Monday, October 01, 2007

Shiny New Pennies

When you car starts sounding like hoarse elephant all the time and it hesitates a lot, it might be time to look into replacing it. When the mechanic gives you a repair bill that is more than it is worth, it is time to look into replacing it.

Jeff and I have hemmed and hawed for MONTHS about what we are going to buy. SUV? Sedan? Used? New? By the time we were going to make a decision, we would be completely gray and needing donut cushions on our seats. Somehow we decided late Sunday afternoon to go to car hell, errr, car shopping. We bought our truck at this particular dealership so they know us, or rather, they know Jeff. You know how normally the salespeople swarm you like flies on soda-covered small children? Well, when they see Jeff, they run the other way. In short, the Land Rover is gone. Hopefully to a better home than me (not difficult). In its place, I am now driving a Dodge Nitro.

Only problem is a manual and I uhmm, don't know how to drive a manual.

After last nights training session, Jeff threatened to take it back to the dealership. I am that bad. In my defense, it was late, no one had eaten, kids were crabby, and it was raining.

How am I supposed to know that you don't give it gas while shifting? Oh yeah, the whole car jumping sideways thing? Not on purpose, I swear!

On another note, I also got new cookie pans this weekend. Yay, consumerism!


Anonymous said...

Ooo, I HAAAAAAAAAAATE car-shopping!

I USED to be able to drive a manual, but then we got our minivan and it was an automatic. Now I'm finally done slamming my left foot where the clutch "should" be---but when I tried to drive our truck, which is manual, I was stalling/jumping all over the place.

Yay for new cookie sheets!

Laura said...

I love getting new cookie pans. There is something so "I'm Betty Crocker and I'm going to bake oodles of cookies for my family" about it. I had a manual Pontiac T1000 (aka Chevette) and, after burning through three clutches, I "think" I got the hang of it. I had it for two years and then the traffic got to me.

Mommy Daisy said...

Oh, I like the Nitro. They look very neat. Eww, I can't drive a manual either. Well, I have before, but only out of necessity. For the first 5 years of marriage my husband had a manual, I can count on one hand how many times I drove it. I hated it. I would never get one. They are too much work, IMO. But I hope it works out for you if that's what you really want.

Yeah, cookie sheets. I haven't bought anything new for my kitchen in a long time. It might be time to start shopping. ;)

Nowheymama said...

You are very brave. There is no way I'd drive a manual.

Black Sheeped said...

When I was 19, I bought a stick-shift car, when I had never driven one. Ridiculousness ensued, but I finally caught on. I loved that car. You'll grow to luuurrrve it. You feel much more engaged, with the driving process. I now have an automatic, and it's sad. It feels like such lazy, lazy driving.

I'm weird, is probably what I'm trying to say.

Kelsey said...


I'm coming over from the comment you left on my blog to say hello! My sister's name is Shannon and when the comment came through my email I totally thought she had left it. I remember thinking that she figured out how to do it without being anonymous. Because I am procrastinating at the computer, I opened the comments from my blog and saw that it was you and not her.

Thanks for stopping by.

I live in fear of having to drive something that isn't automatic, I've never learned.

I love your daughters' names!