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Things I Did Today

I was cranky when I went to bed, because my hip was starting to hurt again and I just felt out of sorts -- woke up several times in the night because we have a dog who needs to check on us every few hours and cats who like to walk on the iHome alarm clock which turns its light on and makes it beep, then finally dragged myself out of bed around eight, and hip/back hurt like crazy, but I stretched and forced myself out to get some of the yard work done I've been putting off, but we ran out of garbage bags, so I only filled two with leaves and deadfall citrus (yes, we throw away a lot of fruit... it happens when you have four big trees); there's still several piles I couldn't get done, though.

Then it was time to go test drive another Cube. Long of the short is... meet Idris:

I fortunately brought Barb with me, whose shrewd calculations kept them from charging me too much with the extended certified warranty, and just beneath the loan pre-approval I got from my office Credit Union. As you can see from the picture, I did not trade in the truck, as we decided to keep it; I have to go to my agent this week and find out about adding Idris to the policy.

So I figured I'm going to be a little tight for cash for several months while I pay off the personal loan that fixed said truck, but after that should be fine, especially since Idris gets roughly twice the gas mileage of White Lightning, which should save me nearly $100 a month to help pay the car payment.

After I brought her home, I played around with getting to know the interior a little, and drove to the store to pick up a few things, loving driving her! At $3.86 a gallon, it took $29.95 to fill her up from what looked like a little less than quarter of a tank (last time I filled up White Lightning, she took $58.00 on a little over half a tank...).

Barb's still sick, my back hurts and so does my head (low-grade sinus headache all day0, but I'm feeling FAR less cranky.

I'd better sleep tonight. (Glares at dog, who is sleeping peacefully on the sofa.)


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Mar. 25th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Those Cubes are cute as hell. Dad was down to a Cube or an Element. He went with the Element because of the rubber floor.

I think the Cube is cuter.

With the gas situation, you made a very wise choice. I love my Versa because of the mileage - you can't beat it.

And there's something about a new car. Can't beat it.
Mar. 25th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: Contgratuations!

I thought about trying the Versa, I like it very much, too, but I've adored the Cube since it first came out, and once I'd had a DREAM about one, I knew I had to have it -- being able to look at used ones made it possible (although the 2012 I drove had a lot more bells and whistles on it, I will admit, including the snazzy keyless ignition and onboard Satellite XM radio, neither of which Idris came with).

I know I'm going to be happy about the gas mileage.

I haven't bought a car since 1992, when I bought the Suburban. Woot.
Mar. 25th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC)
yay to the new vehicle.

I hope you feel better soon
Mar. 25th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
It's only been 20 years since I bought the last one... :D

Me, too. My head feels like it's about to explode. Nothing is working very well (every freaking allergy medicine on the planet has been tried), except serious OTC nasal sprays that make it clear, but don't do anything for the PRESSURE...

Mar. 25th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
Wow that is a long time

Tell me about it. It's nearly 90 degrees all week, humid and pollen everywhere. I couldn't ride the bike even at the lower level because I just could not breathe
Mar. 25th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
I know, right? But then, ol' White Lightning has held up REALLY well.

Here it's been up and down, but mostly in the "nearly 90" range, and rather dry, so in addition to the pollen and usual smog, there's also a lot of dust in the air. Right now it's windy, and when I sit still is when I can't breathe well. Gak.
Mar. 25th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
which is very cool too. i've never had any go more than 10 years but i used to use them as my mobile office so...

ugh ugh ugh. I remember that. Seriously I was never sicker than when I was in Tucson and I'm including FL in that
Mar. 25th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I suppose if I drove more; but White Lightning does have 234,000 miles on her.

Mar. 26th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
that's about fifty more than I ever got so huzzah!
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Mar. 25th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've loved the Cube since it first showed up, and one night I even dreamed of one (although the sapphire blue I dreamed of they NEVER offered) -- for some reason as they add new features they've taken away colors; I test-drove a 2012, and it could do EVERYTHING (keyless ignition, XM Satellite radio, wheel controls, blah blah blah), but only like four color options. I did see a "Caribbean blue" used one in Avondale for a good price, but I do like the black (with light grey interior), and they were willing to meet my price, so...

So far I like the storage available except for one thing -- no center console to stick stuff (like a Kleenex box). That I know I'll miss from the truck. There's no convenient place to put all my lanyards (my office fashion statement). LOTS of head room, though, and very very spacious for passengers (even big ones). Also came with an iPod connection which is snazzy; I haven't driven at night yet or in the rain, so I haven't used lights or wipers.

I do take fish oil capsules; I've had the hip x-rayed and it looked fine, so I'm assuming it's muscle rather than joint. The pain cream may be a good option, smell or not...

Mar. 25th, 2012 10:01 am (UTC)
Nice car and such lovely toys they make !!!
As for the fruit, if your part of AZ had a few tree rats aka squirrels you won't have to worry about it. All fruit and nuts around here goes straight into their bellies. Though Charles and his family are putting up a fight againist them, last year they actually got fruit off the pear tree and we ate it. So they might succeed, where in years past we failed. Its coming on two years since my grandfather passed away, but my mom and I are in a much better place than last year. The yard is looking nice and we are excepting a double flowered cherry next month, I had to spend 32 bucks to get it, but that is cheap for something like that. I have loved my neighbor's for 30 years and would love one in my back yard. If we cut it right it won't get higher than 15 feet and is slow growing. Still the clearance garden of plants and flowers is coming along nicely.
Mar. 25th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Well, we do have birds, and they eat a lot of our figs (mockingbirds and the songbirds love the figs; the thrashers and towhees love the citrus). Bugs, too. I think I'd rather have squirrels. :)

We put in some roses this year, and several hibiscus and grapes and calla lilies and birds of paradise back in the tiki bar area. Hopefully some of them survive the summer! *crossed fingers*
Mar. 25th, 2012 10:20 am (UTC)
What a gorgeous Idris! (And heeee, I hope she IS a TARDIS.)

Mar. 25th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Well, of course she is! :D Much bigger on the inside!

Mar. 25th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
OMG I love your car! Idris is the PERFECT name. The gas prices are INSANE. *grumblestupidIranuncertaintymakingoilspeculatorsfreakandhasNOTHINGtodowiththePresidentgrumble*
Mar. 25th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
Isn't she GREAT?!? I love her. (And she is bigger on the inside!)

And WORD to the rantiness.
Mar. 26th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
Look at you, being all new car having! Whee! And what's up with your hip?
Mar. 26th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
She's purty!

It's the same problem I had months ago, when I went for x-rays that turned up nothing, making me believe it's something muscle-related. Massage helps some, and hot soaks, etc.; the last time it did eventually go away on its own.

Mar. 26th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
I like Idris.

As to annoying pains...I always take Tylenol before bed now as a preemptive strike against general aches and pains. They're not bad during the day, but at night anything can keep me awake.
Mar. 26th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
I'm very pleased with her.

Yeah, I do that sometimes, too.
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