Introducing the Newest Member of Our Family.

For the last four years, I have been involved in a most dissatisfying relationship. One where I went through the motions – pretending to love and feel loved. Showering my loved one with endearments and providing encouragement even when it was undreserved. Pouring countless hours and dollars into our union.

But when my beloved decided to turn the drive to and from our vacation destination into a tortuous 24-hour drive instead of the 12-hour jaunt it was supposed to be? I knew we were done.

Shortly after our return, I began haunting Edmunds, Cars Direct and well, local car dealerships, looking for my perfect match.

It took a long time, Internet. I went on test drives with some real duds (and terrible disappointments). For a while, I was even involved in a love triangle, unable to choose which model was the one that was meant for me.

But in the end, I had to make a decision. And that’s when Red came to join our family.

Meet Red, My New Subaru Forester

Meet Red, My New Subaru Forester. Isn't she pretty?

I’m pretty sure the 20-something version of myself is shaking her head in disappointment (she did have a convertible and a turbo-charged Beetle, after all), but I don’t care. This pretty little red SUV? Has everything I need from life right now.

Beginning with, of course, lots and lots of storage space. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to pack for a week away with a toddler and a persnickety dog, but that shit takes up a lot of room.

And also? The biggest moonroof you have ever seen.

Moonroof view from my Forester

You can pratically see the moon from my Forester.

That sucker extends all the way into the back seat. And if I can’t have a convertible (Which, let’s face it, I can’t), I want a moonroof that lets me pretend I do.

It also has fancy things, like a power seat (so I can see over the steering wheel), some sort of sport-mode, which means I can pretend it’s a manual transmission (I do love stick shifts), and best of all? These:

My Subaru has heated seats.

Heated seats. Did you just hear angels sing, or was it just me?

For people who hate winter as much as I do (read: a whole hell of a lot),  heated seats can make the difference between a half hour spent cursing the cold while shivering in a frigid car and refusing to get out of said car because it’s so nice and cozy. Seriously. I might sleep there come February.

And the buying process? Was painless. Painless, I tell you. Why? Well because I negotiated the whole kit and kaboodle online. Right down to the trade-in. So I got my car for invoice price, and, I’m pretty sure, more for my trade-in than that dang Caliber was worth (may it rot in hell).

Plus, to top it off, I had a really nice sales guy. So if anyone out there in the Central Indiana area wants a Subaru? Go see Caleb. He’ll treat you right. He didn’t ask me to say that. Nor did I get any special treatment (as if, I’m not Scary Mommy or something!). But I did put him through hell. So he deserves the shout out.

And so begins a new era in car ownership. One I hope will be full of love and kisses, and very few visits to the dealer.




12 Comments on Introducing the Newest Member of Our Family.

  1. Erica
    August 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm (4 years ago)

    We have 2!!! And love them!!

    • Amber
      August 29, 2011 at 9:00 am (4 years ago)

      Wow! That’s a lot of Forester! Hope you’re recovering from your weekend!

  2. Meagan
    August 28, 2011 at 8:22 am (4 years ago)

    We have the Subaru Outback and love it. No moon roof on ours, but the heated seats are fantastic.

    • Amber
      August 29, 2011 at 8:59 am (4 years ago)

      Life is just better with heated seats.

  3. Steve Bradshaw (DevilDogDad66)
    August 28, 2011 at 10:11 am (4 years ago)

    Love the Subaru Forester Purchase! Congrats!

    • Amber
      August 29, 2011 at 8:59 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you! It’s now the second in my family – my brother has a silver one. We’re going to get a picture of them together the next time we see each other!

  4. alicia
    August 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm (4 years ago)

    You’re funny. Looks like a fun new car.

    • Amber
      August 29, 2011 at 8:58 am (4 years ago)

      So far, so good! As you can tell, I was pretty excited!

  5. Mama Spaghetti
    August 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Congrats on the beautiful new car! I’m so jealous of your heated seats.

    Also, I’m so glad I found you!! Can you believe I’m just NOW catching up from BlogHer. I’m a slacker!

    I’ve missed you, though.

    • Amber
      August 31, 2011 at 10:10 am (4 years ago)

      Oh, I’m so glad you found me! Coming to visit now! I do love those seats…

  6. Missy @ Wonder, Friend
    August 31, 2011 at 10:22 am (4 years ago)

    It’s adorable. I have new car envy. Moon roof and heated seats – can’t beat it (of course we only need heated seats about three days a year here, but I still love them!).

    • Amber
      September 1, 2011 at 9:14 am (4 years ago)

      Someday I will move somewhere where heated seats are no longer a necessity. Man, that sounds like heaven on earth.


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