A few months ago, it was time to free up our coin containers. It seems like this is a task that needs to be attended to every six months. It would have even been more frequent if I also worked and bring home loose change everyday. If we go longer than that, I wind up getting frustrated as I need to make sure every coin fits in our plastic coin banks.
We have our process down pat. Early on I needed to bring them to the bank and had to wrap the coins but with Coinstar in the neighborhood, that arduous task of wrapping was eliminated. I have written about our coin exchanges repeatedly on this blog but there are several exchanges over the years that I failed to document. My husband and I don’t even mind the processing fee. We’re paying for convenience. After all, Coinstar has eliminated the task of wrapping. You win some, you lose some so they say.
How about you, how do you mange your loose change?
What do you do when you come back to your parked car and see that someone inflicted damage to it?
Add to that the fact that your car is just two months old. It’s infuriating to say the least. This happened to us in the summer. This was not the first time that it happened to us, but I felt the same way just like the first time. Perhaps because the car was just two months old versus our previous vehicle which was more than two year old at that time when it got damaged. The damage was bigger however on the previous vehicle.
So off we went to the dealership’s body repair division to get an estimate. Yes, just an estimate because we haven’t done anything with it, the damage is still there. Claiming from our insurance is out of the question. As most of us know, the more you claim, the potential for a higher premium at the time of insurance renewal is more apparent. Husband and I had a big disagreement over this because I would have loved to have the bumper replaced ASAP but he’s so adamant not to do it because he’s thinking that it can happen again.
Living in the big city comes with its pros and cons. This is definitely one of the cons. People are in a hurry all the time, you know – that New York minute. But whether in a hurry or not, I wish drivers are more responsible and most of all compassionate and honest. From the way the damage looks, it seem to have been unintentionally inflicted. It was more of lack of ability to estimate the distance. It was wishful thinking for me, but it would have been so nice if the driver left us a note and left his contact detail but it didn’t happen. Maybe, in his driving lifetime, going back to a damaged parked car has not yet happened to him. I’m just glad that I’m all over the grief from this incident. Looking back, it was not worth feeling aggravated. Karma is a b**** and nowadays, karma comes back in a New York minute.
After my husband and I got married, I moved in with him in his place on a high rise here in the Big Apple. I must say, I had a seamless move (from Long Island to NYC) and it was relatively easy because I didn’t have to haul any furniture with me other than my almost new king size mattress. We ditched his old mattress and kept his frame and headboard. We decided however to hire a professional mover because I wanted to ensure that all of my personal stuff were handled properly.
It’s been almost 16 years since we got married. So many things have transpired, we have moved and tackled a complicated renovation (gutted the whole place) once, we’ve gained and lost weight (lol), we’ve traveled far and wide and been to countries that many consider as must-see destinations, we’ve gained new friends, we’ve also lost friends permanently courtesy of that thing called ‘death’ as well as that thing – ‘we simply didn’t click and drifted apart’, we’ve lost family both from again that thing called ‘death’ and simply because the separation is inevitable due to deep seated issues. If you think that it’s unfathomable that this can happen, think again. I’m now a witness of it and it’s so beyond me. People around us privy to what’s going on labled it as a tragedy.
Of all those changes, there’s one thing that stood out to be the most pleasant, and both me and my husband regret that we have not done it a lot sooner. That’s none other than ditching my mattress and switched to a Tempur-Pedic.
My mattress that I brought in with me when I moved in with my husband was relatively new. I had a Beautyrest Plush Pillowtop, and while it was a great mattress, we both felt it was time to replace it. It is recommended to replace mattress every 10 years (though I don’t know if people really do that) but we didn’t do it. I spent a substantial amount of money on it and 10 years was just too soon to let go of it. So on it’s 15th year (last year), we replaced our Beautyrest and invested on a bed that’s not only luxurious, but now I can attest it does really promote better sleep. It’s cost prohibitive but it’s all worth it. Not feeling when my husband tosses and turns a hundred times – that alone is awesome, plus the support is just prime.
At the time of purchase they threw in 2 free pillows. It was a nice freebie I must say. Why it had to be 1 king and 1 queen sized pillow instead of 2 king is beyond me. But hey it was free. So, I kept my mouth shut and walked away with the great deal that we got.