Sunday, August 22, 2010

Accidents Can Be For The Better

Two and a half years ago, after a winter of pretty bad snow storms, I told Taylor that I wanted a 4wd vehicle. I was tired of sliding off the road and feeling unsafe. We decided to get a Honda Pilot. I loved the Pilot! It was great in the snow and had the potential to be a great long term vehicle for us. My only problem with the car was that I felt it was a little to big for me. I'm only 5 ft tall and that's really big car. Taylor assured me that with time I would get use to driving it and everything would be fine.

Turns out not so true. About 6 months ago I was leaving my Aunt Michelle's house on my way to sign some final paper work on my house, and I backed in to my Uncle Bob's car in the driveway. Luckily his car only had a scratch on it. Mine wasn't so lucky. No dents or anything but there was a good amount of paint taken off the bumper. Then last Tuesday I was leaving for work and I backed into Taylor's car in our driveway. His car was not as lucky as Uncle Bob's. The front end of his got a nice big dent right in the driver's side front fender. At that point I was done! Obviously I wasn't getting use to driving the Pilot. It was just too big for me!! Lucky for us we had leased the Pilot and our lease was up 3 1/2 months anyway. So we took the car in to Carmax to see what they would give us for it. I was totally expecting to maybe break even. Turns out we had $4000 in equity in the Pilot!! So we turned it in and after many, many years of waiting I FINALLY got the car that I have always wanted. Yesterday Taylor bought me a 2010 Honda CR-V!! I love it! I've wanted a CR-V since they very first came out in 1998. My Aunt Michelle had one and would always let me drive it. I've wanted one every since then but for one reason or another was never able to get one. But now it's mine!! It's still 4wd but is small enough that I don't feel like I'm going to take out anything and everything that comes near me when I'm driving it. It's still big enough to accomodate the size family that we plan on having and will hopefully be the last car that we buy for a very, very long time.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mixed Emotions

A couple of days ago I found out the my baby bro Matt had gone and enlisted in the Army. I didn't know what to think about this. I mean we are living in a time where deployment to fight in the middle east is pretty much a guarantee. But, the more I thought about it the more I became proud of Matt. He's really excited to serve his country and just because he is in the army doesn't mean that he has to go out fighting in the front lines or anything. This could be a really good thing for him. He needs a little structure and responsibility in his life.

So last night we all went to my mom's house for dinner. Matt was super excited because he was going to tell us what he signed up to do. So we all gathered in the kitchen to hear Matt's news only to find out that he is going to be an E.O.D. If you are not familiar with what an E.O.D is, they are the people who go in to try and defuse bombs. It's a super dangerous job. My heart just sank. It was everything that I could do to hold back my tears, my mom was already crying enough for the both of us. I know that I need to be supportive and I'm really trying my best but I am so scared. He's only 18!! I'm soo close to my siblings that the thought of any of them being in a dangerous situation like that is just terrifying for me. I just don't know how to feel about this. When I think about it I just cry.