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mer_lowe
30 May 2009 @ 09:03 pm
 Travis and I are now officially wrapped around the paw of an incredibly adorable kitten, Dewey. On Thursday Dash will be joining the family. She is a black and white long haired. I think she looks a lot like Caterpillar for those who know her. Dewey is very cuddly and lovable and tiny. To put it in perspective, the licenses around his neck are about the size of a quarter. He likes to be around Travis and I and whines when he can't be. He is going to have to learn not to that. Hopefully when his sister comes it will be a little better. Now for the pictures. I am going to try and post several. We have certainly taken a bunch. And it is only day one.
Warning: extremely cute kitty pictures. Proceed at your own risk.Collapse )
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mer_lowe
30 May 2009 @ 08:53 pm
But here is a picture of my new (to me) Jetta. We do have a picture of my new cat in my new car but that hasn't been downloaded yet. After tooling around in it today I still am enjoying how it drives. It also already has cat hair on it.

 
 
 
mer_lowe
28 May 2009 @ 10:37 pm
I am now the owner of a charcoal VW Jetta.

I went back and drove the Vibe today and it was OK but not great. No soul. I decided I needed to drive the Jetta again and I just really like the way that it feels. The reliability thing still nags at me a little but after researching it I am a bit more encouraged and I have a good warranty on it. I got a little scare on the way home thinking I had killed the engine at an intersection (it's a manual) but then I realized that the car is just that quiet. Huge change from the car I was driving. 

I'll see if I can post pictures later. Maybe a picture with the car and kitties. Hopefully we are getting them on Saturday. Travis is making me drive. Shelter and garden, way to break in a new car. 
 
 
mer_lowe
27 May 2009 @ 10:38 pm
I'm stuck and annoyed. I know I need to buy a new car. That is going to cost money and will probably have to happen within the next week. I have come to terms with that. I'm okay with it. At this point that is what I need and want. It is the deciding on which car that is available around here that is causing me annoyance and stress. I test drove a 2006 Jetta the other day and enjoyed it. Travis liked it as well from a passenger point of view. The price is decent and I liked it. Not fall in love with like it but could certainly enjoy it. What is stopping me is the reliability reports and some of the word of mouth I am hearing. Apparently a few people have had problems with their VWs. In the Consumer Reports and US New and World Reports I have read it doesn't get horrible reviews but not great either. I asked the salesman about it and he said that yes VWs have had problems in the past but they were redesigned in 2005 and are much better now. The price of the car includes a two year bumper to bumper warranty.

The other car that I am looking at it is a Pontiac Vibe. Essentially it is Toyota built except for the body and the paint. It is $1000 less but without a warranty. I haven't driven it yet but will probably do so tomorrow. I sat in it and liked the way it felt. I don't think it is as safe as the Jetta. 

Around the same price, years, mileage, and mpg. I don't know what to do but I don't want to mull over it forever or regret the decision I make.

In other news I am sitting here look at cars on the internet and Travis is sitting next to me looking at kitties online. Classic-ish.
 
 
mer_lowe
23 May 2009 @ 06:19 pm
 My car won't start. Really won't start. I am hoping that it will start tomorrow, but I am not going to Portland. I don't think it would be safe and I don't want to get stuck somewhere. This really bums me. I was really looking forward to seeing my family and my friends. It has been too long. Maybe soon. Now I am looking for a new car. I think it is long past time. I wonder what I will find. Any recommendations?

 
 
 
mer_lowe
23 May 2009 @ 11:58 am
I get to see my family tomorrow!!!! And some old friends today. I'm so excited, just not about the drive. Oh well. It will be worth and it is gorgeous outside. 
 
 
mer_lowe
01 April 2009 @ 05:49 pm
I think I have found my right kind of pilot. It's rather nice. :) He still loves me, makes me lunch and dinner and wants to be around me even though I am crying for no reason and am snappy today. Crazy.

Currently I am teaching him and his friend, Eric, how to use their (separate) library websites, including books on mp3. It is very cute and entertaining. They are like kids discovering a new toy. There is so much they are discovering. So feel like a librarian right now.
 
 
 
mer_lowe
18 February 2009 @ 10:58 am
I think I have ants living in my computer. 
 
 
mer_lowe
16 January 2009 @ 10:04 pm
 Please don't be shocked that I have posted three times in three days. This is not normal. Don't get used to it. I actually have four and a half days off which, and this is the completely crazy part, I am spending all of them at home. In McMinnville. At my actual house. Sleeping in my own bed. I know, it hasn't really sunk in for me either. :)

Considering in the ten days prior to this I had spent a total of maybe 20 hours at home and come Sunday I will be gone for the next five days, the time at home was desperately needed. In fact Laura and I were thinking about it and this may be the longest stretch of time I have spent in our house since I moved in at the end of November. I am so done with my nomadic lifestyle. The mystique is long gone. 

In the past couple of days I have worked on homework (classes started up again last Saturday) and caught up on my sleep and all the NCIS DVDs we had in the house. In fact I am missing watching them tonight. Turk and I are impatiently waiting for the next disc to show up from Netflix. And Fox delayed the newest Bones because of Bush's final address. Grrrrr. Very sad, I know but we need our fix. Though thanks to Travis's donation of a TV to the house we are discovering the joys of a remote control. Very exciting.

Today I cleaned the kitchen and bathroom, two things I have been wanting to do for awhile. I even hung a few pictures on one wall in the kitchen. I am hoping to hang some more in my room and the living room before I go back to work. It will be nice to have something on the walls to break up the white but mainly it will be nice to have them off my floor. I want space to move in my room. I have way too much crap and I have even downsized!

The tentative plan for tomorrow: do laundry, pack for five day trip, visit parents, go grocery shopping, cook for trip, finish attacking room, call Seth and congratulate him, get library card and check out reference section for class assignment, do more homework, block scarf for Travis, and possibly bake cookies and hang more pictures. Hence why I am setting my alarm or else I will sleep the whole day through. We will see how much actually gets done. 

I also posted on my IF LJ. I got the impression from Pua that the link may not be working so here is the url: http://mal25if.livejournal.com. Everyone in my class is required to keep a blog and read each other's blogs. I find it interesting that I am the only one who chose to use LJ, everyone else used blogspot or wordpress, neither of which had I hear of until last term. Then again I am not much of a blogger or blog reader.

Off to listen to more Jasper Fforde and see if I can make some progress on my room before it is time for bed. As a quick side note, applesauce with roasted almonds and chocolate chips is a very tasty treat.  
 
 
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