A couple weeks ago, my husband declared my car, a 2000 Ford Taurus that used to belong to my grandparents, unfit to drive. Apparently the head gasket has problems (I have no idea what this means); and I'm sure the transmission is about 20 miles from saying "No, not any more!"
So, I started driving Nathan's car, which is manual and I hate it, and occasionally, my parent's car while we looked for a replacement for me.
What I really wanted was a brand new Ford Fiesta. But adoption turned out to be so expensive and we are contemplating it again, (not any time soon, don't get excited.) So we looked around at used cars. We checked out a 2006 Ford Focus hatchback, which I liked; a 2008 Dodge Caliber, and a 2004 Toyota Corolla, which Nathan liked.
My hatred of driving is so strong, that I refused to be the one going to the test drives. I was fairly certain that as soon as I got behind the wheel of something I don't own, there was going to be an accident. So Nathan went. The first place he went was to the Corolla. It was also the last place he went. Three days later, he bought it.
At first, I was less than pleased. It is an 04 after all and with 81,000 miles, was more used than I was hoping for. But everyone said Corollas are good, dependable cars. And this car had one thing going for it in my mind...it's blue, my favorite color. But this isn't just any blue...
You may remember that I am a fan of Doctor Who.
This is the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space), Doctor Who's ship, which can travel anywhere in time and space.
Then, I drove it for the first time. I actually, genuinely like it. Tauruses, for being sedans, are actually big cars, they're long and wide and I always felt it was too much car for me. The Corolla is nice, it's little but big enough for Elijah's car seat, and it drives very well. It also has almost all the little things I wanted like power locks and doors and a CD player and remote unlock. The only things it's lacking are an auxiliary audio jack for my iPod, and remote start, which I really want.
The first couple times I drove the Corolla, I had so much fun. That was
before I realized it doesn't change anything about driving...driving is
And, when I said the Taurus used to belong to my grandparents what I meant was I purchased it from my uncles after my grandmother passed away. When I opened it's trunk the first time, I found two pairs of shoes tied together. I don't know which one of my grandparents they belonged to; I like to think one was his and one was hers, but they were probably both his. And for the next four years, I drove around old shoes in the trunk because I couldn't bear to get rid of them.
This is what I saw the first time I popped the trunk on the Corolla: