new things

February 10, 2010

There have been a lot of exciting things happening around here. Finally I get to share them with you!

First of all, if you’ll take a minute to click through, you’ll notice my new design. There are still a few odds and ends to clean up here and there, but it’s basically done. I absolutely love it, and I hope you do too. Thanks to my brother for doing all the leg work, and so much faster than I expected!

Now on to the other stuff…

My husband is going to a conference in New York City in April, and for my birthday my in-laws got me a plane ticket to accompany him. My parents got me the guidebook plus some cash to spend while there, and my husband pooled together with my brothers to buy us house seating to Billy Elliott on Broadway. Those tickets aren’t available to the public, and we only got them because of my brother’s theatre connections. I am SO excited.

Meet Oliver, our new puppy. Yes, puppy. He is only about seven months old and is already a hundred pounds (& growing). He has a limp, but it doesn’t seem to slow him down much. We’ve already bid a fond farewell to two pairs of shoes, a dog bed, and cleaned up several smelly presents. Thank God for the crate. Oliver’s not yet neutered, a situation that we intend to rectify as soon as possible, so we can’t leave him around our other dogs for too long because he’s way too alpha.

Despite the difficulties of wrangling three dogs around the house, one of them an enormous puppy, we love it. Oliver is soft, sweet, and one day he’ll make an excellent cuddler – when he learns that people’s arms aren’t chew toys.

On Sunday after church I dragged my husband and my mom to three different dealerships all across town before we finally found one that was open. When I told the salesman I was interested in a Prius, he immediately had me test drive a new one. I admit that I was swayed by the bells and whistles it offered, but in the end it cost $11,000 more than a used car. I found this 2005 model with only 26,000 miles and we got an amazing interest rate, free warranty, AND they’re installing an mp3 connection for free – because I HAVE to be able to plug in my iPhone.

When I was driving it home from the dealership I was so excited and preoccupied that I turned the wrong way on the Interstate and didn’t notice for about thirty minutes. I was almost to Huntsville (which is about 1.5 hours away from my home) by the time I turned around. Good thing I get great gas mileage now! Seriously though, I love this car. It makes my life a million times easier.

I’m having a great week. How about you?

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Comments on new things

  1. 1

    From mediumcrazy:

    Whoa. I don’t know what to comment on first! Your site looks awesome and HOW excited was I to see my link on your blogroll? Thanks!

    I LOVE the car and am feeling unhip because I didn’t know that mp3 hookups existed, though in retrospect, duh. And wow to having three dogs. I would love that but I think I’m going to have to work on my husband to get just one. Is there a story behind you guys getting Oliver? Were you planning to get a third dog or did you somehow get sucked into it when you saw his huge adorable tongue?

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    From kapachino:

    David has a friend whose parents found Oliver in the street. They think he might have gotten clipped by a car or something and that is why he has a limp. They couldn’t take him to a humane society because with his injury they would immediately put him down, and they couldn’t keep him. We are suckers, and we said we’d take him! He IS pretty adorable.

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    From S.:

    I love it! Everything! Yay!

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    From DeMo:

    Awww I’m in the blogroll too!

    Yay for the new design! I love it. ooooo and the text in the comment box is colored.

    That’s a really sweet present from your parents and in-laws. I’m glad that you get to have something to do while D is busy.

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    From Taryn:

    Love the new site design! Your brother is so handy!! And congrats on the upcoming trip – I’m still DYING to go to NYC!! Billy Elliott is supposed to be awesome! And PS love the name Oliver. He’s going to be such a good brother after his little snip :-)

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    From Tabaitha:

    LOVE the new design! Good job David! It sounds like you had a fabulous birthday week. A trip to New York City, a new dog and a new car all in one week. It’s going to be hard to top that next year.

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    From Lauren:

    I am so excited for you. Like, tearing up excited.

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    From Chelsea:

    Love it! It’s beautiful. I LOVE your car. The color is perfect! The thought of three dogs wears me out… you’re brave.

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    From kapachino:

    Brave, or just stupid! I already AM worn out.

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    From Holly:

    I like the new design! Oliver’s adorable, what kind of dog is he? I’d love to have another dog but our condo’s so small, it’s hard enough with one teeny little cockapoo :)

  11. 11

    From kapachino:

    We think that Oliver is a mastiff/great dane mix or something along those lines, but it’s a total guess!

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    From Amy --- Just A Titch:

    This post makes me so happy! I am just so glad that things are going so well for you…you deserve it! And your new site design is LOVELY. Yay!

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    From Stephany:

    I meant to comment on your new blog design yesterday but forgot. I love it! It’s really cute and I was a little overjoyed to see I’m on your Links list. Yay!

    And so happy that you got an adorable new car. I love it, too!

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    From Krista:

    Love it all! So happy you got a Prius – you deserved a new car (with power steering!)

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    From Emily Jane:

    Aww, yay! So much wonderful in this post! I love the new design. And I’m uber jealous you get to go to Billy Elliott on Broadway! You’ll have SUCH fun :)

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    From MelissaOK:

    The new site is great! I wish I knew how to spiffy up my blog… (Ahhhh…to be technically savvy)

    Also congrats on all your new and exciting news! Cute car and cute new dog! Our dogs got in a big BIG fight yesterday. It’s so stressful and we’re all still a little shaken up about it.

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    From Amber from Girl w/the Red Hair:

    Your new pup is SO cute. And I’m totally jealous of your Prius. When I was car shopping last year I wanted a Prius SO BAD but just couldn’t find one in my price range!

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    From kapachino:

    Did you look at used Pruises? They are more expensive than some other used cars, but are for the most part completely affordable.

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    From Walking on Sunshine:

    A new car, a dog and a visit to NYC! I want your life!

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    From Erin:

    So many exciting new things! Congrats on the new pup and the new car. :)

  21. 21

    From Uncle David:

    When you get four dogs, let me know and I’ll induct you into the dog lovers hall of fame.

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    From kapachino:

    Maybe when we move to a manor like yours we’ll consider getting a fourth dog!

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