5/15/07 - Destin, the Honda and maybe a new house

I know, I know. It's been quite a while since my last update. Sue me. (I give you that website, because my previous dealings with them tell me that unless you are physically harmed, they won't even give you the time of day). That should have been mentioned in a previous post, but it is not important. So, I still haven't updated the information about our San Antonio trip, I'm still working on it and now we have another trip to add. We were in Destin this past weekend and had a great time. Cristi's cousin got married on the beach and it was amazing. I'd like to save all the details for the story, so I'm going to leave it at that.

I recently accepted a full time position here at Midland Loan Services and started on Monday. What a crumby day to start too. While I was gone, they decided it would be a good idea for everyone to work 10 hour days this week through Thursday. If I were still on contract, that would be awesome because I got paid for working extra hours. Now that I'm salary however, I get nothing. Probably not even a pat on the back. Now that I'm full time though, I am eligible for benefits which include a pension plan, pretty good insurance, a 401k with an employer match of up to 6% as well as paid time off and tuition reimbursement.

I might have jinxed us with my recent comments about the Accord, because it went into the shop on Monday. We are going to have to have the transmission fixed and we took it to Higgins Transmission which I don't remember if I mentioned it before or not, but I highly recommend that you take your car there if you ever have problems. Mr. Higgins is a great guy and does incredible work. I will never be able to take my car anywhere else. So anyways, I'll go into more detail later, but basically the transmission just about gave up on us while in northern Alabama so we figured we might as well get it fixed. We were going to have to get it fixed before we sold it and with all our travels planned this summer, it seemed like a good idea to get it take care of now. Also, once the transmission gets fixed, we are going to have to take it to Undercar (another place that I highly recommend and I will not take my car anywhere but here in regards to brakes, tires and suspension). When you brake at high/medium speeds, the steering wheel shakes real bad. I've had that problem on one of my trucks before, so I know it isn't life threatening, but it is a pretty big nuisance and once again, we wouldn't be able to sell it the way it is. After that gets taken care of, we have to get the windshield replaced. I'm hoping that with all that, we can keep it under $2000. If we can't, well, that's just the way the cookie crumbles.

This weekend, we've got a few things planned. Early Saturday, we are going to be looking for a new house and that afternoon Natalie graduates from UALR. I'm looking forward to being able to see the new gym on campus. In regards to the house, I spoke with our realtor today and she highly recommended that we try to sell before new phase of homes gets started in construction. That means we need to sell soon. I really don't know if we will be able to get it sold before it gets underway, but I think we migth give it a try. This of course will possibly cause a problem with the lawn care business, only that I will have to rethink the way I schedule the lawns. I might even have to find a storage place in Conway to keep my equipment instead of hauling back and forth.

As I was typing this, I got an email from our Sherwood realtor and the sub-division we were looking at is still 30+ minutes away from my office and the same for Cristi. The prices are cheap, but we are moving to be closer to stuff. I guess we will have to keep looking. The one thing that I've been most surprised by is that there is not very much new construction going on in Sherwood/North Little Rock. In fact, the houses we were looking at are actually in Jacksonville.

I'll end here and get back to work for a spell. I guess tonight I'll spend some time looking at more houses, trying to figure out what we did in San Antonio and getting pictures setup for your viewing pleasure.

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