I forgot to tell you guys the end of the story with my car!
Over Christmas break it stopped producing any heat. While I could handle the dead-body smell, I can't drive around all winter in a car that won't defrost its windows, so it had to go into the shop. We have a local place we use, so I arranged to drop the car off on New Year's Eve. I warned them about the dead passenger I'd been toting around, just in case it was related to the lack of heat. I didn't expect to hear back from them until after New Year's Day, but I was actually able to pick the car up that very evening, sans one very large nest and dead mouse. The guy who worked on the car said it looked like a pillow had exploded in my blower motor :-) They cleaned, bleached, and put it all back together for about $250. Huh, we have to keep the local economy moving, right?
Yesterday I got my flu shot at the grocery store pharmacy. Emma would have too, except they have a 14-and-over age restriction. When Rob suggested the nearby immediate care clinic later in the day, I thought "yes!" --why didn't I think of that? So I called to check they were doing walk-in flu vaccines, and off the two of them went. I got a text an hour later --Rob was finally about to get his shot, and they had just told him they only do vaccines for 18 and older!! Ugh. The worst is that Emma is still anxious about shots, so it was lots of wasted anxiety. I've just now made her an appointment with her doctor for this afternoon. Normally I wouldn't bother with flu shots, but her asthma has been bad this year, and she's already had pneumonia twice in her 12 years, so I want to safe-guard her. I'm really glad Rob got the shot because that man never gets enough sleep, so he's extra-vulnerable when it comes to sneaky viruses. I just have to hope Emma didn't come into contact with the virus today, at her first day of school.
Now, I'm going to enjoy doing some prep without being peppered constantly with questions. I hope you're all having a great Monday, and a special Happy Birthday to Karen at Spokalulu!