{January 21, 2013}   Today, It’s Okay

With my sister safely in our Emergency Room until a bed opens up at the State Hospital for her, I can now concentrate on my happiness about going to get my new car today. 🙂 The only difficult part is convincing my niece to go because I have her until my sister is better. My niece hates to ride in a car and would be much happier to stay here alone but she’s only six years old. She’s always telling me, “I’ll stay here and Sarge (my dog) can watch me”. Haha. I trust Sarge 100% because he’s a 128 pound, loyal German Shepard, it’s her I don’t trust!

So I’m leaving here in about an hour and I’m literally trembling from excitement! Honestly I’m almost in denial, like it’s a dream and not real. I’ve always driven trucks and SUVs, for one thing, so a car is kind of foreign to me (technically it’s a crossover), and they’ve always been cheap buys (aka pieces of shit that will last me from one inspection to another, barely). This car is nice. Really nice.

With my excitement I had a very hard time falling asleep last night and I kept turning my pillow for the cool side. That sent my mind on a rant, one I’ll call The Simple Things. The simple things that mean so much: The cool side of the pillow, whether it’s eighty degrees or sixty degrees in my room, I want the cool side of the pillow! A drinking glass, I can’t stand to drink from plastic! Every time I see my Auntie I get two bear hugs (at the least), one when I arrive and one when I leave. A TV in my room where I can watch my favorite shows, like NY-ER and The L Word, without being harassed about how “gross” they are. My animals for their unconditional love, when I’m happy, sad, angry or indifferent, they’re always there and they’re always happy to see me and be with me.

I tried to think of something ‘simple’ that had to do with my job at Fire/Rescue but I couldn’t. Because nothing is ever simple when I’m working. But that’s how I like it to be at that one place.

{January 19, 2013}   It’s a Good Day!

…because I closed on the deal for the new car! 🙂  I’m picking it up on Monday after they put an inspection sticker on it. I’m feeling especially good about it because I did a damn good job negotiating on it. I talked them down $1,750 before I even went to the dealership to see the car and then an additional $271 today. PLUS I got them to agree to throwing in the inspection sticker and a full tank of gas. If I had had to do the negotiations face-to-face I would have ended up paying the full price they were asking originally because I’m a coward and I detest sales people.

I’m super excited!

It has all leather interior, electric everything including sunroof, third-row seating and every available option. It truly is a luxury car but it’s also sensible for me to use for my job and for family.

{January 17, 2013}   Excitement, Possibilities
Same color and everything!

Same color and everything!

Tomorrow I’m going to pick up a new car for an extended test drive… I’ll keep it until Saturday afternoon. I’ve talked them down $1,750 on it and I’m in love with it! It fits my needs as a firefighter/EMT and it fits my family’s needs as far as seating goes. It’s a Ford Freestyle and it’s loaded.

Hopefully on Saturday when I return the car I will be able to sign the papers and keep it. The only thing that is stopping me from purchasing it right now is I want to be able to put it on the car lift and look it over really good: the frame, the undercarriage, the wheel wells, all of the places vehicles rot unseen to the ‘naked eye’.

Fingers crossed!

So I finally junked my old clunker of a truck. I got a whopping $250 for it. It was sad to watch it go on the flatbed truck but it was time. When I cleaned it out I found a bunch of loose coins in the center console: pennies: 0.84, nickels: $1.30, dimes: $4.50 and quarters: $23.00 for a total of $29.64. Now I’m beginning to understand why my gas mileage was so terrible!

Now that my beloved truck is long gone I’m looking at new possibilities for a vehicle. Originally I had my heart set on a crossover, like a Chevy Equinox or a Ford Edge. But as I shopped around I started to really like the Chevy Avalanche’s. The comfort and space of an SUV with a truck bed… yeah! But I promised myself, as well as my mechanic, that I will not buy vehicles on impulse anymore, or strictly because I like the way they look (hehe). So I’m going to take my time and check out my options. I’m going to try to hold out until the end of January before buying anything. Let’s see how well that goes!

It’s snowing again (surprise!) and we’ve had vehicles off the roads everywhere. I just got back from an MVA, but I stayed at the station and did my reports while the guys got cold and wet.

et cetera