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I really dislike the fact that one of our paid-for cars was totaled due to the accident we were in last week. I really dislike waiting to find out what the settlement will be. And, buying another vehicle wasn't on my list of things I would have chosen to do at this point in my life. But shit happens and therefore, no matter the circumstances, I must move forward. USAA called Tuesday with the amount of settlement and I was pleasantly surprised with the amount. Of course, part of me wonders if it's part of "the system" to give you a large enough settlement that you are tempted to buy a brand new car and use the company to finance it as well. But...since I am ALL ABOUT NOT HAVING A CAR PAYMENT if I can help it...I hit up craigslist to see what was available. We are going to look at a new-to-us vehicle this weekend and if it is all the ad and current owner say it is, we will probably buy it outright. You'll have to check back next week to get the deets. :)
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I will say, I was considering changing our auto insurance company before this accident. I had obtained quotes from a few other places. But, the way this has all been handled has helped me to remember that you do get what you pay for. And, I'm no longer ready to get out of dodge when it comes to car insurance. Maybe this will change as time passes, but...I've been with USAA for 17 years, the rates I was quoted were competitive (no USAA was not the lowest rate...but they weren't outrageously higher either), but when an insurance company seems to step it up really well when an accident happens...it definitely keeps that balance in the "Happy/Good Service" account at a healthy level. (No...I am not getting paid to plug USAA.)
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Recovery is going well. I still have a bit of pain here and there, but I didn't take any pain medicine Thursday (first day for that) and only noticed late into the evening that I had some discomfort. I would say that's a win. I have a 2-week follow-up next week, then a 6-week after that. Craig's been awesome as ever, taking care of me. Work has been very understanding about my need to take it easy this week. The kids have even been fairly kind, considering they are not accustomed to putting on their really good behavior just for mom. :)
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Nothing humbles you like your kids repeating things you say in proper context. Wednesday, Dominic wasn't feeling too well. He had a 101 degree fever and a cough. He also sounded a little congested. Sitting right next to me, after a cough, he says, "This coughing is pissing me off."
<embarrassed blush> Hmmm, wonder where he learned that. </embarrassed blush>
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