Thursday, October 24, 2013

Major purchases

Before I begin, I just want to mention that I detest those things that divide windows into fake smaller panes. They block some of the light and they make it take 10 minutes to wash the windows instead of 30 seconds.

Now, for the real blog post...

I don't think I mentioned this here on the blog, but we decided to wait a few years to buy a house. I kept feeling lots of excitement about buying a house followed by overwhelming anxiety about owning a house. We couldn't find any that we really liked so we decided to wait a few years and maybe save up a bit more money. It was kinda a relief just to stop looking.

That decision opened up the possibility of buying a minivan a little sooner than we planned. Originally we were going to wait until we had a third child and could no longer fit in our car. That way we could save money on gas, insurance, property tax, and we wouldn't be losing money on a depreciating car. And we wouldn't have to worry about maintaining a second car.

For the past year and a half I have been taking Evan to work when I need the car and it works out okay. His commute is only ten minutes so it isn't too bad. However, since Daisy has started napping regularly, it has been hard to get Evan to work and home without interrupting her nap schedule. Plus, now that he is Elder's quorum president, he has to go to meetings before church every Sunday. He has to leave his meetings early to come back home to pick us up and we are late to church pretty much every week. It isn't working very well. Plus, we really can't give rides to anyone because our car is practically filled to capacity. And when our car breaks (like it did today) or we lock our keys in the car at the grocery store (like I did last week) we really could use a second car. For these reasons, we have been thinking about buying a minivan sooner than later.

However, I feel like I flip flop every day about buying a minivan just like I did about buying a house. Some days I feel like we can't buy one soon enough. Other days I feel like we should wait a year or two. Other days I just don't want to go through the hassle of finding a good car to buy. And then I get really sad about the prospect of seeing all that money we've worked so hard to save just disappear from our accounts.

Anyone else have this problem with major purchases?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The word of wisdom

Over the past few weeks I have been reminded on several occasions how grateful I am for the Word of Wisdom, particularly the council to avoid alcohol and drugs. It seems that so many of the really bad things I see happen in my neighborhood and community happen because people are drinking.

I am grateful that I will never lose control of myself because I never drink. It really is a word of WISDOM from God.

Sunday, October 6, 2013


Lately I've been really interested in trying new recipes. I can't stop myself from scouring the Internet and cookbooks for interesting new foods. It is kinda addicting and also delicious. But I'm wondering how long it will last.

It seems that I am always developing a new hobby and as soon as I buy all the supplies to make a project, I've found a new hobby to occupy my time. Perhaps my real hobby is developing new hobbies? 

A few months ago I started refinishing some chairs I bought at a thrift store. I've spent hours sanding those things down but I got so bored of it that I don't want to do it anymore. But I've spent too much money and too long working on them to not finish them. So they sit unfinished in the basement along with two unfinished skirts, four unfinished paintings, one unfinished quilt, one unfinished granny square blanket, and a dress that will be too small for Daisy by the time I ever get around to it.

Anyone else have this problem? Anyone want to come finish all my projects for me?