Monday, January 17, 2011

Carl the Car

So, we have acquired a car. After living through 2 months of a public transit strike, we decided it was time to get our own vehicle. Even when the buses were running, they failed to get us many places we wanted to go. So, when we got home from Ontario, we looked at a few cars and chose a silver 1999 Honda Civic. It's old and has no frills whatsoever - we even have to press the locks down by hand! Really takes me back...

We've named it Carl the Car, and it has greatly improved our lives already. We have never owned a car in our 6.5 years of marriage. So, we have rarely bought groceries in large batches. This week, I went to the store (the cheaper, but further away store!) and stocked up on a month's worth of groceries. Such a novelty! I was able to just buy cans and cans of things without stressing about the weight of carrying them home/pushing them in the stroller.
We also love Freecycle, but have rarely been able to take advantage of all the stuff people offer, because we can't get to their houses. This weekend, I picked up two large garbage bags full of kids clothes for free! Now G has a snowsuit for this year and next year, and M has one for next year.


  1. I've never had power windows or locks and my family thinks I'm living in the dark ages. :)

  2. Congrats on getting a car! And let me weigh in to say that power-locks and power-windows used to be a luxury. We often forget in our present culture that they really still are unnecessary (though pleasant nevertheless).