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Car Troubles

September 18th, 2016 at 02:23 am

I said it when I posted my list, but I will say it again. I loved reading the lists. I already felt connected to this group more so than any other online group I have ever participated in. I feel like I know you all a bit more now.

My son and I went straight from school to do two of my mystery shops since they were in the vicinity. One of the shops we had to pick up Mexican takeout. I needed photos of the food. I had him pull over on the nearby side street to take the photos before the food was jostled around. The car overheated. Yes, the car he bought last weekend! I am thankful we were parked on a side street and not in the middle of the busy road.

I told him let's not overreact. We had it towed to a place nearby and DH came and gave us a ride home. It turns out it is the radiator. While I am not thrilled to have to shell out money on it so quickly, it IS the original radiator on a 20 year old car. It is worth fixing.

My dad knows my son worked hard to save for the car and depleted his account with the purchase, registration, etc. He also knows I am paying for senior pics for my son this week. So, he offered to let my son borrow the money ($500). With the discount from Geico and the oil change it should be $425, but he rounded up. My son can get his license next Monday (Florida requires a permit for a year!), so he will be all set to drive on his own by time we pick the car up. I have to wait on the check, and the radiator has to be ordered.

My darn tire light came on Friday night. We put air in the tires and so far so good. But then yesterday, I started my car and it sounded rough. I swear, when it rains it pours. I am hoping it is nothing serious. It ran fine later in the day. Bad gas maybe? I plan to have my car looked at thoroughly when this subbing gig is up in less than three weeks.

It is just after 4:00 AM here. I think I will give going back to sleep for a couple hours a shot. I have editing to do later and two grocery store mystery shops. I will rest while I can! Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.

Nhgirl's list

September 17th, 2016 at 05:04 am

I just typed this and lost it. Thank goodness I copied it!

Reading the lists uplifted my mood a bit yesterday. It was a rough day, but that is for another post. Here is my list. I am a afraid I am pretty boring overall!

1.) I have three kids. I have two boys and a girl (25, 23, and 17).

2.) I have two grandchildren, a boy (4) and a girl (3 in January) via my oldest son.

3.) I currently live in Florida. I grew up in Michigan and also lived in New Hampshire for many years.

4.) I plan on leaving Florida for good after my son graduates in May. I tried Florida twice, and it is not my cup of tea. I am probably moving back to Michigan.

5.) I have been to 46 states (I still need to get to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alaska and Hawaii).

6.) I currently have three jobs, and I like it that way. I am most comfortable with several streams of income.

7.) I am a moderate Conservative.

8.) I almost never listen to music. I don't hate it, but it is not a part of my life. I could go the rest of my life never hearing another song, and it would not bother me.

9.) I have had a strong urge to volunteer lately. I have decided to wait until the move. At that point I have a specific charity to work with in Michigan in mind.

10.) I never grew up with animals in my home. Much like music, they just are not a part of my life.

11.) I would love to travel more. I have not been outside the US and Canada.

12.) I have an irrational fear of being a bag lady. Hence, my need to work so much. I am sure it is also partially because I have always been the major breadwinner.

13.) I have lost 14 pounds since late July. I cut out processed foods and most sugar. I have also participated in aquacise classes.

14.) I've been married twice. I am currently married, but we are discussing a separation.

15.) I really want to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. I have had a novel in mind for years, and hope I can follow through.

16.) I have an interest in owning a tiny house. I am not a minimalist, but I don't own a lot of things. I like the idea of no mortgage!

17.) I almost never purchase anything (outside of paying my regular bills) that is not reimbursed. I hate spending money. I can thank mystery shopping for this.

18.) I think about my future constantly. As I get closer to 50, I don't want any more (major) regrets.

19.) I am fortunate at my age to have both parents and a living grandparent (who is in great shape for turning 89 next month).

20.) I have never met any SA bloggers, but I would love to do so!

Freebie from Barclay

September 10th, 2016 at 06:03 am

I just went through my mail and assumed I had another piece of junk mail. I make it a habit to open everything to be on the safe side. I have a Barclay MasterCard. I was sent a $5 Starbucks card as a thank you for being a member.

I wanted to post this in case anyone here has a card with them. Be on the lookout. It is a smaller than usual envelope (invitation size).

My son bought his first car!

September 5th, 2016 at 01:33 pm

My son put a deposit on his first car yesterday. He got such a deal! It is a 1997 Chrysler Concorde and is in pristine condition. It has leather seats, and other than minor wear on the driver's seat, it looks brand new inside. For that matter, it looks new outside as well! It has only had two owners. The original owners were older and kept it garaged. The lady we are buying it from bought it for her mother. She put an additional 800 miles on it and could not drive any longer. We took it on a test drive and everything worked beautifully.

We got this car for $985 which was the Kelly Blue Book price for the 1995 model. The lady thought it was a 95, and so we saved at least $300 because of her error. I felt slightly bad about it, but she said it was no problem.

The car even has ALL of the maintenance records. It is also fully loaded. My son is so excited to go pick it up next weekend! He worked so hard to save for a car. I am tickled he ended up with such a deal on his first car (and it was the first car we looked at).

Since he has his permit for a couple more weeks, I had to wait until DH was available to drive with me to go get it; hence the wait.