**update: all i'm going to say is that unfortunately it wasn't a simple solution but it's all better now. my absolutely AWESOME fiance' handled the car mechanic man so that it didn't completely send me over the edge (tears were still shed, however). thanks, babe...you are the BEST. i love you!**
ugh. you never want to see this little light come on in your car...especially as you are driving down the interstate headed to work. it's just no good, i tell you. luckily, my awesome fiance' was already going to take my car to have it serviced today and he assured me he would make sure everything is okay.