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So Far So Good

Daily Prompt: State of Your Year – Write up a mid-year “State of My Year” post.

I’m a couple of days late with this but (as well as having no time at all on a Monday) I realised that some stuff has actually happened to me this year.

Since stuff happening to me is quite a big deal I felt I couldn’t let this prompt go unanswered, regardless of my slight tardiness.

Three, yes three whole things have happened and they’ve all been good :-).

After a three month wait, at the end of January my new car finally rolled off the assembly line. This is the first new car I’ve ever owned! Well, I say “owned”. The bank currently owns most of it. Here’s a picture (it’s a Ford Fiesta Zetec S Ecoboost thingumy, if anyone’s interested).

My Car

It’s a lovely car to drive! Since I had to wait so long for it I ended up having to sell my old car so the dealer gave me a courtesy car to knock around in (for free!). It was a SportKa with go faster stripes and sporty trim. Unfortunately, it looked like it would go a lot faster than it actually did. Here it is in all its sporty glory. It’s not really me!

Courtesy Car

Courtesy car with ironic “go faster” stripes

Next up we skip forward to the middle of February, when I was given this:

AA 10 Year chip

This is my AA “10 year long service medal” :-). It’s a bit tarnished-looking – it’s a sad fact that the higher the year, the longer they sit in the box waiting on a recipient. Maybe I can chuck it in some Coke or something. Apparently that’s good for cleaning coins.

And finally in June I had my little Wales holiday. Going away by myself was quite a big deal for me (I sound like a 10 year old!) and I had an amazing time. If you want to vicariously relive the experience, the photos are here, here and here.

So all in all, not a bad start to the year. And, of course, this was also the début year of DraliDoodles :-).

I hope your year is going well too!

  1. July 31, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Congratulations. 10 years is a big one!! And nice car, too 🙂


    • July 31, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks – yes, it’s a bit of a milestone!
      The car did me proud on my Wales adventure 🙂


  2. Gilraen
    July 31, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Three good things in 6 months that is a very good average!


    • July 31, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Yes, here’s to the rest of the year continuing the same!


  3. July 31, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Wow Drali! You should be so proud of yourself – 10 years is AWESOME!!! Way to go!

    I love the car! Was it worth the wait? The inside of the loaner is quite a sight!

    If you ever don’t want to take another holiday alone, you can always “drag me” along next time… I’ll suck it up and go just to be a good friend. 😉


    • July 31, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks! I can’t believe how quickly the years have gone by. I was also lucky that I stopped drinking in my early thirties so I still had a lot of life ahead of me to enjoy in (relative) sanity.

      The car was definitely worth the wait. It’s the most comfortable car I’ve ever driven – 350 miles to Wales and no sore back, neck… amazing.
      Wasn’t the loaner something! I like to stay in the background and there I am with huge black wheels, go faster stripes… 🙂

      Thanks for the holiday offer – sounds good 😉


  4. July 31, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Yay for you… 10 whole years! congratulations!!! YOU ROCK!! applause – clap, clap, clap! and your new car looks lovely… the sporty loaner is uummm kinda tacky I think – but that’s just me… sounds like you have had a marvelous go so far this year! May it continue to bless you!


    • August 1, 2013 at 6:16 am

      The loaner was a bit tacky – I kept getting the urge to don a tracksuit, baseball cap and bling and drive through town with the window down and the music on high volume :-). I had it for 3 weeks for free, mind.


      • August 1, 2013 at 6:30 am

        But the track suit would have to have been either black or red velour… 😉


        • August 1, 2013 at 6:45 am

          Ooh, red or black velour. Sweet 🙂


          • August 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm

            that would have been some sight! all that velour… wide brim cap on sideways of course… and much bling… but what music would you be blaring??


            • August 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm

              Heh. Probably Marina and the Diamonds or Florence and the Machine. Might spoil the “effect” somewhat 🙂


              • August 1, 2013 at 9:31 pm

                well those choices far out do country music or perhaps the bagpipes for said desired effect 😉 … though personally I say good choices…


  5. July 31, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Wow! Cool wheels you got there!

    And congratulations on 10 years! Woohoo!

    And yes, your Wales vacation was one where it seemed like I did go with you with all your cool pictures and posts! And it was fun!


    • August 1, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Yes, it’s the business!
      Thanks for the congrats 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed the Wales photos – where shall I go next I wonder.


  6. August 1, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Ten year pin is a very proud achievement , WTG Big Guy.

    Nice car, good it was worth the wait.


    • August 1, 2013 at 6:21 am

      Thank you! I never thought I was going to end up on my way to being one of the “old-timers”!

      It didn’t seem like the car was worth the wait at the time but after driving it for a bit, it definitely was.


  7. August 1, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Oh well done Dr Ali with AA – 10 years! wow, that is great! Your cars is gorgeous too!!!


    • August 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Yes, it a lovely car but the dirt doesn’t half show up on it! I’ve always had dark cars in the past but noticed recently that in bad light I usually see dark cars later than light cars (impending old age), so I thought I’d get a car everyone could see 🙂


      • August 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

        Same here, my previous car was black and I noticed the same thing – I now have a silver one 🙂 Also probably the old age thing 😉


  8. August 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Awesome! Love the interior especially!! 🙂


    • August 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      It was pretty “in your face”.
      My new car is far more sedate inside, as befits a person of my age (i.e. grown up). It does has bucket seats and sports suspension, but in a far more understated way 😉


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