Monday, July 1, 2013

That Time We Bought a Car and Vegan Pizza Day

Saturday was a completely crazy and jam-packed day.  My boyfriend's car overheated on the way to work last week, and after taking it into the shop it was still having issues, so he decided it was finally time to replace it.  And because most car dealers are closed on Sundays, that left us with basically one day to do it.  So we got up bright and early Saturday morning and I made a mango banana protein shake and took it to go as we set out. 
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, my boyfriend had already compiled a list of cars he was interested in and gotten quotes, so we just had to visit each dealership to test drive the cars and see them in person.  Our first stop was a Toyota dealership to look at the Prius C and the Prius Two. 
After pretty much ruling out the Priuses we headed to VW (conveniently located just down the street - luckily dealerships tend to cluster) to take a look at the Jetta Hybrid.  Apparently the Toyota and VW dealerships get their balloons from the same people ...  
After VW we were getting pretty hungry, so after hunting for a while for a "nicer" lunch option we finally settled on Qdoba for a quick and easy lunch. 
I ordered myself a vegetarian burrito bowl and topped it with corn and habanero salsa, lettuce, and guacamole.  Sadly, they really skimped on both the salsas and the guacamole, which are the best parts of the whole thing!  Still, I left lunch full (which is the point, after all), and we were ready to head out on our search again. 
After lunch it was on to Honda to test drive the Civic Hybrid and then to Acura to look at the ILX Hybrid (which we couldn't actually look at, because apparently they're phasing those cars out).  Once we were finished we headed home to rest a bit and ponder before my boyfriend made his final decision.  I took the opportunity to enjoy a cool glass of horchata, which was delicious! 
It didn't take long for him to decide what his favorite car had been, so we weren't home for long before we headed back to make the purchase. 
And ... drumroll ...  He decided to buy the Jetta Hybrid!  It was a really nice car, and the value for the price way out-classed the other options.  It wasn't up to me at all, but I think he made the right decision! 

Of course actually making the purchase took us another 2 1/2 hours at the dealership.  And after all that running around all day we were in no mood to do much of anything when we got home.  Fortunately, Saturday was Vegan Pizza Day!  It really would have been wrong to eat anything else for dinner.  So we ordered a half-cheese-half-no-cheese pizza from Papa John's topped with green peppers and onions, and stayed in for the rest of the evening watching Cloud Atlas - not a very good movie, and incredibly long (2 hours 52 minutes!).   Good thing the pizza was delicious!

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