Well, my new plan of blogging once or twice a week died a very quick death, didn’t it? Maybe I’ll try again. But what in the world to talk about? Well, for now at least, I’ll just babble a bit. How about that?
I’m sure anyone who follows me on Twitter can tell that I haven’t been writing much lately. The truth is, I just haven’t found much joy in it in the last few months, so I decided to quit stressing about it constantly. Instead, I’m going to branch out a bit. I bought a sewing machine. I know the basics of sewing, although it’s been years since I’ve done it. I bought a couple of books of easy patterns for things like tote bags, Kindle covers, laptop cases, aprons, etc. I’m also hoping to take a painting class in the fall too, if it doesn’t fill up too fast (registration isn’t open yet).
For those who don’t know, I’m on both Pinterest and Tumblr, if you’d like to follow me. My Pinterest account is completely safe and clean (barring, perhaps, a few bad words). My Tumblr account is absolutely not safe for work! I’m telling you straight up, it’s mostly just lovely men, but it also contains nudity and (occasionally) flat out porn. Check it out if you’re interested.
Daisy Harris will be here on the blog on Monday, so please stop by then.
So, if I’m not writing, then what am I doing (in between Pinning and Tweeting and Tumbling)? Lately, I’ve been shopping for cars. I currently drive a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with about 134k miles on it. It’s been an okay vehicle, but things are beginning to break. Also, DH worried when I go on road trips (like when my daughter and I drive to Iowa to see Heidi). He wanted me to find something newer and safer and more fuel efficient. So, I began test-driving just about everything I could get my hands on.
I was against sedans from the get-go. I don’t know why, but there it is. I didn’t want another full-size SUV, and with only one child, a minivan just isn’t needed. So, I began looking at crossovers. I probably drove about a dozen cars, but we quickly narrowed it down to three: the Subaru Forester, the Nissan Juke, and a Mazda CX-5.
The Juke is SO MUCH FUN. Seriously, it was a blast to drive. And while I know some people think it’s funny-looking, that was actually part of the appeal for me. I liked the idea that my car wouldn’t look like all the others in the lot. However, it’s a bit small to be our primary vehicle. For normal day-to-day use, it would have been fine, but for those road trips I mentioned? Not sure our luggage would have fit. Also, because of the turbo engine, the Juke requires premium gasoline, which would negate some of the benefit of the better gas mileage. So, out went the Juke.
We debated for a long time between the Forester and the Mazda. The Forester has slightly more comfortable seats, a giant moonroof, and eight cup holders. Okay. I know the moonroof and the cup holders aren’t that important, but still, they were nice. But in the end, the Mazda won me over based on how well it drives. It just has more power and more oomph than the Forester (in my opinion). It feels more like a car than a minivan. Also, the console/bluetooth stuff was much more intuitive than the Subaru system. Of course, it turns out they don’t have the exact model I want in stock, but I hope to have it in the next few days. I can’t wait! I know it’s a bit of a soccer-mom car but, as it turns out, I am a soccer mom, for a few more years at least. So, is it my dream car? No. But it’s still rather kick-ass considering how functional it is.
Speaking of dream cars though, I have a fantasy of buying myself a Corvette when my daughter turns sixteen. I keep telling her that I’ll hand her the keys to whatever vehicle I’ve been driving, and then I’ll go buy a Corvette, and she’ll never ride in my car again until she’s in her twenties (at least). She thinks it’s funny. For many years, I thought I’d buy an old classic, like this:
But I think owning a car like that required mechanical ability — something neither my husband or I possess. So, looks like I’ll have to get a new one. This one will do:
Yeah. Any bets on how long it would take me to lose my license for speeding? :-)
What about you? What’s your dream car?