I thought that i would have a couple more months or at least a year with this but turns out, Vic was right - it definitely did not last the year. It died on Wednesday last week (luckily, in my garage) and Brad and Jess came by and confirmed that it was both the alternator and the battery that did it in. The car's not worth putting more money in, so Vic and I uninsured it on Monday and will most likely sell it to the junkyard for whatever we can get for it.
We spent the weekend test driving some cars, which was both fun and terrifying at the same time. Definitely did not have new car in my budget this year... but I have to admit that I love that new car smell. I like being able to test drive the cars, but don't like the heavy sales aspect that comes with it. Guess it comes with the territory though.
We've test driven a Jeep Cherokee, a Dodge Journey, a Hyundai Tucson and wanted to check out the Ford Escape and the Chevy Equinox. If we end up buying anything, it won't be for another few months but it's been an interesting ride just being in car purchase mode.