Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Today, I have been pretending to be wealthy- kind of. I had to bring our 1999 mini van in a few weeks ago for some work. When working on it, they disabled something in the electrical system and our sun roof doesn't work anymore. It is the only thing that makes this 11 year old van feel nice. The problem they worked on with the engine, also didn't seem to be fixed.

I brought it back yesterday when it was smelling like the engine was burning, and I was given a rental van. A 2011 Honda Odyssey with 800 miles on it. The kids and I rode around all night in it, using the seat warmers and trying out the reverse camera thingie. I have been putting off returning it all day.

I went to the spa at the health club where we have a membership. Normally, I get my haircuts at the Aveda Institute, for very cheap. And I buy groupon discounts to get gift cards at Aveda for 1/2 off, that is how cheap I am. I kind of wanted a little bit of a new hair style, and I don't like to trust the students with that. So I used my gift card at the "spa". It was a good haircut, and I felt very important driving away with my fancy hair in the fancy car. And then I drove to Rainbow and used all my coupons for double coupon day. The dream had to end, right?

I will return the van this evening, and pick up our 1999 Honda Odyssey that has over 165,000 miles on it. The one that stinks, has vomit stains, the B word written on the seats, several soda stains from rages, broken knobs, broken dials, broken doors. And we will try to get as many miles out of this van as we can. After all, our car payment budget will be going to health insurance starting in January. Our health insurance is going up from $777/month, to $1127/month, and they will only cover 75% after we meet our HIGH deductible, instead of 80%m and Rx's are way more. Kind of thinking Health Care Reform is not helping our family. Ouch.


GB's Mom said...

It sounds like a good way to be rich! I am going to pretend I am rich tonight and order out dinners instead of pizza. Reality will come back soon enough tomorrow. :)

mindfulness said...

Sad as it is, I had to smile when I read the description of your van. I'm not alone! My van (Mazda 5)is only 2 1/2 years old, but it is a mess. Dents in the side, a bumper knocked partly off. Trash pieces and food everywhere inside even after it's been cleaned out. Etc. Etc. I remember when I got it a week before the younger 3 came, I felt so good driving this shiny clean van around. A new beginning. I just knew it was going to stay clean.

I also relate to you on the health insurance increases. Our insurance does not cover anything at 100% anymore, so I'm constantly getting bills now.

the johnson crew said...

are you doing ok? you haven't blogged in a while. miss you.