January 22, 2007

New Car, More Housing Projects, and Puppy Pix!

Wow, too long between updates, my bad! I guess at the top of my list of the purchase of a 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution back in August. This looks very similar to Anna's 2002 Lancer ES, but has 8.5" wide tires, flared fenders, and a huge wing (which is not on the car for incognito purposes). Under the hood is a motor similar to my old Eagle Talon and my 400hp Eclipse GSX. Stock, the 4G63 motor pumps out 273hp, but I now have it tweaked just slightly and it recently dynoed at 305whp, so roughly 380hp at the crank (and more to come). The car has AWD, and with this kind of power, keeping up with a Porsche should be no problem! I always told myself I'd have a Porsche before I was 30, and while this is not a Porsche, nor is it even German, it has filled that hole in my heart for now and seats four comfortably. Oh yea, and Anna LOVES it! It takes up a lot less of my time than my GSX did, so that's a big plus!

           


House projects? Yea, they never stop. More recessed lighting in the living room, Anna painted the bathroom, and we're getting set to start tearing up the basement here soon! Work on our house is usually slow and painful, since it is so old. There is not much sheetrock, it is all thick layers of plaster and lathing, so it is rough on me, my tools, and Anna too, since it gets so dirty/dusty.

          


Anna and I went with the rest of her family down to Ft. Lauderdale again this year over Thanksgiving. We were lucky enough to get plenty of play time in. We hit up Seaworld for a few days up in Orlando, then spent the rest of the week playing in/around Abby and Rick's luxurious diggs near the Las Olas Riverfront in Sunny Ft. Lauderdale. Highlights include Rick getting me hooked on Dunkin' Donuts Coffee, and we got to go back to Waffle House! Oh, and just so you know, Seaworld is awesome as an adult. Need I say more than, "FREE BEER!!!"

          


Turbo had probably the best Christmas ever, we ended up staying up in Fergus Falls for the entire week between Christmas and New Year's, so he got to play with several kittens and chase me around my parent's property the entire time. By the time we got home he (and Anna and I) were *almost* relieved to get back to our daily grind and less on the full-time play mode we got in!

Tons and tons more pics in the GALLERY! Enjoy!

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