Friday, January 23, 2009

Only The Good Friday - The New Things Edition

It's Friday, and that, in and of itself, is usually good news for most people. We all look forward to being able to say TGIF, don't we?

As if that wasn't good enough reason to be in a good mood, Fridays are now also "Only The Good Friday", thanks to blogess extraordinaire Shelly. She's spreading optimism and good feelings with her mission to only post good, positive things on Fridays. And I'm all about spreading the good, so I'm joining her. Won't you join us?

So, that being said, what's good on Karina's menu today?

Let's see, I'll start with my mood, because for the first time all week, I woke up in a fabulously good mood. I've been a little sick all week and just feeling cranky, run down, and even a little depressed. My body was achy, and my mood was sucky. But this morning I woke up without a pain in my body, and feeling recharged and ready to face the world. That, in turn, put me in an even better mood, and I tell you, optimism is not only contagious, it's addictive.

So, here I sit at work (shh), feeling good and ready to be productive and cheerful.

It is Friday, which also means that there is a weekend approaching, and I'm full of good plans. Something happened last weekend that could have been viewed as a bad thing, and therefore would be off limits for me to discuss on an Only The Good Friday post, and that is that my car failed inspection. This is bad, right? It is bad. But the thing is, I kind of hate my car. It's a bit of a lemon, and I've had nothing but problems with it since I bought it 5 1/2 years ago. I've been saying for at least 2 years that I need a new car, but since mine was paid for, I just kept plugging along. Each month, something else will happen on it that tells me "it's time for a new car". If I started naming off all the things that are wrong with it, you'd probably ask me "why exactly haven't you bought a new car?" So, when it failed inspection last Saturday, I decided that was it. I'm not getting it fixed. I'm getting a new car.

I've never bought a new car, every car I've owned has been used, and every car I've owned has had problems I inherited from previous owners. OH, the stories I could tell you about all my cars.

But this is Only The Good Friday, so I'm not going to to tell you those stories. I'm going to tell you instead that tomorrow? I'm going car shopping. Well, window shopping. Because I don't know exactly what I want yet, so I'm going to go look at cars and see what strikes my fancy. I can't wait.

By the way, any suggestions at what cars I should look at? My only must have is that the car be AWD or 4WD or basically really good at handling the snow and ice we get in these parts...suggestions?? I'm open.

Here's another little fun story I can share about good things...I'm going on a cruise. Well, yes, that is good news, but that's actually not my story. My friend Traveller and I are planning a cruise sometime in March. the details are sketchy still, but we're working on it. It'll likely be a Caribean cruise of some sort, but we haven't finalized anything yet.

So, two nights ago, I woke up from a DEAD SLEEP with a thought in my head. When I tell you woke up with a thought, I should probably say that this thought WOKE ME UP. Strangest thing. The thought? My passport is expired.

I will need my passport for the cruise. I know it takes several weeks to obtain a renewed passport. Mine expired last May, when I was unemployed, and I always intended to get it renewed once I had a job, but completely forgot about it. Until Wednesday night/Thursday Morning at about 3AM. I have no idea how or why that thought crept into the forefront of my brain and woke me up. But boy am I glad it did. Now I have plenty of time to send in my application and renew my passport before my trip.

Imagine if I hadn't had that thought. Imagine it is now March, the week before my cruise, and I'm packing and "oh no, my passport is expired!" Imagine? No, let's not. So glad I woke up at 3AM with that thought.

See? Simple things, little things (and even big things), all things that could certainly go either way, but folks, it's Friday. Only The Good Friday. Spread the cheer, won't you?

Go visit Shelley and let her know if you're participating. Or if you'd rather just participate via comment, go ahead, leave me a comment, tell me something good.


Anonymous said...

Wow. A new car is a wonderful thing! And, I like your attitude about it. As for the passport dream--isn't it amazing that our subconscious mind can keep us on track like that? Talk about good luck!

Enjoy your window shopping!

Jill said...

go for something with good Mpg and think ahead a few years, as you tend to keep cars. might you marry, adopt, have kids, transport youth group to events? do you need an 8 passenger van, a 5 passenger crossover? think outside the box..

Jill said...

also. I think I'm getting into a mommy groove. I refused (when I was pregnant) to be a worrywort. I assumed all would be fine. Yes, I envisioned every diaper would be leaky and every day covered in barf. Now that it's not, I rejoice! also I told myself I would never beat myself up for not getting things done. or try and control things I can't control. But i did it anyway. I became one of those that considered herself a failure because her month early baby can't nurse correctly. to heck with it I say. bottle AND boob. Good enough. she's happy and healthy. same with cloth diapers. So I put a disposable on at night, big whoop. sue me over a couple of hours in plastic instead of cloth. i am a GOOD mom! YEAH!!!!!!

Pamela said...

hmmm... I might look at F*rd new cars. Because they weren't on the "worst list"
AND.. they aren't taking any bail out money.

Anonymous said...

So yay to a new car! Good stuff, all 'round. Happy Friday!
Up at Thornesorld with As Good as it Gets

Karina said...

Shelly, yeah, the dream was freaky, but great timing, that's for sure!

Lil' Mouse, I'm going car shopping today, so we'll see what I come up with. Also, GO YOU, you're doing a wonderful job as a mom, don't worry so much about what "they" say you're supposed to do. "They" are not you, living your life.

Pamela, I think I've narrowed it down to two cars (maybe) and F*rds are actually one of the two.

Thorne, I'm excited about car shopping! We'll see how it goes!

Toni Lee said...

NEW CARS ROCK! I love your blog, stop by mine and pick up your award!

Anonymous said...

An award awaits you at my house. Go here

Karina said...

Toni Lee, an award for me? How sweet! Thanks so much!

Shelly, you have an award for me too? AWW shucks, I'm speechless!