Sunday, June 23, 2013

What a Day

Hello and happy Sunday! Today was quite an eventful day...really, these past few days have been!

We are pretty much all packed up. Daniel's mom, dad, sis, 2 brothers, and sister in law were sweet enough to come and pack up their trailer this morning with almost all of our furniture and boxes! We have a mattress in our room to sleep on for these next few days, but other than that, our house would be a major disappointment to a burglar!

I also bit the bullet and hired a cleaning service to come and thoroughly clean our home before we leave. I really thought I would be able to do it myself, but I just don't have time. This takes off a ton of stress!

I really wanted to write this post to let you know that I sold my car! I tried to do a lot of research before selling it, and I really couldn't find a ton of information about the best way to sell my car. Hopefully this post will help you out if you are looking to sell your car, too!

I had a 2011 4runner. It was in fairly good condition, other than a few scratches and dings. I knew that I wouldn't have a problem selling my car, I just wanted to make sure that I got the best price! I was also concerned because I wasn't done paying it off yet (although I knew I would be able to sell it for more than I owe) and therefore didn't have a title. Here was my experience with the places I went...

Toyota Dealership: First of all, their customer service was outstanding. The salesman was very professional and friendly. However, he told me that the process would take 2 weeks since I didn't have the title. I'm going to be out of the country in less than 2 weeks- I needed to have this taken care of ASAP! He offered me an ok price...better than Carmax, but about $500 less than the other competitors. I knew it wasn't going to work for me though because I needed to be paid for my car before moving!

Carmax: They were also very friendly, yet maybe a little unprofessional. Since it is right next to TDA, they bashed them a lot. They offered me WAY less than TDA...when I told them that, they assured me that TDA gave me an estimate, not a quote and wouldn't end up paying me that much. In the end, Carmax just did not offer a fair price- had to scratch them off my list of options!

Texas Direct Auto: I have to say, I had an awful feeling when I went into TDA. First of all, the workers are all VERY young and seem a little inexperienced. Second of all, there were a TON of people there. I ended up waiting a while to get a quote for my car. They were not very friendly or personable. HOWEVER, I will say that they offered me more than the dealership and Carmax. I was hesitant going with them though after what Carmax said. I called TDA later and they assured me that they would honor the quote that they gave me. I had plans to go with them, but did not trust them, ESPECIALLY after reading so many negative reviews about them.

Austin Auto Group: I ended up selling my car to AAG, and I am so thankful that I did! They bought my car for the same price that TDA offered, but I knew I could trust them. AAG is a small dealership in Austin that specializes in selling used cars. They came to my house in Houston and picked up my car. It was no issue at all that I didn't have the title yet- they just wrote me a check for the difference between what I owed and what they were going to pay me. They took care of paying the rest of my car off and getting the title. It was a no brainer doing business with AAG- they offered me the best price, actually came to ME to buy my car, and took care of the title switchover and payoff. So easy!

I'm sad that I no longer have my car, but so thankful that this is one less thing that we need to worry about! Please let me know if you have any questions at all about selling your car.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Half a Decade

Hello Readers! Hope you are all doing well. My moving updates for today are pretty boring...we've just been packing from dawn to dusk. I had no clue how expensive bubble wrap and boxes were! I am done hanging up clothes- after I wash them, I just pack them. Really, I am just done putting things away in general. If I am not going to use it in the next week, it's going in a box! Our house is a WRECK, which I hate...but it is impossible to clean when your floors are littered with boxes, suitcases, and random trinkets that need a box to live in for the next year(s).

The real reason why I am updating today is to share with y'all that today is our anniversary...our 5th one! Altogether we have been a couple for 11 years. We often joke that we have no choice but to make this work- who else will put up with our grossness, craziness  and annoying habits? But really, I am thankful to have a husband who knows me inside and out and yet still loves me unconditionally, and visa versa.

When people ask what we are going to do to celebrate, I reply "Move to London". Because really, what else do we have time to do? Last night, we did make time to go to Uchi for an early anniversary dinner. If you have never been, definitely go there for your next fancy date or girls' night! It's a sushi restaurant that will change your opinion of sushi (I say this because I'm not in love with sushi, but I am in love with Uchi). Go for their happy hour from 5-6:30 to save some money. Make sure you arrive right at 5 though, or you will not find a seat! We had a great time last night and will miss it while we are in London!

Anyways, I saw this on a friend's blog and it made me laugh! Our wedding vows mean so much to me, but it is the little, everyday things that you do to make your marriage thrive. On our anniversary, I knew I wanted to write about what we SHOULD have included in our vows.

Along with having and holding for better or for worse, I vow to...
-make sure that we never run out of toilet paper
-always cook nutritious meals that don't include mushrooms, bell peppers, or squash (or at least cut them so small that you won't notice them).
-drop what I'm doing to spot you at the gym
-never make (too much)  fun of your video games

Along with loving me in sickness and in health, Daniel should have also vowed to...
-always fill my car with gasoline
- make me laugh when I'm grumpy
- take my fear of lizards seriously and always dispose of them humanely after they sneak into our home (along with bugs and the occasional bird that the cat bring in)
-never make (too much) fun of the trash television I watch

But seriously, it's the little, everyday choices that bring joy to a relationship. I am thankful that we learned this early on! Have a good weekend everyone :-)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Lots of checks of the list

I'm sorry I have been so MIA lately....things have been wild! After the school year ended, my days were spent constantly cleaning and having to leave my house for it to be shown to prospective renters. No fun! Then, our house got struck by lightning and we didn't have internet for a few days (thank God that's all that happened). On top of that, I have been out of town a lot, soaking up the last few weeks of Texas! So, I have a lot of things to share with the internet world! 

1. We found renters! Everything is signed and now we are just waiting for them to move in! We are so excited- I think we found the PERFECT couple. They are very responsible and know how to take care of an old home. And they could not be any sweeter...she even dropped off boxes and bubble wrap for us to pack with! We are so thankful that we decided to hire a realtor and find renters. Now on to packing!

2. Our flights have been booked! 2 Business class, one way direct flights to London, leaving on July 3rd (a Wednesday, and we will land on Thursday, July 4). 

3. Our temporary housing has been booked! I'm happy that it is one bedroom (vs studio), there's a dishwasher, AND there is a cleaning service! It is in Canary Wharf, the area that Daniel will be working. We definitely don't want to live there long term because it is a very industrial part of town, but it will be convenient for the first few weeks! 

Although this is pretty normal for Texas, this is actually VERY spacious and nice for London. I'm thankful that we know exactly where we will go once we land! During our 3 week stay here, we will be very busy trying to find somewhere to live full time! 

OK, I think that does it for now. Will give more updates soon!


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