Finally got the car repaired by a second mechanic. The problem was indeed the minor one that I had diagnosed via Google, rather than the $1400 problem that the first mechanic claimed. Woot! (But the original mechanic will never get our business again.)
Then the a/c in the house started acting funny. The repairman told me it was the least expensive part that I could replace, although if I had let it go it probably have taken out the motor which would have been much more expensive. That repair as $115, and I was doing a happy dance that it wasn't far more.
Yesterday the twins had a Girl Scout thing, so DH and I had a date day (PS was invited but turned us down). DH got free tickets to a "Taste Of..." event, and even though I declared it a cheat day, I really didn't eat very much bad food. I did, however, have the most delicious peach bellini ever. Yum! A very pleasant surprise in a land of unimpressive wine margaritas. And it was really nice to get some alone time with DH.
We didn't stay too long at the festival, so we did a bit of shopping on the way home, since I was still searching for a gift for TT. We almost immediately found a Fossil Watch that seems perfect for her. It's not quite the more keep-forever piece I had been hoping for, but it is so much more her style than anything I had been looking at, and it is her first "grown up" watch or jewelry.
We were all back home by late afternoon, so that evening TT and I went shopping for dress clothes. It was not easy, although we did get her a cute summer outfit that is a bit nicer than her usual superhero T and soccer shorts. We were having no luck finding non-dress dressy clothing. But finally, in our fourth store she found a dress that she thought she might be able to live with, and with a bit of bribery, I talked her into it. Yay!
The dress came with a cute purple skinny belt. TT said, "I am NOT wearing a belt with a dress. What's the point of that? A belt is supposed to keep your pants up!" Indeed. Getting her into a dress was step one--I think it will be a while before we get to accessorizing. But her fashionista twin was happy to take the belt (and is now demanding her own shopping trip). Maybe we'll do out mani/pedi date today.