Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mourning Tippy...

Many of you might have seen my facebook post of a very important lesson learned this week.
About a month or two ago, I hit a pole, backed into it after a wedding I coordinated in downtown Portland. It was a long day and the dang thing was camouflaged. Well it did not do much damage, could not even really tell. Just could not open the back door very well, cause the tire was pushed in. So I procrastinated getting it fixed cause I did not want to make a claim, after getting an estimate and with a total of about $1200 worth of damage, we decided to make a claim about 2 weeks ago. Made the appointment for the body shop and rental car for 4pm on Monday (last week).
Ben came home Monday at about 2pm. Looked at me with sad eyes and said "honey, I got in an accident with the Jeep" after asking about his well being we went to look at the damage on the front end this time. He had rear ended a lady and I won't go into his story or driving skills...
I said no big deal, we are going to the body shop anyways, they will just fix both. Separate claims were made and by the way, you pay a deductible for each claim, not per year as I had thought. So we were looking at about $1000. Bummer.
Well, it just gets worse because our body shop called us a day later and said the damage for the 1st claim was up to $2200 after exploring a little more and the 2nd was around $4800. Because the claims/damage was too be fixed at the same time, did not matter that they were separate claims, that an adjuster needed to come out and determine if the car was worth fixing or totalled. Worth fixing...YES, tippy is worth fixing, she is paid off, we had just gotten brand new brakes, roters (the week before mind you), tires and a lifetime of alignments! We have only one car, no payments and a baby coming in 4 weeks...we do not need the stress of buying a new car.

Thursday, 1pm Tippy was declared dead and totalled....WHAT!!!
It was the most unexpected thing and I cried for hours. Maybe I just needed a good cry, maybe I am just pregnant and hormonal, maybe I am pissed I waited so long to get the back fixed, maybe I am mad at Ben for ruining my car, maybe I just really loved that car and wanted to keep it for much, much longer, for free! I am not sure but, she is gone.

Two days later...I was okay and had let go (after calling the adjuster and our agent at least 5 times to try and save her in anyway possible). We test drove some cars Saturday and our leaning towards a Subaru Tribeca, but we will see.

For now, I can only remember the good times in that car. The representation of my single years, trips to Seattle, many moves, fun times having Ben start driving her and me freaking out that we were going to tip over, a trip to California, the coast, Canada...So goodbye for now my devoted jeep, I loved and will always remember you.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Baby Shower time...already?!

It seemed so far away when we picked the date...I guess time flies when your having a baby. My sister, Cheryl threw me the most lovely baby shower. It was really fun to have old & new friends, family from near and far, co-workers and church mates all together to celebrate our little one coming soon. Boston is already so spoiled with all the wonderful gifts we have recieved. Lots of excitment is in the air... lately my mother is so giddy and happy it is really all she can talk about :) Anyways the day was perfect, I really was not feeling like being the center of attention which is why I can't wait for Boston to arrive (then the attention can go to him instead of my huge belly). My favorite part of the shower besides the company was of course the "frost/decorate your own cupcake bar"! It was are a few pics, ending with the grand finale of me at 34-35 weeks.

My sister and the cutest decorations :)
The mom hand painted all of these, I think it took her 2 days!
The cupcake bar...yummy!
Me opening presents

The games seemed to never end..but this one was fun to see people who don't have kids change a diaper and dress the baby in the relay race.
More presents!
My neighbor Erin had the winning ticket & won the gift basket for bringing diapers!
Me at 34-35 weeks...almost ready to pop out my little thanksgiving turkey!

Cake Class...

So my sister and I recently signed up for the Wilton Cake Course I. We have only gone one week so far and really have not learned anything yet. But I was inspired to make a cake for our ward girls night out halloween reciped exchange. There were lots of fun goodies there and at the end of the night we all loaded up our plates with each other goodies. I thought it was really funny when I friend of mine requested to take the spider home and then we realized it was half the cake. I was happy cause the less sweets I eat right now the better. Here's to a scaaaarrrry Halloween!

Friday, October 9, 2009

I feel so special...

So my new company/client wanted me to send a bio for their website and they put me at the top! I am currently only under contract for the next year...but they have suggested I stay on after that. If anyone is interested in learning about ecotourism, here is a great way to read up and learn!

Click here to read about The International Ecotourism Society and my Bio

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Babybump and Bryan in Brazil...BBBBBB!

8 months (32 weeks to be exact) and counting down!!! Do I feel ready...not one bit! When does the nesting start? I still have unpacked boxes from the move three months ago, not feeling like they will ever be unpacked...oh well!

One of my nephews, Brian Larson (my sisters oldest child) just left for his mission on Tuesday. He has been preparing for this opportunity for so long. All grown up and ready to leave we got together to see him get set-apart.

The Larson Family (Cheryl, Bryan, Ron, Riley, Elizabeth and Zach)