Monday, August 20, 2012

This is Living. . .

Little did anyone know that when I felt well enough to drive that my whole world took on a new sense of purpose. 
A new sense of "drive" if you will....heehee I crack ME up.
Anyhoodle. . .I finally went and renewed my driver's license because I was feeling bad that Pooldad was doing all of the driving.  Then we were faced with the small problem of our one car family.  I have to take Pooldad to work if I want to toodle around town, so he told me to pick a car, research it, test drive it and when I found the one I loved we would go ahead and try to make the numbers work.

May I introduce "Bert".  
[Yes, I name all my cars. Doesn't everyone? ::wink::]
 It is a smart car passion fortwo
Kind of fitting, considering it will only seat Pooldad and me.
Here it is in our driveway:
 The hatch opened.
I could probably fit four bags of groceries in there.
Or the dog.
 THIS is what sold me on it tho' [well, besides the amazing gas mileage]
LOOK at the legroom in this sucker.
Pooldad will be riding in style.  
The driver's seat is positioned for me, but drops all the way back if he wants to drive too. Neat, huh?
 And for a little extra fun - it has a moonroof.
That's my hand laying on it.  I am a good bit taller than the car. :)
It may not be for everyone, but it is perfect for ME!
You have to understand - one of my great passions is driving. I LOVE to drive. I don't have to have a destination or a reason. I just like to get in the car and drive, listen to music and see the sights.  Once we get out of suburbia we have some gorgeous countryside and farms along some pretty windy roads to enjoy.  It was a great heartache to not be able to drive for so long - what? 4 years? - I have always had my license, but never the strength or stamina to get behind the wheel.

I finally decided that my time here may be limited, but that I wasn't going to let it get in the way of actually LIVING.  Sure, I could sit in my house and lament my fate. Boohoo about how unfair it all is and question what exactly did I do to deserve this sentence - but DAMMIT - that is NOT me.  I have a family to raise and a husband to love on - and a fine looking husband to love on I may add, and that is not just because he may be buying me this car, heehee - I have things I want to do and no amount of pain, or sickness or doctors prognosis are going to make me sit down and cry while I wait for the end.  Those of you closest to me know how scared I was initially and that did tend to make me hesitant to try to be the "old" me, but I found the longer I babied myself and allowed my family to do it the more independence I relinquished.  Once the doctors cleared me of cancer and we started the steps to get me on a transplant list I discovered that no matter what happens I can't just WAIT for an organ to show up, meanwhile watching all the good stuff pass me by.  Think of everything I would miss.  Think of how much I would be letting everyone down.  And sorry, but I LIVE for my family and friends.  All you all are what keeps me going.  I thank you.

And just imagine. . .if we can swing the deal on the car - I can start visiting y'all. :D  I figure I can start in PA, then move over to DE then head on up to ME and after that CANADA!  And let us not forget TN, NM, the Carolinas, FL - That would be one heck of a road trip.

Leave the light on Tadpoles. Skippy may just be hitting the road. ::wink::

Now. . .if I can just get that two hour driving distance limitation lifted I am all set. :D

Have a great Monday.  I have so much more to share with y'all, but this is what is happening today - and after my 2 hour test drive this morning I am a little pooped. I think I'll go bake something.

See ya' on the flipside Tadpoles.

23 comments:

CWMartin said...

All other things considered, did it come with an anchor, for during 20+ MPH winds? ;)

Marni said...

LOVE it! It is perfect for you! LOL... wish I could be there to see you drive around town.

Hugs...

Tracy said...

Looks perfect for you. And good gas mileage is important if you are just driving to drive.

SkippyMom said...

I just knew you would have a fun comment CW. heehee It was actually quite windy today - and I don't think I would want to pass a semi in the thing, but it held on the highway pretty well.

It's just so much darn fun. I can't stand it. :D

Yart said...

It looks so cute! Perfect fit!! And don't forget to swing by Michigan on your road trip... I'd love it.

life in the mom lane said...

