June 27, 2010
Oh The Stress Of It! or It's Driving ME CRAZY!
It's not in the top 10 of stressful life events, but I would put it at number eleven. Buying a new(er) car. Turns out our 93 wagon is on her way out. We called her "Kitty", our mom car. We bought her when we started our family, I was 6 months into my first pregnancy. Being a used car "Kitty" ended up needing a new radiator. Unfortunately, the mechanics assistant decided not to put new $2 clips to attach the oil hoses and reused the old ones. Not good. I ended up dropping the engine oil all over the 101 freeway in rush hour traffic. Not a good thing. Luckily our cracker-jack of a mechanic replaced the engine. Alas, the car was never the same. Nine years later, it is time to move on. We are 4 days into our car mission and my insides are screaming to be ousides. My stomach just can't take the stress of interest rates and auto dealerships and endless searches on line. Credit unions, by the way, are THE way to go! I've been up late, getting no sleep and worrying about the money we will have to spend. Used is the only route for us, and I don't mind that, you can get some pretty awesome deals. By the way, the Ojai Lavender Festival was great, but I did spend the whole time obsessing over cars and deadlines and failed smog checks. Ugh! So bright and early I'm dragging the kids, Nintendo games in hand, to the credit union to make some sense of this. Wish me luck.