My first grown up purchase of my adult life was my car. I bought it brand new about a year after finishing university. I’d been driving a less-than-awesome Chevy Cavalier (it was teal….maybe that’s where my love of the color started…but that was the only awesome thing about that car). I kept the Chevy limping along as long as I possibly could. And then, one day, the hood fell off. Yes, that’s right. The hood fell off. I was at a dead stop at an up hill intersection and when I made my left turn the hood just slid right off and landed on the ground in the middle of the intersection. Talk about embarrassing. Luckily I had a friend in the car with me and she helped me carry it over to the Walgreens parking lot where we waited for another friend to come rescue us and my hood. The hood was securely bolted back on. So securely, in fact, that is never opened again.
So, when I bought my brand new Honda Civic, sunroof and all, in the fall of 2004 I really felt like I was living the good life. I had a long commmute at the time and almost enjoyed it in my new car. The Civic was a good car to me. She never gave me any trouble and was a faithful ride for over eight years. I have to admit I teared up a little when I handed over the keys to her new owner earlier this week.
Out with the new (-er) Honda Civic
and in with the old (-er) Volvo 940.
So, it’s official. We’re an all Volvo wagon family! Also, we name our cars. So what? Don’t you?
Greta may be 10 years Veronica’s senior but, let me tell you, I’m getting used to her classy ways. The seat warmer alone has really won me over!
Posted by Erin on December 13, 2012
I crossed a number of things off my Fall Bucket List last week! I’m not sure I’ll have them all crossed off by the beginning of December, but this has still be a successful fall! Having a few fun things to look forward to and a list to tackle helped me stay in the moment and enjoy all that autumn had to offer.
We had a couple tense moments while I was trying to learn to drive the Volvo, but in the main, our marriage survived and I can now say that I can drive a manual transmission without too many hiccups. Last weekend I successfully drove her home from Costco!
You know how sometimes you try a new recipe and instantly know that it will become a favorite? These Ginger Snap Cookies were like that for me. These are amazing. I’m surprised they lasted long enough for me to package some up for our neighbors. I am already trying to figure out when I can steal a few hours to make another batch.
In the interest of full disclosure, this picture isn’t really from the walk we took on Sunday afternoon – it’s a cropped photo from a few autumns ago. We really did take a walk though! And, I walked through piles of leave on the sidewalk and heard that satisfying crunch – which of course scared Ike. One of the things that was so great about the walk was that we didn’t take our phones. No distractions (and no photos). I hope we can sneak in another one of these before winter sets in.
How was your autumn this year? Any last minute activities you’re trying to squeeze in before Christmas?
Posted by Erin on November 24, 2012
This was a full weekend. There’s a lot going on right now, but we made time for the garden (cold-weather crops out! summer crops in!) and a few naps with the boys.
The Volvo 2012 National Meet Up was in St. Louis on Saturday!!! There were some pretty cool Volvos on display. My favorite was a yellow Volvo 100 wagon. Loved it! We enjoyed walking in the sunshine and getting to know other Volvo-lovers. The boys came with us and made a few friends of their own.
Saturday evening was spent in the park across the street with many of our favorite neighbors listening to some great live music and watching Happy Feet 2 on a big screen. Even Mayor Slay was there and stopped to chat with us for a while! The company was great, but I’d skip Happy Feet if I were you….it was weird. Still, no matter how cheesy the movie, sitting outside on a blanket eating fresh popped corn with friends always makes for a great summer night. Here’s to the start of a wonderful season!
Posted by Erin on June 5, 2012
Hello, and welcome to ThirdRowSeat. My name is Erin and this is my story – the tale of the joys and challenges of living a slow, full life in a busy world and on a slim budget.
We bought our first Volvo 240 Wagon last year when we were engaged. We thought it was just going to be a cheap some-what reliable car that would get us through for a few years. She has turned into much more. I remember the first time that Mr. ThirdRowSeat uttered the phrase “Volvo lifestyle,” he had embraced her slowness, her tape-deck, and her lack of cup holders. He said the Volvo reminded him to slow down and enjoy the simpler things. How lovely.
We are doing our best to look for the simpler things, to take time to pause and rest, to love God and honor each other, to cultivate our garden and our home, and fill our lives and our table with those we love.
These will be the tales of our adventure. Welcome.
Posted by Erin on January 5, 2012