Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I Love My Moped

There was a neighbor who used to tool around the neighborhood on an old moped. Been doing it for years. Now this neighbor is also one of my regular customers at the restaurant and a longtime friend of my father-in-law.

One day almost two months ago he tools by the house on a new moped. Now, I don't know about my readers, but here, mopeds have suddenly gained popularity due to the skyrocketing gas prices. So of course I say to the Mav "Did you see Russ on his new moped. I wonder if he is selling the old one." To which he replied, "Doubt it. He has had that one since he bought it from the original owner."

Flash forward a week or two to the neighborhood rummage sale. We threw some stuff in with our friends who live a block behind us. Another neighbor comes over, looking at the stuff for sale. He is also a regular customer and friend of Russ. We start talking, the new moped comes up and I ask what Russ plans to do with the old one. I am informed he is selling it.

YES! Like a sign, Maverick comes walking over and I hurry to tell him the news. He walks over to Russ' house and an hour later we are the proud owners of a 1979 Honda Express.

I love this thing! We all but fight over who gets to ride it. I took it to work almost everyday while J was layed off. Now the boys at work call me "Moped Mama"

Now she's been repainted and we have put hundreds of miles on her. She is almost 30 years old and runs like a top! I love the feeling of riding down the road with the wind in my hair. I just feel free.

Now Maverick and I are on the hunt for another moped. We want to be able to ride together. Meanwhile our friend got one also and now they ride to work together.

They have signed up on a website called Moped Army and if we get more than 4 people with Mopeds we will be a gang. I laugh just thinking about it! They already have a name for it. The Wild Mustangs. (Long story)

Trying to save some money now as I have found the moped I wish to purchase. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I Love Summer

We its almost over and its been a busy one! The kids were gone to Missouri for a month, basement flooded for two months, found out Maverick (and a few thousand other people in Janesville) would be losing his job, got a moped, got a kitten, got a Wii, reconnected with an old friend....phew! Its been quite a summer.

I have barely been at home. While the kids were gone Maverick worked a bit then was layed off. We spent most of the time hanging with our friends and hanging out with each other.

Meanwhile our basement (along with half the city of Janesville) flooded. Maverick and I decided to make some money and threw some stuff in a rummage sale our friends were having. Yes we made money but we more than spent it when a neighbor got a new moped and sold his old one to us. I LOVE IT! (Whole 'nother blog entry.) I ride it to work and when Maverick goes back to work, he will ride it then. Saves a ton of money on gas.

Then it was time to go get the kids. Rained the whole way to Missouri and the whole way back. Fun times. Now that the kids are back we are still never home. I can probably list the number of times we have actually eaten at home. Usually we are grilling out (and eating outside)

Ahh the life of summer. lets see, what haven't I covered? Oh yeah, General Motors announced they would be closing the plant in Janesville which throws the entire city into a state of CHAOS! Most especially us. The closing of GM also means the closing of LSI and Lear, which is where Mav works of course. More fun times.

Freinds found 2 stray cats and tried to find them homes. well after a weekend of babysitting the little girl we ended up taking her. Sassy is a bundle of joy and especially ENERGY!

We finally got the Wii that we promised Caveboy if he kept his grades A's. The whole family has been enjoying it. Gives you a real work out.

And of course the friend I reconnected with is the one I have been spending most of my extra time with.

Its been a crazy summer and I hope the last month of it is as fun filled as this one.

How has your summer been?