Monthly Archives: December 2011


There’s a new girl on the block and we are calling her Ruby.  Ok, she’s not really a girl.  She’s a car.  I’ve never named my cars before, but this one just begged for a name.

I had been driving “our” Mini Cooper out to my new job.  Really I still see this vehicle as my husband’s car.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love the Mini.  It’s powerful and zippy.  Its cute and stylish.  It has heated seats and a sunroof, more luxurious than my old ’99 Honda that was stolen from in front of our house 3 years ago.  It just hasn’t ever felt like mine.

The issue with the Mini is that it is a 6 speed.  Which is great when you are zipping around the city or on open road.  When you have a bum knee and are commuting in stop and go traffic for 45 minutes, its not so fun.  I set my sights on an automatic.

I had grand plans to buy a new car or a gently used one.  We can afford it and gosh darn it, I deserve one, right?  But what if we went used and paid cash and saved all of that car payment money for a year or so?  Hmmm.

While debating, a car fell from the sky into my lap.  Ok, that would hurt and obviously didn’t happen.  But a text came through from a friend that her employee was selling a 2000 VW Jetta.  For cheap.  Hmmm.

Further research into said Jetta proved to be a great short term option.  Plus then I will have something to trade in for my new car!  The only issue, and please be warned that its a vain one,  is her color.  Baby blue?  No.  Gold?  Uh-uh.  Tornado Red?  Ding, ding, ding! Hence her lovely name, Ruby.  Hello, I am now a cop magnet.

So that is how Ruby came to join our family.  She’s a reliable pleasant ride.  She even boasts heated seats and a sunroof as well as dark tinted windows (so no one can see me driving).  I have my “own” car again, with a large trunk and cupholders and a glove box filled with my stuff.

Last but not least, there is one perk that I had never considered with tinted windows:  the sunrise and sunset reflected in my rear view mirror is always the color Sky Blue Pink 🙂