First, to answer one question, I ate all of my chocolate covered strawberries. The kids wouldn't touch any of them - not that they hesitate to eat food, they just won't eat something specifically designated for one of their parents.
Second, to answer another - I know what's wrong with cars because I listen to them. I never drive with the radio on if I'm driving less than 200 miles, and I never turn it on unless I'm alone. That doesn't mean I'm super smart or any such nonsense. It just means that I never forget something once I've seen it go wrong. The kids know this, and call me for troubleshooting on the go. It also means I know what to say to the mechanics, and thus can avoid being ripped off.
My son's town car, thankfully, turned out to have only a dead fuse. I'm going to beat him with a stick for not checking this, as soon as I find a chair so I can reach him. Yes, this is the 6'5" son; he's not in any danger; don't contact the authorities. It is handy that the economy's in a slump, because one of my favored mechanics, who's way out in the boonies, had a really slow week last week. I called him to see if one of my cars could be towed by AAA to have the brakes fixed, and he indicated that they didn't have much to do, and would fix anything I needed done. Through the fleet I went, and did avoid being ripped off: 2 pairs of brakes plus a brake line, 2 exhaust systems, 1 battery, 1 fuel line and filter, 1 oil change and new filter necessitated by a leak around the filter, and the Town Car diagnosis; total bill $1030. Thank you, Bob the Mechanic.
I thought you'd like to see what my main refrigerators look like after a food delivery. You get all this, plus about 200 pounds of meat, 56 pounds of pasta, a couple of cases of rice, applesauce, mandarin oranges, pineapple and frozen veggies plus assorted other stuff for $888. $30 per week for milk, and I'm good for the next 6 to 7 weeks. Remember this image when you're dragging your groceries in and wearily stowing them away (although, thankfully, mine are delivered).
Last night's dinner: nothing original or exciting. Roast beef, some version of Noble Pig's lemon potatoes, good old frozen cut corn, and asparagus sauteed in butter and pepper. A side of potato bread rounded out dinner, with Brownie Tuesdays for dessert.
Tomorrow: a recap of Thor's birthday party!