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Mindless Blather.

So. As Feren said, I have a new toy. It took me two weeks of nerve wracking suspense to get it, but.. I did! It's a 2003 Mazda Protege, brand spankin' new, never been titled. We looked at a Chevrolet Cavalier first; it had serious discounts due to being damaged in the freak hailstorm we had last month. I was sold on the Cav til I test drove the Mazda. The difference was.. oh I dunno. Like driving a Ford Escort then sliding behind the wheel of Bren's Saab.

So anyway- Since my last posting, we met with the dealership again. They seriously went to bat for us and found us a better loan- I now have a loan for 7% interest, which puts my payments lower than I was paying for the truck. To say this makes me happy is a gross understatement. I <3 my new car. Very much. Yes yes.

I was reading a friend's journal today, and... my heart totally went out to her. The insecurities and fears she described.. I could have been looking in a mirror. I've struggled alot with my self image, and I don't have the confidence I pretend to have. It's hard to look back and realize just how far I actually have come.. much easier to look ahead and be discouraged by how far I have to go. ;)

I am very proud to see that I will be debt free (other than the car note) by April. All my old debts will be paid off, I'm managing to pay off my credit card balance every month.. I'm really doing well financially. I'm hoping I can keep it that way.

We've started discussing again moving to the East Coast. We have a tentative personal timeline for planning purposes, but nothing concrete yet. There's not much I will miss in Chicago when the time does come; two people come to mind, but both travel a good bit already, so I don't think much bribery will be needed to talk them into visiting. Everything else... well.. Chicago is just a place. It's a nice enough place, but there's nothing here that I can't live without.

Anyway. That's the state of affairs in my neck of the woods. My employer has decided to play hardball with PTO, so I can't have any sick leave or miss any days until January. Sucks, but.. that's the way it goes.

Back to work I go...


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Aug. 22nd, 2003 02:00 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new car. Proteges are nice, I have one, dark-blue '98.

It'd be cool if you guys could move out here, I'd like to get to hang out with you more and get to know you and Bren better.
Aug. 22nd, 2003 02:06 pm (UTC)
Actually someone was mentioning your car when they found out what I had.. I think it was Skorzy? Not sure.

And much as I reaaaaaaaaaaally wanted to get out east to visit this year, it doesn't look like it's going to happen. Maybe next summer. =)
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