Friday, July 18, 2008
I've been reading
I almost feel like I'm cheating on you all when I spend an evening reading and skip the blogging, but I must confess I've finished two books this week. OK, OK, that only accounts for two nights, the rest you can blame on do-lessness.

I finally got around to reading Stephanie Meyer's Twilight. I've seen it and it's sequels on the Amazon bestseller list for years but never got around to trying them. The books are marketed to young adults, but I figured what's good for them can't be bad for me, right?

I loved it. It was incredibly romantic and sexy, yet contained no sex at all (hence the YA designation, I figure). It's a vampire novel. One of the new-age vampire books, a direct descendant of Anne Rice's modern take on vampires. The new vampire is usually young, virile, incredibly sexy, anachronistically chivalrous and, of course, immortal. Many are conflicted about their hunger for blood and the damage it causes to humans. Such is the case in this book. If you're interested in learning more about the plot of the book I suggest you click here.

I started the book after work and finished it that night. All 544 pages of it. This is why I don't read often. I have no self control and will ruin a good night's sleep to finish a book. I finally finished at 1:30 a.m. It was well worth it.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Here it is...
My ride for the next decade. We're not big car buyers so we buy them to last. So far I'm very happy with it. The ride home was very satisfactory. I had all the power I needed and the steering is nice and tight; no sloppy car. Tonight I'm going to spend a little time reading the manual so I can figure out how things work. This is a forward jump of a decade for me; cars are a little more complicated now.

My next task is to get a keyless entry fob for it. Noni pointed out from the Carfax report that the car is a repossession. That explains why I didn't get the key. Unfortunately it means I have to walk back around the car to my door to lock it after I get Emma out of her side. I think the $100+ investment in the key will be well worth it.

Happy Birthday to youuuuuu...
Emma and M were playing Playdoh. Emma made a "cake" and they put toothpicks in it for candles. Then she went outside and would come back in through the door and wanted us to yell "Surprise!" for her birthday and then sing "Happy Birthday." We did it once or twice and then the next time when she was outside we swapped the toothpick candles for real ones. Then she really was surprised. We had to do that routine another five or six times before we were done.

Sunday, July 13, 2008
I think I found a car...
But I'm not posting pictures because I don't want to jinx it. I put down a deposit on it on Saturday and I'll get the financing ball rolling Monday morning.

It's a 2006 Hyundai Sonata with only 7250 miles on it. It's a V6 so I'll still have plenty of power to travel the mountains. It has all sorts of goodies such as alloy wheels (who cares?), fog lights (ditto), AM/FM CD with volume control on the steering wheel (now you're talkin'), cruise control, ABS, ESC, air bags everywhere and did I mention it has less than 8000 miles? Oh! Here's the kicker...I get the 5 year, 60,000 factory warranty on it. Woo hoo! Cross your fingers for me.

I tried the new car dealers/salesmen but they're lying liars who lie a lot and all I got for my trouble was a massive headache. I don't have the stamina to deal with those guys. Not this time.