Christmas break got off to a nice start on Friday afternoon. We got off work early and I had plans to go to CarMax to trade in my Charlie Brown (aka, my Camry). Good 'Ole Charlie Brown was starting to deteriorate and ever since the accident it just didn't feel as safe. I found a few cars on CarMax's website that looked good....particularly the Ford Fusion. 20 minutes later...I got the Fusion. It's a 2006 model and is charcoal grey with a tan cloth interior...sweet! It only had 9500 miles on it and looked brand new. It felt so good driving home! Now I've never been a Ford person in the past b/c I am loyal to my Toyota's and Honda's...but the price was good and it's a pretty car! I think I'm enjoying driving it more than the Honda Prelude (Linus) that I had a long time ago. Something about a new start, I guess...and unlike the Prelude, this car was reasonably priced...Did I mention that I got $3K for Charlie Brown?! I so expected less...that car was not in "good" condition, more like "fair"...but I'm not going to argue with them. :)
After getting the car I drove myself back to Dallas (I went to Arlington for the car). I could have driven all night...and I don't like to drive...I went to the Galleria Mall after that. I found a ring the week prior that I liked and it was being sized. It's a 3 stone aquamarine ring set in white gold. Between the car and the ring these are the last of my big purchases to celebrate the divorce settlement money. It was a little strange to buy myself a substantial piece of jewelry, but liberating as well. My mom did this when she and my step-father divorced. Something that signified her independence and a new start. I guess it stuck in my brain. Just wanted a piece of jewelry that says "I treated myself". So the three stones signify the past, present and future. I like how my future is looking and I'm learning to enjoy my present.
Friday was an expensive day, but I so enjoyed the ride!