He didn't used to like to ride in the car.
Now he does.
Especially if we are going to the park.
It makes him happy!
Booper smiling at me makes me happy!
This is our 2005 Chevy Trailblazer.
Or... this was our 2005 Chevy Trailblazer.
We recently had to replace the entire electrical bundle for the dash... no, that particular part of the car was not under warranty and it cost a lot.
The automatic door locks decided that they only want to work... when they feel like it.
The moulding has been falling off for some time and we've had it reattached and some replaced.
The front passenger door was coming apart.
Mr. Macchiato likes to buy cars.
I'm the one who usually holds back.
Until I want a new car.
Then... all I do is say,
"I don't like my car."
Mr. Macchiato got on the computer and started doing his thing.
It didn't look like we could do it because we probably wouldn't get enough in trade for the Trailblazer.
My mind went on to other things.
Not Mr. Macchiato's.
I wanted to go for a walk.
Mr. Macchiato said, "Wait."
Mr. Macchiato then said, "Let's go look, I found something."
In the car he said, "If they give us at least $$$, we can do it."
We went to Carmax.
We sat down to see what they would give us in trade.
They came back with more than Mr. Macchiato's bottom line.
We looked at a Ford Explorer...
two Nissan Pathfinders...
and a Lincoln Aviator.
Mr. Macchiato had them run the numbers on all four.
We were there a long time.
I'm a Ford girl.
We got the Lincoln Aviator.
This beauty is a 2004 with under 35,000 miles.
I fell in love.
I call her Fancy.
She made our insurance go down.
She's even prettier on the inside than she is on the outside.
She's a lovely hostess.
She makes people comfortable and...
is most welcoming.
And she can go fast.
I've been warned.
I also have not gotten a ticket in six years.
I'm a good girl now.
There was a dinging of a small bell after we brought Fancy home.
She started to quiver just before accelerating...
and at stop lights.
We have 5 business days to give her back.
I don't want to give her back.
I love Fancy.
We took her to the service center yesterday morning.
They said water must have gotten in the coils when the engine was washed.
They took it apart.
It is air drying.
I am nervous.
Will they put it back right?
Will we have to say goodbye to Fancy?
Am I not blessed with the wonders of creation all around me?
the very wind that moves...
The wonders of a 16 year old boy mind...
It is zippy.
It is cheap.
It gets good gas mileage.
When there is ice and snow...
I can stay in my house...
and blame it on my car.
I can say, "NO!" to car pooling more than two smelly teenage boys.
Smelly boys in a very small car...
Smelly boys that are adult size...
with their knees pressed into the back of the front seats.
Here's your one chance Fancy don't let me down!