Monday, July 27, 2009

My Car, Again.

I have a confession to make.

I have used a credit card and will now be making payments (AGAIN) to pay it off.

My E flat car was too loud for comfort. I decided I needed to get to Utah (which is where I am now) and driving would be cheaper than flying, not to mention I wanted to have my car with me while in Utah since I don't know how long I'm going to be here. To do this, it needed some help.

$773.14 later, the help came, but obviously at a cost.

It needed two tires, brake pads, battery, wheel bearings, lube/oil, and transmission fluids replaced (or transmission flush maybe?). The good news was the labor costs were less than the parts cost by about half. I feel like they were honest and good to me and I'm grateful for Dana Tire for making me feel that way. First time ever that I didn't feel like I got a lousy deal.

But I didn't have a spare $800, so thank goodness for an empty credit card that I could use and hopefully pay off quickly.

My house plan has been postponed for a few months - I was hoping to be able to seriously start looking in January, but with this new credit card bill, with my need to be here in Utah with my parents (for Dad's status, please go HERE - it's my sister's blog that she updated just today), no merit increase this year, etc., those plans have been postponed for a while - probably for another year.

I'm bummed a little, but I'm also okay with it. There are other way more important things for me to be focusing on right now and honestly finding a house is the least of my worries.

Back to my car. It no longer makes an E flat noise. I have found myself speeding way too much because of this. When it went higher than that sound, I knew I was speeding and immediately slowed down. No more sound - no more obvious sign that I need to slow up. Luckily I haven't gotten in trouble yet, but I do need to watch myself. I can't believe how much I came to rely upon that audible reminder...

Anyway, this blog is my confession to you all and I figured I needed to let you know.

As far as my dad is concerned, it is so hard to see him slipping away from us, yet I wouldn't be anywhere else and I don't want to be anywhere else and I'm oh so grateful for an employer who feels the same way and insisted I come here to be with him and my mom. I love having the ability to work from home and work with people who are kind and thoughtful and sincere and are willing to be "me" in the office when the need arises. I am truly, TRULY blessed.


Susan said...

Tara, I love you and your family so much. My heart is with you.

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Bren's Life said...

It sounds like a debt that was way worth it! Glad you are able to be in Utah with your dad. I am so sorry he is slipping. I pray for peace for your family...

SqUiRt said...

I'm glad that you were to get everything fixed on your car. I totally know how it feels to have the need to get that car fixed knowing you don't have the money for it. Tara, you are so blessed to work for the company that you do! I would love to find someone that is so considerate and caring! Be sure to give them a big hug when you get back! (even though I haven't been able to see ya just yet, it sure is nice to have you here!)

Kim Milius said...

Yes, sometimes other things are just more important than debt. Its only money & it will get paid off in the future. But you can't replace this time with your family -- enjoy it, "guilt free"! You and your family are in my prayers.

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