I bought a new car today.
I didn’t exactly need it, but I was in the mood to go car shopping, and I wanted a little more cargo space and a few more mpgs, so I swapped the Starlight Express for a 2008 Honda Fit with a manual transmission and a lot of fancy bells and whistles.
I don’t usually buy cars with a lot of extras, but I wanted a stick shift, and the only one on the lot was this pimped-out model that cost about the same as a base model automatic. I wasn’t in the mood to wait to special-order something, so I went ahead and bought the one on the lot.
I haven’t figured out what all the buttons on the dashboard do, but I’m sure I’ll have fun playing with them, anyway.
At the moment, I’m just having a good time getting used to the feel of the transmission, which is a tad more responsive than the one in Ron’s car.
I’ll try to post a picture later. It was too dark to shoot anything by the time I got home from the dealership this evening.
I’m working on a little present for my nephew and my goddaughter. Ron and I went to the library the other day and got a dozen children’s books. I’m reading them into a digital audio recorder. When I get done, I’ll use Audacity to edit them and convert them to MP3s so I can put them on CDs for the kids. Thus far, I’ve recorded 10 books: Bartholomew and the Oobleck; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Gregory, the Terrible Eater; In the Night Kitchen; The Peace Book; And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street; The Sneetches and Other Stories; Imogene’s Antlers; “Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!”; and A Place for Grace. I still have to record Make Way for Ducklings and Oscar: The Big Adventure of a Little Sock Monkey.
Of course I’ll also record Where the Wild Things Are, The Lorax, and some of the Shel Silverstein poems, but I want to get done with the library books first so we can take them back.
I don’t know how great these will sound, but maybe the kids will enjoy them. This should help them remember me between visits, anyhow … and it’s fun to have an excuse to sit around reading children’s books while Ron is at work.