A thousand mile journey begins with a new hybrid car! 600 miles a TANK! Hey, in CT our gas is $4.39 even today. Mark and I have evolved so much over the years. I attribute our becoming more aware of what's important in life to the kids' situation (that'll make you drop your vanity fast) and having lost a job twice in our marriage. The first time just about wiped us out. The second time was brief, thank God, but even more frightening, since we knew first hand how long it can take to get back on track, and our cushion was about as cushy as an Olsen twins' behind. Many of you helped me through that time. And I'm still grateful every day for your support.
Mark always had a company car - then he went to work for a German company and got a beautiful, sleek "dig me!" car. (When I was a 20-something hanging out in Newport RI, we used to call the guys who preened, "Dig Me's") A shiny black BMW. It purred. It growled. It turned heads. It cost a fortune....
We also had a McMansion in Ohio (really affordable, I have to say) with over 3000 square feet, 3.5 baths, gorgeous curb appeal, finished basement, 3 car garage. Now we live in the BEST house we've ever had. And I mean it. I can feel that it's our home. It's a 3 bedroom ranch. Two bathrooms, no powder room (1 less toilet for Bella to seek out!) in a pleasant neighborhood in the heart of town. It has a gorgeous kitchen, beautiful pool (such a luxury for the kids!) spa-like master bath, large bedrooms for the girls and while pretty from the curb, does not scream, "We've arrived!" Guess what. I arrived in 1963. I have no need to prove it further.
Life. Is. Good.
Come on over when the Prius arrives. We can go for a spin!