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A dummy-proof car

Like many of us, I get attached to my cars. Well, except the ugly Government Mobile that my dad bought my brother and me because it just plain sucked (and yes, it’s “me” and not “I”). However, when you’re in high school, even the suckiest, most embarrassing car is a car. And having an occasional car is pretty much all that counts. Even when it melts your friend’s boyfriend’s wallet


When in high school, you’re thankful for ANY car

I was pretty attached to my Jeep, which is the first car that I bought myself.  I drove it for 11 years until one day, after paying $3500 to have the engine fixed, I picked it up, and it caught on fire after successfully passing an (also paid for) emissions test.

Burned up jeep engine

My poor burned-up jeep engine 🙁


My happy jeep when I had it NVRNUF

I kept that burned-up Jeep in my garage for almost two years, wondering how I could justify spending the money to repair it. I did eventually say goodbye to it (which still makes me sad). Then, I had a couple of used cars, and, finally, a brand-spanking new convertible (midlife crisis? who cares!) which is what I was driving when Tucker was born. I loved it. But he didn’t like riding with the top down, and since I quit my job before my lady bits had even healed, was hard to justify the expense.

So I got my next car. Lurved. The entire roof was a sunroof/glass, people. Tucker could look up and see the sun, or the moon. The iPhone/iPod synch was awesome, the navigation ruled, and I just liked it.  Yesterday, the lease was up and Robert wanted to look for something “cheaper.” Upon visiting the dealership, I’ll tell you – I was completely prepared to whine and offer B.J. coupons in order to buy out my lease and keep my car. I spent most of our entire test-drive seeing what was less cool about it than my current car, while trying to figure out how to bring my husband’s thinking around to the fact that, sometimes, a little extra money each month is very much worth it (should I play the Tucker card or was that too much?).

Oh. In case you think I was a dick for thinking about the Tucker card? He gets attached to things, too. Here’s him saying goodbye to my old car. He kissed the door.
my little boy saying goodbye to his car

Obviously, I was less than thrilled with my husband’s idea of the car that I should begin to drive but then saw this OTHER car…

Oh and friends! It’s like they made a dumbshit-safe car!  Here are some of the things about my new (because of course I bought it) dummy-proof car that I’m thankful for:

  1. Keyless entry. You walk within something like 32 inches of the door with the key in your pocket and the door unlocks. The best part of this is that if you’re a dumbass like me who tries to lock her key in her trunk, it won’t let you! It’s dumbass-proof!
  2. Push button start. Yup. Keys in your pocket. Which is actually sortof weird, but I’ll never have try to unlock the wrong car again. Ok, probably, I will, but whatever.
  3. It will read my text messages to me (that is, if I ever figure out how to set that up because God forbid I spend an extra 15 minutes at the dealership having them help me).
  4. Cameras and sensors. If I veer out of my lane, or approach a car too quickly from behind? It beeps at me (thankful that I can turn this off when it drives me nuts). When you flip on the right-hand turn signal, you see this:
    view with right blinker on
  5. When you back up, you see this:
    view backing up
  6. There are no cheddar bunnies in the back seat! (ok that’s not really an anti-dummy feature, and is something that won’t last very long, but still, is something I’m quite thankful for today).
  7. Tucker wasn’t big-time thrilled about “Mommy’s Car” being left behind. BUT! Because I got this new dummy-proof car in black, I told him that it was Batman’s car and he’s mostly cool. No meltdown. Thankful.

A dummy-proof car! Wha-hoo! Plus, it’s cheaper than my last car so hubs and I are thankful about that, too.

The moral?  While my husband was wrong in what he thought we’d be doing yesterday as far as getting a new car, I was wrong, too, in that I thought there was nothing that would make me happy other than the one that I had. A dummy-proof car makes me very happy and thankful.

Alright. I’m going to wrap this up now. It’s getting harder to be almost mildly not very amusing. While I am very thankful that Denver is playing in the Super Bowl, right this minute, I just watched Pey Pey throw an interception, we’re losing, and I flipped off the television while growling less-than thankful words.

