I bought a used mini van today: beginning an adventure (or misadventure) that I have a feeling will continue to unfold for some time to come. Paul is at class all day, so I went out with Grumpa to find my new ride. We found it at a little, somewhat shady looking dealership half an hour from the school.
When we took my 100,000+ mile, $4000 Town and Country for a test drive it ran like a dream. We went back and forth around the town and everything went smoothly (yesterday). Today I paid for the car...
A few miles down the road (after signing all the "no warranty" "as is" papers) I tried to roll up the window. It wouldn't budge (it had gone up and down yesterday!). The motor in the window is out, or so we discovered after heading back to the dealership (Grumpa will discuss fixing it with the shop owner tomorrow... the salesman says they'll fix it... but so far the owner has overruled him on everything else so we'll have to wait and see...).
I left the shop a second time. I made it about five miles before the beeping started and the oil light went on (sinking feeling!). After another call to Grumpa we determined that the van needed another 1/2 quart of oil (the light only went on when we stopped). Grumpa added oil and so far so good. I do find myself thinking of the van as the "flying torpedo of death" as I drove down the freeway... probably because I was pretty sure the engine was going to give out as we flew down the road after the beeping began.
At home I discovered that the lock in the back on one side won't unlock when I hit the power lock button and that the one of the other side won't lock once it's been unlocked with the power button. Needless to say, the van has a lot of character. And Paul will probably never let me go out to pick out a vehicle without him again.
In other news I put together a book shelf by myself today (yay!) and created a cute little school area that the girls love. We finally got the internet to work. Paul got a job at the library today (although between school, work and studying I fear I won't see him again for three years!). And A Snood for All Seasons and Full of Grace Creations are both back online (double yay!)!
Now for the nightly round of unpacking. The new bookshelf I built (with Sadie acting as my personal cheerleader) will really help with that (cookbooks!).
If only I could find my camera cable I could put up some of the pictures I've been taking!
And let me say that I'm still getting over the shock of how much it rains here. It started raining today and when we walked outside a little while later the water was so deep it was going up over the tops of my shoes! I'm having a hard time picturing what an actual hurricane is like, because I'd pictured "hurricanes" as pretty much what the daily storms have been like. There is a lot of water here!