Thursday, November 17, 2011

Stupid van

When Akila called after school today, she was not in a good mood. She was whiney and complaining like she normally has been. Hoping that she is doing OK the rest of the evening, and not spiraling back into the abyss.

The stupid van didn't want to start this morning (notice the word stupid in my vocab a lot lately? I am kind of immature, a teenager at heart!). Michael was going to take it to Honda to get new tires, they have a special and the garage we were at this week said the front tires were in really rough shape. Perfect. So he ended up at Honda, and had them fix the exhaust. They said the battery had something faulty with it also so we said to fix that also. Basically, we just about have a 1999 Honda Odyssey with over 184,000 miles on it, and all new guts. It should be good forever now!!!! But I know better.

Good news is that I found our receipt from 18 months ago on the battery and it was still under warranty. So our bill today for 4 tires and a fixing the exhaust system was just $737. Ouch!

But the even better news is that Michael has accepted a position and will start the Monday after Thanksgiving. What a relief and a blessing. It is close to home which is nice as his job the past 5 years has been at least a 30 minute drive (in Eagan). We will have the best health insurance coverage we have had in over 10 years, phew!!! The salary is much, much lower than what we are use to, so we are going to have to make some changes for sure. But we are thankful to the Lord for this opportunity, and will work hard to figure out how to make it work.


GB's Mom said...

Happy to hear the good news!

the johnson crew said...

so glad to hear Mike got a job even though it is a drop in salary. being close to home saves a lot of time and health insurance is a big deal.

Anonymous said...

YAY!! Congrats to Michael on the new job!!

Unknown said...

Congratulations to your family on the new job!! Best of luck. I hope it is one that he looks forward to going to as well! That is always a bonus :)