Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Confessions: Meet “Purdy”

I haven’t done a Friday Confessional in so long… I think it’s time!

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I confess… that I gave a pretty darned easy hint the other day on the blog as to what my “big news” was.  Most of you guessed correctly.  I bought a new car, and I’m super excited!  It’s my very first NEW new car! :)

New car 

I confess… that I named my 2013 Ford Focus “Purdy”.  My dad always named vehicles after the people who sold them to him, or who previously owned them.  My sales lady’s last name was “Purdy”, and I thought it was perfect for my “Purdy” new little red car.

I confess… that despite my excitement over buying a new set of wheels, I was more than a little sad to say good-bye to my ‘97 Rav 4, “Linda”.  I bought her second-hand almost 9 years ago from my aunt & uncle, and she was the best.  And honestly, if there hadn’t been another costly exhaust leak, I’d probably still be driving her.

Old car

I confess… that on the way to the dealership yesterday morning, the fond memories of adventures in the Rav flashed through my mind and made me feel so nostalgic.  But after a lot of running around to get the new car licensed (which my mother swears we shouldn’t have had to do) - driving back and forth from Kanata to Aylmer and back to Kanata again in a car that sounded like a jetplane - I was more than relieved when I finally got to slide in behind the wheel of my new, much quieter car.

I confess… that I don’t handle stress very well.  Yesterday, I was chewing gum.  Apparently chewing it hard, probably especially when we hit a snag at the license bureau due to an error in the paperwork, and I thought I was going to literally melt.down.  Because today, my jaw is aching, and the area around my temples is sore to touch.  Awesome.

I confess… that I still haven’t figured out what half of the buttons do in the car.  It kind of looks like a spaceship inside.  Also, I have one radio station that comes in clearly, and I cannot for the LIFE of me figure out how to change the other presets.  I need to spend some time just sitting in the car and reading the manual, apparently.

I confess… that I don’t really have any other confessions to make other than car-related ones.  But I’m glad this ordeal is over.  Since my car started roaring last Thursday, I feel like my life has been on hold – and it’s all been about the new car deal.  I feel like I can start doing things again…start breathing again.  I’m so relieved.

I confess… that I couldn’t have done it without my mom.  She put on her “Dad” hat and asked all the questions and made all the requests that I never would have thought of.  Thank you, Mom!!! My cousin Jim was also a big help, since he works at the dealership in the service department, and was able to get me some great deals. :)

Happy Friday, everyone! :)

14 comments:

Stacy said...

It's going to be difficult seeing you driving Purdy, I am just so used to seeing you in Linda...even in town...there are more focus's - and red ones on the road than there are white Rav's! Congrats! This morning in the cold when our car doors were creaking and the inside dome light wouldn't turn off...we were thinking of going to buy our new one...but we are liking not having a payment right now...so until she blows up, I think we are keeping her just a bit longer!

Nicole said...

Awe, I'm so happy for you Jilly! Now, you know around here red cars are seen more by the cops... so advice, NO SPEEDING! :) haha. And yeah I notice what you said about chewing gum. that's why I gave up chewing gum because I chew hard!

Stacie said...

I guessed it! I drove a Focus rental car once and it got awesome gas mileage! She is very "purdy."

VandyJ said...

The result of new car shopping is fun, but the process stinks.
Congrats on your new wheels!

Jaime said...

Congrats on the new car, Jill! I have never "named" my car before, but you have inspired me to name mine! I do name my GPS though! Her name is Maggie!

Magical Mystical MiMi said...

Oh yay you!! :D I love the color and I'm sure you'll be making some awesome memories with "Purdy" very soon! Congratulations!! :D

incognitusscriptor.com said...

yay, congrats on the new car!

Steph said...

Purdy is very sexy! It's very "you." I'm sure Linda will miss you as much as you are going to miss her.

Nancy said...

Congrats on Purdy. That's so exciting. Love to see a red car in the Manse driveway. Its a huge sense of accomplishment to buy your first car with your own money. I know, I am still driving mine 10 years later.

Jillian said...

congrats on your new car! not sure if you know this yet but a local lloyd news station (I follow them on fb) is reporting that Wade Redden has signed with the St.Louis Blues just thought you should know

Connie said...

Congratulations on the new car! buying those things is so stressful!

Mrs. Match said...

Congrats on the new car! I love the color too. And you're going to love the gas mileage. I have an old Ford Focus that Match drives to work. Gets amazing mileage!

LeeLu Creations said...

My car blew up last week too! The day before my birthday I was standing on the side of the road in the freezing cold and rain, before work, none the less. We're getting her fixed but I'm just not sure how much longer the Neon will be around.

HickChickBritt said...

Yay to the new car! I have never bought a new car but I can imagine it must be pretty exciting!