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I've been meaning to write for days, DAYS, but I keep getting thwarted. Thwarted by children, by distractions, by headaches, by work, by laziness, by sleep.

There are pussywillows blossoming and snowdrops. Pansies just went on sale at the nursery. It's light out when I leave for work, and light out when I leave to go home (depending on the cloud cover, of course). Despite the crap weather (grey, rain, cold), the harbingers are everywhere, if you just keep your eyes open and your optimism on high: spring IS coming. It IS.

We went to look at a car this weekend. Anders is determined to sell my Audi out from under me. He's tired of having to fix the brakes every time it doesn't pass inspection. Plus it always has something going wrong, and it's as old as Karin is, so he figured the time was right. We looked at its twin, basically, another German silver sedan. But this one isn't an Audi, it's a Volkswagen Jetta (and it's a spring chicken, compared to Karin).

When I was in high school, my very favorite teacher was Mr. McGrath. He taught Social Studies and some specialized classes like Russian Studies and I hero-worshiped him. He was funny and nice and when I was an aide in his class, he pretty much let me do whatever I liked. In the Russian class, we read Reds and had a Russian dinner feast that included borscht and blinis. I took every class he offered. At some point, he bought a brand-new Volkswagen Jetta, which had only been on the market for a few years and I thought it was the COOLEST car. His was midnight-blue and for years, I aspired to a Volkwagen Jetta whenever I finally got around to buying a car for my very own.

Then I got older and realized how very uncool a Jetta actually was. It was a SEDAN. A 4-door. A FAMILY car. Oh well. Guess what, it's cool again. :) And if I can't have an Audi this time (because they cost twice as much), then fulfilling my 17-year-old car fantasy will work, especially considering that my 24-year-old car fantasy is Michelle Pfeiffer's car in Tequila Sunrise, which costs even more ...someday, though, dammit, I am getting that Alfa Romeo.

Do Alfa Romeo's even come in automatic?

Anyway, we have to sell the Audi first, but Anders has a colleague with a young daughter who just got her driver's license and he is very interested, so I hope he says yes this week, so we can get this over with.

It's Pie Night on Friday...I've talked Anders into making 2 pies (Taco and Chicken/Gorgonzola) and I'm going to make the fruit pizza again as well. Last year, there wasn't enough pie and this year, I'm determined there will be ...well, you can't have too much pie, so I'm determined there will be MORE than enough. Maybe even leftovers! Mmmmmmm pie!
mood: calm
music: Toto—Hold the Line


I would be happy to replace a car that keeps having brake problems. That is not something I would want to be worrying about! Jettas aren't exciting cars but you don't want people to think you're having a mid-life crisis after all.

It's getting harder and harder to find new cars that aren't automatic, at least over here. My boss just bought a new Audi to replace her aging one and said you couldn't even buy a stick shift anymore (which is what her old one was and what she, like me, prefers).

It's not really brakes per se, it's the link arms in the front, and they're a pain (and expensive) to change. Plus Anders does all the mechanic work himself :)

It's still uncommon to find automatic here, though it's certainly easier than it was when we first moved here!


A new car is always exciting - hope it happens this week! Love, Lizardmom

We sold the Audi! Keep your fingers crossed!


I have a Jetta and LOVE it! It's eleven years old and has held up really well. Plus, I got the sporty edition with the V6 engine and six-speed manual transmission. Definitely cool in my book. :)


This one has some sort of dual automatic/manual transmission. Funky!

I can't believe that someone wants to buy a car with dodgy brakes for an inexperienced driver. I remember being floored when my daughter and her friends got their drivers licence (aged 16 in Oz) and parents went out and bought "an old banger" for them. I went to the other extreme, buying her a new and safe car (Honda Civic) because she was my most precious asset and I wanted to know that she'd be safe.

I had to Google a Jetta because I don't think I've ever seen one. We have a lot of Golf and Passat here but no Jetta that I can recall seeing. I hope you get your "new" car and that the Alfa isn't too far off (why would you want an automatic?)

That Chicken/Gorgonzola pie reminds me that I trioed your recipe with the gorganzola crust and it was really delicious - absolutely a keeper. The pie sounds lovely as well, so you know I'll need a recipe :-)

The brakes aren't dodgy, they are perfectly fine. It's the link arms in the front end that keep having to be replaced

I had assumed that as the car brakes were a recurring problem with the annual inspection that they were somehow faulty. The Swede told me that it's not necessarily the case and that a car can get a "fault report" for all sorts of minor things, that once recorded stay on the computer and they look extra carefully at it next time - and you get a "fault report" again if it's not perfect. Plus the fact that certain car models have known faults that they look for as well. I always sweat when our little Artos goes in (that will be tomorrow - aarrgghh!) and hope it passes without problems.

"Thwarted." I'm loving that word. I don't know if I have ever used it in speech, and rarely in writing, but I think I must remedy that situation.

I so like that it is light in the morning, but next weekend it will be thwarted here by the &*%!(@^(!&#_ time change!

Good luck with the car shuffle. My youngest daughter has a Jetta and loves it.

Mmm, pie.

I love it too and I don't use it enough. It's very handy!

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm pie! :D

From Megsie

I think Jettas are cool. YOU are cool. Pies are YUMMY! Snowing here, gray, windy, cold...ugh. Spring, you say? NOT YET.

Re: From Megsie

it's absolutely GORGEOUS here today!! SPRING SPRING SPRING!

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