Monday, February 14, 2011

Too Much Fun...

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

We don't celebrate it, meaning we don't exchange chocolates, cards, gifts or go out for dinner because of the day. I don't believe it is because we have no spirit.

We just don't need a day on the calendar as an excuse to do nice things for each other. If it happens to land on an "official", then extra cool. Otherwise, we don't worry about it.

I've been a bit of bad girl lately. I'll get to that later.

First of all, a monumentus discovery at home -- We finally figured out our dishwasher! For the last year, we had resigned ourselves to not using it much because it just takes too long.

The results are better than any other dishwasher I've seen or used but 3 hrs is too long. That's on regular cycle. So, I've been sulking since then because I spent a lot of money on it. It is a KitchenAid.

Reading the manual is usually a good idea and we decided to try the "quick clean" cycle to see what the results would be. It wasn't described as suitable for much outside of getting some drinking glasses clean but you never know?

To our surprise, it got our whole load of dishes clean in less time than it takes me to take a bath. So we are back on the dishwasher bandwagon and I am just ecstatic!

None of the other places we own have dishwashers so I'm taking advantage of having one here.

As to the "bad girl" part, I went to check out vehicles at a Porsche and Audi dealership...

I sat in a couple of Porsches (Panamera and Cayenne Turbo) and they kinda scared/intimidated me. They can paint/make a car in my favourite colour. All I have to do is give them a swatch.

Isn't that crazy? What is also in the crazy category is the price. The used Cayenne Turbo cost $88000.

I was quite taken with the Audi Q5 but so is everyone else. There is a 3 -4 month wait on one. I wasn't too impressed with the drive. I expected more fun out of something that is built from an A4 platform.

What it lacks is partially made up by the rest of the package. I've wanted an Bang and Olufsen stereo system ever since I was a teenager. And that panoramic roof with a built in noise screen? To die for...


  1. I'd rather be sailingFebruary 14, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Uh Oh... sounds like a bad case of the "I want" settling in.

    I don't want to dampen your enthusiasm (I have an A4 and I admit they are a lot of fun to drive) but will this decision, should you move forward bring you closer or further away from your 'quest for financial freedom'

    If you can find a way to write it off, go for it otherwise it's a lot of money to go from A to B not to mention how many trips offshore you could fund with those dollars.

    Good luck with your decision.

  2. @ I'd rather be sailing;

    Yup! You got that right...

    More specifically, I'm thinking of what I'd like to be driving for the next 14 years, assuming newer vehicles last as long as my Honda.

    Have you had any issues with your A4 ie. is/was it high maintenance?

    My next car will be funded out of my dream account until my "annuity" starts so the impact would be 9 months into 2012. This year's trips are all paid for.

    I hadn't considered the writing off part. I won't qualify as I don't drive to work anymore.

    Thanks for the luck. I'm going to need it!