I am thankful for my new car that won’t let me be a dumbass, and that The Donkeys are playing tonight. I’m also thankful that the game’s not over yet. Once John Elway gives Peyton a little advice, we can maybe still win this thing.

Update. It’s past half-time and WTF DENVER???? GRRR. I mean, oops. I’m glad we went to the Super Bowl. It’s not over (it’s totally fucking over). And there’s always next year right (is Peyton retiring or will this give us one more year)?

What are you thankful for right now?

Ten Things of Thankful

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  • Mike - This game is soooo over. I was all in for Peyton and gang too. Epic ass-whuppin’. I’m so with you on attachment to my vehicles, Kristi! I’m notorious for it. I just avoid car payments at all costs. But, wowee do they have some fancy new gadgets these days. I’m with you on the dealership guys…me,”Can I have an afternoon with someone just to teach me how to operate all of this stuff?” And dumb ass proof vehicles? My type of ride! I have a 2004 Jeep Cherokee. It’s got all of the fancy stuff (back then) and is perfect. Bought it when I got Phoenix. It’s HIS Jeep. He rides shotgun with me EVERYWHERE. My fav part of this post? Tucker kissing your old car goodbye. That’s priceless, our friend 🙂February 2, 2014 – 9:30 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - OMG I can’t say how sad and mad I was watching (1/2-assed, I admit) the game tonight. It’s like we just weren’t the same team. 🙁 Sad. Mad. Sad. And hope Peyton signs on for another year, actually.
      I’m not against car payments although I know that I should be…love that you still have your 2004 Cherokee. My Jeep (1984 CJ Renegade) was my baby. That lovely was paid off for years and cost me less than $6,000 to buy it used with $98,000 miles). I STILL miss it – it was my favorite car to date. I mean I loved the expensive convertible (not that expensive when it comes to convertibles, a loaded VW Eos) but man I loved it. And yeah, Tucker has some weird savant thing. He can recognize all cars and routes to get places. It’s kindof freaky.February 2, 2014 – 11:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Laura - Congrats! Hope you enjoy getting attached to this one too 😉February 2, 2014 – 10:32 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi - You bought the Batmobile? How totally cool is that?

    As for the game, I’m not sure what to say to my Broncos-loving friends that wouldn’t sound too smug, so I guess I’ll just be quiet now.February 2, 2014 – 11:12 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Well. Enough of a Batmobile for Tucker. Which just means the car is black really, but I’m okay with that.
      And Yeah. you can go ahead and not say ANYTHING to Broncos fans. Which given where you live, you should be one but whatever, Traitor.February 2, 2014 – 11:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - Can’t offer any consolation on the game – I didn’t even know who was playing. Just not a sports fan… That car sounds totally cool – like the Batmobile and KITT all wrapped up in one!

    Have a great week!February 2, 2014 – 11:32 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Batmobile and KITT are getting way affordable and OMG I’d forgotten about KITT. He was the coolest car in the history of time. Sigh. I totally settled.February 2, 2014 – 11:55 pmReplyCancel

  • linda Atwell - Out One Ear - well, the (retired) insurance adjuster came out of me as I read your post. And my first thought was that your jeep, since it caught on fire, should have been covered by insurance. Then I realized it would only be covered if you had full coverage and I then assumed you just had liability insurance. If that is the case, it sure sucks to spend that kind of money and have it go up in flames. 🙁

    As far as the Super Bowl, I might have caught a little bit of Bruno Mars, but other than that, I missed out on the bowl entirely. And by choice. My husband was rooting for the SeaHawks because, well, we live in the NW and they are the closest professional team to us. And he grew up near Seattle, so although you are sad, he is happy. And since today, Groundhogs Day, is his birthday, I’m glad the SeaHawks won and made his day a little extra special.

