Tonight was the TNT 2-Mile Fun Run at Momentum
...and ya know what, I got all the way to mile 1 without having to stop to walk. Gooooo me! I rule! I am the running queeeeeeen! Ravee and I trekked it together to the park...where we were all required to hit a softball and run the bases (and were given a baseball card for a raffle)...somehow, I was able to kiss the bat and ball on my very first try, which is a rare occurence. I was quite impressed with myself. So when I kept running, I got...uh...a little lost. I went too far. Somehow, in my glee of hitting the ball, I missed the turn around sign. Whoops. After I got myself back on the right road, I returned back to Momentum with Aleah, who ran the Chicago marathon last year. She was pretty cool. :)
It was really cool to see a bunch of my old running and walking friends. Mary and Carla showed up, which rocked cause I haven't seen them in months. Then you had a few triathletes come because they're converting to the marathon side. And some folks from the other city teams (not downtown) that I had never met.
Okay...so it was Baseball theme run, hence why it was called "Play Ball"--Momentum set up all sorts of ballpark food when we returned...popcorn, ice cream, peanuts, hot dogs, beer...the works!! It was very cool. They even raffled off a $300 pair of Oakleys and a $25 gift card, neither of which I won. But it's getting me excited to kick off the official Chicago Marathon Training Season.
In other running news, Mike
posted his race report from the Shamrock Shuffle. A bit of an overdramatization, and I digress with some select portions of it...just go read it for yourself. I am not a malicious person!!
So you know the whole Peanut Butter and Jelly Time song? It's time for the Hypothetical Situation time jingle...but I'll spare you the singing...I'll just do a little jig over here in my neck of the woods as a precursor, so you don't actually have to suffer through hearing or watching me do anything...
Let me preface by saying we're not trying to "whore" ourselves here, or boast or brag...we honestly have no idea what to do in the situation and are hoping that some folks can offer up some insightful advice on situations we may not have considered with said hypothetical situation. Let me also preface by stating that both Mike and I know we are truly blest and feel so fortunate to be in such a decision and realize that countless people would love to be in said "pickle." We're not posting this to be bragging or anything, we are simply looking for some advice and thoughtful suggestions to consider. Hmm...I get this makes the hypothetical situation not so hypothetical...The not-so-Hypothetical Situation Time
So clearly Mike and I are really torn with a major decision we have on our hands (okay okay, you know this...I'm getting to it). And we're seeking the guidance of hopefully a more "car savvy" RBFer out there...so we need advice...
Here's the situation...we're driving around a '98 civic, poor lil' bugger is having some issues lately. We love the car dearly, it's a part of our family and was my first car ever. We refuse to talk about this situation in front of it because we don't want to hurt its feelings. In the past, Mike and I have said that our next car would be a Honda CRV--one of those super cute quasi SUV suckers. It'd be the baby-mobile SUV and the whole nine yards...blah blah blah...we just didn't anticipate NEEDING a new car anytime soon...and then our sorry lil' civic starting having it's problems and what not...so jump to this evening...
We were told that we could sell our 98 civic and receive an '06 Civic LX (for the cost of $1 out of our bank). Said civic retails for around $15k, give or take some change. Now we love Civics. You can drive it into the ground. They're tougher than an energizer bunny. We've both had 'em and agree, they're tough as nails.
After this soaks in, we are given an alternative option...take a 2002 Lexus SUV (it's my moms) and sell the civic. Now, the Lex only has 60,000 miles on it. It's in PERFECT condition. All the bells and whistles you can imagine (are heated seats really necessary? In chicago--you bet cha!). Four wheel drive, which in Chicago is fantastic. It's one of the top rated used cars out there and is just...drool factor. Just...simply...wow. Super sexy car...whenever we're in Kansas, we literally want to just make out with the sucker...THAT'S how awesome it is. The car, as it stands used, is almost worth twice as much as the new civic.
Biggest downfall on the Lex...it requires the middle grade of gas, which in Chicago....is, well...ouch. Mike will be the one driving it to and from school (which he really only has the commute factor going on until August, after August the commute will be 10 minutes). And again...it'd be an SUV. In the city. Which isn't ENTIRELY necessary...but we'll only be downtown for a few more years.
Now...insurance cost isn't too much of a factor. Mike turns a quarter century on Saturday, so it'll drop some there since he's the primary driver. We have no clue as of right now on the upkeep of a Lex, but we're looking into it. Same goes with the warranty.
Given this situation, what would you do? Because frankly we are totally and completely torn...and clueless. We're going to do some test driving this weekend, just to keep our options open. :sigh:
Any advice from SUV-ers as well as Civic folks? Any car gurus out there with their two cents to chime in? Anyone not really qualify, but want to offer up their opinion anyway? It'll be interesting to see how this transpires over the next few weeks...:sigh: