Today was probably not the ideal day to have the car in the shop, miss the once-every-90-minutes bus because it was a few minutes early to our stop, and then walk 2 or 3 miles instead. Brrrrr.
But the good news is that the car is out of the shop, is no longer leaking brake fluid, has its muffler reattached. For the first time in my 21 months owning the car, it has a valid inspection sticker. However, it's reminded me that owning a car is expensive. I should defer toy purchases for a while to make up for it. But really, it would be good for me to defer most of my toy purchases into the indefinite future anyway - that's why they're toys, I don't need them, and if I don't need them, I'm probably better resisting the urge to buy them. It's not like I don't have any toys already.