Kenzie and I spent the day together yesterday and had a good time, I'm thinking we'll make it a weekly thing .. just a day out together, out of town, whatever we're doing. We spent about 9 hours in the "city" (yeah it's only got a population of 19,000, but when ya come from a town of 2500, you're allowed to call that a city)
Still on the house hunt .. the last one was a winner lol. It was a very lonnnngggg house, very nice inside, but the layout was very trailer-ish and the owners weren't big on privacy at all, there are no doors on most of the rooms, so you can see from the living room, through the kitchen, dining room, and into the master bedroom. I asked about the lack of doors.
The guy says "Well, it was just me and my wife, so why hang doors?
I said "oh, so you never had much company, eh?"
He looked a little confused, so I let it go.
My dad described it as "like a trailer, but without the privacy," which was a pretty fair assessment lol.
My dad and I both grew up in little tiny trailers, and were sufficiently traumatized by them during childhood, so we kinda shy away from trailer-type dwellings, even though the newer ones are a helluva lot nicer than the ones we lived in.
The one I grew up in was pretty horrifying, to say the least. My mom, stepfather and I moved here from the Chicago 'burbs when I was about 8. We had a bi-level house there with a full basement that was kinda nice. When we moved here, we bought a 64 acre farm and a 12 x 70 trailer, just to do us until they built the house. Well, the house was 11 years in coming, so I spent most of my growing up years in that little tiny metal hallway. "Life in the long hallway" we called it.
It was the loveliest two-tone blue and white on the outside *gags* the insulation had settled in the bottom of the wall, so it was nearly impossible to keep it warm in the winter. We had a wood-burning stove in the living room, which, consequently, was not safe to lean against while trying to get warm, I can't even count the number of times I burned my ass on that thing 'cause my mind wandered and I leaned back against it. The bedrooms were never warm and when the wind blew, which it did often on the top of that mountain, I was pretty sure that it was gonna pick up the entire house and send it to Oz .. which actually might have been kinda cool, but I'm pretty sure that the Lollipop Guild woulda irritated me after a while.
To get to our farm, ya have to go a mile, uphill, on a 1-lane (in most places, half a lane in other places) dirt and gravel road with a mountain on one side and a progressively larger drop on the other side, so not a lot of room for error. When the long hallway was delivered, they got it about halfway up the road and then had to round a curve and dumped it in the creek.
But, anyway, I digress. So, Kenzie and I had a good day .. we took pictures of houses for daddy, lots and lots of pictures, I'm going to be a photographer by the time this is finished, which will be a good thing .. 'cause I pretty well suck at it right now and he teases me 'cause I never get the shots he wants lol ..
We had a couple hours to kill between houses, so we went to the pet store and played with the dogs, one of our favorite pasttimes, and the workers there love it. We used to be on a first name basis with all of them, they loved to see us coming lol. As soon as we'd hit the door they'd ask how many we wanted to play with that day 'cause the puppies need to be socialized and loved on even if people have no interest in buying them :) and we are more than happy to oblige.
Kenzie fell in love with a little Jack Russell .. and he was just a cutie, just old enough to be weaned and so playful. He tried to eat my hair and my shoelaces and gave us lots of puppy kisses and then to show us exactly how excited he was to be played with .. he tinkled on the floor, which Kenz thought was highly amusing. Every time I picked him up, he would roll over on his back and let me hold him like a baby, wiggling and nipping at my curls the entire time. When I put him down, he'd go for my shoe laces ... and when Kenz giggled he'd go after her shoes.
We drove around for a bit after that and I had to call about an account I have that was a bit delinquent to let them know that I was making the payment within the hour. I'm used to them knowing who I am when I call from my home phone, because it comes up and they have your account pulled up before they even answer the phone. I didn't think about them being clueless 'cause I was calling from the cell .. so I just started babbling to the unusually bubbly girl that answered.
"Hi, I was just calling to let ya know that the payment is being made today, do you need me to call in a confirmation?"
she paused a second and said, "yeah if ya could, that would be great."
I said ok, I would do that and was about to hang up when she said, "oh, could you give me your home number so I can note your account?"
I laughed and said, "oh, sure, I'm sorry, I'm used to you guys being psychic and knowing who I am." She giggled and I gave her my number. She asked me to verify my name 'cause she had 2 in the system. I don't know why it always catches me off guard that there would be 2 people with my name .. it's not like it's an uncommon name, but anyway, it did and I laughed and said, "ohh, you have 2 of me? cool!"
she giggled again and I verified the address and told her just to put DITZ next to my name so she'd know it was me .. and she cracked up. Through her giggling she said, "I have to say *giggle* this is an attempt *more giggling* to collect a debt and any infor...."
I cut her off and said, "you know you aren't very intimidating when you're laughing."
she dissolved into laughter and couldn't finish what she was saying, so I said, "you better straighten up or you're not gonna be able to intimidate anyone else for the rest of the day."
