Monday, April 20, 2009

Come on Get Happy

I'm a planner. I just can't help myself. I plan everything. For me, this lifestyle works well. I never seem to miss a date, appointment, birthday, etc. I'm sure some find this a very rigid way to go about their days, but it gives me a sense of calm to have planned things out in advance.

Like every good plan, there comes a time when one must realize that fate sometimes has a way of intercepting all good intentions. Case in point... the last two days.

I will not go on about problems since if you haven't noticed, the name of this post is Come On Get Happy. So in a nutshell, the synopsis goes a bit like this: Sunday 9am Karate Tournament, Potter brings home 2 Gold medals, off to soccer game where everyone is a "winner." Off to the firehouse to visit Potter and Scooters uncle. While running through the firehouse Potter misjudges, and plows head first into the front of a firetruck. Tears, meltdown, Ice, Ice, (Baby).

Dinner, baths, sleep, Desperate Housewives, ZZZZZZ! Next morning (today) wake Potter to find him covered in blood. (Nosebleed from hell). Flashback to yesterday sends me into Mommy panic and I bring Potter to hospital to have his head checked (concussion?). Potter turns out to be fine.

Make appointment for Scooter regarding thick slime that refuses to stay in his nose. Have mini-van appraised due to the promise of an "aggressive offer" letter that arrived a few days before chaos ensued. (SIDE NOTE: Please refer to post titled The Golden Crap Award to understand my true feelings toward that beaut of a car I drive). Take kids to Denny's to satisfy their starvation needs with a Grand Slam. Take Scooter to doctor. Give Nebulizer treatment to scare slime from Scooter's nose.

Scoff when I find out that the one time I have to watch Oprah she decides to do a show on child predators. Where is Tom Cruise when you need him?

And so there you have it, the last 24 hours in a nutshell. Nothing that has taken place remotely resembles what is written in my date book. Turns out when I reference said date book, today's page is blank. How could that be? Every other day has something written on it, yet today I'm free. Looks like fate took over again. Lesson learned: Roll with the punches, and do not leave blank pages in your date book.

As I mentioned earlier, I had the mini-van appraised, and the offer was quite nice. So I am currently in the market for a new car or van. I am looking for some help with this decision. Is there anyone out there carting around kids in something that has enough room for all your needs? Something that drives incredibly well, and requires no maintenance? It doesn't have to be too fancy, but a few bells and whistles are nice when the noise level inside the van continues to rise with the temperature outside. Here are some of my top picks: Chevy Traverse, Volkswagon Routon, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna. I would also like to add to the list anything from Cadillac. (Here's hoping that Powerball ticket in my purse is a winner!)

A sincere thank you to all who commented on my last post. I was kept in stitches all weekend. I am hoping to get around to everyone very soon. By the way, Hubby fixed the faucet. Can I get a whoot?


Jennifer said...

Yeah for fixing faucets!

I like all your choices. Have you test driven any of them?

Mary K Brennan said...

I drove the Town and Country (loved it), but it didn't get the best rating for repairs. I sat in the Traverse today. Didn't have time for a test, but it was a great looking car.

ModernMom said...

I too am a planner. Also a big list maker. There is something so rewarding about crosiing off that "to do" list!

Kathy B! said...

I have an almost 8 year old Honda Odyssey and the thing is a tank. It doesn't dent, it's needed no repairs other than the standard oil, wipers and new tires and one brake job... that's it. I think I might die before the car does, which is scary. It's not much to look at but it does it's job very well ;)

Mary K Brennan said...

So far, the Honda Odyssey is at the top of our list. Thanks for the tip.

i am the diva said...

LMAO @ "never leave a blank page in your date book"

Anonymous said...

Our honda is a little workhorse, you can't go wrong. I blame Santa for my list making obsession. Making a list checking it twice...etc.

Irishembi said...

I want to be you when I grow up.

I aspire to be organized and controlled, but I usually end up, well, pretty much like your last two days.

I too have to cast a vote for the Honda Odyssey. When we had our third munchkin we knew the old Hyundai Sonata (wanna talk about a piece of CRAP??!!!) wasn't going to cut it any more.

In an uncharacteristic move, I researched the heck out of this decision before making any snap decisions based strictly on price.

I came up with the top runners being the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna.

I would have happily taken either one - but since my budget was limited we had to go used. Yes, I could have gotten a brand new Caravan or Town & Country - but after all research was done, decide I would rather suck it up and buy a used Honda or Toyota, that's how VERY FAR SUPERIOR they are.

And the day we looked, there was one Toyota Sienna available and it was literally sold from under my test driving nose.

I now am the proud owner of a beloved 2004 Honda Odyssey. I do not regret it.

You would not go wrong with either the Honda or Toyota.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

My hubby was a sweetheart and pulled money out of his retirement account to get me a mommy van. My 10 year old Pontiac Grand Am was starting to nickel and dime us to death with constant repairs, so he decided to pull money out and pay cash for a vehicle so we wouldn't have to deal car payments. I didn't want a mommy van, I wanted something like the Honda Odyssey...but I didn't want to disappoint his excitement when he 'surprised' me with his purchase of the Dodge Grand Caravan. I still would rather have something like the Honda Odyssey. I'm hoping at some point I can do a straight-across trade at a dealership for one to continue the pleasure of no monthly car payments...fingers crossed! ;) I'll be curious to see what you decide on and how you like it - I'm still virtually shopping for the replacement to the mommy van...(grin!!!)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention - WooHoo on hubby fixing your faucet!! :)