Hello everyone! Welcome to the end of yet another week. My biggest reason for being grateful this week has to be that my parents came up to visit us! It was nice to enjoy some time together, even though we didn’t do much. Of course, the week went by too fast, and I was sad to see them go this morning, but at least they made it home safely.
Having my parents here this week was a little blessing in disguise as a lot of great things came out of it.
DMV troubles are gone!
First, the DMV. I had told you all last week that apparently NC needs proof of your full name, so I had to search around for my birth certificate. R had looked through our file cabinet, and then we looked through a box of paperwork we moved with. Nothing. I was getting a bit worried, but R decided to go through the file cabinet again and found it. Whew! I definitely plan on putting that in a safe place now.
My mom came with me to the DMV as we had decided to run a few errands. There was a very short wait, and then I was up. The vision test and road sign recognition test is pretty much a joke, which made me happy as I was worrying a bit too much about it.
I left with my temporary driver’s license and felt the weight of one less thing to worry about leave my shoulders. Our moving to-do list has seemed never ending and as we whittle it down I get more excited =).
Insurance troubles now and a trip back to the DMV
Well, one more dent was made. My mom and I returned to the DMV the next day because we had taken a trip to Geico, where they had mentioned my mom might have to be with me to sign the title over to me.
This is a bit complicated, but my mom was the owner of my car. When I purchased it in 2009, my mom registered it in her name as the car was being added to my parents policy. We didn’t really think too far out from there.
I needed to register the car in my name here. But because she was the owner, my car insurance had her listed as the primary driver, even after she moved. Geico said everything should be fine, she just needs to call to remove herself from my policy. We weren’t sure if that was going to work with the DMV, though, so we had to go back. As a side note, I am really hoping this doesn’t negatively affect the premium I was quoted. I was so happy to be paying so little…
Again, I’m grateful the DMV is about five minutes away, otherwise this would have been a huge hassle! So we went there and asked our questions, because my mom wanted to make sure that she didn’t have to physically be there with me to register the car. The man we spoke to said no, but I guess since my mom seemed a bit worried about everything going smoothly, he actually went ahead and did everything for me.
For whatever reason, you are supposed to get your actual driver’s license in the mail before proceeding with the title and registration, but he made an exception for us and we didn’t even have to ask! Talk about going above and beyond. The DMV usually isn’t a pleasant experience, but I know that the state has been having employees go through customer service training, and I guess it’s working!
The only downside: I wasn’t prepared for the expense. It ended up being $180, plus the $32 I spent on the license. Ouch. This has me thinking that if we move, it’s going to suck to shell out money to the DMV yet again. My parents didn’t pay as much as we did, though, so I think SC is a bit cheaper.
Being grateful for things not involving cars
Anyway, with that all out of the way, we went shopping for food at Target. My mom tried to buy bowls for us, but I insisted that she not. We are happy with what we have, even if it’s not “proper.” Honestly, my parents are pretty much our only company right now, and they can deal with it =). After that, I also got a library card, and we hung out at the pool. Talk about a productive day!
I am grateful that R is finally feeling better. He seemed to have the symptoms of a sinus infection, and my allergies started acting up again, so we’ve been a rather sneezy household.
I am also grateful that we managed to dine in the entire week. This doesn’t fit with my being grateful theme, but our AC isn’t working, and with two extra people in the house, plus cooking dinner, it was rather hot in here the past two nights. Nothing completely unbearable (thermostat says 81 degrees), but it is a huge inconvenience.
Maintenance stopped by yesterday and discovered the unit was frozen, so they refilled the freon, and it seemed promising…but by the end of the night, it was frozen again. I am really hoping they come by again today.
Lastly, I was grateful to see there are a lot of meetup groups here. Have any of you tried meetup.com? I looked back when we were in NY, but there weren’t nearly as many active groups as here! It sounds very promising, and R and I are really eager to make some new friends and find things to do in the city. Most of these events are free or pretty inexpensive, so they should fit into our budget. Our apartment complex is also hosting an event at the pool tomorrow which we might go to.
Other than that, we are planning to go for some walks this weekend, and I am hoping to rope R into helping me redesign the site a bit.
What were you grateful for this week? Any Memorial Day plans? How much do you have to pay to register your car? Do you pay property tax?