A couple years ago (5 maybe?), a bunch of other people in the neighborhood had their driveways redone, so Bob and I started considering doing that ourselves. With all our gestational diabetes-induced marches around the neighborhood, we had plenty of opportunities to observe exactly how every single driveway in our neighborhood was situated. (Feel free to ask--we can describe all the widenings, extra parking pads, etc. It's been a fascinating topic of conversation for years for Bob and me!)
Two years ago we got as far as calling a few places, and even discussing the project with our next-door neighbor on the right. He took our recommendation, called the guys, and his driveway was done a few weeks later. It looked great! This strengthened our resolve to get a new driveway, but it did not increase our pace. Eventually in March 2015 we called and the guy came out and gave us an estimate. Time passed, we kept complaining about our old driveway (to add to its charms, it dipped a bit in places, which collected water and froze into black ice over the winter, so there was always a danger of slipping and flailing around that was entertainment for the neighbors, I'm sure), but Bob and I couldn't really come to an agreement on how we wanted our driveway to be shaped, so nothing changed.
But then--2 weeks ago, the repaving place was having a sale, and so we reopened the discussion, complete with hoses to mark out possible lines in the grass. During one of these discussions, our other next-door neighbor came out. After a few words with him, Bob and I both agreed on how we wanted it done, he called the place, they had a cancellation for last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, and BOOM! We were finally, 2 years later, about to get a new driveway! Well, you can't say it wasn't well-anticipated, lol.
This was one of the main sticking points--what to do with our sidewalk. We thought we might have to go all the way over the where it already had the line, but it turned out that the repaving guys just sawed through it and carted it off, so we could just have the driveway line be off the edge of the bricks. Whew!
So now you know what I've already gotten for Christmas! I plan on enjoying my present the whole year through!