Well, this Thanksgiving holiday is turning out different than planned. On the final leg of our 2-day drive, Wed night, the power steering started to act up in the van. By the time we arrived, the steering was there – but no power. I popped the hood and found the fluid was completely gone.
My brother-in-law gave me a ride to the auto parts store where I picked up a quart of specially formulated fluid for my vehicle, then I refilled the reservoir and drove around the block, and things started to sound better.
This morning, I checked the levels, and it had lost a fair amount. The van is basically undriveable for long trips – which is exactly what we have ahead of us. We took the van to a friend of theirs who is a great mechanic, and I got a call a little while ago that the power rack was leaking, and who knew what else was wrong. It’s not cheap to repair.
And they might not get it done by end of day. And then, they are closed for the weekend. Which means we don’t get back on the road till Monday at the earliest. But at least my job is flexible. I will just take more time off.
The worst thing is putting my in-laws out. And not being on my schedule. And my spouse being anxious. The money is the least of my concerns, right now.
I really want to just break down. Collapse. I am so tired. And my spouse is a real challenge. And my side of the family is so interactive, so needy, so social and overwhelming, it just adds to the ehoke overwhelm. If I survive in one piece without getting hurt, I will be happy.
It’s a goal. Onward.
But first, I need another nap.