April 03, 2012

The Cost Effectivity of Buying a Ghillie Suit...

So it appears that I am going to be at the pick up place when my son goes to Prom.

I'm not sure what it was that caused him to rethink his stance that Dear Old Mom wasn't going to be there. It was either:

1) My threat of showing up in a ghillie suit and staking them out while pretending to be a bush in the girl's front yard.

2) My threat of showing up at the Marriott and taking pictures as they arrived.

3) The rational discussion we had on how every single mother was going to be there; that I was not the only one. And his txting and talking to his friends and realizing... I was right. It's a Mom thing.

I suspect it is #3, although I love to think that #1 came into play. Heh.


My husband's family is coming tomorrow for Easter. My kids are excited. I like my sister in law very much, but I'm bracing myself.

I don't talk politics much. It's because I'm so horrified by what is going on and I have no control over it, it seems like a terrible way to expend energy.

It is inefficient.

And to get one's self all worked up over something you can't change until you vote, seems pointless. As I said to my husband, "I have too much on my plate stressing me out that I CAN control. I don't have anything left to expend it on something I cannot control."

However, his entire family will argue politics loudly for the entire weekend. I am going to hear it from dawn until dusk until everyone clears out and it stresses me out. I already told my husband that I'm getting anxious just thinking about it.

I may have to leave every now and then and go to the library to read. Just to get away.


I am wondering if Consumer Reports can guess my profession or ethnicity based on the survey I'm handing in. Every year my Dad gets us a subscription and it's something we all read cover to cover. This is the first year I decided to actually fill out their survey.

The first question was about my car. It is a 2004 Toyota Sienna with 198,571 miles on it. What the survey didn't ask was that my goal is to get it to 250,000. I said to Mr. T the other day, "If I get it to 250, you KNOW I'm going to want to get this sucker to 300,000 just to see if I can!" He replied with an eyeroll and a, 'You know you're allowed to get a new car..."

The follow on questions were about appliances.

Washing machine? 1996
Dryer? 1996
Refrigerator? 1996.

The remaining appliances are three years old, still putting the old ones well over 10 years when bought. The others just were no longer cost efficiently salvagable. Pissed me off...

So I wonder when they go through my survey if someone will think, "Engineering family?" or "Hunh. Wonder if she's a Scot?"


Posted by Boudicca at April 3, 2012 09:34 PM

I'm laughing at the last one.....because it's truly a toss up! And I personally thing when the van goes you should have it "preserved". Put it in the front yard, like, oh, a gnome. ;)

And I love that you're going to get to take pictures. Although I was shopping on line for that suit for you.....

Posted by: Tammi at April 3, 2012 10:13 PM

I could turn it into a big planter. That would be nothing but class! ;-)

It's funny, but when I'm on the road, I look at cars, trying to figure out what's next. I know I don't have long in this car. I suspect the transmission won't make it to 250. Every Consumer Reports, I pour over the stats for whatever car they're spotlighting. I'm constantly looking at what cars are now the most reliable and what time of gas mileage they get.

I want to hold out for just a couple more years because I think I'll be able to get something even more fuel efficient if I can just get to 2015. My car will be 11 years old and will probably have 260.

I've been looking at that little Mazda 3... with the hatchback. It seems very practical, reliable, and fuel efficient. For the first time in 16 years, I'll be purchasing a car for a solo person and not to haul a bunch of kids around. If I can get to 2015, Ringo and T will be out of the house...

Posted by: Bou at April 4, 2012 05:51 AM

Too bad my brother doesn't live in town so I could introduce him to your in-laws and take them off your back a bit. Politics is his hobby and he obsesses over it like I do the critters at the zoo. I've tried for years to get him to DO something constructive, like run for office or volunteer at a candidate's office, with no luck.

Cars? I keep 'em until the wheels fall off. I consider monthly payments a waste. But you can tell you're a mom with kids and I'm single. My car is 12 years old and only has 73,000 miles on it.

Posted by: George P at April 4, 2012 07:46 AM

Wouldn't trust Consumers Report with a 20 foot pole.

It has been proven that they have rigged their tests so the vehicle they want to have good results or bad results come out that way.

Huge scandal just a few years ago about that.

I would trust JD Power vehicle report results better.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at April 4, 2012 09:42 AM

My jeep has 160k so far. No major problems, but I do need to replace the thermostat and flush the radiator as it has started running hot on long trips.
I had a customer a few years back, an old Jewish man. We became good friends and he would come visit me at work just to hang out as he was retired and sometimes needed something to do.
When he found out I was scots-irish he looked me in the eye and said, "you know the difference between scots and Jews? Jews will at least pay wholesale!"
As for the politics, just say your voting for Ron Paul, and they'll all stop talking to you.

Posted by: K-nine at April 4, 2012 12:16 PM

We had to "salvage" the van at 17 1/2 years and 224K miles.

It decided to drool power steering fluid in the driveway.

The frame had too much rust (Great White North) to repair the rack-and-pinion and all the hoses needed replacement from encroaching rot.

Last fall the spare tire fell out from under the rear end when I slammed the rear hatch. The cable holding the spare tire up under the back of the van had rotted through.

Posted by: The Thomas at April 4, 2012 01:13 PM

My mechanic told me that you can't break a Toyota. So I did the logical thing (not) and went out and bought a BMW. Don't buy a BMW. Unless you have a warehouse filled with gold bricks. Because, you may not know this...but BMW parts are made from solid gold. And the oil they burn is made of melted diamonds. Fact!

Meanwhile, my husband's Toyota is over a hundred years old and continues to run....even without regular oil changes and such. Yeah.

Posted by: DogsDontPurr at April 4, 2012 04:57 PM

Take lots of wonderful pictures and protect them carefully! As a freshman, our youngest daughter was asked to a boy's junior prom and they had a great time. Years passed, she went away to college and worked around the country (theater costumer), while he got a trade. About a year ago she moved back into this area, got into a group that met for racquetball a couple of times a week. He was part of that gruop and they started dating again.

They were engaged this past weekend. :D

You just never know.

Posted by: Ted at April 6, 2012 05:34 AM