Out of my Element.
So, for the last several months, I have become increasingly annoyed with my current mode of transportation - a huge Nissan pickup with a "topper" ( I hate that word). You see, I'm a rather small person and this truck is just, well, large. I had had my eye on a couple alternatives, but not in any real way. That is, until boredom struck at work last week and I started combing Craig's List and Cars dot com, just to "get a feel for" what was out there.
I quickly hit anxiety mode, as I always do when major purchases are involved, when I saw the one, the only, vehicle for me. It was snazzy yet utilitarian, practically brand new, and much more my size. On a whim, I emailed the seller to ask if this little gem might still be available. Like a flash, he shot back confirmation.
Next thing I know, the H and I are test driving my soon to be new steez on I-70 and I'm falling in love and can barely contain myself. A couple moments later, I wake up, as if from a dream, with a ball-point pen in hand and see that I've signed all the paperwork. I've done it! And now I'm scared.
This is what I do. This is a pattern.
I devote serious time and consideration to researching things that I want and make myself wait for some specified period of time before making a purchase to determine whether or not my desire for that item was fleeting. (Or at least this is how it works in theory). But when I actually see *the one* I get all tunnel-visiony and tense and excited...and generally buy the item on impulse. (This does not bode well for the home-buying process, I know. And the H and I have discussed the fact that I'll need my very own therapist on call at all times when we actually get to that point).
And so it went with the Element. The problem is that, at my insistence, the seller got the thing inspected before we closed the deal, at which time they found that the brake line was a little tweaked in one spot. I asked the seller to take care of it before delivering the vehicle to me. That was Saturday. Of course, as it is with all vehicle repairs, the job is taking longer than expected. Now they're saying it'll be Thursday or Friday before it's done.
Not only does the delay suck in general, but it has allowed me time to THINK about my purchase and to SECOND GUESS my hasty actions! And I have this irrational fear that the seller will change his mind between now and then and keep the boxy beauty all to himself. This just doesn't work for me. I need instant gratification when I make irresponsible purchases! Gahhhhh. I need the shininess of my new car to distract me from the financial "decisions" I "made" to obtain it.