So....the Mini is in the shop for an unspecified amount of time. They were having a hard time finding a transmission....so I found one at a local wrecking yard.
Now, we wait. I'm wracked with anxiety if it will work, if my car will ever run again, and what else could be wrong with it. Despite having plenty in my younger years, I actually haven't had any car problems in a long, long time. That was nice. Not enjoying being back in the stress seat. At all.