Starting Over

1 07 2013

I’m pretty happy that it’s finally July 1. Last week had its share of challenges: my car was in the shop for over a week, our washing machine died, our diaper bag got stuck shut, etc., etc. But each of those weren’t really such a big deal… I got to drive around in a $50,000 rental Jeep, we bought a new washer, and I got to destroy the bag with scissors and a Sharpie with the guarantee of a free replacement.

I’m already missing *my* nice big Jeep, so of course hubby and I had to go window-shopping yesterday, just for fun. Sundays are good because no salesmen are there, so we peeked at Hondas, Jeeps, Toyotas, Mazdas, Dodges, and a few other places at our leisure.

We had to buy a new washer IMMEDIATELY because we cloth diaper our son, and those must be washed every other day. Luckily, his diapers require nothing fancy — the best kind of washer for those seems to be of the old-school, top-loading, agitating, non-HE variety. Our old washer was a score on CraigsList — it cost $50, lasted exactly 4 years, and we got paid $12 for it when we took it to our metal recycling place. It was leaking oil onto our clothes (ugh!), so there was no way to resell it. This time, because of time constraints, we purchased a new one. Speaking of cloth diapers, I found some brand-new Thirsties at Target that had been clearanced to $2 each because they had been purchased online and returned to the store, and they’re only sold online. I bought each of them and posted them on eBay, and I’ll definitely make at least 5 times what I paid for them.

When my diaper bag broke, I checked into the warranty on it, contacted, JJ Cole, and was given 2 options: “1.  You may mail the bag to us…and upon receipt your replacement will be sent to you,” or “2. You may make a cut through the opening of the main compartment down into the front of the bag 6” and send us an image with your Reference number written visible [on the bag].  We will use this as a record you have disposed of the item, and then send your replacement. Please see example below.” And then they attached an example of a destroyed bag. Naturally I chose the latter option (FUN!!), and my new bag should be here any day!

Today is also officially Day #1 of my Disney Marathon training program. The race is only 6 months away! Right now I am following the program provided by runDisney and designed by Jeff Galloway: I am choosing the “To Finish in the Upright Position: 29-week program.” I’ve been training all along, but not always as faithfully as I would like to, so today begins a fresh start. My husband got up at 4:45 to run his 4 miles, then painted our fence while I took my turn to run 4 miles before the baby woke up.

Today also marks the start of birthday week! My son was due on my birthday and came a day early, so we are able to celebrate together this weekend. The 4th of July also happens to be my favorite holiday, which hopefully I’ll blog about later on in the week. Right now I’m putting the finishing touches on his party preparations: I sent out invites I designed in PhotoShop, finished his slideshow, bought the party food, my mom is making his outfit, I’ve handmade all the decorations, made plans for the cakes, made the favor bags, and wrapped his presents. All that remains is lots and lots of baking! I’ll share pictures on the blog after the party. 🙂



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