Back by Popular Demand

Well, back by the demand of my brother, and he’s a popular person, so….
It’s been quite a while since I last blogged. 65 days, according to my wordpress account. A lot has changed; a lot hasn’t.
There hasn’t been a whole lot of progress on my novel but this doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing. I’ve been doing my once a week post for CNA Edge and that has been going very well. Very well indeed!
I’m enjoying it and others seem to be enjoying it too. Michael says that he loves my regular and reliable posts on this site, but he would occasionally like to read something I write that isn’t about being a CNA.
He’s a firm believer in pushing people to be better, that one. He’s also very fond of reliable patterns. Since the weekly deadline seems to be working well for one blog, I thought I’d try it out here.
So, Sundays I write for CNA Edge.
Thursdays I’ll write for this blog.
And I’ll be cracking down on novel writing too.

Even though I’ve been silent on this front for a while, offline life has been chugging along. My new car plans have been accelerated, thanks to a series of current car misfortunes.

a) My driver’s side door won’t close all the way, thanks to a broken handle on the inside. Can’t fix that without replacing the whole door, my mechanic says.
b) My passenger side front door won’t open, thanks to a collision with a deer. More accurately, from having an enormous buck running full tilt into it. THAT was scary! I was driving along a back country road, having just picked up Michael from work. I had just turned my head to glance at Michael as he was talking and all of a sudden, without warning, a deer charges from the thick woods. All I saw was his profile and large deer inches from his face. Thank God those inches were good, sturdy metal of an old car. Also, thank God that the deer hit over the front tire and flipped over the top and didn’t impact on the window.
Still, I was quite shaken!
c) My heater core went out. This has perhaps been the most trying of all my car tribulations: the driver’s side door is annoying and the passenger’s side door is inconvenient but the lack of heat is miserable. And of course my heater core goes out in the most unseasonable cold November in a long, long time! Dad and I have become experts of bundling up with hats, scarves, gloves, jackets and coats. I’ve even mastered the art of wrapping a sleeping bag around my legs in such a fashion that I still have sufficient range of motion to drive.

I found a car that I want, a 2012 Honda Civc…unfortunately, it was just a bit out of my price range. So, I made the choice to walk away and save up more money. That was 3 weeks ago, and throughout those 3 weeks, that particular car has not sold. I see it every day on my way to pick up Dad. If it’s still there in another week, hopefully the dealership and I can come to an agreement and I will be the owner of a car with excellent gas mileage and, perhaps more importantly, HEAT!!!
If not, I’ll start the search for another 2012-2013 Honda Civic.

One more week. One more week of alternately freezing my butt off and running it off at work. I’ve been working an extra 8-10 hours a week for the last 3 weeks, trying to save up enough for a large down payment. My goal is to keep the monthly payments under $200 and I assure, these past 3 weeks have been quite the test of my resolve!

One other thing has changed since I last blogged: I’m signed up to resume my higher education in January. I’ll be going part time to Ivy Tech for psychology. It was time to go back; I’ve been in need of more intellectual and social stimulation lately. And, I’ve developed quite the interest in psychology. It will be a useful tool in the kind of writing I do and the kind of work I do. I know I won’t get rich doing it, so I guess it’s a good thing money isn’t my main motivator!

Whew! That’s it for now! Next post will be a recounting of my adventures used car shopping.


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3 thoughts on “Back by Popular Demand

  1. Thank you!


  2. Great post, Hannah. Honda Civics are fantastic cars. They run forever. I hope you can get the one you’ve had your eye on. If not, there’s always another.

    I’m so excited that you are going back to school. Psychology sounds like a great fit. After our texting session about LTC ombudsman, I starting thinking that you’d make a terrific geriatric clinical social worker — kind of a combination of a social worker and a psychologist. You have an eye for how personal stories fit into broader social structures.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to hearing more from you here. Thanks to Michael for prompting this.


    • Hannah

      Eh, what? A social worker? You mean the only person in a nursing home who pulls more hours than an aide? I thought you liked me!
      Seriously though, that’s something I hadn’t thought about…


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