I am just making it with a part time income. And I was already wondering how I was going to pay for my dog's yearly shots and heartworm medicine next month. I guess it is a good thing I have a birthday coming up. There's nothing more fun than spending birthday money on necessities.
What hurts the most: missing out on quality family time because I have to spend tomorrow getting second opinions to make sure little inexperienced girl here is not being taken advantage of by car guys. My little niece's voice over the phone saying, "No Aunt Katrina, you have to come" just twists the knife.
To only make it worse, this is what is running through my mind: "If only I had taken it in a day or two earlier like I had planned...I would probably be able to go tomorrow." "If only I had gotten my tires balanced and rotated regularly, my tires would have lasted more than half their lifespan."
So if car woes, lack of money and missing family time wasn't enough, I add a dash of guilt because I think that I could have avoided all of this. And I probably could, if I took care of my car like I should have, getting my tires rotated and balanced regularly. I hate that I had to learn this lesson the hard way, but I guess now I know.
Conclusion: yeah, today, life sucked. I'm glad tomorrow's another day, and that in a month, my car stuff will be resolved.