Sunday, August 16, 2015

Goodbye Old Friend

8.7.15: End of an era. I said goodbye to my beloved Elantra. The '04 beaut got me through so many winters, so many miles [over 190k!] and kept trucking through the trips to CT and back when Scotty and I were long distance [for FOUR YEARS.] I loved that car. Leaving it behind was so sad! But, the Gangster* gave me all he had. 

Here's the story: Tuesday PM, almost didn't start at the grocery store. Home: car is dead. Diagnosis: battery. Auto zone: Closed. Wednesday: Took the battery to Auto zone where they said it had full charge. OK cool! Put it back in, car is dead. Womp womp. Auto zone: New battery! Thursday: Scott drives it to work. Starts up, runs like a champ! End of day : dead. Jumped, runs. Gets a little feisty on the way home. Electrical instability, but survives the tunnel - thankfully! Off the pike, less than 3 miles from home. DEAD at a red light, conveniently outside a National Tire and Battery. Jumped - dies when cables come off. Plan: Get it to a flat space, change alternator [that had a lifetime warranty! thanks Auto Zone (grr. ) ] 100yards later: DEAD. just past a busy intersection! Thankfully in a bike lane. 
I met Scott at the site with his car - to block the dead Hyundai with his hazard lights. TWO HOURS later - the tow truck arrives to drive 100 yards back. So lame. The next day - the diagnosis: $650 to get it running. No Driveway, no way to get it fixed on our own. So - we cut our losses. Gave the title to the garage, and walked away. 

This was a sad day! I loved this guy, and he was so good to me. Our time was done, and it's on to new things. Thank you friend, for all your miles! xo

* named by Colleen - since the back window was tinted, she named him Gangster because he was slightly bad ass but mostly proper. 

CT Weekend

Weekend of August 8th - we headed to CT for a number of events. We had 2 bday parties, wedding dress shopping, Delorean maintenance, and a lemonade stand! 

Friday - we chatted with Laurel and Steve, and gave Rudy adequate love before heading downtown for dinner and drinks at Archies. Luckily our fave crew was working that night. 

Saturday - we stopped by Alex and Tiffany's to celebrate Greyson's first birthday! It was so good to catch up with their family, see Greyson and meet her sister's new puppy Charlie! Look how small and cute he is! [shameless plug for a pup *hint hint Scotty!* ]

Our dump truck was a hit! Greyson is such a sweet boy! 

Next up: Audrianna's 3rd birthday! Her grandparents hosted the event, which was full of pony rides, and homemade pizza in the backyard brick oven. Delicious! 

PiƱata for the kiddos

Gabby totally [NOT] loving the pony saddle

This lucky girl had 2 cakes ! Happy birthday Audrianna!! 

Sunday: Laundry [Thank you Laurel!], dress shopping, Delorean surgery and Lemonade stands! 
Mom, Laurel and I went to David's Bridal for the first round of wedding dress shopping. I tried on what felt like 100 dresses! It was good to figure out what I liked, what felt comfortable and what looked good. No info here on decisions since Scott is an avid [haha - yea right] reader, but an decision has been made!! WOOT Wedding! 

Lazy Gracie chilling with the clean clothes. 

Also on Sunday - Sophia [and crew] had a lemonade stand! Her mom, Amy, is riding in the Closer to Free Cancer fundraiser for the Yale / Smilow Cancer center. They raised over $400 that day!! It was a fun afternoon of family, friends and neighbors. Awesome job Sophia!