The Repair List

We took big girl, who still doesn’t have a permanent name, to the Ford truck service garage over a week ago. I miss her. They called with the repair list a few days ago so I imagine right now they are fixing her up real nicely for us. She’s an oldie, a 1985 so we expected a pretty good repair list when they called and we were right. The initial shock on the phone when the service lady said $9100.00 about had me choking on my afternoon ice cream cone. I had her email the list so that we could mull it over and break it all down. We kindly asked them to highlight which areas were of high, medium and low priority and they did. So far the customer service has been great, they’ve answered all of our questions and been attentive to our concerns and general lack of knowledge. We’re still waiting to hear how the first set of repairs went but here’s the overall list: Master Cylinder, King Pins, Tie Rods, Shocks, Exhaust Manifold, Air pump, Tune Up, A/C Recharge, Fluid Flush, Timing & Carburetor. We opted to have only the high priority items serviced right now in order to break of that total. Now that we know we’ll start putting some extra cash into a fund for the rest of these repairs so that come go-time, we can take her in for one last fix and hit the road!
We’ve been talking a lot about the first place that we will go! Any suggestions?

Work Day 1 – Just sit

A week has gone by since big girl came to be ours. We had a busy work week and a wedding this weekend but we have been so excited to get moving on things. After an expectedly worthless trip to Wal-Mart (which we boycotted several years ago) to try to get a trade for the battery which was supposed to be under warranty we ended up finding a new at Auto Zone. I attempted to make an appointment to have the engine and mechanics inspected by a professional but haven’t had any luck with that yet. We did get the title and the plates and Justin was like a kid on Christmas! We celebrated by wandering the shelves at the Ben Franklin store next to the DMV.
Today we had a plan to just sit around in the big girl. We’ve been calling her that…it fits, but we aren’t set on it for a permanent name. We’re taking suggestions! We glanced through the stack of manuals, checked all the house appliances for the first time, opened the awning which we found needs some minor repairs. We spent the first two or three hours just tinkering around with switches and getting aquatinted with things. We want to at least make sure the appliances all work before we take them out and try to sell them and we’re happy to report that everything is in great condition!
Once we had all those things squared away we had time to just sit. As a self-proclaimed savvy interior designer, I have to just sit in a space and feel it to imagine it in different ways. We had a breakthrough after about an hour of talking through different options for where to put our iMac for the desk setup and I’m excited to share it later, if it works out!
We have big plans for this big girl of ours and we can’t wait to get started!