    I hate buying/changing cars–so I feel for you. Glad your got one you liked. (I do for some reason like the new car smell.) Have a great rest of your Super Bowl Sunday.February 3, 2014 – 12:28 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Yeah, Linda. It was sad. I did only have liability at that point because it just wasn’t worth much (and I wasn’t – financially – either). Being as I’d almost lost my license for speeding so much, my insurance was really high. In fact, at one point, when the jeep still had payments of a whopping $165/month, the insurance each month was higher than the car payment!
      The guy who “fixed” my engine refunded my $3500 but that’s all I ended up getting. Well later, I sold the burned-out jeep for $750 but considering I had $1000 wheels and tires on it at that point, and a $2000 stereo, etc. etc. I came out behind. Still, I loved that thing. I wish I still had it.
      Good for missing out on the super bowl because the donkeys sucked. Fine fine, your hubs can be (quietly) happy about his win though and happy birthday to him!!February 3, 2014 – 2:42 pmReplyCancel

  • Considerer - They do sound like cool features for sure. I wish I could get my car to self-clean on the inside.

    LOVE that Tucker kissed your car. Niece kissed mine yesterday and I told her off because it’s filthydirty and then BOTH kids started snogging the bits of the car they could reach and I couldn’t tell them off because I was laughing so hard!

    Bad luck about your team.February 3, 2014 – 2:21 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Dangit. Now I don’t like it because it doesn’t self-clean. Thanks, Lizzi.
      HAHAH to niece kissing your car and then you telling her off and both of them “snogging” the bits they could reach. That’s hilarious. And awesome. And my team lost without even making it a good game. I can handle a loss. But they played like crap. That’s harder to take.February 3, 2014 – 2:43 pmReplyCancel

      • Considerer - I daresay the other cool features make up for it. You’ll cope. I bet it even has air-con for summer, ey?

        They were both SO awesome and I really hope they didn’t catch something from the dirt! Silly, sweet kids.

        Your team sucked, I heard. I have ONE friend who understands NFL and I got told all about it.February 3, 2014 – 4:19 pmReplyCancel

  • zoe - Best feature on my ten year old crapper of a vehicle??? Paid for.

    Sorry for your loss (Denver).February 3, 2014 – 5:49 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Yeah, I miss having a paid-for car sometimes. But I’m hoping to teach this one to simulate exercise for me while I drive so that might be worth it. Laziness is worth a lot.February 3, 2014 – 2:44 pmReplyCancel

  • clark - (haven’t had that happen in a while…) the frickin thing dropped my Comment!!

    damn! I hate that…and it was such a witty and insightful comment too! with references to professional sports, automotive safety engineering and the sheer awesomeositiy of (the concept) of BJ coupons… gone! in a frickin click of a mouse.

    …anyway. One thing I will repeat (no, besides *that*) is: hide the extra ‘non-key’ key thing in the desk where you write, hiding it in that kitchen drawer will just mess you up at some point.February 3, 2014 – 6:19 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - What a bummer. Although if “Great post” is your idea of a “witty and insightful” comment, it was dropped because I programmed my new car to eat “Great post” comments immediately.
      Thanks for the tip about the kitchen drawer. I only turned in one key yesterday when I dropped off my old car and I’m pretty sure it’s the kitchen drawer’s fault, actually. Huh. HOW DO YOU DO THAT.February 3, 2014 – 3:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Janine Huldie - Watched that game last night and how crazy was it. I am not even a huge football fan and still knew that it wasn’t a great game and definitely left more to be desired. Yay to the new car and I am not sure I would ever be able to completely get used to a smart car, but does look like it has more then a few perks to it! 🙂February 3, 2014 – 7:55 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Janine, the game was a disaster. I can’t even believe how badly the Broncos did. It was just sad. Yeah, the smart car things – I’m sure there are millions of features I’ll never figure out.February 3, 2014 – 3:06 pmReplyCancel

