Corazon de Swiss

August 29, 2007

More about the car, a little about my HS reunion and my sewing

Filed under: Random Cheesiness,The Fam — by corazondeswiss @ 8:00 pm

Today I dropped my car off…again.  But to a new place.  I drove it with the car man so he could hear the sound it is making.  He thinks it is a wheel bearing.  I have no idea what that costs, but surely it is less than a transmission.  Hopefully this is all and he will be able to fix it tomorrow.  Except that not having my car means I get to drive the big-girl truck to work.  (Technically not so much a big-girl truck because it’s my dad’s but that’s how I like to think of it. Especially since I have to kind of climb in it.  Because I am vertically challenged.) I take the truck if I need the car seat for my nephew and leave my car for whoever needs it.  Or days like tomorrow when my dad is working all day, using his work car and I need work done on mine.  
I want to get it back tomorrow because Friday everyone needs a car, because they have a)work, b) meetings or c) appointments.  And on Friday I am planning to go and buy my sewing machine.  I have been looking at thiem for some time and have finally decided.  I’m going to get this little beauty. I am really excited about it.  I told my dad last night that I have finally decided and that I will go at the end of the week.  He had recently been to a business meeting with his siblings and while there gotten some “Granny money” (which is what we call some of the dividends of the corporation that they started with my grandparents’ estate.  Occasionally my dad will come back with some money and get gift cards for my siblings and myself. ) This time he gave me my “Granny money” in cash and said that now Granny would pay for some of my machine, and he thought she’d be real pleased that I was learning how to sew. 
My high school reunion is upcoming (10 years!!) and I have been stressing about it a bit.  First of all, because I no longer weigh what I weighed then and not in a good way.  I’ve been working on that, but it is still frustrating.  And though on the websites I have been monitoring (MySpace, Classreport, the official school website) I have had information about the events, the cost but not the deadlines or payment information.  Today, I get a bulletin that the info was on and that the deadline for payment is September 10.  I’d have paid months ago if I’d known!!  I had just recently contacted the local person listed and he didn’t know anything either.  I even left MySpace messages for the coordinator offering to help!  The good news about the reunion is that CP is planning to come up and requested time off and I didn’t have to remind him.  How good is that sweet boy?!  Some of my good friends are planning to come and I am looking forward to seeing them as well. 
Today I made arrangements to go to Ithaca, NY to see my college friend.  She works at C0rnell University and I am going for a long weekend in October.  I fly out Friday morning and return Monday evening.  I can’t wait to go- especially since it gets me out of Florida for a few days, and even better seeing one of my most favorite girls, and a place I’ve never been before!!


August 17, 2007

The post about the car

Filed under: Ranting and Raving — by corazondeswiss @ 5:46 am

I called the car place I use last Tuesday because I have been hearing a funny noise, like my car is not getting into the last gear.  I tell the guy I want an oil change, tires rotated and balanced and the transmission looked at. He tells me I can come in anytime today, in fact how about now- they’re “dead”.  I explain that I am already at work, and that I can drop it off Thursday evening and they can have it all day Friday. 
So, Thursday rolls around and I arrange with my mom to meet me there after I drop the car off.  Mr. Personality from the phone waits on me again. 
Me: I’m here to drop off my car for tomorrow.  My name is Brie Swiss. 
Mr. P: You’re not supposed to be here until 6. 
Me: I know, but my ride situation worked out that this is when someone can pick me up.
Mr. P: I have you down for oil change, tires and transmission.  What’s wrong with your transmission?  We really don’t service transmissions here.  (As I am looking at the sign that lists the pricing for the transmission flush and fill)
Me: It doesn’t seem like its getting into the last gear when I’m driving.  It sounds very loud.  I’d just like them to look at it.
Mr. P: Ok. Well we charge at life time balance and rotation fee of 63…
Me: I paid for the lifetime balance and rotation of the tires when I bought them. 
Mr. P: Did you buy them here?
Me: No.  I bought them at Your Brand Store in SoFL where I lived at the time.  But y’all  balanced and rotated them last time I was here.
Mr. P: I only show we rotated your tires last time.  Do you have the documentation?
Me: (calm on the outside, but really angry on the inside) Yes and I showed them last time I was here. (Am genius, because I have a mad filing system and all service related documentation on my car is kept in my glove box, so have it with the car at all times.)
Mr. P: I believe you, but I have to see it.
Me: I have to go out to my car and get it.  (again really angry because I’ve already given them the paperwork on this and someone didn’t do their job, and because Mr. P has just told me that they didn’t do something that I asked last time I was there.)
So, I go find the receipt and give it to Mr. P, give him my work phone number and explain that the department secretary will answer, track me down in the hospital and return the call as soon as I am available. 
Fast forward to last Friday morning (slow, slow, slow day at work!) Go to my locker, hoping that when I check the printer in a few minutes that there will be orders for new patients, and check my cell phone.  Voicemail.  Call and check my voicemail (because hello, I left my work number for my health).  It’s a message from an hour ago from the Service Guy who’s working on my car.  Call SG back.  He starts speaking car.  Fluently and fast.  (In his defense, much the same way I speak medical, but I digress.) He starts asking have I had the the transmission fluid drained and replaced, and I need the power steering fluid, brake fluid replaced, some kind of fuel injection thing that will help my gas mileage.  (What?! I haven’t noticed a change in my gas mileage! Yes, because I am a nerd I check on things like this.) So I tell him that yes indeed I have had the transmission fluid changed out.  He asks more questions.  I tell him that they better have done it since I paid $200+ for it.  He asks if I have documentation(what’s with the documentation?! at least I save it all).  I tell him about my mad filing skills and that he is welcome to go out and find the paper. He tells me he’ll go look and call me right back.  I ask him for an estimate of the costs.  $500.
Then, dear readers I did what any self-sufficient, grown woman does when the car guy calls and tells her she needs $500 work done on her car.  I called my daddy.  Who explained things to me and told me that no, I didn’t need the fuel injection thing (saving me ~$100). My dad reminds me to speak to the manager about Mr. P from the day before.  So, SG calls me back, says yeah he found the paperwork and the work was done.  I authorize everything but the fuel injection thing and then ask to be transferred to the manager.
I tell him who I am, and explain about Mr. P from the day before.  Mgr. tells me he is so sorry, and he’s glad that I let him know because he can’t take care of things if customers don’t tell him.  Mgr. tells me he’s going to go knock Mr. P upside his stupid head (okay, not exactly, but something similar).
Fast forward to an early exit from work and time at home with the cutest-soon-to-be-one-year-old boy that I know. I begin to dread picking up my car, because I am worried I will have to deal with Mr. P.  But decide to suck it up and be a grown up and handle it as one.  I go in and of course, Mr. P. is working at the desk, but has also decided to act like one and handles the transaction well.  Mgr. is also sitting behind the counter and says “Ms. Swiss, I took 10% off your bill for your trouble.”  I thank him and go out to my car.

Score: Brie Swiss 1, Mr. P 0.

Sometimes it pays to call and complain to the manager. Since last Friday my dad has driven my car and told me that he thinks it is not the transmission, but the catalytic converter. He’ll have to talk to the other car guy and talk to him about it.  And I also need new front brakes.  Fortunately, I just have to buy the parts and my dad can replace those. 
So there you have it, the post about the car.

August 16, 2007

Written words

Filed under: Random Cheesiness — by corazondeswiss @ 8:17 pm

I haven’t been writing lately (again, I know, I’m sorry). I could give you lots of excuses, but I won’t. Instead I will tell you all my stories.  Like how I kicked butt and took names at the car shop last week.  Like how my car is still making the sound it made last week.  But also how my dad told me what he thinks it is, and how it won’t cost me a large fortune.  Just a small one.  And I need new front brakes. 
Also, how my best friend from elementary school found me on MySp@ce after 20 years?  And in the market adjustments to the payroll where I work resulted in an awesome pay raise for me. Let’s see what else…oh quilting class was incredibly frustrating.  But when I got home, it was better after my mom helped me some. 
Did I mention that my nephew’s birthday is this week and my sister and I are having fun picking out a birthday present for our favorite soon to be 1 year old boy?  We’re thinking about a sandbox.  How fun is that?  Plus we have a name train, and it is a story in and of itself.  At the rate we are going, it will be at least Christmas if not his next birthday before that little project is finished. 
So, what I’m saying is, when you haven’t seen me write in a while, remind me of all these stories I have to write for you.  Leave me a comment. Or send me an email: and say “What about the car story?”  or “What about the elementary school friend thing?”  “Tell me about your quilting class”  or “Would you just write instead of telling us what you are going to write!!”
So I’m off.  Doing something other than writing.  And lamenting that I can’t write from my bed, because the internet connection in my house is stupid.  ‘Cause if I could write blog entries from my bed, wouldn’t that be totally awesome?!

August 6, 2007


Filed under: In Sickness and In Health — by corazondeswiss @ 8:05 pm

(number of pounds I lost this week at weigh in this morning!)
I don’t know if since I started Weight W@tchers 4 weeks ago I’m just more tuned in or hyperaware, but it seems like everyone is talking about health/fitness/weight loss.  I don’t want this to be a weight loss blog, but I’m feeling compelled today. 
I read while I’m doing cardio on the treadmill (it helps me not think about the fact that I am exercising) and today it was People.  There was an article with Star Jones Reynolds talking about her gastric bypass.  I’m not so much worried about that, but the pictures were interesting.  Since she began losing weight, I think she’s looking more and more like a bobble head- like her head is too big for her thin self.  I ask you, is it just me?
I read Zandria’s post today about the Blog Her session with fitness guru Jillian Michaels.  I really liked what everyone wrote about what she said- its all things I’ve been telling myself and trying to take to heart. Finding my balance.  And by the way its so nice to hear that a fitness guru doesn’t love working out.  If I could get away with not working out, I’d totally do it.  🙂
I just watched Fat March tonight and I think I might get hooked.  I’m sad that Pastor Shane went home.  I hope that they have a reunion at the end and he keeps his word and keeps on marching to get healthy! 
I hope that you are all finding your balance as I am seeking mine!

August 5, 2007

Eight is enough

Filed under: It's All About Me — by corazondeswiss @ 8:22 pm

Alyndabear did this on Saturday and I have been bad and not posted all week, so I am making up for it with a meme… 

A. Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves.
B. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed.
C. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

1. My new favorite tv show is “Army Wives” on Lifetime Sunday nights. I watch it religiously.
2. I love my cats, but my God, I am way over cleaning up after them.  Good grief, the litterboxes and the floors around the litterboxes…
3. I enjoy reading chick lit- its light, easy and fun to read so I can get involved and read quickly. 
4. I just learned to sew and I think I might become addicted.
5. For some reason, when my mom and I bathe and groom our littlest dog, we become punch drunk.  We should get drunk first and then see what happens!!
6. I am not good at cooking asparagus. It is almost always overcooked.
7. I’m not much of a snuggler when sleeping.  My favorite way to sleep with CP is with my back up against his. But if I am feeling snuggily, I like for him to lay on his back so I put my leg and arm over him.  I hate it when he does that to me though!!
8. Since I moved home, I haven’t had a whole lot of weekends to myself.  But this weekend I did, and it was glorious.  I slept till 9:30, stayed in my pajamas until 1:00 in the afternoon.  Fanfreakingtastic!
Eh, am too lazy to tag.  Anyone wanna do a meme?

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