July 2013 - Page 9
Sara, I'd do 1.5 hours each way in a day if it were just a drop off. It's the staying all day that makes it too much for me. Plus, it's just not enough time for a good visit since we don't go that often.
Joanie, get your car! When I decided I wanted a van, I started going out and test driving them and getting info and estimated monthly payments without DH. Once I could prove to him that we could easily afford it, he was in. We sold my old car private party for more than $2k more than any dealership was offering as a trade in and our monthly payment only went up $20. So worth it to me! It did take a lot of nagging on my part, but that's par for the course for us. It's also how I got him talked into the new house!
Speaking of, interest rates are killing us right now! The rate we were quoted a month ago has gone up a full percent since then. So once we finally got the contract through and went to lock in a rate, our payment had increased by $100/month. DH is pissed because we asked the loan officer a month ago if we could go ahead and lock in a rate and he did not recommend it since we hadn't found a house yet. Now, any other banker we talk to (my cousin is a VP at a bank) is telling us we totally should have and could have locked in that lower rate long ago. Ugh! Oh well, I refuse to stress about it. We have a house and I can't wait! We'll close just before Labor Day. DH is already building the bar he plans to put in the basement so he can install it as soon as we're in. Then, housewarming party at our place!!! That is what I miss the most about having up own house. We love to entertain and we've hardly seen our friends this summer since we're always the ones that plan and host get-togethers. Can't wait to have my space again!
Nicole, Greta is jerk too. Maybe we should pin them up together and see who survives? She hits all the time and grabs and pinches my face. And she is relentless. The more I try to get her to stop, the funnier she thinks it is and just makes her do it more and more.
Sarah, is it GABA (the amino acid) that helps with mood if you are in a pinch? Or L-tryptophan? I have a good friend with depression who takes one or both of these when she is out of her prescription, and she says it can really help. Amazon sells them, as do most grocery stores.
Joanie, I once read that if you keep a brand new car for at least 10 years and a used car for at least four years versus leasing a new car every few years, you'll save $1 million over your lifetime. I've never done the math, but I would whip out that little nugget of data for your husband. You are well into the 10-year mark! I just have one word for you: TESLA. Okay, another word: DROOL. Can you please get one and give me the drive-by-drive (kind of like Nicole's birth play-by-play)?
Jaimee, is there a service in your area that will tend your garden while you are away? Maybe someone motivated will do it in exchange for free veggies. Welcome back!
I am reading Fairyland right now. Have any of you read it? I think it may be my favorite memoir ever. Ever.
Amanda, no amount of baptismal gifts will make up for the day I'd have to spend with my family in a religious capacity if we baptized Sora... I'm just so so tired of the guilt trips. When the guilt trips come from a parent, I swear it hits you deep down no matter how much you try to ignore it, in contrast to if a stranger were to dish out the guilt trips. Moms have a way about them... grr.
I jest, of course. Sorry about the guilt trips. No fun.
Sorry about interest rates, Mal. Can't you pay down a point upfront? Not sure how that works.....
Joanie, I feel you on the guilt trips. My own mother is a pro at them. It's like an art form for her. And living with her just makes it worse. Another reason I need my space! My brother has started in on me this summer. He commented on something I put on Facebook about the Supreme Court ruling on prop 8. He "hoped to god" I wasn't supporting the gay marriage "agenda". And what abut my faith, blah, blah, blah. I refuse to talk politics with my family because we disagree, so I didn't respond to his comment. He called my mother and questioned her about it! Then put some passive aggressive comment on Facebook about me not wanting to spend time with my family because DH and I were going out of town for the weekend. He is trying to pick a fight with me. I'm not giving into it. I love my family and appreciate them for what they bring to my life, but I do sometimes think there would be much less drama in my life if there was a little distance between us.
I'd like to see this. He's EXACTLY the same way. O_O He thinks it's hilarious.