Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer Lovin - I'm Lovin Summer!

We are all set and ready for our big adventures this summer! Most of those adventures will involve camping - and we are excited to say that our brand new tent is on its way! This is what we got:
This tent is the Coleman WeatherMaster Screened Tent for 4 (which means that it probably fits us two and everything that we're bringing!) and includes an attached screened-in room! We got it from Amazon.com, so it really wasn't too expensive, especially after using $35 worth of free Swagbucks gift cards and a $50 gift card from our Chase Ultimate Rewards. Always gotta be thrifty, right?!
Walmart supplied us with everything else: an awesome 5-day cooler, sleeping bags, an air mattress and pump, and of course - a cooking fork! (o: Can't wait for those campfires!

We are planning to spend fourth of July week with family at my parents' church's family camp. Great speakers, great music and worship, and a wonderful family environment - with a side of waterskiing and a golf tournament for garnish. (o:

Ahh!!! My power just went out! Good thing this computer is using its battery! I'm currently typing this blog without internet access though, so we'll see if I can save it in a Word document. Hmm... I wonder what happened- the weather is nice so it can't be related to wind or stormy weather. Guess I can kick it like the Amish for a little while (as I sit here with my laptop).

Other than our family camp trip this summer, we plan to also spend a few nights in the Adirondack mountains with another couple that we went to school with. Our goal: to climb at least one mountain! We also would like to see if we can do a short camping trip to Niagara falls for our 2nd anniversary, but we'll see how the timing and the finances work out.

Speaking of finances - my car has done it once again! Yesterday I hopped in the car to head to work and the car wouldn't start (it's famous for this). So I twisted the key in the ignition a few times (Dan did this the other day) and it worked - it started! However, it was making a really terrible squealing sound that kinda freaked me out, so I wanted to turn it back off. Well, I turned the key to "off" and.... the car kept making noises - it was still on and sounded like it wanted to start again! I even took the key out of the ignition and stepped out of the car and it was still trying to start!! Needless to say, I was becoming a little more than freaked out and I had no idea what to do. While this is all going on, my landlord is gone and my husband is gone for a few days, so I am all alone with a car that won't shut off! Thankfully, my dad answered his phone and helped me to stop bawling and do something about the car. I managed to drive it with my blinkers on going almost 20 mph down the road about a mile to our car shop. It was squealing and it smelled bad, but I didn't have any other choice! I was about 200 feet away from the shop when the hood started to pour out smoke. I had my windows down, so the smoke started coming into the car and I actually started coughing and couldn't see. Luckily, I made it into the parking lot just in time and thank goodness the car shut off when I turned the key this time!

Scariest. thing. ever.

And I missed my shift at work. And now we need to figure out how to pay for my car. Again.

Hopefully when the guy at the shop calls me, he'll say that he'll pay for it! Seeing how this car has been there multiple times already and he's never mentioned anything being wrong with the starter before.... Oh life.

And my power still isn't on, and I'm hearing sirens outside, so (hopefully not, but) maybe someone ran into a power line pole? Hmmm... well at any rate, I can't wash my dishes without electric so... I'll go for a nice walk! I'm lovin the summertime and lovin that I can just pick up and go outside on a warm sunshiny day like today.

Power's back on! Life is good. (o:

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