(Note: Knitting content below!)
Mrs. P. (the dear woman married to Pissy) called yesterday to mention that there was a car in at the dealership where they both work that I really should come test drive. So, I did, but more just to rule it out than anything else. You see, several people who know me well – including the Knight – think I need to at least consider sedans in my hunt for the next vehicle in my life. I’m still not sure about that, but I can tell you I was unexpectedly pleased behind the wheel of the 2010 Ford Fusion.
Admittedly, the model I drove didn’t have some of my musts, but I still got a good feel for the vehicle, and liked it enough to ask the salesman to call me when they get an SLE in.
What impressed me:
- SYNC. Without any instruction, two touches allowed me to find my beloved ’80s station on Sirius radio. I know the Knight would love all the other things SYNC will do for us, including its E-911 feature, included in the SLE.
- The ride. That means comfort, quiet, steering… the works.
- The view from the driver’s seat. Previously, I’ve rolled my eyes when the Knight waxes poetic over a dashboard or a stereo system or whatever. This car made me happy, just looking at the turquoise gauges, the easy steering wheel mounted controls, and the “stack.”
- The sunroof. (Moonroof? I know there’s a difference, but I have to have the kind that is power, slides all the way open or tilts up just to vent that hot air this time of year.) I’d forgotten what it was like to have a vehicle with a sunroof you can use at any speed without all sorts of weird pressure issues inside the cabin.
- Fuel economy. It’s conceivable that as much interstate driving as I do, I could get 31 mpg. That’s roughly 30% more than my average now, and still 25% or so more than the best we’ve ever gotten with the Lexus.
- The Ford dealership is literally “over the hill” from our shop. Not that I plan to have to be there much, but it’s as convenient as it gets.
What I’m not sure about:
- It’s smaller than the Lexus in the passenger compartment.
- It has a trunk, not a to-the-roof cargo area.
- It has “command” seating, which gives me a better view than the average sedan, but not the one I like best, which is from a full-size truck. (I know, compromise…)
- It’s a sedan. A pretty sedan, a pert sedan, but nevertheless…
If it came in a wagon, I think I’d have fewer reservations. As it is, I’ll drag the Knight along when they get one in with all the features we want.
The summary: The 2010 Fusion didn’t eliminate itself. Instead, it leaves me confused, and wondering where the compromise between cargo and fuel economy will lead me.
So, for the knitting bit. It’s a spoiler, so if you don’t want to see photos of the second Embrace the Lace kit, you’d better stop reading here.
Okay, here come the spoilers!
The gorgeous yarn, by Mama Llama, in a cashmere lace. I didn’t dare fondle it too much, because Gretchen and I are still all but joined at the shoulder when I’m home, and she did have QUITE the thing for cashmere when she was a wee pup…
The most beautiful project bag, in my (today anyway) favorite colors… It’s a Julip bag, designed just for delicate lace projects! I must confess that I didn’t know of such a thing, and I’m eager to try it out.
MJ is crazy about the heart boxes that held beads for the project and a stitch marker. She’s really impressed with Woolgirl’s extras too, at least with all the handmade papercrafts that are in each package.
Here’s the heart too, just for the other crafters out there. There were also all kinds of heart confetti sprinkled within the package. I’m pretty sure the fur-girls ate a piece or two each, but considering their adventures on Saturday, I’m sure a few sparklies won’t hurt ’em.
Well, this is long enough, so I’ll stop here. How goes your Tuesday?