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?