On Saturday morning, I said goodbye to a dear, old friend:

Annabelle Lee was my car for about six years. Named for the ill-fated love of Edgar Allen Poe, she and I spent a lot of time traveling together. When I handed her over, she had damn near 200,000 miles clocked on her poor ticking engine.

As sad as it was to say goodbye, I think it was time to let the old car go. She was hemorrhaging coolant – I could barely make it home from work before dumping more in – and I’d put way more money into her over the past year than I ever intended to. Sigh.

Now I have a new friend. I think her name might be Faith. I’m not sure yet:

She’s very pretty, though. She’s quiet, has a working stereo (with a CD player, woot!), and pretty much everything I could have asked for in a new car. I think we’re in it for the long haul.

On another note, Jacob received a skateboard for his birthday in September. This video, taken a week or so ago, is his first successful attempt at skating:

This Friday is his first official lesson. There’s a skate park in the mall near our house, and he loves to watch the kids skate there. I don’t know what he’ll do when he realizes he gets to skate there now. His little head might actually explode.