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Car Maintenance and McDonald’s

7 Dec

So I’m a good steward of my car, I take it to the dealership regularly for its scheduled maintenance. I take it to the dealership because I like to just waste extra money that Jonathan and I have… no just kidding. I take it there because our warranty requires that… how convenient.

Except it’s not convenient at all. The dealership is 45 minutes away (an hour if you get stuck in traffic.)

So I get to the dealership at 7:59 for my 8:00 am appointment. I’m a good little law student, I’ve packed a stack of notes that need to be typed up. I figure that should entertain me for an hour and then I can surf the web for thirty or so minutes and be done.

 

No, no. This service is going to take 3-5 hours. Really?  REALLY?  You couldn’t have warned me?  If you had warned me I would have brought an arsenal of study materials.  And snacks. healthy snacks.

Nope. No warning. And I was hungry. And now cranky.  And super, super irritated.

so here I am, sitting at the McDonald’s, and logging into weight watchers.  HOW IDIOTIC.

Oh well. Atleast it’s delicious. I know I’ll regret it for the rest of the day.

Of course, I will be so frantic from getting so far behind on my exam study schedule that I probably won’t even think about eating for the rest of the day anyway 😛

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Ah, that new car smell….

3 May

So after a stress filled week and a half with only one vehicle for the two of us, we purchased a new car for Sasha. It’s been two and a half weeks now, and we are throughly satisfied with our decision. We ended up with a black 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring GLS. And for those of you who see the “touring” tacked onto the Elantra and wondering what that means, it means wagon.

 

Yes, we bought a station wagon. No, we are not having a baby.

 

We were tired of both having little 2 door coupes that were a pain for friends to get in and out of when we were offering rides somewhere. Even though my Celica could hold a surprising amount of stuff, we were still looking for something that could hold slightly larger stuff without being full SUV sized. The fact that it’s highly rated for both safety and reliability didn’t hurt either.

It’s got several fancy little fun features that neither of us have had before: steering wheel audio controls, sunglass holder, heated side mirrors, etc.

138 horsepower gives it just enough oomph, but has allowed us to be able to average just about 28 mpg for the 800ish miles we’ve put on it.

 

 

Although she was very sad to see “her car” go forever, I believe Sasha will give our ET the love it deserves.

 

 

…and now the fun of trying to figure out how to register a new car in St. Louis County.