Ramblings and Purgings

Friday, April 29, 2005

So...we're expecting...

That's what I told some friends on Tuesday and you should have seen their reactions - Priceless!!!

But, Oyvind and I are not expecting a baby...instead we are expecting a new car.
A gorgeous Holden (Opel) Astra...brand new...and, ahem, manual transmission.
Why ahem? Well, because I have not driven a 'manual' car since 1997 sometime and I will be the primary driver of our new baby. And people thought Sydney's roads were bad - just wait until I get behind the wheel of my new automobile :-) Actually, I will have to wait, lots - 10 to 12 weeks actually. What a pain!

One thing I must share though is my bargaining skills.

This particular car was discounted by around $3,000 earlier this year to make way for the new model. In addition, the 'Equipe', which is what we are getting, was discounted a further $1,500. This particular model is quite well-equipped (hence the name - ha!) and so has been in my sights for a while.

So, when Oyvind and I got to bargaining with the car salesman he said, once he had given us the initial quote, name your price. So I did, and it was $2,000 less than what he quoted. Naturally he nearly fell off his chair and started to say how that was quite substantial and that you know, the car had already been discounted earlier this year and our particular model had been discounted a further amount. This is where divine intervention took over and I said:

"But the company did not discount it for me
specifically, so I don't think that really counts as a discount, do you?"

He then proceeded to negotiate my price with his manager - Ha!
To cut a long story short, we ended up getting a discount of around $1850 and also a very happy Pusekatt:-)


Our new baby

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

April 2nd, 2005

On April 2nd, I married the most amazing guy on earth

Just the two of us...

and subsequently have become part of the Valland family.

Me and my new family

We had a magical day where love and goodwill reigned...and good food was never far

The cake!