Diary of An Irish Woman

musings of an irish lady now living in America.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Soccer Mum

So government came out with a cash for clunkers program. Up to $4500 back for your car as long as new one got more than 4mpg more. My Suv was well on her way out. Nearly 10 yrs old and had done me well. So Wednesday we started talking about looking at minivans at weekend. Decided since hinselfs car is small, one bigger one needed. Plus all Mums I know said minivan do you well for playdates later etc. So we as in hubbie researched a few and we narrowed down. Heated seats a must have and backup camera. Heated seats are a luxury in California but anyone with back or hip issues tell you it's a big difference.

So told my boss and he has a minivan so got some info from him. Thursday night he sends me email and voicemail that the gov program going so well suspending it as already spent the money.
Hun comes home let him know and we decide go to car dealership

We take his car and munchkin and sure enough yes they are doing till midnight only , a salespersons dream of a deadline you can enforce. So we ask to see someone and get Ross nice Persian man.

See a Honda Odessey we like and then realize that we have hubbie new car here instead of my old suv. So he heads home while I text and call our babysitter last sec and ask can she babysit for us. She does bless her and meets himself at home who is tearing up office looking for my title to my truck.

I fill in paperwork and also get price down. I have Internet access with iPhone and get the internet Honda site with prices plus the company data sheets. Very nice sales guy who doesn't realize I'm in sales :).

So himself comes back and our babysiter has wee lad laughing and getting him ready for bed. We fill in endless paperwork. For the program you need to show your clunker can drive in on own, that you own it clear and insured it and registered your name at least a year. Thankfully I had all of that in my glove box. We didn't have title but later found out they can get a copy for $38. Considering how long I would have to wait for that at DMV well worth it.

Then the long wait to finance and wait your turn. Himself goes over to mcdonalds and it's closed but drive through open. Guy says can't do walk ups. Himself explains we are at car dealer, they took our car and wife is pregnant and we haven't eaten in 5/6 hours (now 1030). Says chat to manager who says no problem so yeah! Yes fast food is not good for you but no food is not good at all. ( our orginal plan was go browse cars and do this buying at weekend )

So at midnight we finish all paperwork. I enjoy the sales fencing with their finance guy. I'll do him a Linkedin referral for the work he did plus the extra discounts I got;)

Our new minivan be here Wednesday and they gave us loaner in meantime. Cherry plum colour. We nealry got a blue one just because our sons favorite joke is saying Mammy blue car because he knows it's red. (the grin and laugh he does when you ask him is priceless)

So we got home after 1230. Fell into bed after babysitter went home. Bless her she didn't want to sleep over as no clothes with her for next day.

So next morning dragged ourselves to work. Turns out our cleanup hid the diapers too well and babysitter put swim diapers on wee lad thinking they were pullups as only diaper type things visable.
Wee lad was grand when I gave him bottle in morning but was soaked when himself got him, in fact only thing dry was swim diaper ( which doesn't aborb pee so kid doesn't sink in swimming with a water logged diaper ).

Himself gave him a wee quick bath in morning which made them all feel better.

So next week we become a minivan family and I'm looking forward to it. Mates said welcome to being a soccer Mum and you know that's ok.


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