She lost it. I just laughed and gave her the information she needed and was getting ready to hang up again and she said "WAIT!!!"
I stopped and said .. "yessss? you're ready to intimidate now??!" She started giggling and said .. "no, I just have to say thank you" then she started giggling again and hung up. *grins* she was fun, I liked her .. poor girl was probably no good for the rest of the day.
After that, we went to one of the car lots and checked out cars. The sales guys always think I'm too picky. I can't imagine why.
So, we rolled into the lot, parked and hopped out. The sales guys were terribly busy, they'd drug their rocking chairs out into a sunny spot on the lot and were rocking and watching the cars go by on the road. We strolled across the lot ... well, I strolled, Kenz bounced around like she was popping caffeine pills.
One of the sales guys noticed us and wandered across the lot, hollering from halfway across it
"So, how are y'all today?"
I said, "We're alright, I see y'all are workin' like dogs today."
He grinned that lazy southern grin and said, "yeah, we moved the chairs from up there *motions to the building and back to the sunny spot* to all the way over there today. We're beat. What can I do for ya today?"
I grinned. "Well, I'll tell ya what I need and you see what you can come up with."
He gave me a cocky "I-can-do-anything-'cause-I'm-a-car-salesman-and-you're-a-girl" grin and said .. "fire away!"
I grinned bigger. "Alright, I need a small, fuel-efficent car, no trucks, preferably 4-door, must be a 5-speed, I will NOT take an automatic, it cannot be any older than 2000, I need shoulder strap belts in the back seat, it can't cost me an arm and a leg and my first born child for insurance."
His grin lessened .. and I said, "oh, and the payment needs to be around $200"
He stopped grinning and said, "Now you're just being picky."
so I said .. "you want me to tell you what color I want too?"
He ignored that and wandered aimlessly through the lot while "hmm'ing" a lot and finally stopped next to a 2003, 2-door, Ford Escort.
He said, "I think this is the only 5-speed on the lot," then he recovered nicely and asked if I'd like to take it for a test drive, so I said,
"yeah, sure," knowing that I would most likely NOT take it because I had failed to mention that I prefered a Honda or Saturn *grins* (I have no idea why they think I'm being picky, it's not like I asked for specific detailing or anything)
anyway, he ran and got the key and asked if I knew my way around the city. I managed to refrain from saying, "why yes, probably better than you do," and he set us loose.
I wonder about the car lots, they just let anyone take the cars out. It's a good thing I'm a careful driver *beams*
We took off out of the lot, zipping up and down the mountain roads, back roads, side roads, and drove all over the place. We might have been airborne at one point, I'm not sure. Kenzie was loving it, she squealed and giggled and thought it was great. It was actually a nice little car, but insurance companies don't like a lot of the newer Fords & Chevys and want you to sign contracts in blood and promise your first born to insure them, because they are cracker-boxes and cost a ton to repair when they're wrecked. We spun around town for about 30 minutes or so and then reluctantly returned the car.
He asked what we thought of it and if we'd like to see about buying it. I once again bit my tongue to keep from saying, "are you kidding? You want me to buy a car that you let people like me test drive without supervision?" *grins*
After we left the lot, we went to the next house and took a bazillion pictures (the one like a trailer, but without the privacy). Then went to Wally World for the 5 mile jaunt through the SuperStore, Kenzie talked to my friend, Brian, on the phone while we were on our way, she giggled and relayed messages from him to me and me to him, lots of "tell your mom to hush, we're talking" and "you tell him to bite me" going back and forth, she loves talking to him, he keeps her giggling. He's another story entirely though.
We finally got where we were going and ran in to buy a new vacuum 'cause mine keep breaking. It probably has something to do with the fact that I shed like a dog and my hair is constantly getting twisted around the beater bar and the belts snap and smoke rolls out of the thing and it's just ugly and then it takes 40 minutes to fix the vacuum before I can use it and by then I don't have time to vacuum 'cause I'm running late, as usual. So, I also got the new little Swiffer Carpet Flick to pick up all my shedded hair before vacuuming so I don't break the new vacuum within a week, .. which Kenzie danced around the house for 20 minutes while I put it together 'cause she wanted to flick the carpet.
The new vacuum had to be put together and I almost had to read the instructions, which was really bugging me. Who reads the instructions? They're usually the first thing to go in the trash in this house, 'cause they are the absolute LAST resort .. and then we wonder why we have so many "spare parts" lol ..
so, anyway, 3 screws, lots of parts, a lot of laughing from Rory on the phone 'cause I was bitching about maybe having to read the instructions (and he said that's a guy thing, not a girl thing, to not read instructions), and a bit of cursing later, I got it put together without any bodily injuries ... and I just sat back for most of the rest of the night admiring my new vacuum.
I suppose I should turn it on and use it .. but it's so nice and shiny, I hate to mess it up *grins*
So, anyway, that was my weekend .. and now, I'm off to begin my work week, so I can afford the next vacuum, because it's inevitable that I will demolish this one eventually lol