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My Daddy's Little Girl

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Whew, I haven't been on here for a little while. Yep, I'm still here. Trying to figure things out. I'll spell them out in detail later, but for now, the biggies...

My heart broke when I saw my dad last month. I knew he'd be smaller, but I didn't realize he'd be 60+ pounds lighter. The guy I saw wasn't my dad. Until his eyes and smile lit up when he saw me. That there, that was my dad. I don't want to get into too much detail about him in this blog, but just know that since his last hospital stay, he's doing much better, sounding much better, eating much better and becoming more optimistic.

I surprised my Grandma on April 27th by opening her front door and announcing, "Is THIS soon enough?!?!" because she wondering when I'd be coming home. She was floored. It was awesome.

When I got back to my parents' house that night, my Dad started a conversation. "Shel, your mom and I were talking..." They were talking about giving me a nice sized check for a down payment for a car. They knew the catalytic converter in my baby was shot and would have to be replaced (pointless in my 11 year old car) by the time my registration is up on May 15th. They also knew that my employers have been messing with my position, stalling any raises/promotional opportunities and I hadn't yet received my retirement cashout from when I was working for the State of CA. And my Dad wants to make sure his babygirl is safe in her vehicle.

At first, I turned him down. I don't like owing people money. Then Mom says sweetly, "You have an entire lifetime to pay us back."

Okay. So I drove back to Phoenix, checking out EVERY. SINGLE. CAR. on the drive. LoL. I narrowed down my search. I expanded my search. I salivated in parking lots.

I saw an awesome internet price for a car. I spoke with the salesman and scheduled an appointment.

After saying I had to leave because the payments were too high, I ended up getting double the cash on my trade in (RIP, my precious Lancer). They cut my interest rate in half. They didn't charge me for the upgrades (tinting, security system, panic button, chrome handles, etc, etc.) I got my payments right where I wanted them, for the contract I wanted and I'll be making biweekly payments which will have me paying it off 6 months sooner and saving an extra $900 on interest. This whole vulnerable, indecisive scared girl approach worked. Who says you need to take a man with you when you buy a car? Haha.

I called my dad from my new car right when I drove off the lot (on my Bluetooth, of course). He sounded so strong and happy and proud. My dad'll be back at full force in no time :)

Here's my new baby, a 2013 Nissan Sentra SV. Isn't she a beauty?


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KALEWINE 5/26/2013 2:33PM

    Nice car!

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BEFEARLESSNOW 5/13/2013 7:34AM

    Awesome car Shelby!! I haven't been on here in awhile, you look great!!! Good to hear your dad is doing better.

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AWOOD1973 5/12/2013 10:38PM

    Congrats! What a wonderful thing for your parents to do. Glad you will be safe driving your pretty new car. :)

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LEWILL1982 5/9/2013 11:06AM

    Glad your dad is doing better, cute car! So sweet of them to help you out too.

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BEMILLER30 5/9/2013 10:20AM

    Glad your Dad is doing better! CUTE car! Congrats!

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K-AUSTIN 5/9/2013 9:43AM

    Nice car! Glad to hear your Dad is improving.

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AMBERLICIOUS88 5/9/2013 9:05AM

    So glad to hear your dad is doing well! I wasn't sure what to expect in the next blog. And nice ride!

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JAIMESIZED 5/9/2013 8:52AM

    So glad to hear your dad is doing better. By the way, nice car! ;)

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LADYJ6942 5/9/2013 8:48AM

    Woo hoo, glad to hear dad is on the road to recovery. Love the new car, enjoy.

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JORDAN1019 5/9/2013 2:48AM

    Great to hear your Dad is improving. I saw that car on the road today and it's super cute..good choice!

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MANILUS 5/9/2013 12:04AM

    Congrats it's a beauty and you are lucky to have such parents!

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ANGIEN9 5/8/2013 10:30PM

    All I can say is "WOW"!! That is beautiful!! Enjoy!
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HHB4181 5/8/2013 10:11PM

    very nice!!

glad to hear your dad is doing better emoticon

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LILPIXIE55 5/8/2013 9:19PM

    Happy to hear you're happy, enjoy and be safe emoticon

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    Super nice car! And great deal! Glad your dad is doing so great!

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UNICORN212 5/8/2013 8:30PM

    I had a Nissan Sentra - drove it for 12 years and 150,000 miles. They are good, reliable cars. Cute, too! Good job!

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TANYA602 5/8/2013 8:26PM

    What a fun blog - seeing your grandmother's face must've been awesome! And making your parents happy like that - how cool all around. What a beautiful ride you have there (and safe -just what your dad wants for his little girl - ahhh).

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STARLIGHT615 5/8/2013 7:13PM

    AWESOME!!! Im glad your Dad is doing better!

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ROBYNROSE26 5/8/2013 6:54PM

    Awesome! My car is 15 years old, but I am hoping to wait a couple years until my hubby's truck is paid off before getting a new vehicle for myself!


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GRACEMCC45 5/8/2013 6:54PM

    We have a 2008 Sentra and love it!

Sorry to hear about your Dad - but obviously you going to visit him would brighten his day!

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GUINSMITH 5/8/2013 6:54PM

    my brother in law has the 2012 and loves it

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MOM-MOM8 5/8/2013 6:28PM

    Your car is beautiful! Best wishes for a happy and long relationship with your new car.

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CBRINKLEY401 5/8/2013 6:16PM

    Absolutely beautiful car! And way to go on negotiating with the dealer to get what you wanted at the price you wanted too!
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_JODI404 5/8/2013 6:12PM

    emoticon How exciting! The car is beautiful. So glad to hear your Dad is doing better.

Enjoy your new ride!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/8/2013 6:00PM

    emoticon emoticon Car looks great! So sweet of your dad to offer to help you buy a new car. That's wonderful. I know it must be hard to see your dad going through that but glad to hear that he is stronger and more optimistic. You are a great daughter and I know you make them very proud! emoticon emoticon

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ARUNNINGKAT 5/8/2013 5:56PM

    Beautiful car! All the Nissans that I have driven or owned are amazing cars. You will be spoiled! Love the color too! Is that workout gear I see sitting in the front seat? emoticon So glad to hear that your dad is doing better! Please keep us posted!

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LYNSEY723 5/8/2013 5:53PM

    Congrats on the new car! I'm happy to hear your dad is doing better!

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RYDERB 5/8/2013 5:53PM

    I'm so happy you dad is doing so much better. I emoticon
co gratulations on you beautiful new car.

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LJOYCE55 5/8/2013 5:44PM

  I like the colorful accessories - pink water bottle, green case to the side. Good choice.

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ARNETTELEE 5/8/2013 5:36PM

  Lucky you!

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