What Happened to Spring?

So a few weeks ago, I was expressing my longing for warmer weather. I just wanted to be able to pack a bag and run after work. Not a big request. I kept dreaming of that perfect 65-70 degree weather that spring brings and how I would achieve nirvana by way of the rail trail. Boy was I wrong. Instead of transitioning to a moderately warm temperature, we’ve gone into a full-blown heat wave. Couple that with a ridiculously high humidity level and you’ve just created the weather I absolutely despise: mid-summer.

Running on Tuesday felt just like I was fast forwarded to the end of June. Honestly, you could have flipped the calendar ahead two pages and had me fooled. Now all of you boat folks were probably having a smashingly good time, but us pale folk were not amused by this cruel spring joke. I swear being out there for 30 minutes started to freckle me. I guess I really can’t complain that much (she says after a two paragraph rant). I did ask for trail-appropriate weather and I do anticipate the heat backing off a bit over the next few days, but still I can’t help but wonder if this is what the rest of my life will be like. I’ll hold my global warming spiel for another day. 🙂

Other than the humidity, I can’t really complain about much. My car still amazes me every day. In fact, I went to the store on Sunday for some groceries and managed to fill my entire trunk without even putting the backseats down. It’s a deceptively deep little trunk!

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I also filled up my car for the first time in seven days this week and only paid $26 for a full tank. That’s $22 less than I normally paid to fill my Beetle up for around four and a half days. Wow! Right now I’m averaging around 40.3 mpg, but as I become more aware of tips and tricks to save, the numbers keep climbing. I’m hoping to be up to 41 by the end of the weekend.

Ok, that’s enough Prius smut. On to the Healthy Tip.

My Healthy Tip of the Day brought to you by Dr. Oz: Eat most of your carbs early in the day and reduce them as the day goes on. Try to end your day with more protein. This will better your chance of burning off carbs during your day so they don’t transform into fat.

New Car!

I made the leap and bought my first car yesterday! It’s something I’ve thought about doing for a very, very long time, but never had the guts to do it. Well, that and I couldn’t make up my mind. After I narrowed down my search, I knew I wanted a hybrid. There was no question that it was the best way to go for someone who lives in Morgantown and will probably be commuting 60 minutes, round trip, for the next few years. So anyway, here’s what I got!

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(Alex, please don’t hate me for posting this pic. I think it’s cute!)

This is the Prius C three – the cutest, smallest member of the Toyota Prius family. The “c” stands for city and gets up to 53/46 city/hwy! That’s pretty amazing compared to my 2004 Beetle that only got a combined 24. The interior is great. I have a touch screen audio display, a little screen that shows me my MPG, the luxury of a bigger car, tons of little nooks and crannies to put stuff and much, much more. Did I mention the 30/60 seat split? So neat.

–Before I give Toyota all the credit, I must give a shout out to University Town Motors in Morgantown. They treated me very well, didn’t push, gave me a great price for my trade in and also gave me an awesome goody bag that now sits permanently the floorboard of my backseat. I highly recommend them.–

OK, now on to something funny. After I got my car, I felt like I was part of this new little Earth-loving community. I already recycle and try to be pretty conscience about water, electricity, etc., but owning a Prius has already made me start to feel part of something bigger. What I didn’t realize was that this “community” was actually pretty hated at one point.

After Googling stuff about my new little “Prius Community” I was shocked to find tons of forums and articles dedicated to bashing Prius owners. Some of the more humorous topics I found were:

  • “If You Already Thought Prius Owners Were Annoying…”
  • “[Prius Cars] Force You to Drive Like a Jerk”

There’s even a Facebook group against the car! I can’t help but laugh about it, because, really, what’s to hate? If it’s the speed, get used to it. I have only been driving for two days and already find myself going 15 mph slower. Yes, I just admitted to previously driving ~90. It is part of the game I’m already becoming addicted to. As I said before, the dash features a screen that allows the driver to see exactly what MPG they are getting and believe me when I say it does become a game. As soon as you shut off your car, you get a trip summary. This tells you the distance, average speed, how much that trip cost and a few other gems that make you feel like you’ve just finished kicking butt (or not if you were ignoring all of the gas-saving tips the manual provides) on a video game. Hey, we stay in the right lane for that stuff. Just know that when we set our cruise and have to pass you three different times, it’s your problem, not ours! If it’s the fact that you think we think we are better, again, your problem. I chose this car because it was right for me. It was small, affordable, economical in the long run and just happens to have hybrid technology. Don’t be hatin’!

Bottom line: I love my new car. If you are thinking about getting a Prius, go for it. You will not be sorry. Oh and did I mention the tax credit? 🙂

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Falling behind with your workout plan like I am? Well, try to make a routine and have a plan B. “If I can’t run after work today, I will do a ten minute Pilates sessions and add 5 minutes on to my run the next day.”