I bought my car in December 1997 with my very first bonus check from my very first job out of college. I remember I was on a mission to buy a brand new convertible. I didn't care what the price was, I knew I just wanted one. In my infinite wisdom at 23 years old, I thought I deserved a brand new cool car after graduating from college. I saved my money and along with my first bonus check, I bought her. I also soon realized that I also bought myself a $400 a month car payment! Yikes! Definitely a lesson learned in so many ways but in the end, it was a great decision since she lasted so long! My car was black with a black top and had charcoal grey cloth interior. A few years ago she had her roof slashed when I lived with my sister in Lakewood. Jeff and I had left for a St. Patty's Day weekend in Chicago and we returned to find that my car had been broken into. A slashed roof all for a few lousy CD's. I was so upset about and she was never the same after that. I had a new roof put on twice but apparently it was a little too snug for the car and it kept tearing at the corner every time we would put the top down. We still had a blast with her and would always put the top down as much as possible since we knew we were on borrowed time. I will always remember my first car. Jeff and I have already decided that when we are old and grey that we will then get another convertible. She was a blast and will never forget our good times together.
Where do I begin? I feel as if I have been running like a crazy woman for a few weeks now. We had a lot of things happen at once so this may take a few posts to get through. First, our new computer has been acting up. For some reason we think when we updated our anti-virus software, it processed a bad update. Getting on line is hit or miss these days. Hopefully we will get this issue fixed once and for all. Secondly, we bought a new car! I have been driving my little 1998 Pontiac Sunfire convertible for 11 years. It had over 176,000 miles on it! We have been putting off buying a new car for a long time now, we have been so spoiled with no car payment and it still ran so well. It was also so much fun to drive around in, especially on a hot night. All good things had to come to an end though because it was really starting to look a little worse for wear lately and was starting to make a lot of weird noises. We were hoping to wait until we had a baby to get a new car but that just isn't happening anytime in the near future so we decided to take advantage of the GM Employee pricing sale and buy one now. We decided on the 2008 Saturn Vue and I am just in love. I am literally giddy every time I drive this thing. It is such a smooth ride and it is such a sharp looking little SUV! The gas mileage on it can't be beat either. Last week we spent probably 10 hours total test driving, comparison shopping, and then actually purchasing the vehicle. We would literally walk in the door every night and just crash. Car shopping is exhausting! Anyway, I will post pictures of my new baby here soon. I would also like to dedicate my next post to my original baby, my Sunfire. And yes, there were tears when I traded her in. We had a lot of good times she and I. We also ran our race, finalized the contract with our landscaper, and I received my new duvet comforter which I love. A million things to post about so I will hopefully be in touch.
I really hope it goes well with the Target quilt that we already have on our bed. I would like to have both on our bed for this winter like they have it in this picture. It looks EXACTLY like the set from Restoration Hardware that I have been lusting after but for a fraction of the price. I will post a pic if it works out.
I have been training these past few weeks for the Outrun Ovarian Cancer 5K on August 23rd. I have to honestly admit I am not a runner. I used to hate running because I was so bad at it. I would become winded and crampy in only a few short minutes and I would not make it far at all. With a lot of hardwork, I have slowly become one. I love taking aerobics classes and must have built up my stamina these past few years of going to Heidi's grueling classes. I attempted my first 5K around the neighborhood a few weeks ago and actually made it without stopping! And no side stabbing cramps! I was completely shocked at my ability and have been addicted ever since. I love it and am so glad that I can finally say that I am going to run in my first race. My goal is to complete it without stopping or walking. Wish me luck!!!!
I decided to get back into Golf this summer. I really haven't played much since Jeff and I have been married. I actually used to be half way decent and took lessons back in my single days. I played in my first charity golf tournament a few weeks ago and had an absolute blast. What a hottie I was! LOL!
Here are some pictures from our weekend laundry room transformation project. I am hoping to install a white grommet valance in the near future and hopefully a new shelf to hang wet clothes. I really love how the color came out!!
In true Karen fashion these days, I was still not satisfied with my great room lamp choice. I liked it but had that feeling you get when you know that there is just something better out there. But what? Enters in the crystal ball JCPenney lamps that I have been admiring! These lamps are truely beautiful and just what I have been looking for. Once I had them displayed on the other end table across from the silver ball lamp, we had an obvious winner. These lamps just have more "substance" than the silver ball lamps. Don't get me wrong, they are a close second, but I really like the look of the JCPenney lamps. Now if I can only make a decision on the curtains.
In other home decor news, our wash machine finally died. It has been dying a slow death ever since we put our old home on the market last year. The wash machine would literally sound like a space ship taking off. We debated on bringing the set with us to the new house. We couldn't sell it with the old house because they would have been asking for their money back pretty quick after the first spin. Surprisingly they lasted us for another year and then a few weeks ago started spewing oil all over the back of the laundry room wall. Not a good sign and I was not too happy since it was all over my brand new walls. I told Jeff the wash machine was "bleeding" and it's time has come. To make matter worse, the oil began to leak into our clothes. So that was the end of the washer and dryer. Not only did the death of the wash machine signal a new set was needed ASAP, it also meant it was time to paint the laundry room! Woohoo! I had originally planned on painting the room before installing the new units, however, we bought the new ones on Saturday to be delivered on Sunday. Not a heck of a lot of time to paint. We were up until 2:30 Saturday night covered in Provence by Behr. Our new neighbors even stopped by around 11pm to laugh at us. We shared a bottle of wine with them and then trudged on. The color looks awesome and I promise to post pics of my two new loves and the freshly painted laundry room.
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