That's right - it's my MINI COOPER!!!
It was finally time to retire our Explorer - at 13 years old, it was making funny noises, including an ominous "thunk" followed by a burning rubber smell about a month ago, and we were at the point of either needing to put in a good amount of money into it, and hope nothing else went awry, or bite the bullet and get a new car. Of course you know getting a new car was fine with me, but we had to make sure we were ready to take on a car loan, because we've not had one for two years, and that was our fun money. You can see what choice we made:
Me and the Duchess.
Not only did I get the car, but the dealership filled the boot (trunk) with all sorts of goodies, which I discovered when I opened it to put in the awesome lime green MINI bag that the manager gave me because the car took longer to come in than anticipated. What a fun day this was - they made picking up my dream car really special!
MINI cooler, hat, coffee/insulated mugs, ice cube tray, Union Jack bag, and a cool bulldog, which Paco wants to steal and dismember but I have it stowed safely up high.
MINI bag, which is not all that small, but it's freaking awesome and will be great for my running gear.
I wanted this color combination - Electric Blue with white mirrors/roof, and I wanted heated seats. There was ONE car in the country that fit that profile, and it was just off the boat, in Georgia. Took quite a while to get to Texas but it was definitely worth the wait!
She came with a panoramic moonroof. The day after I drove her home, I was sitting inside, fiddling with the radio stations and control panel, when Kip decided to be, well, Kip:
Why yes, that would be my dumb cat sitting on the moonroof.
Anyway, as you can imagine, I am beyond thrilled! I really didn't think this was going to happen anytime in the near future, but it did and I am a driving fool now. Although mostly I want to go to my friends houses, pull up in their driveways and just honk my horn, but I've resisted...so far.
So it's farewell to our Explorer - I've driven a Ford Explorer for 20 years, and I've driven this particular one for the last 13 years. It was a good car and lasted a nice long time, and it served us well:
Good bye, Old Slidey.