::home:: midnight 5k

midnight 5k.
complete with glow sticks galore.
my husband
took 3rd place
in his age category.
and 26th overall
out of 500 participants.
he's getting pretty good
at this running thing.
i might be feeling the proud wifey.


I'm thrifty.

Now think of all of the synonyms you can for that word, positive and negative, and I'm probably all of those, too. I have been that way for as long as I remember...when I want something, I want it for a good deal, or I decide not to want it. I think about purchases for a long while. I learned that from my mom. Sometimes I wait too long, and then it's gone. Sometimes I hear people say things like, "If you keep waiting, you'll regret it when it's gone. Just go ahead and buy it." That's true sometimes, but most times, I just forget about it. I can't really recall a shoe, or a piece of clothing, or furniture that's haunted me through the years. I try not to give in to the temptations of instant gratification. When I do, I usually end up regreting it. Instead, I try think about what I want, especially in comparison to OTHER things that I want. Then I save for those things... and once I have the money saved, sometimes it doesn't seem worth it anymore. This helps me realize my priorities and re-commit myself to the things that I feel are more important. I recently read this post and agree completely with it - maybe Dads can just say it better. (And you know I love the part about 300,000 miles! Blue Honda just hit 250,000 on Monday! and still going strong!)
Speaking of, I've learned things from my Dad about frugality, too. He's always taught me that you shouldn't buy things emotionally. (Again, the whole waiting for things comes into play.) Specifically, he advises that you shouldn't make large purchases based on your emotions.* Meaning, a house is a big investment. Is it really worth it if it has archways leading into every room if it's not a good deal? Obviously, timing comes into play here as well. Maybe it is the deal of the century on a great car, but is it the best timing for you specifically? Several times, I've ended conversations with Dad and his parting words of advice are, "There will always be another great deal. You just have to wait for it."
All this to say:
We've been looking for a new car for a long time (well, sort of we. mostly he. i'm perfectly happy with this girl. wink wink.) I don't think I can remember a time in our marriage when he hasn't been looking. We've been saving our money, looking for great deals, and trying to decide what we really want. Since we sold the Montero, we've decided on this kind, then that kind - we've decided on this price range, then upped it out of frustration, then lowered it again. We finally decided to buy from the auction, thinking it would be the cheapest route, but didn't like the smell and cigarette burns that came with the first one we looked at. So, instead, we decided finally to keep waiting and keep saving (even after our little fiasco with Blue Honda last weekend).
Last night, just to keep ourselves informed, we drove past the Honda dealership to check out any Elements*** on the lot. Turns out, the salesman hadn't had a sale all day. Turns out, husband is quite the haggler. Turns out, we were ready to walk away - we were just going for a drive, after all. Turns out, it was a trade in from a single, older owner, conscientious enough that he turned in the valet key and the still-in-the-package-bungee-cords. Turns out, it was the deal and the timing and the car we'd been waiting for. Turns out, we bought a car last night, including tax, title and license for the same price we would have paid at auction.

Turns out, we brought her home, and THEN we fell in love with her.
New Honda meet Old Honda.
Welcome to the family, Ellie the Elemente.

...so glad we waited!
*I know that some people specifically WANT and maybe even need to buy emotionally - if that's what works for you,
that's great! no judgements here... this is just the way i feel i work best...
**a side note - these are my opinions and my opinions only. husband may write a different post once he reads this!
we have come a long way to meet in the middle, and we're both completely happy with what we've ended up with!
***we probably decided we really loved the Elemente on this little trip


::home:: the mud run

dear husband::
i'm so impressed at how well you run. up big hills, for 10 kilo-meters, ahead of the pack,
over walls, through the mud, across the river, into the tubes, under the logs.
you should be on, like, a tough man's show or something.

i always have fun at your races. good job accomplishing goals. i love you.


::home:: for the weekend

the honda stopped working this weekend. luckily, we were planning on staying close to home
and the george is a pretty bike-friendly place.
so... we biked to the hawaiian restaurant, we biked to the movie theater (Robin Hood - way better than I'd expected),
and we biked to the grocery store.
{{did i mention we sold our montero ONE WEEK AGO?}}
husband spent a lot of time trying to figure out the problem with the car (which he correctly diagnosed!)
and i spent a lot of time reading The Constant Gardener (I'm so hooked - I'm loving it).
by Monday morning, we'd discovered the car would drive if we held the key in a particular place
so we drove it up to our friendly neighborhood mechanic near our workplace-
I spent the night with husband and the dogs out at the work cabin in the field,
and Tuesday by 5 pm, the honda was fixed. for a mere $151 dollars.
{{can you believe how great that honda is??? and she is getting incredibly close to the big 250!}}

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::flashback:: cafe rio

not sure how much of a flashback this actually is, since one was in March '10 and one was in May '10.
either way, i sure love these folks, and i'm sure happy to see them twice in three months.
in case you can't tell, dad is soooo over cafe rio.
but he's such a good sport, he goes with us to the rio every.single.time.
love you guys!
march visit: post-brighton, may visit: happy birthday, jill!


::wandering:: timp caves

We're slowly making our way through the
Utah National Parks and the Utah National Monuments with
This weekend was trip#2 to the Timpanogos Caves up AF canyon -
The caves were MUCH cooler than I'd anticipated,
but most impressive? The boys hiked ALL THE WAY up.

Thanks for another great weekend - we can't wait for the next one!
see trip#1 here

::postcard:: happy mothers day to my mom

everything she does, she does with gusto.
thanks for always being so fun,
and keeping me laughing.
love you.


::home:: relay for life

my brother recently participated in a relay toward the cure
{as opposed to 'relay for the cure' :: he lives in nigeria}
we recently participated in a relay for life.
he was disappointed in how not-hard-core our team was...
we didn't go 24 hours.
we didn't have someone on the track the entire time.
we didn't all stay at the track, or even stay awake.
and not all of us ran. {majority, even.}
but we did have fun.
i walked 14 laps in my one hour,
and enjoyed the fireworks that went off while i was walking.
chad ran the entire hour.
i'm so impressed with his running skills.
he was going around the track every 2 minutes.
and never slowed down.
good job, dude. good job.


::postcard:: to my sis

ma soeur::
it is well documented that she is the coolest
reason #4,538:
she's an engineer of the mechanical sort.
she does ummm, engineering stuff for galleys on airplanes
this photo: her galleys. in action. on the Cathay Pacific airline.

can't read the note? it says:
Happy Birthday, Jill!
we {heart} your galleys!!!
they are the BEST!
keep up the amazing work!
-Cathay Pacific
i mean, i can't vouch for the galleys, but i think YOU'RE AMAZING!
thanks for spending your birthday with me. i love you!
kudos to Jill's friend, Joshie, for the picture. well done. well done.
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