Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Fragments- January 15, 2010

As I was drifting to sleep last night I thought of a really clever intro for my Fragments post today, but I must've been exhausted because I can't figure out why I thought it was clever. Maybe I forgot the clever part.

I've been going everywhere by bus and foot this week and I really HATE having to rely on the bus system. I'm glad it's there for when I -want- to ride it, but it takes SO MUCH LONGER. Plus... there really is no polite way to say this... some people need to jump on the deodorant bandwagon. I mean, really. I don't want to be smashed up against your smelly person in the bus. It's bad enough being smashed up against an UNsmelly person!

We took my bike to the shop for an estimate. I didn't think it was going to be CHEAP to fix, but I also apparently underestimated the huge amount of damage it had taken.


I had a bent front fork, bent front wheel, bent FRAME, broken steering pin, broken brake handle, broken pedal and some other things that I can't figure out to translate for you at the moment. The total there at the bottom? It does say €306.99 incase you thought maybe you'd hit your head and started seeing more numbers than should be there. The man is supposed to transfer the money to us to cover the repairs though so that's good.

Speaking of my bike, the bike shop is calling it "the tall one." I guess that's okay since that's what people call me too!

Poor Martijn developed an abscessed tooth and had to run to the dentist (in Germany) to have a root canal on Thursday. He had to go back in this morning for what was supposed to be a five minute procedure (taking out the drain for the abscess and repacking it) but when the dentist got to poking around in there he discovered that the roots of Martijn's teeth actually go down to his knees and that the whole thing hadn't been removed properly. An hour and a half later... well, you get the idea!

We're going on a "date" to IKEA tonight because Martijn's desk chair finally gave up on life this week and we need to get a replacement. They don't sell the one he had anymore so I hope we can find one he'll like. This also means that I don't have to cook! Hooray for meatballs.

I started using Windows Live Writer to publish a few posts and I don't think I really like it that much. It is all shiny and magic but it takes me twice as long to format posts how I want them. I know a lot of people like it, but blegh. I shall continue to use my old Livejournal editor and go to flickr and gather my photo links myself. It's supposed to be more convenient but for me it's really not!

EDIT: Since I'm a forgetful flake and forgot to mention this the first time around! One of my sweet friends here compiled a post of ways to help the Haiti earthquake victims and how to avoid the scams. There is a ton of great information so please check it out.

If you'd like to participate in the weekly fragmented fun, go visit Mrs 4444 at Half Past Kissin Time!

Mommy's Idea

P.S. I'm giving away a magicJack! Check out the magicJack Giveaway post for more info =)


Anonymous said...

I've totally done the bus thing and I hear ya on the 'ew' factor.

Wizardress said...

I was at Ikea earlier- not the same one you were at though. I bought two little lamp shades. Do you have the familie pass? Youshould get one if not- they're free ya know :)

It's good that the dentist caught the problem with Martijns roots, although I wonder why he didn't see that before via x-ray... or maybe he didn't take one. Anyway.. thank goodness otherwise he would have been in for an abcess in no time.

I hope you have a great weekend and that your bike is back in tip top shape in no time!

4 Lettre Words said...

Enjoy your date!! Sounds like fun to me.

Hope you get your bike back soon.

Happy weekend!

April said...

Inevitably, I remember 3 frags I was going to write after I hit the publish button!

Happy FF!

Noodle said...

HI Tall friend....This is short friend... =D
I'm glad you getting you bike fixed and that mister "don't look before I open doors" is going to pay for it.... I can't belive that you didn't get hurt worse with all that damage to your sturdy travling compaion... Have fun on you date with tijn I've never been to IKEA but I've heard that is a super fun place to shop...

mimbles said...

Thank goodness you don't have to pay for the bike repairs!

Ow! Poor Martijn, I hope it's all healing up properly now.

Happy FF :-)

Meal Planning with Connie said...

I hope your bike is soon repaired and Martijn's tooth is soon well. Hope you had fun on your night out and found just the right chair!!
Best wishes for a great weekend!!

Unknown Mami said...

It's bad enough being smashed up against an unsmelly person. I think they should require deodorant if you are going to rid public transit or offer gas masks.

Sue said...

Thanks for stopping by! Sorry your bike got so busted up! I hope you didn't along with it! How was date night?

Corrie Howe said...

Wow that is a lot of money to fix the bike. I've never been to Ikea, but I hear lots of wonderful things about it.

Zair said...

The main reason I'm not cycling any more is the insane amount they wanted to fix my bike (way more then the thing was worth), and I still haven't saved up for a new bike... Though having a free travel pass isn't helping with that goal.

Hope Martijn feels better soon! My mouth is being weird at me the last few days, I hope it clears up rather then me having to visit the evil human tooth fairy substitute!

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