Hallelujah! Skippy is MOBILE! Drivers BEWARE! Seriously congrats on your new car- Bert is adorable!!!!! I am happy to hear medically things are looking up as well!!!! {{{{*MEGA HUGS*}}}}

Rudee said...

Bert is adorable!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Looks more like a Tadpole than a Bert ... y'know, like it still has a lot of growing to do. Cute little dickens, though. I'm so happy for you that you can get behind the wheel again. 12:34

SkippyMom said...

You're right Susan. He does, doesn't he? I wonder if I could get Tadpole on my license plate. I was going to put O Skippy back on it, but...hmmmmm, let me check to see if it is available. :)

Sally said...

That's a cute little car that does look just perfect for driving around! And, perfect that it will only fit you and Pooldad :) I keep trying to tell my husband that I need a "Sunday" car, but so far he's not falling for it (nevermind the fact that our driveway is already pretty full!).

Jeannie said...

Oh Happy Day! I'm grinning from ear to ear for you! And you are clear? Even better than the car!!! I'm a wee bit jealous - I've been eyeing the smart car for a while - perfect for toodling around town (although I wouldn't be caught dead on the 401 in it - it's got the highest death rate of any road in Canada). However, I know that I will never ever get one because of my men.

ellen abbott said...

What? Texas isn't on the list? hee hee. You go girl! It is a very cute car indeed.

so, now, about that transplant...what transplant!!!

Jill said...

So happy for you! You go girl! Drive just to drive, I say. I like it that Pennsylvania is first :) Enjoy your new car.

colenic said...

I LOVE IT!!! I always tell David that I want one and he says no...the snow banks are higher than the top of the car...but they were all over Europe when we went and I really really enjoyed watching them.
I am glad that you are feeling like you can take on the world...the door is always open in Maine...We can do a lobster feast at the beach...hugs and lots of love to you!!!

EM Illustrator said...

Wow! That is a cool looking car and very handy. I am happy for you my friend. I always love to drive, it's a kind of freedom.
Virginia is one of my favourite places and I just love the country side there. Enjoy the driving my friend and take care!
Big hugs, Eva

Lyndylou said...

What a cool car....they are just so so cute! I am so happy that you are looking ahead because no matter what happens, you still have a future and this will make you so much happier. I am like you, I just like to get into my car, drive and see where it takes me...I find it really relaxing plus the gorgeous scenery around where I live is a big boost so what's not to love :)

mybizzykitchen.com said...

That is the perfect car for you Skippy! But um, ahem, I didn't see a road trip to Illinois on your list! :D Hugs!

Tony Van Helsing said...

That's the spirit. We've got loads of those little Smartcars over here. They are ideal for urban driving. I wouldn't try off-roading though.

Knitty said...

Is that the usual place for a license plate on a Smart Car? I've seen the cars around but don't recall the plate being on the side.

Congrats on being mobile again.

Thisisme. said...

Hi there dear Skippy! I'm having a little bloggy break at the moment, but there's NO way that I couldn't pop over to visit you, and i'm so glad I did. I am SO thrilled that you are mobile again my dear friend. I absolutely love driving as well, and I can imagine how this must lift your spirits. That car is just SO snazzy. I absolutely love it, and it's ideal for you. It just looks so fantastic and sporty. I hope you have great fun with it. As for your illness, I just love your spirit, and you know that all your little tadpoles are behind you, willing you on. Great post! Sending big hugs and love, as always, from across the pond xx

Thisisme. said...

Forgot to say, you look great behind the wheel!!

sapphireblue said...

That car is so cute!! I like your glasses, too.

Sewconsult said...

Cute little car! The leg room is wonderful. Even our mini van doesn't have that much. (hard to tell). Several yrs ago, when we needed a new vehicle, I was surprised that Dear Hubby said that he wanted to stick to the mini-van style. I was so relieved. No folding oneself up in a sedan, as my friend assumed that we would buy. We traveled from TN to DC with one adult daughter, picked up younger daughter and drove on to Delaware. I can't imagine how the trip would have gone without all the room that we had for people and luggage. Thanks for coming by my blog. I do appreciate it. I'll be back.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN