Hello Gas Efficiency

August 25, 2008 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

One week ago yesterday I had an outer body experience. Yes, that’s right, I bought a BRAND NEW CAR!!

We had been thinking about selling my 1999 Honda Passport for quite some time now, I had it listed on Craigslist for over a year, but I wasn’t very serious about selling it, just sort of toying with the idea. I had a lot of people call and ask questions about it, but none of them actually ever came to see it. You see for some odd reason, people think that just because it’s a Honda that it’s supposed to get 30+ mpg. Come on people! It’s an SUV!

Anyhow, after a crazy series of events and dealing with a pain in the ass buyer, we sold my SUV!! So it was onto buying a new, more gas efficient, commuter car. After researching the crap out of Honda Civics (which I originally intended to buy), I found out that the Toyota Corolla gets better gas mileage, has a higher re-sale value, and is also cheaper to insure (apparently Civic’s are one of the top stolen cars, so they jack up your insurance rates). I decided on a Corolla and began the hunt.

We pondered the idea of buying brand new, but we just didn’t think it was in the cards for us. After talking to a dealer in Auburn, we came to the conclusion that we just couldn’t afford to buy brand new, so we went on to looking at used ones.

We actually found a used 2008 Toyota Corolla with around 10,000 miles on it in San Jose that we were going to drive down and buy the next day, but just as I got off the phone with that dealer, the dealer in Auburn called me back (keep in mind that I had been wheeling and dealing this guy for two days trying to get him to come down on his price).

He said he talked his manager into it and he could get me an awesome deal on a brand new 2009, after running the numbers we decided that we just couldn’t pass it up because he only wanted $1,000 more for the 2009 than the San Jose dealership wanted for the 2008 with 10,000 miles. Not to mention, I called a few other dealers trying to get them to either match the guy in Auburn’s price or to do even better and to my surprise none of them would do it, one of them even told me that if he were me he’d take the deal!

So last Sunday, we drove down and I picked up my beautiful new ride, isn’t it sexy?? I still can’t believe it’s mine, it feels like I’m driving a rental or something. Oh and did I mention I get 27 mpg city and 35 mpg highway!! I checked my mileage the other day and I got about 32 mpg!! That’s definitely an upgrade from my previous 12 mpg!!! 

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Summer Goals

August 20, 2008 at 7:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

This summer I had two goals:

1)         to read as many books as I could (since during school I don’t have any free time to read things that I actually want to read, rather than being required to read them)

2)         to scrapbook the hundreds of pictures I have built up and never have time to scrapbook (again due to my intense school schedule)

I have definitely accomplished goal number one, but have yet to even attempt goal number two. Seeing as I have less than a week before my insanely crazy school/work schedule starts, I doubt I’m going to get any scrapbooking done.

So far this summer I’ve read:

                Three Nicholas Sparks books:

                1)            True Believer                    

                2)            At First Sight

                3)            The Choice

                Two Michael Lee West books:

                4)            American Pie

                5)            She Flew the Coop

And I’m just about to finish this amazing book called Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. My boss gave me this book as a present. If you haven’t read it yet, you must! This book is amazing, even if you don’t read very much, you have to at least read this book. I’m going to write a seperate blog on it once I’ve finished it.

I’m thinking about scrapbooking a bit this weekend, but even if I don’t get around to it, I will say I’m very proud of all the reading I’ve accomplished (even if it is only mindless, pleasure reading).

After all, that’s the best kind right? 😉

Our Story

August 20, 2008 at 4:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The past few years have been some of the most amazingly difficult, rewarding, and altogether strange years of my life. I’ve definitely learned a lot about myself, that’s for damn sure.

In 2006, I met the love of my life, fell madly in love within the span of a month, and then was abruptly ripped away from him in a matter of seconds. I could’ve never (in a million years) predicted that I’d get to know someone as well as I did in that month’s time only to be torn apart for what turned out to be 19 months. In a little over a year and a half I got to know this amazing man I call mine better than most people get to know their partners over 30+ years of marriage.

I know, I know, it sounds like some sappy romance movie right? Like The Notebook or Cold Mountain, but I’ll tell you what, you want to really get to know someone? I mean fully, deeply know someone? Write letters back and forth every day for 19 months, and when I say every day, I mean absolutely every single day. I literally have binders and boxes full of letters. I told him once that we probably killed an entire rain forest worth of trees and we pretty much own a post office from what we paid in postage.

As odd as it sounds, I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. The experience has made not only our relationship stronger, but both of us stronger as individuals. We got to know each other and ourselves on an entirely different level than I can even put into words. They say that long distance relationships never work, well we definitely proved that cliché wrong. We saw each other three times in 19 months and we couldn’t do anymore than hold hands or kiss, but I can’t even begin to describe to you how incredible it felt just to hold his hand, let alone kiss his lips or look into his eyes.

He was supposed to be back in town in April of 2007 and didn’t end up getting back into town until November. He finally came home in February of this year. I can’t believe it’s been seven months already, time flies by when you’re caught up in day to day life, that’s for sure.

I thank God every day for bringing him into my life and showing me such an incredibly amazing love that I never even thought was possible. It might sound strange to some, but I even thank God for putting us through such a horrendously difficult experience because had things not happened exactly the way they did, who knows where we’d both be today.

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