Another Day Bites The DustWell, it seems as though yet another two weeks has gone by since my last post here. I should start referring to this as more of a bimonthly news area.
It's been a pretty intense two weeks since my last post; I've been predominantly wrapped up in work, for a few reasons. One was in making several program changes as per user request and getting that sent out to the general public (basically meeting a deadline we'd set some time ago). Regardless of how well something's planned, it always seems nicer the day after an update goes out since (aside from some support calls) it's pretty much a 'day off' or 'day to rest.'
This time was not the case, however, due to some other projects which I needed to get right into. So, without going into great detail and boring anyone who happens to read this, I'll just say I've put in a lot of time lately. On the flipside, things have (more or less) been going well, but just really busy.
Her name is Kurva (pronounced Coor (as in Coors Light) - va). It's an English spelling adaptation of the Polish word for whore. I just think it sounds cool...and it's a little neat and dorky to say you named a dog something in Polish.
She's actually the sister/litter mate of Koshka. Without going into great detail, she came ready to go (fixed) and was cheaper than Koshka. All-in-all, it was the cheapest dog (of the Siberian Husky type) we could've gotten. As it turns out, she was the one we chose not to take when we got Koshka (we got to pick since we were there first), and the other people who had shown interest in a dog never came to get her.
So, we've had some...interesting times lately. There was about a week's time where they needed to get used to each other and also how we work (for Kurva). They really enjoy each other and keep each other company quite a bit. It's a Good Thing.
Kurva's a little bigger and quite a bit darker than Koshka, but also somewhat skittish (more so than Koshka). This is also because we're new to her and whatnot. She's drawing out quite a bit more as time goes along, and Beth has already had her in the pulling harness with the sled.
But, that means the dogsled will soon be folded up and put away for the summer.
So, I scheduled an appointment for the pickup. As it turns out, it was my intake gasket which had failed and was leaking a combination of oil and coolant (which is why it looked so weird mixed with garage floor dirt, etc.). This would also explain why I had a dramatic drop in mileage the tank before I noticed the problem. I don't imagine that the leak had been there for long (a week or two, and I don't do a lot of driving with my pickup generally), but it was good to fix the problem.
I was also really glad I got the extended warranty on the vehicle, which only meant I am responsible for a small deductible and not the entire bill.
But, all is fixed now and I've noticed a significant difference in mileage again (back to normal).
It would seem as though the problem has been corrected, which is a Good Thing for all the power-dependent stuff in the house.
This post was upgraded to the MZ Online Blog on 8/29/07