Vana, sorry the finances aren't in the shape you like, but I am happy for you and Ryan for the new and more congenial job. Lowered stress means a LOT!! Our finances took a big hit after hubby lost his job years back, but we did get back in shape and now we wonder where all that money we used to make ever went! And once hubby was out of there, his stress level went right down! Which helped me too.
Pennsic was the usual good, but we had our adventures with that rental van. It was practically brand new--only about 370 miles on it thus far. So what happens? It dies on Rt 80 about half way to our overnight stop.
We contacted the company and meanwhile sent our friend along to take advantage of the reserved room, 3 hours down the highway. It took that long to get a truck out to us! (And we found when we got home that the first 2 times they called us back, it was to our home land line rather than to our cell phone!!
) When the guy came, he examined the van and realized it was beyond him with what he had with him, so he went back for a tow truck/flatbed (remember we were loaded to the gills for camping). He loaded it up, then asked us to board; I just barely made it up into that extremely high cab, but hubby couldn't climb up no matter how he tried, and there was no stepstool. So the guy called his boss, who drove out to us in his wife's car, and that took another hour. Meanwhile the company arranged an overnight stay for us near where we broke down, and near the mechanic's. We broke down around 4 PM and we finally got to that motel about 9:30 and we hadn't even had supper! So we had pizza delivered. Next morning they brought us to the local outlet for the company, brought the van on the flatbed, and brought us a box truck to take from there (we couldn't have another van because vans have to be returned to where they were taken from, unlike the trucks, and we weren't about to bring a van back to eastern PA only to load it all onto a truck to take the rest of the way home!). So, reload everything and be on our way. The truck at least gave us no problems. And the company did foot our motel bill, reimburse us for the other motel night we lost, and rebate us some money for reloading the truck ourselves (actually, the mechanics helped us, but they weren't asked to, so that didn't count!)
Meanwhile, hubby had been looking for someone to rent him a scooter (he was tired of struggling around the campground with canes), and he finally found a group near the site that loans out refurbished scooters (and gives them to the needy), so on the way to the site with the truck, we picked it up. It served us well for 4 days, but it was getting harder and harder to take a charge, and on Day 5 it didn't have enough zap to make it up that little hill back to camp from the charging station. Oh well...
Anyway, we got home without incident after all that.
Everything's fine here so far. Hubby started collecting his pension from his former employer before vacation. Now he has applied for disability, and he just got a letter saying that the application is still in progress, but the medical part has been approved. Now to wait for the Next letter... *taps foot*