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back in town

Wow – thank you all so much for the sweet comments on my Project Food Blog entry #2!  You guys sure know how to make a girl feel good.  If it wasn’t for all of you, I wouldn’t even be participating in the second round, so thank you, thank you!

Voting for Challenge #2 started this morning.  You can go here to read my entry (and others!) and vote.  Your support means so much to me:)

This morning started out as a celebration of the arrival of the fall season to Oklahoma.  I woke up with a serious craving for pumpkin – so serious in fact that I made a special trip to the grocery store to see if Libby was back in town yet…


Sheeee’s baaaaaaack!

We had a joyous reunion, which involved 1 cup almond milk, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp molasses and ice (recipe stolen from Angela).  I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time I was drinking it.  Made me feel all warm inside:)

I spent the morning working on some projects, and then wrapped up just in time for lunch.  Lunch was a bit hurried as I was rushing to meet for my 1st tutoring appointment of the afternoon.  I threw together an easy peanut butter and banana sandwich on that amazing bread I raved about last week.  It’s actually a little stale now, but still good for toasting!

Probably would have been best to get some veggies in at lunch, but sometimes ya just gotta go with it:)

We spent a majority of this evening doing something that is overdue, and not fun in any way.

We put our little Mini Cooper up for sale.

I spent some one-on-one time with her at the car wash, getting her all gussied up and ready for a photo shoot.  Then the husband and I took her out and snapped some pics – and she is now officially up on Craigslist.

It’s a sad day at the McCoy house.  But not as sad as the day we actually sell her will be.  We absolutely love our little car.  We got her last year on my very first day of teaching.  I needed a reliable car with good gas mileage in which to commute, and considering we’d both been eyeing Minis for quite some time it was the perfect solution.

not sure what’s going on with my hair here – all it took was one day with those teenagers I guess;)

Anyway, I know that it’s just a car – and I know that material possessions are not the most important thing.  In fact, I’ve been thinking lately that I don’t want to feel so attached to an object.  My goal is to live my life with my hands open to God, recognizing that nothing I have is really mine…it’s all His. So, I’m really praying that I’ll be able to view this as an opportunity to glorify Him by giving up this thing that I feel is so important, but really only holds worldly value.

Amen?

Now we just have to work on Olive being able to let go.

“Olive, get on your perch!” (iPhone pic taken last winter)

So, if you live in Oklahoma and are looking for the cutest little, fuel efficient car around you can check out the listing here, or shoot me an email.

Well, I’m off to make some pumpkin overnight oats for tomorrow morning – I have a feeling Libby and I will be seeing a lot of each other in the coming weeks:)  Hope ya’ll had a great Monday!

Do you get attached to the car that you drive?  Have you ever had to sell a car that you really loved?  Would it be hard for you to sell the one you drive now?  Please tell me I’m not crazy….

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8 Responses to “back in town”

  1. Isn’t Libby’s pumpkin the best?
    So sad to see your Mini go away. I’ve never had to sell a car, because I’ve had hand-me-downs and used ones that died eventual deaths. I traded in my ’98 Oldsmobile Cutlass last year when I bought my new Malibu, and though the car salesman laughed at me when I asked for the full blue book value on the Olds (with the mechanical issues, dings and scratches), it was still a great car to its final day. My eyes teared up when I watched it get driven into the back lot. Much like loyal pets, our cars are our friends!

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    candice Reply:

    So true!! Such a cute/sad story about your Cutlass. My first car was a Neon, and my husband had a wreck in it – it got towed away to the salvage yard, and they gave me $75 for it. $75! Like a slap in the face;) So, I totally know how you feel. It’s funny how we can complain about our old cars and want new ones, but then when it comes right down to it, it’s so hard to let go!

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  2. I can see myself getting sad when I give up the Ford Escape I have now. It’s been with me for many trips from Chicago to Missouri. I’ve practically lived in that car at times! Funny how you can grow attached…

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    candice Reply:

    It is really funny. I have so many memories of long commutes back and forth to my job last year, and my husband and I have so many memories in it together, too. I’m so sentimental. “It’s just a car.” Repeat. “It’s just a car.” :)

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  3. Olive is too cute. I was attached to one of my cars before (called it the Marshmallow). The current car, not so much. But you’re not crazy.

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    candice Reply:

    marshmallow, haha. That made me lol because people used to call me that. My maiden name is Marsh:)

    Thanks for the affirmation:)

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  4. I was a little attached to the Honda Metropolitan we owned (think Vespa) We rode it around the college town we used to live in BEFORE kids :-) I sold it in May with grand plans for the $$$ and then my husband came home and told me he was going to take a certification test (computer nerd stuff). Needless to say it was what I sold the scooter for (sniff). It was a two-edged sword to say the least. I’m curious what you are going to replace the mini with?

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    candice Reply:

    That’s a great question, actually. We aren’t quite sure yet. This entire past year we’ve had 3 cars – our two older cars (a Grand Am and an Explorer) and the new mini. Throughout the past year, we ended up loaning our Grand Am to friends who needed an extra car, so we never ended up selling it. We’re kind of glad now because we’ll be able to drive it for awhile until we decide what to do for the long term. We’re in the market for something a little bigger and less expensive to maintain.

    It’s so funny about your Metropolitan because I have always wanted a Vespa! I’m always telling my husband to just get me a scooter, and I’ll be happy. The time of my life that I can get by with just a scooter won’t last forever! Sorry you had to get rid of yours – I guess it wouldn’t work too well for the little ones. Maybe one day you can get another one!

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