Sunday, August 30, 2009

What $658.19 will buy you

It's no secret how I feel about my car. The Little Bugger (Bugger not Booger...) and I have been going on for almost 3 years now and it never stops giving me grief. It's a hate relationship, really. In fact, I like to compare my situation of my car with a series of bad blind dates. You know, they make for good stories. Laughs. A topic that never looses its humor. The Little Bugger has really shown it's true colors - black. I've lost two front lights (like the socket and all on the freeway..), transmission, oil leaks, axle rods and a bunch of other blah blah blahs I don't understand. This week was no different.

I knew my registration was coming up the end of October, and knowing my history with the Little Bugger, I decided to get a jump start on things so I'm not procrastinating and spending every last penny I have this fall. I took it up to good ole' Cutrubus (still FANTASTIC) fully aware of work to be done on it. I dropped it off Thursday night and I knew it was bad when I was the first call they made the next morning. My mechanic said, "{Long Sigh}...It's pretty bad Samantha, I'm not going to lie." Crap. He proceeded to explain what was wrong in a language harder to learn than Mandarin Chinese and I just put my trust in him that he'd fix whatever the heck was wrong. Then he said something clear in every language, "That'll come to approximately $1346.00." WHAT?! Are you...are you KIDDING me? Little Bugger had done it again. For the sake of my wallet (not...haha, purse), I worked out a plan to where I fix half the problems now and I'd take it back in next month for the rest. This time I settled on fixing my oil gasket engine leak (whatever) and my left front signal light (Hallelujah!).

Saturday morning I went with my mom to pick up my car. I went in, paid for the work done, a whopping $658.19 and met my loyal and handy mechanic, Troy. He was gracious, sympathetic and helpful as he handed over the key to my car. I walked outside, opened the door, stuck the key in and ignited the engine.....I waited. I listened. No grinding, no airplane engine fact...Is it purring??? It was PURRING. Words cannot describe this feeling. It was like meeting 'The One' after the bad blind dates. I was not embarressed to start my car, I was not embarrassed to accelerate the airplane noises. I about shut my engine off, marched right back into the shop and kissed that Troy man. I was SO impressed with how my car ran on the way back to Bountiful. I kept thinking, "Is this how it feels when people love their car?!"

I know I have much more extensive work to be done, and I've had my thousands of dollars of work done, but whatever this particular problem was, was it. I have a new found respect for my little car...

{Please pray I didn't just jinx myself with this positive car post..}

Thursday, August 20, 2009

True Love

The other night I caught this tender moment... My dad was painting my mom's toenails.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Confession- I'm a Tween

I had an interesting weekend.... Seriously. I haven't had one quite like it! I spent the weekend with KayCee and her cousin (a new friend!) Mallory. We decided to all head over to the Salt Lake County Fair to play that evening. We only went on one ride because Mallory isn't a huge fan of rides and KayCee wasn't a fan of the Scrambler. After, we headed to have some fine fair food (sweet corn, baked potatoes, funnel cake...Yum)! We'd heard about a show the fair was putting on with a hypnotist so we headed that way. Mallory and I were lucky contestants. KayCee was kind enough to take pictures and film our stupid scenes while we look like fools. It was the most interesting experience I've had in a long time. Towards the end of the show, the hypnotist made some interesting points. In addition to the fun, crazy hypnotism, he also teaches hypnotherapy - something I'm so fascinated in. Now, I'm not saying the ridiculous hypnotism stuff works, but I do believe in the power of the mind. I believe people can control their own feelings, thoughts, etc. It's a state of mind. Well, he had us think of something we REALLY wanted and to picture it. I did. Boy did it open a can of worms!!

I spent the rest of the weekend re-evaluating my life and what I feel and what I can do to make myself happy and succeed. I'm still going through a rough patch, and without too many details, it seems like my heart keeps crushing further and further each day. I asked my dad for a father's blessing and he said some powerful things that have enlightened me. I thought I'd been uplifted as much as I could this weekend.

Well. Then it occured. I heard a song at work and I'm ashamed to admit it because I am Not a fan of her, but it has become my theme song...

The Climb - Miley Cyrus

I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there's a voice inside my head saying"You'll never reach it"
Every step I'm taking
Every move I make feelsLost with no direction
My faith is shaking
But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high
There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I'm not breakingI may not know it
But these are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going
And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on'
Cause there's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb, yeah!
There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody's gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb, yeah!

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It's all about, it's all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith

There you go, laugh and make fun of me all you want.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

These Are a Few of my Favorite Things..

With life still down, I have been able to recognize the little things in life that make me so darn happy! I'm grateful for little gifts and blessings like these to make my day brighter and a bring a smile to my face!

Planning my next wild vacation with friends * My nieces and nephews..Eva Mae (I see Eva & Kara the most {they live close} and she is the funny, sassy, cute girl who is always there just when I need her 'loves' the most), Emily (her sweet, mature, caring nature that always holds that one special place in my heart as my first niece), Rachel (with her spunk and active, smart nature), Nick (his contagious laugh, mellow 'Everything is alright' attitude), McKay (biggest heart, sweetest child who is just a miracle), and Kara (how her precious little spirit lights up everyone) * My friendship with my parents * Peanut-butter chocolate chip cookies from Mrs Fields (a kind co-worker brought me some when I was sick) * Blog-stalking * KSL Classifieds! * A good Diet Coke * Saving for my mouth makeover * Homemade popcorn with my Dad * My mother's hilariously contagious laugh * Pedicures * Country dancing until I fall down * Laughing uncontrollably * A good movie * Brisk walks listening to my iPod * Meditation time in the mornings on my way to work, and at night, just before falling asleep * Making someones day * Blankets * Cornbread * My friends at work * Tanning * My calling(s) * the Temple * Crushed Ice * the Bubble Game on my phone (passes time on lunches) * Texts from cute boys * Nights with friends * Great advice * Thunderstorms * No more parasite sickness * An accomplished goal * Working on my China scrapblog *