Today was my first day back in the classroom. Twenty-five students, all bright and shiny for their first day of class, even laughing periodically at my jokes. I was just giddy to be teaching again, and totally relaxed since Jason was taking care of Jules. She managed the three hours without me nursing her, and I did too. Mostly. Some folks may call it "Dressing for Success"; I call it "Dressing to avoid embarrassing leak spots on my shirt."
Funny story of the day: I had the students fill out a questionnaire regarding their goals and experience with public speaking. At the top were three blanks: Name, Major, Year. In the "Year" blank I had a student write "2007." Usually students write what year they are in school, but it is January after all so maybe he was just trying to be helpful.
When we bought our nifty little Saturn six years ago, it was the perfect size. Sure, it wasn't our dream car--I had two major requirements when we were looking, "An automatic and not white," and of course we ended up with a white, manual vehicle--but it's a nice little four-door vehicle. As an added bonus, it gets fabulous gas mileage (36:30).
When Sydney came along, the car got a little bit squishy. Those rear-facing car seats take up a lot of room, drat them! But it only affected the passenger's side, and since I was the only one who ever sat in the passenger's seat, then the world went on and I learned not to mind that my knees touched the dash board. When she moved to a forward-facing seat then we reclaimed a little bit of space.
Now, however, with TWO car seats in the car, things are VERY squishy. All our luggage has to go in the trunk, and it's impossible for us to take our stroller anywhere since it it never fit in trunk in the first place. We had absolutely no plans to get a bigger vehicle until the last possible moment. We had deliberate conversations about it: "We'll stick with this car. It'll be okay." We rejoiced that we didn't have car payments. We would tough it out.
Turns out we aren't as tough as we thought. It's one thing for the passenger's side to be a bit uncomfortable, it's another to have the driver's side uncomfortable as well. The driver's side should be the premium spot in the car. Plenty of room to stretch out, feel comfortable, rule the road. But I tell you what, it's hard to Rule the Road when you're hunched over the steering wheel.
So, Jason, in all his spare time, has been scouring the Internet for ideas on a new vehicle. Our dream vehicle is a Toyota Highlander Hybrid, but that's a LONG way off. So far off, probably we'll get it when we have grandkids. There are a few other more affordable vehicles that are in the running, but I have no true confidence that we'll actually end up getting one. See, the thing is whatever we could spend on a car could also be spent on our backyard. That's my mantra these days: "Whatever we could spend on (fill in the blank) could also be spent on our backyard."
Bigger vehicle or a finished deck and grass in our backyard?
I think our knees will just have to tough it out.
Am I just so lame for laughing and laughing at the title of this post? Yes, I am.