Oh, Mini Wheat..

Car seats can be such tricky things. They don’t look all that intimidating sitting on the shelf, but the infant safety class I took made it very clear that a properly installed car seat can save your kidlet’s life should you get in an accident.

I should mention that it is a convertible car seat we are working with here, so quite a bit larger than the grab and go infant carrier will be. My mom is bringing that up from California next week and I’ll get to schedule another car seat appointment then. The thing is, those infant carriers only last for maybe a year, usually less, so I thought I might as well get our “real” car seat fitted, since that’s the one we’ll be using for the next few years. I’m not much a fan of infant carriers, anyway.

 

So this morning, I dragged myself out of bed and drove on over to the hospital for my car seat fitting. Overall, I would say it went well. I knew the technician from my infant safety class and the good news is that the seat fits. The bad news is that it has to be behind the passenger. Oh, Mini Wheat, why must you be so small? – For those not versed in my life happenings, Mini Wheat is the name we gave to our car after it had to be sanded down and re-painted after a sand storm attacked us in Wyoming last year. (Never again Wyoming.) She got a brand new coat of frosting!! – Anyway.. :) The car seat fits fine behind the passenger seat, but makes it so that I cannot sit in the passenger seat. And since it’s a compact car, makes for sitting behind the driver also kind of cramped.

Can you tell we weren’t exactly considering kids when we bought it a little over a year ago? Something I am definitely kicking myself for now!! As it stands, we’re facing either sucking it up or trading it in for a bigger car. A second car just isn’t in the stars for us at this point; not with only one income.

What’s my point to all of this rambling? Don’t buy a compact car if it’s your only car and you are going to have kids in the next few years! And get your car seat installation checked by someone licensed to check it, your baby will thank you.

Casualty of the Move

It’s been almost a year since my hubby and I dared to drive across the country. The move from South Carolina to Washington state was a harrowing one at times. Semi-truck tires, a blizzard and sand storm attacked and attempted to destroy our little Mazda 3. Despite the fun of staying in a new place every night, and the ability to say that I have driven across this gigantic country, I am in no rush to repeat the process.

Our baby boy will be here in just a few short weeks, and naturally, I’m going to want to take a zillion pictures of him to share with my husband and family and even here. I have a huge Nikon, and a small point and shoot Nikon and my iPhone which has a decent enough camera for emailed pictures. The only problem is that the point and shoot Nikon doesn’t hold a charge, and when turned on acts as if it is possessed by some evil spirit. All sorts of flashing lights and then it dies again. As far as I know, it hasn’t been dropped, hasn’t been stepped on or slammed around. It has been safe and dry inside it’s case. I have no idea why it doesn’t work, but I do know that it’s less than 2 years old and somewhere there is an extended warranty for the little bugger. Somewhere.

Another casualty of the move.. I could have sworn I tucked the warranty into the camera box while getting our apartment packed up in South Carolina. That would have been the most logical placement. Checked the camera box today, and the warranty is nowhere to be found. Shoot.

It had a “home” and then that was packed up and moved to a different apartment; only to be packed up and moved to this house. Who knows where it could be.. I definitely don’t.┬áSo now I have a broken camera, no warranty, and am once again compelled to recount the damages that occurred during that move across the country. The semi-tire, blizzard, sand storm… the cracked windshield, lost boxes, late delivery of our things.. and the lost warranty among so many other things that I’ve yet to discover are missing or misplaced.

Frosted Mini Wheat

My husband and I were pretty confident in our relationship when we bought our car at the end of March last year. I say that because we got married a month later, and I know at least a few of our family members were not supportive of the idea. (That’s not to say we didn’t already have a shared phone plan, but that’s another story.)

This car has ┬ádefinitely been a subject of Murphy’s law.. It is my second car and his first. It seems as if anything that can go wrong, has gone wrong, but really limited to cosmetic issues. Such as me backing into a pole, trashing the bumper and one tail light.. and then Logan hitting a semi-sized tire “gator” dead-center and destroying part of the front bumper and the plastic undercarriage that protects the engine..

And then Wyoming surprising us with 60+ mph gusts of wind and a sand storm that not only cracked our windshield but left thousands of chips in the windshield and all over the entire car.

That’s three visits to the shop in the past month. This time Mini-wheat came home with a brand new coating of frosting. And by that I mean, there were so many chips in the paint that everything but the rear bumper (which is three weeks new) and the trunk (last original paint swatch) had to be sanded down and re-painted.

And I have to say, it looks damn good!! I don’t know if it’s just my eyes playing tricks on me, but it looks better than before it was sand blasted. What do you think?? Haha… Maybe I was just sick of driving that smelly, rolls-back on hills, has old tires that fail at gripping the road KIA from Enterprise. Love this car.