I'm finally on break from college for the winter and it's started off with a bang, to say the least! During finals week my 10 year old car finally keeled over in a rather horrible way. The timing belt snapped while I was on the freeway and it took out the top half of the engine. There was extensive damage to the valves and pistons. The repair cost was astronomical, as it essentially required an engine rebuild, so instead after a week of advertising it, I sold off the car as a non-working project vehicle for about the same value as an Apple laptop. I wasn't going to get much more for a 10 year old German car with 80k miles since everyone recognized that it's a money-pit, but I am glad I was able to sell it for something at least. Through a friend's connection with a dealership I was able to use that as a down payment on a new car and get financed despite my abysmal credit score (hospital collections are a bitch). So I took home a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x2 with about 144k miles, since it was pretty much the only thing on the lot that was in my price range and had an automatic transmission. Also insurance is much cheaper on an SUV vs any sort of sedan/coupe. Thankfully the car runs well and I've found that most parts are dirt cheap (thank you, Chrysler, for using the same parts in most Dodge/Jeep/Chrysler vehicles) so that makes me happy. I'm now anxiously awaiting my student loan disbursement in the Spring so I can try to pay down this harsh loan (36 mo at 21% interest) but at least I have a car and I was able to finally get away from my previous money-pit that required repairs every other week.
That said, now that I'm done with school until February I can return to being productive with art. So that means back to work on backlogged art in addition to slowly making new pieces here and there.
Also, yesterday marked one year with my rescue dog! :) I highly encourage anyone who wants to get a dog for the holidays, whether for oneself or a loved one, to adopt one from a shelter/rescue. It is the best gift you can give yourself and them.
7 years, 6 months ago
22 Dec 2011 02:52 CET