car_beforeThis is the reason I’ve not been knitting. This is a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass GLS. It has been my car for the past five and a half years. It has 147,000 miles on it. It’s not sporty, stylish, or very much fun to drive… but up until this winter, it has been incredibly reliable. Then the power steering pump started making some funny noises, and then we realized that it really needed new tires. Well, that was just too much money to put into an old car, so we decided to trade it in. The only problem with that is that the car I had set my mind on has a manual transmission, and I’d never driven one before. So Pirate-Husband took me out driving in his Miata, not the easiest of cars on which to learn, and it took me so long to get the hang of it that I thoroughly neglected my knitting. I have made almost no progress on anything but learning to drive.

car_afterI think it was worth it.

No, THIS is the reason I haven’t been knitting. This is a 2009 Mazda 3 S Touring in Galaxy Gray, and today I drove it by myself for the first time. I didn’t stall on the way home from work (let’s not mention the way *to* work; I was tired) and I even managed to park it uphill and backwards in the garage. Having done that, I have no excuses left. I should be knitting right now. Pardon me, I think I hear my yarn calling! Hopefully I’ll have some progress pics to show off later this week!

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