Sunday, September 30, 2007

What kind of car does Minnie Mouse drive?

I haven't been writing much lately. Sorry about that. There's been a lot going on and unfortunately the blog is the first thing to go when I just don't have time.

Today we went to the Mazda dealer (we have an "in" there) and I test-drove a CX-9 and a Mazda 5 (mini-minivan). The CX-9 was easier to drive than I thought it would be but I'm just not comfortable driving large vehicles. The 5, on the other hand...it looks like a minivan in pictures, and it is, but it's small and zippy and has a crazy tight turning radius. I felt so comfortable driving it. And it has sliding doors and 3rd-row seating! Cramped 3rd row seating, to be sure, but it's there when we need it, which will be rarely. Mostly it will be folded down for the cargo space. We will be able to have people in the car along with the carseats, or we will be able to buy furniture and bring it home ourselves. Neither of which are things we can do now.

I am excited. Zoom zoom!



Just waiting on the body shop to give us back the Ford so we can trade it in...

(btw, the answer to the question posed in the title of this entry is...A MINIVAN. HAHAHAHAHAHA.)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Secret Entry #4

Just a minute ago, out of absolutely nowhere, I had the sudden, overwhelming feeling that I had to eat a Peppermint Pattie right now, or I would surely die.

Of course I don't keep Peppermint Patties in my house, because they're not something I usually eat. I do however have peanut butter M&M's, which is what I'm eating. It's just not the same.

On the other hand...now that I think about it...I do believe I have some homemade peppermint patty filling in my freezer left over from my last candy-making project. Hmm...do I defrost it in the fridge and wait until later, or do I pop it in the microwave and eat it NOW? Decisions, decisions...

Monday, September 10, 2007

*sigh*

This baby is not properly buckled into this carseat. The chest clip should be at the level of the armpits.

Is it any wonder that people don't strap their children in properly? When it's demonstrated wrong in advertisements everywhere?

I did some searching for instructions or pictures or SOMETHING for this particular carseat just to make sure that I'm not totally wrong, since I've never owned a Graco, after all - I couldn't find any instructions for the Snugride, so I'm basing my proclamation on the instructions for every other carseat I ever HAVE seen the instructions for. If I'm wrong, let me know.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

vehicular musings

I learned something recently. The reason why so many people in Hawaii drive scooters and mopeds isn't just because they're cheap, or because the gas is cheap, it's also because they don't have to be insured.

This scares me immensely.

The way a lot of these people drive is frightening in and of itself. But knowing that these zooming road hazards aren't even insured...it's enough to make me never want to drive again. For instance, today I saw a guy on a scooter, no helmet (naturally), speeding, smoking a cigarette AND talking on a cell phone. How exactly do you steer a scooter with one hand? And what happens when he has to ash his cigarette?

I have been driving around for the past two weeks seeing potential accidents everywhere. Because, you see, two weeks ago, I was in an accident. I was on the highway, the person in front of me stopped short, and I couldn't stop in time. I don't remember seeing anything, I don't remember reacting, I just remember all of a sudden the vehicle in front of me had stopped and I went to put my foot on the brake, but it was already there. For a while I wondered if I had blacked out, or if I just wasn't paying attention, but I know that that wasn't the case. I had my iPod hooked up to the car stereo through the cigarette lighter, so when my engine stopped a few seconds after the impact, my iPod shut off, too. So I was able to back it up and listen to the music that was playing in the seconds leading up to the crash, and here's the weird part - I remember hearing that music. I even remember specifically that I was looking at the bumper of the car in front of me! But I don't remember reacting to the fact that they had stopped short. Weirdness.

Well anyway, they're fixing my car; it's mostly body work and the radiator and parts of the AC need to be replaced. I don't know how much the value of the car is going to go down and I don't know how much my insurance rates are going to go up. We shall see, I guess.

And here's a little tidbit that I never knew: if you're in a crash, and the impact misses your bumper (if, for instance, you're in a car and you hit a minivan/SUV that is much higher than yours, and your bumper goes under their bumper) - your airbags will not deploy, because the sensor for the airbags is in the bumper. Good to know.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Secret Entry #3

Today I ate a Power Bar before I got out of bed, and then I ate two (cold) Ring Dings for breakfast. (Creme-filled snack cakes MUST be cold - right out of the fridge. That is non-negotiable for me. It always has been.)
A couple of hours after my nutritious breakfast, I took Brandon to the Aquarium. I knew that I would be hungry but for some reason I thought there was a snack bar there. There is not. I didn't even see a candy machine. Brandon had his box of raisins, and his teething biscuit (which I call a "cookie" now), and his juice and his milk. I had...water.
We left around 11:30. The whole way home I was trying to figure out what I was going to eat for lunch when we got home. The only things that were coming to mind were things that I absolutely have no access to. That's the way it's been so far with this pregnancy. Other than pickles (which also MUST be cold), and cheese quesadillas from Taco Bell for a couple of days very early on, I have been craving:
  • bourbon chicken - the "cajun" place at Ala Moana closed months ago.
  • chicken fingers from Raising Cain's - a chicken place in Louisiana
  • the ahi burger I got at the Fish Hut in Kapa'a, Kaua'i - that thing was to die for. I have also craved their fried scallops.
  • shrimp fajitas from ChiChis - a mexican restaurant we used to go to when I was a kid. Not only was it in New York, it closed at least 15 years ago (although the company still manufactures salsa)
  • shrimp fried rice from the Chinese restaurant on my corner in Philly - closed at least 5 years ago
  • shrimp tempura rolls from the sushi place we used to go to in New Orleans. Shrimp tempura rolls rock because they are crispy tempura-battered fried shrimp, rolled in chewy rice; and this one particular place drizzled a heavenly delicious creamy sauce over the top. So not only delicious, but crispy, chewy and creamy all at once. This is the craving that has been absolutely killing me for the past two days.
I ended up having potato & cheddar pierogies with tomato sauce, a childhood favorite of mine. It was good, and it feels great to have eaten something substantial...but I still want those tempura rolls, dammit.