So the AC in the minivan died this week. Actually that’s not entirely accurate. It seems that only the AC on the driver’s side broke. Worked fine on the passenger side. Which didn’t help me at all.
So we took the car in to the neighborhood car-fix-it spot this morning, and on the way back remembered that it’s garage sale Saturday in our ‘hood! This only happens twice a year, and I’m a big fan of garage sales. You never know what prizes you’ll find. Ryan was nice enough to humor me and stop by a few. The first couple stops were sort of duds, but then our luck began to change. The girls were happy to score some toys and books. Then we turned a corner and down at the end of a culdesac, standing next to a table full or random stuff, we saw him.
I couldn’t believe no one had already snagged the metal wire longhorn strung with Christmas lights! I liked him, but common sense told me we didn’t need him. Not to mention we don’t have a place for him and our garage is filled with tons of unfinished projects.
But common sense doesn’t always rule when you’re garage sale hopping. When I found out he was $10 I knew we just had to have him. I thought Ryan would try to talk me out of it, but even he agreed it was too good to pass up. So we put down the seats in the back of his car and shoved in our new friend!
We picked up a few other misc. prizes before heading home to unload our loot. We put Bevo near the garage and no less than 20 people driving by asked how much we wanted for him. I’m certain we could have quadrupled our money, but by then I was attached. Ryan still thinks we’re giving him away to a lucky UT fan, but he’s grown on me so much I’m not sure I want to part with him.
In other great finds, here are two teak loungers I scored used from a local site. They were in rough shape, but Ryan took a pressure washer to it and here you can see the difference with one before and one washed. Wow! I can’t wait to lounge on that with a fruity cocktail in my hand. Only thing that’s missing is a pool. Minor detail…
Oh and on a completely unrelated note, we registered Elizabeth for kindergarten on Thursday. Registration was full of drama, but not for the reasons you might think. To make a long story short, and to respect the privacy of students, I’ll just tell the short version: A kid got hurt on the playground, I was near the nurse’s office and saw all the blood and heard the discussions, got lightheaded, knew what was coming so walked outside, laid down behind a pillar and fainted.
As it happens I was wearing a dress that day and woke up in sort of a snow angel position. Awesome. I was woozy and lightheaded, but thankful I was able to lie down first so I didn’t hit my head on the concrete. Mostly I was just embarrassed. There was a kid genuinely hurt and I didn’t want to cause a scene of my own. The good news is the child will be okay and I was able to finish registering Elizabeth and escape without causing a distraction. Luckily she wasn’t there with me at the time.
So anyway, I didn’t have time to be sad or reflect on the fact that my last baby is starting kinder. I’m sure I’ll be a little teary eyed come the first day of school, but also pretty pumped. She’s excited to join her sisters, and it will be nice to have them all at the same school for a few years.
My little soon-to-be kindergardener! No, this display wasn’t at the school for new registering students (although some beverages for the adults might not be a bad idea?). Nah, this is just at our local supermarket, and this kid doesn’t miss the opportunity for any photo opp.
Oh, time to go pick up the the minivan! I can think of a gazillion other things I could have done with that money (random lawn art?) but it’s pretty tough not having AC during the Texas summer.