  • That Girl Ryan - You are a jeep girl? I think we can definitely be friends. I love Jeeps! Especially the kind that you posted a picture of.February 3, 2014 – 9:27 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - That Girl Ryan, I LOVE Jeeps. And that kind that is in the photo? Is really the only “real” kind, ya know? Yay to being friends. ;DFebruary 3, 2014 – 3:09 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily - The car reads text messages to you?!?!? I’m sold on that alone!February 3, 2014 – 9:48 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I know right? Now I just have to program it. Which…we’ll see how much I’m digging it then. Hopefully that, too, is idiot-proof.February 3, 2014 – 4:50 pmReplyCancel

  • [email protected] - It is funny how attached we can get to a car. I let my oldest take my Suburban to college so he could haul his kayak and such. I missed it so. I’d got it when my now college sophomore was in 4th grade. I inherited a 2001 Infinity from my dad. Never thought I’d like a smaller car. And this was just going to tide me over till we could afford a car payment. After driving it about a year, I really feel attached to the darn thing and want to drive it till it falls apart. And I think I’m in love with small cars now.February 3, 2014 – 10:00 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Isn’t it funny how attached we get to our cars? I’m glad that while you missed your Suburban so much that you really love your new (to you which is new) Infinity! I hope it lasts for a long long time!!February 3, 2014 – 4:59 pmReplyCancel

  • thedoseofreality - I was devastated to give up the car I had before my minivan. I loved it so. Your new car sounds amazing, by the way! I could totally use a dummy-proof vehicle myself! ;)-AshleyFebruary 3, 2014 – 10:24 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Ha. Dummy-proof cars for all of us. Should we make a pool on how many days it’ll take me to out-dummy it?February 3, 2014 – 5:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Tamara - I need a cheddar bunny proof car! Or maybe a pirate’s booty proof car. The backseat looks like a booty war took place.
    I love dumbshit-safe cars too. Remind me to tell you about the time I locked the keys in the car with the engine running. And I was taking up 2-3 spots. And I had to call my mom to come with her spare, unlock the car, repark it to not look like a dumbshit, and then turn it off.
    Only, there was a fire drill and she couldn’t do it discreetly because everyone kept shouting, “Hey, Tammy! (not my real name) Isn’t that your mom?”February 3, 2014 – 10:41 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - HAHA to your mom having to come rescue you with a new set of keys. OF COURSE it was during a fire drill – these things have to happen with an audience or they don’t sufficiently scar us.February 3, 2014 – 5:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Tamara - I need a cheddar bunny proof car! Or maybe a pirate’s booty proof car. The backseat looks like a booty war took place.
    I love dumbshit-safe cars too. Remind me to tell you about the time in high school that I locked the keys in the car with the engine running. And I was taking up 2-3 spots. And I had to call my mom to come with her spare, unlock the car, repark it to not look like a dumbshit, and then turn it off.
    Only, there was a fire drill and she couldn’t do it discreetly because everyone kept shouting, “Hey, Tammy! (not my real name) Isn’t that your mom?”February 3, 2014 – 10:42 amReplyCancel

  • Chris Carter - So wait- that new car that does everything but wipe your ass is CHEAPER???

    Where do I get one? Seriously- OHMYGOSH I want THAT CAR!!!!

    Superbowl fail. Oy. I didn’t watch a lick of it- and I heard even the commercials sucked.

    At least there wasn’t a blizzard over there… that’s about the most positive thing any Denver fan can say, right?February 3, 2014 – 10:51 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I know, right, Chris? Amazing that it’s cheaper. I have found two tiny things that are not “as good” as my last car (like my other car displayed a list of all music on my iPhone/iPod. This one doesn’t give the full list so you have to look at your phone or upload the music to the car – so I think I can live with that maybe).
      Yeah. Sigh. Broncos. Sigh. Weep. Sniff, sniff.February 3, 2014 – 5:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Kerri - Dude, it was over with the first snap. I had no cell coverage so you were spared my taunting texts. Yes, you can be thankful for that too!!

    How weird/cosmic is it that I had to replace old reliable a week ago? I’m still in mourning. Except this car is clean. I mean clean, no goldfish crackers or anything breeding in the back seat!! Congrats on the car

    I wish I could say I am with you in your grief, but that was just embarrassing.

    Oh wait, congrats on your can’t be a dumbass car. I see road trip in your futureFebruary 3, 2014 – 1:17 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Well – like you said – I suppose I do have one thing to add to my thankful list this week and that’s that YOU did NOT have cell phone service. Awww…sorry about old reliable. That sucks. But yeah. the clean thing is pretty big.
      Sheesh. Yup, a road trip to the cape where you feed me wine to make up for being mean about my home town football team.February 3, 2014 – 5:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Great on so many levels!
    1. Grammar lesson, thank you. Nothing drives the dude and me crazier that that stupid over correction. It probably doesn’t drive the dude that crazy, but I had to work him in there to show you I was in the know.
    2. My cars are my friends. I love them and name them. My first car, a 1980 gold Dodge Colt, was named Farley. True story: we donated it after my sister moved on from it, and I would still see it around town. One time I actually stopped someone in the parking lot so I could tell him the car’s name. By this time, he was a good 20 years old, but the driver and I raved on what a fine car he was. I was so pleased the new owner appreciated him.
    3. Loved your number three. So me to not be willing to sit at the dealership a bit longer to learn how to work the controls. I gotta get goin’!

    And congrats on the new dummy-proof car. Sounds like a winner. But what is his/her name?February 3, 2014 – 1:22 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - 1. Sarah, you are SO in the know. Way to prove it though. It’s important that nobody else forget and sometimes, I may need a reminder as well. So good for you there.
      2. My cars are my friends too! Don’t tell anybody as I need to keep my tough reputation up (hahahaha) but I thanked my car yesterday and told him goodbye.
      That’s awesome you saw Farley around town! SO AWESOME. I’m glad somebody worthy ended up loving him too.
      3. Yeah, getting a new car can be cool (especially when you find a dummy-proof one) but the whole experience is a pain in the butt. Once they give me the keys, I don’t want to sit around for a boring tutorial. I’d rather screw everything up on my own.
      I haven’t named the new car yet. I’m waiting to see if his personality reveals his name to me. It’ll probably be something smart-sounding though…maybe Albert. No. Because Fat Albert and my car is black so people might get the wrong idea. I’ll let you know.February 3, 2014 – 5:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Dana - I can start my car from my remote too, and it comes in handy when it’s butt cold outside – the car is already warm when I get in. Also works well when it’s hot as hell. Enjoy your new car – hopefully it took the sting out of the loss just a little.February 3, 2014 – 3:41 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - It did take the sting out of the loss a bit but I found out today that my iPod/iPhone music doesn’t get listed in the display like it did in my old car. Not taking my key out of my pocket to open the door is cool though. Especially because I won’t have to fool with my keys to unlock my door if like, you know, um, a SERIAL KILLER was chasing me or something. Not that I know any of those, but well. Dexter seemed nice, too 😉February 3, 2014 – 8:27 pmReplyCancel

  • y - We used to have one of those keyless cars with the parking camera. Ours was a hybrid Auris and the trunk space was squeezed out by the extra battery so my husband complained daily and I complained when the girls and I went visiting my cousin and then took her girls, plus their sleeping bags and other bags for a sleepover. We changed it for car with a bigger trunk, but I do still forget at times that I have to press the button to open the door and remember to put the key in the slot.

    You may have interesting moments though, like the one where my kids when off into the house carrying my handbag (purse) and I was about to drive off when I realised I wouldn’t get very far because they also had the key.February 3, 2014 – 5:04 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Ugh to the hybrid trunks. My husband had one of those for a while and it was really annoying although he did get rear-ended by a large truck and the back of his car was barely damaged, although the truck was.
      This one isn’t a hybrid, and one of the reasons we got it was that the trunk holds almost as much as my last car (which was one of those mini SUV things).
      HAHA to your kids walking away with the key and the button not starting. We already have worried about Tucker figuring out how to start the car (luckily, you have to hold the break down while pushing the button and he’s short).February 3, 2014 – 8:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama - I’m with Tamara. I need a crumb-proof & milk-stain-proof car! I also need a little-old-lady-who-isn’t-paying-attention-proof car. A little old lady ran a red light three weeks ago and t-boned my husband. With my little one in the car. Thank goodness they were ok. Sadly, the car was not. Result: insurance paid out and hubby’s got new wheels!February 3, 2014 – 9:04 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Ah me too. Hey guess what I didn’t post in this. So as we were checking out the features of the SILVER CAR that I was going to buy, some old dude backed into the front of it? While we were sitting there. I felt really bad for him. I had to get the black one which maybe was better anyway as we could tell Tucker it was like Batmobile.
      YAY to your hubs getting new wheels and thank goodness nobody was hurt!February 4, 2014 – 12:24 amReplyCancel

  • Ilene - Oh my gosh! I love your car! And I hope Tucker is kissing this car in no time! I think he will! I want a car that reads text messages to me! I will gladly go back to the dealer with you for those extra 15 minutes to learn how to set that up!February 3, 2014 – 11:08 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Ilene, I hope he’s kissing the new one in no time, too! Let me know when you want to go to the dealer with me because it would be way more fun with you there, too!February 4, 2014 – 10:32 amReplyCancel

  • Manal Gogogirl Broeckelmann - I’m so sorry about your team losing but I was very happy with mine. The car sounds awesome, I need a dummy proof car and one that will read my texts and show houses for me. I spend so much time in the car. Keep me posted on how Tucker adjusts to the new bat mobile:) Have a fantastic week!February 3, 2014 – 11:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah Almond - Ok it sounds dummy proof EXCEPT-does it start yelling at you when you leave your keys in a cart at Target and walk out? I’m just wondering, because if so I want one. You know why… 😉 COngrats on your new ride!February 3, 2014 – 11:22 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - HAHA, Sarah, I don’t think ANY car will yet be able to help you with losing your keys inside Target. I’m sure they’re working on it though so hang in there. 😉February 4, 2014 – 10:34 amReplyCancel

  • Katia - I love you, because you’ve just managed to make cars enjoyable and funny. I fell in love with every single car you were describing and then I was like “damn, Kristi, not NVRNUFF! You can’t give up that car!” and then “Not the glass ceiling! TELLMETHISISNOTHAPPENING!” I love your new dummy-proof car, though, so we’re good. 😀February 4, 2014 – 9:34 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Aw Katia. I love YOU. You’re the bestest. Glad you’re okay with the new dummy-proof car. I think it’s going to work out just fine, although I still miss that NVRNUF jeep.February 4, 2014 – 1:06 pmReplyCancel

  • Lady Lilith - I now how you feel about your car. When we were younger and my mother was upgrading her car, all of us were so sad. When you think about it we did spend a lot of time in it. Between getting to and from school to playdates, it is like a mobil home.February 4, 2014 – 10:18 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Lady Lilith,
      It’s true that kids spend a ton of time in mom’s car so it makes perfect sense that they will get attached, right? Ha to it being like a mobile home – so true.February 4, 2014 – 1:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Lady Lilith - I know how you feel about your car. When we were younger and my mother was upgrading her car, all of us were so sad. When you think about it we did spend a lot of time in it. Between getting to and from school to playdates, it is like a mobil home.February 4, 2014 – 10:20 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Kids do spend a ton of time in mom’s car so it makes perfect sense that they will get attached, right? Ha to it being like a mobile home – so true.February 4, 2014 – 1:09 pmReplyCancel

  • meeshie - You know, the entire reason I bought my car last year (2014 kia soul) was because of the backup camera and voice activated features. I figured it would reduce my stupidity factor. 😉February 4, 2014 – 11:51 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I’m all for reducing stupid whenever I can so good call on that! Ha. 😀February 4, 2014 – 1:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - About the Super Bowl – sorryyyyyy 😉 I stopped watching by half-time and missed the best part (the show).

    Anyway we already know that I need your car for #1. I’d have to test that out to believe it. Then one you didn’t mention – I have manually locked my car with the engine running – c’mon 2004 Honda – really?

    And lastly – I got the silent treatment all day Sunday because I didn’t back down the middle of the drive – rather the muddy snow slushy side – and got my car stuck. I future tried to back up and pull forward anyway which resulted in mud splatter on the side of my car.

    My white car is such a gross combination of mud and bird $hit that I apologized to the bagger who helped me out with my stuff after I went to the commissary yesterday. We haven’t been able to park in the garage for about a month now because of renovation stuff being in the garage.

    Was this a thankful post? See why I never link up?February 4, 2014 – 12:56 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Yeah the Super Bowl sucked. *SOB* I just don’t know what happened. I wasn’t sure we’d win, but I thought it would at least be a great game, and it just wasn’t. Sigh. I heard the 1/2-time show wasn’t great (we had Tucker bath and bedtime during it) so maybe you didn’t miss much after all.
      Ok I’m cracking up at the fact that you got the silent treatment all day for getting stuck in your own driveway and splattering more gunk on your car. Oops, wait, did I say that I’m laughing at you? What I meant was “OH no! Sorry that happened!”
      Also I find it hilarious that you apologized to a staff person about your car’s state. hehe!
      Hopefully you’ll get your garage back soon???February 4, 2014 – 1:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah | LeftBrainBuddha - omg totally jealous because I really want a cool minivan. enjoy your new wheels, mama!February 4, 2014 – 8:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Calandra - I agree with your post. Wait, you sold the jeep? It’s really cool.February 5, 2014 – 6:54 amReplyCancel

  • Lizzy - Muddle-Headed Mamma - How cute that Tucker kissed the car door! I love how you can write about picking up a car, kristi, and make it funny. I reckon you could write about grass growing and still find a way to make it funny 🙂 The dummy-proof car sounds all kinds of amazing. I’d only be worried about it reading aloud a text message to me when I didn’t want it too … it would be just my luck that they one time I got a raunchy message or something super private, that I happened to be giving someone a lift at the same time and the car would read the message loud and clear! Please do write a blog post if that does ever happen 🙂February 5, 2014 – 7:11 amReplyCancel

  • Sandy Ramsey - Ooh! A shiny new car that may or may not be the Batmobile and its’ smart too? Sounds good to me! My favorite part about a new car would be that it’s clean…for about a minute and a half.
    I cannot speak of the Superbowl. I’m trying hard to forget it ever happened.February 5, 2014 – 3:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Kelly Mckenzie - Oh is it wise for me to say I while I am Canadian, Seattle is just down the road so I was hoping Seatlle would win? If not, please delete.February 6, 2014 – 12:42 pmReplyCancel

  • Lori Lavender Luz - I must admit, when I saw the pic of your NVRNUF Jeep, it takes me back to fun, light-hearted polaroid-tinged days. I know while we were living them they weren’t so fun and light-hearted, but looking back things seemed so simple back then.

    Your new ride looks posh!February 6, 2014 – 2:45 pmReplyCancel

  • donofalltrades - Good Lord, so many blog hops!! What kinds of cars were these, dear? Are you not at liberty to say because you don’t want us to think you’re a snob or what?? All those fancy options seem very distracting to me, but I guess Batman has to have all the bells and whistles, right? The first new car I ever got was a Wrangler. I loved that fucking thing.February 6, 2014 – 3:18 pmReplyCancel

  • TCI - I am glad you are happy after giving up your old car. It isn’t easy. We have already changed our mind three times about downgrading our car. It really is hard to downgrade even though you know the costs and you are struggling to cope with it.

    By the way, isn’t your new car have other features that you like other than being dummy-proof? You didn’t tell us anything else about it when you provided a lot more for your old ones.February 16, 2014 – 4:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Chad - I just wanted to say that I got a real kick out of reading these comments. Funny stuff.February 22, 2014 – 11:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Skylo - We have a minivan with a keyless start (big red start button) and I can not have my kid sit anywhere close to it or that hand reaches out to push it! So annoying and dangerous!May 7, 2014 – 8:41 amReplyCancel

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