Monthly Archives: August 2012

Wordless Wednesday

A gull and a crow

No line is too straight to bend. And that’s a good thing.

Little White Whale

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Monday Listicles

I have some great news!

We bought a car. Or should I say: I chose a car and husband bought it. I am stuck in the house no more!

Thank you all for helping me decide on the minivan. The results of the poll are in:

Toyota Sienna won. And indeed I am rolling in a Swagger Wagon. I was going to take some great photos to celebrate it, but I am too busy driving it. So standby by!

In the mean time we wrote about all the wonderful things our parents did for us last week as suggested by Lisa. I must say it made me feel a little better about the future and gave me hope my son will one day write a list as sweet as all of yours were! Thank you for celebrating parenthood, it is anything but an easy gig right?

Next week will be a fun one. Anja from Cocalores wrote an adorable list and suggested we all do the same. So we will write about 10 CLUES THAT YOU ARE LIVING IN 2012. Thank you Anja for a great topic and welcome to the listicles!

But first, 10 ABOUT A CAR (anything goes).

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. Babysitter is worth every penny when you go looking for vehicles.

2. Always test drive the actual model you are planning on purchasing.

3. Once you start looking you like them all.

4. Once you must decide which one to spend money on you don’t like any enough.

5. Once you decide which one to buy for certain, you will change your mind.

6. After you negotiate the best deal possible, negotiate more!

7. If they say it takes an hour to pick up your new car, count for three.

8. Make sure your dealership has a kid area, three hours will feel like three days otherwise.

9. No matter how much you thought it through, once you drive off the lot with your new car you will wonder if you should have bought the other one.

10. Your car will be new for 7 hours and 13 minutes. Until the dawn brakes and kid and dog occupy it.

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A man, a van and refinancing

We refinanced.

Because my husband is clever and hard working and knows money. He did his research with companies such as and he realized we could save a whole lot a month on our mortgage. Also looking into some home energy improvements to save even more on our monthly bills. All around hip hip hurray for him!

Except he broke my minivan. Just as he saved a whole lot and I started planning ways to spend his hard earned money, my lover drove my poor old mama mobile like it was a Formula 1.
Long story short, we returned from our camping trip in a tow truck.

See the ray of sunshine and hope over my beautiful van? Don’t be fooled. After they checked it out at the service center we decided the only thing to do was to donate it to a worthy cause. That was well over a week ago.

I have been at home ever since. My garden looks lovely, my photos are all edited, I have read everyones blog posts and my house is immaculate. I wish! I have been staring at used and new vehicles websites like a woman possessed. I know all the specs on all minivans available in the continental USA. I know the inventory of all car dealerships within 50 miles of our island. I know the name of the receptionist at two of them and I know one of them has lunch around 2 o’clock. I even know the code for exterior colors on the two minivans we narrowed it down to.

What I don’t know is which one to buy.

Contender number one is:


and contender number two is:


Please help. I have changed my mind 371 times in the past 24 hours. Little J has chosen both, Big M has not seen the ocean this month and husband will probably end up buying himself a Porsche if I don’t make the call soon.

Vote here:

Which Minivan should I make my husband buy me?


Promise I let you know the outcome. If I ever make it out of my house again.


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