The Cost of Air Conditioning

This week was good and weird. I’ve had strange dreams, some anxiety, and lots of kitty snuggles. We also found out that the air conditioner (AC) in our 8-year old Ford Fiesta is broken. The cost to repair the AC is $2,800. Our car is currently valued at $5,500. So the question is: do we fix it or not?

We’re leaning toward not fixing the AC unit and saving our money for a used electric vehicle. We are also thinking about going car-free again when the Ford stops working. In short, spending $2,800 on an AC unit during a global pandemic strikes me as extravagant and unwise.

The good news is the car passed smog and the AC repair is not an emergency situation. We’ll see what happens next on our transportation journey.

With that, here are a few more updates and resources that I thought were worth sharing:

Work, Gratitude & Donations

When I decided to change careers in January, I knew my job search would be challenging. I had no clue how challenging it would become. The U.S. economy seems to be crashing, and “job report nerds" expect the April 2020 unemployment figures to be terrible.

Searching for work has been frustrating and filled with rejection letters. And, I’m grateful. My husband is employed and we have enough. We also realize that nothing is certain, so we are monitoring our spending and saving our money.

We also don't want to be miserly, so we are continuing to donate to charities. For example, we donated money to local and regional food banks. Reading about food insecurity is alarming.

On the Lighter Side: Fun with Kettlebells

When the COVID-19 crisis began, The Husband and I stopped going to the gym. Instead, we began doing CrossFit workouts at home. To complement our home workouts, we bought two 25-pound kettlebells. Kettlebells are versatile and perfect for working out in a small apartment!

After buying the weights, I started looking for kettlebell themed workouts. From there, I discovered Coach Hannah Hutson on Instagram. I did a few of her free workouts at home. They were fun and hard! Based on that, I decided to register for her 4-week Kettlebell Shred program. I'm excited!

Best App

I mentioned Libby in my last letter, and I love it! It's one of the best app's on my phone; even though I don’t like reading on my phone. Thankfully, Libby gives users the option to read books on the Kindle. I’m taking advantage of that feature.

I’m happy we didn’t donate our old Kindle to the library because I’m using it daily! I will continue to buy books to support authors. But, I'm on a budget and can't spent all my money on books.

Good Reads & Resources

And last but not least, here’s a list of books, cat clips, and podcasts I enjoyed last week:

One Book

+ The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

Funny Cat Clips

+ @the.dailykitten makes me laugh!

+ @susannahconway shares funny cat videos via her Instagram Stories.

Podcasts

+ Michael Lewis — Inside the Mind of the Iconic Writer

+ 'The Sunday Read': Alone at Sea

+ One Meat Plant. One Thousand Infections.

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Tammy Strobel