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Saturday, December 4, 2010

New Blog!

Long time no see!

I thought I should finally tell you that I use a new blog and you can find it here (<--clicky).

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Well this is going to be long..

I don't even know where to start so I'll start with the most recent and go backwards ha.. We got a new car! Yay! It's a 2008 Ford Edge.. okay so not brand new, but it's new for me. It also has 40k less miles. It's pretty much the base model with a few 'upgrades' like power windows and locks (um I thought that was standard on every car), I can sync my phone, and I can control the volume and radio station from the steering wheel. It is more a month, but we plan on refinancing it in 6 months to a year because by then a lot of our debt should be paid down or even off.



The breaking point of getting a new car was we were driving home from looking at houses we were interested in buying (and actually got pre-approved for). We turned down the street our apartment complex is on (which is a very busy street) and I'm driving and all of a sudden the car stops accelerating. I push the pedal to the floor and nothing. By now the battery light is flashing at me so I coast into a parking lot. It was definitely not like before when it stopped accelerating because before at least the car would still go. I turn the car off when I get into the parking lot and start to try it again and the engine turns over, but it's like it stalled (when you're in a manual car) and the battery light comes back on. We knew it wasn't the battery because all the lights and radio was working and the engine turned over. I finally get it started and raced home. I felt like the faster I went the less likely it would stall haha!

The next day we used Eric's car and I just took him to work and then went about my day. We were both done with the Passat. That was the last straw. We knew we'd be upside down with the trade in, but it's worth it to have a car that we can rely on. So that day we went to Ford and got the edge! Luckily the Passat made it all the way up to the Ford dealership without dying and through their little test drive. Only thing was the AC decided to go completely out that day. Normally it took about 10 minutes for it to get cold, but between stopping to wash the car and stop at the convenient store and then driving all the way up there it was almost an hour and it still didn't work. That car was a mess. And being a VW it was very expensive to get fixed. Needless to say we now have a Ford Edge :)!

We're also going to visit his family in mid July up in Minnesota for a week and we're driving. Between the price of Bentley's boarding and the price of plane tickets it'd be over $1,000. And well.. that's just not possible for us right now so driving it is. We'll take two days to get there.

Eric is getting deployed shortly after that, but it's not for very long and it's in a decent (well considering) so it won't be too bad.

I'm still working for Bank of America, but still looking for another job, preferably in the hospital since that is what my degree is in.

I think that's it for the most part. I'll try and update more.

Well this is going to be long..

I don't even know where to start so I'll start with the most recent and go backwards ha.. We got a new car! Yay! It's a 2008 Ford Edge.. okay so not brand new, but it's new for me. It also has 40k less miles. It's pretty much the base model with a few 'upgrades' like power windows and locks (um I thought that was standard on every car), I can sync my phone, and I can control the volume and radio station from the steering wheel. It is more a month, but we plan on refinancing it in 6 months to a year because by then a lot of our debt should be paid down or even off.



The breaking point of getting a new car was we were driving home from looking at houses we were interested in buying (and actually got pre-approved for). We turned down the street our apartment complex is on (which is a very busy street) and I'm driving and all of a sudden the car stops accelerating. I push the pedal to the floor and nothing. By now the battery light is flashing at me so I coast into a parking lot. It was definitely not like before when it stopped accelerating because before at least the car would still go. I turn the car off when I get into the parking lot and start to try it again and the engine turns over, but it's like it stalled (when you're in a manual car) and the battery light comes back on. We knew it wasn't the battery because all the lights and radio was working and the engine turned over. I finally get it started and raced home. I felt like the faster I went the less likely it would stall haha!

The next day we used Eric's car and I just took him to work and then went about my day. We were both done with the Passat. That was the last straw. We knew we'd be upside down with the trade in, but it's worth it to have a car that we can rely on. So that day we went to Ford and got the edge! Luckily the Passat made it all the way up to the Ford dealership without dying and through their little test drive. Only thing was the AC decided to go completely out that day. Normally it took about 10 minutes for it to get cold, but between stopping to wash the car and stop at the convenient store and then driving all the way up there it was almost an hour and it still didn't work. That car was a mess. And being a VW it was very expensive to get fixed. Needless to say we now have a Ford Edge :)!

We're also going to visit his family in mid July up in Minnesota for a week and we're driving. Between the price of his boarding and the price of plane tickets it'd be over $1,000. And well.. that's just not possible for us right now so driving it is. We'll take two days to get there.

Eric is getting deployed shortly after that, but it's not for very long and it's in a decent (well considering) so it won't be too bad.

I'm still working for Bank of America, but still looking for another job, preferably in the hospital since that is what my degree is in.

I think that's it for the most part. I'll try and update more.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Car Hoopla

So Eric got a new car and everything was great until two days ago. We went to Target, came back out and it wouldn't start. It got power, but wouldn't turn over. Great. Eric thought maybe it Vapor Locked which isn't really something we can fix, it just happens with heat/humidity. He tries 5 or 6 more times and it doesn't start. We sit there for 5 minutes and he tries again and all of a sudden it started. Great, maybe it just needed to cool down.

We get home and he turns it off and tries to turn it on and once again, nothing. He text one of his friends and told him what was going on and he came over the next day (yesterday) and had no idea what was wrong with it. Eric then thought maybe it was the spark plugs so off to Auto Zone we go. This morning he's taking them off and putting the new ones on when he gets to the last one and the old one breaks off. Um.. it's not suppose to do that. He then looks around and starts to notice a bunch of hardware that is missing and a lot of bolts that are stripped from over tightening and a lot of the stuff that is suppose to be done in the service inspection at the dealership wasn't.

By this time he's just mad that after 5 days of having this car it doesn't start and the previous owner took a bunch of shortcuts and the dealership didn't do what they were suppose to. He called them a little bit ago and told them to come and get it. He's now waiting for the manager to call him back to see what is going to happen.

Now we get to start the car looking processes over again. Lovely.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Definitely not a good teller

I suck at it... That's an under-statement. I get so nervous with a lot of cash that I mess up and boy did I mess up today. I don't even know where I messed up, but I did. I was short $988.18. I know I didn't just hand someone $988.18 so it had to have been a button or something I did wrong... or multiple things. I count the money 2 or 3 times depending on the amount so I'm just confused. I keep going through the customers in my head to see if I can think of the one or ones I messed up on.

Before I did my end of the day balancing to find out I was short almost 1k I got yelled at by a customer. I'm assuming he's from a country where women aren't equal to men because he was a complete asshole. So much, my manager had to step in. I got so pissed I was shaking. Twit. Go back to your effing country.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Just an update

It's been awhile since I've updated this blog. I've been at my job for almost three weeks and today I start by myself today. Scary stuff. Eric has weekend duty this week as well (he had it last week too).

Last weekend we were on the freeway and something blew in the car. It almost sounded like we ran over something and a tire blew out, but then all of a sudden our Passat sounds like a turbo diesel, except has no horsepower. We get off the freeway and we are in the middle of the ghetto. We putt our way to Carmax to find out they're closed. Get a ride to the Airport to rent a car from the Enterprise (the only one open in the whole city) since that is what Carmax told us to do. We get there only to find out they won't rent us a car because we don't have a credit card. Whaaaaa?! We are now stuck at the airport. I call Brittany (another military spouse I met out here) and her and her husband come to our rescue to drop me off at the house and Eric off at work. By this time it's 5 (Eric had to be in at 1645). He made it just in time. He didn't get out until 0100 and walked home. He finally got home at 0230 and passed out. His direct supervisor for the weekend said she would take the Sunday morning shift since it was at 0500. He gets a text at 0830 saying he needs to come in ASAP because it's his weekend duty and it doesn't matter if he needs to take a cab. I text Brittany and they come to our rescue once again.
[That stupid Sgt just didn't want to be there anymore because she partied too hard the night before. She wasn't even in uniform when Eric showed up.]
They chauffeured us around for the next day and finally Monday night we got the car back after getting it towed to a muffler shop.

We also got approved for a car loan through a credit union so now it's just trying to find a car within our budget that Eric likes (which is harder than getting the damn loan).

Other than that nothing too much going on. I'll try to update more often.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bentley and his boarding (rant)

We went out of town this week and boarded Bentley at the same place we take him for training. We have spent a great deal of money at this place between training and various products.

We upgraded him to a 'suite' which is his own private room, with a TV and bed that they provide. I can also log in online and watch him at any time. We also brought his blankets and a toy. The blankets were not his his room as of yesterday or the day before. I would have thought that if he had an accident they would wash them or at least give him some of theirs. Nope.
Then earlier today I logged on and he was ripping off the cover to the bed so I called and told them. They came in and took the bed out. Okay teach him a little lesson. Though, I thought they would at least give him something to lay on (whether it be blankets or the bed) for the night and the rest of his stay. Nope. It's 10:30 at night and he is curled up in a ball in the corner on the floor with no blankets or bed. I'm pissed. We picked this place to board him because I trusted them, even though it definitely wasn't the cheapest and then on top of that we put him in a suite.

They will definitely be hearing from Eric or me and we will be reconsidering if we keep using their services.