Saturday, December 21, 2013

a very busy december.

In the midst of the holiday chaos ... I got my driver's license! I was 10 years late to the driving game, and the instructor had a good chuckle at my self-admitted embarrassment at not driving sooner. I passed the test on my first try, and my spare time was dedicated to trying to find a car. We went to numerous dealerships, had the Blue Angels fly over us during one car-hunting excursion in an ice storm, but we repeatedly turned up empty handed. Every car I looked at was either keyed or driven to death. Mostly keyed, though. Some were even scratched down to the METAL.

My dad managed to find blue Civic pictured above at a local dealership... and it was within our price range! I got the call at work that my parents were arranging things but that the car was held for me!

Driving alone for the first time was exciting and also terrifying. The terrifying factor was increased tenfold when, two days later, I was stuck in such a TIGHT parking spot that I scuffed some man's bumper while backing out. I mean, we were so close that I had to crawl in through the passenger side door. Thankfully the gentleman was understanding, and the insurance adjustor said reassuringly that, "We don't call accidents 'on purposes' for a reason ... we all know you didn't mean for that to happen." I am now terrified of backing out, but I managed to get out of the apartment lot the next day.

It figures that I finally find a car that has all it's paint intact, and then I took it upon myself to scrape off some upon acquiring ownership of it. Glad it was only cosmetic damage. Sheesh. :(

Still working on getting my computer situated. I'm guessing my SSD was having issues, so I reinstalled Windows onto my big HDD used for photos and music, and am working on getting programs reinstalled so I can resume editing my photos. I am feeling super guilty about not touching my camera for as long as I have ... but not being able to edit photos the same day I take them would drive me utterly crazy!!

Tackling one thing at a time this month ... license, car, and now computer. It's a wonder I've even been able to worry about presents or keep gatherings marked on my calendar! Can't wait to start the new year with wheels and the ability to visit the dance studio and take classes like I used to!


  1. Aw! Well, I hope you don´t get too distressed because of the car, as you said it was only a cosmetic question and that´s something that may happen to any driver, no matter how many years of driving experience you have.

    Anyway, I wish you a merry Christmas dear!
    Best regards!

    1. I was stressed for three whole days before my dad buffed out the scratches and showed that most of the markings weren't even permanent! They even said I could have done much more damage if I hadn't been so careful, the odds were simply against me. Whew ... looking forward to getting used to the car and having driving become less of a daunting task.

      Merry Christmas Violette! Best wishes to you & yours!


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