It’s been a pretty quiet winter so far – no crazy snow (yet), but there have been a couple of ridiculously warm days that had me tempted to unplug Mia from the battery tender and take her for a ride. Now we’re back to weather that more resembles a proper Midwest winter, and we’ve got a winter storm warning for this weekend – which means it’s proper Subaru weather, haha. I might have to find an excuse to drive Lapis somewhere this weekend, just to see how she handles in proper snow. (Don’t worry, though, if we’ve got a blizzard, nobody’s going anywhere. Better safe than sorry!)
So, yeah. Not much in the adventure realm for either of my girls, so instead of rambling about places I’ve been, I’ll share one of my favorite pictures of Mia from her first winter. I dragged her out on a snowy afternoon to get some pictures of her in the snow, and this one turned out rather well. (It’s a rare picture of her before she had the black swirly decals on her! Which I’ll probably replace this year, I miss them.)
Lapis’s odometer reading: 3554 miles, approximately Mia’s odometer reading: still sitting at 7792.7 miles
Yep, I woke up to a snow-covered Lapis this morning – her first snow ever! (Speaking of which, I’m much less nervous about driving Lapis in the snow than I was when it came to driving the old car in the snow – hooray all-wheel drive!)
I’m glad I no longer have to ride around on Mia in this weather – pretty sure neither of us enjoyed it, heh.
Lapis’s odometer reading: 2765 miles, I’m pretty sure Mia’s odometer reading: same as last time, she’s in hibernation for the winter
Lapis went in for her first service last week! Everyone at Royal Subaru was kind of astonished that I only had barely over 2,500 miles on her, but I don’t drive quite as much as Ross (who hit 10k on Luna this week, I think), so the miles aren’t going to pile up quite as quickly. My 5-mile commute probably has something to do with that, heh.
With the colder weather coming, I’m really glad I traded in the Versa Note for Lapis – she warms up way faster than the Versa Note did, and the all wheel drive is going to come in really handy when the snow flies. I’m actually looking forward to winter driving! How crazy is that?
Speaking of winter, I think Mia’s pretty much entered her winter hibernation for the year. It got cold really quickly here (a few weeks ago, it went from the high 80s to the mid 50s in the same week!), and my cold tolerance isn’t what it used to be. So, unless we get a warm day anytime soon, I’ll probably tuck Mia away in the garage and let her sleep for the winter. It’s Mia’s first official winter off with me – while she spent last winter garaged at my mom-in-law’s house, she wasn’t my scooter at that point. I think she’ll appreciate not having to run in sub-zero temperatures.
It’s strange – I don’t think I’ve actually winterized a scooter since 2011, when I first got Scooterlou. Even then, she was only put away for two months before the weather warmed up again (it hit 70 degrees in January of 2012!) and I dragged her out to ride. I’ve almost forgotten what you need to do to winterize a scooter! Ross put in some Sta-bil, and we’ve got her hooked up to the battery tender, but what else do you do to winterize a scooter? I’m going to have to do some research.
Lapis’s estimated odometer reading: I know I hit 2600 miles yesterday Mia’s current odometer reading: 7792.7 miles
Finally got Lapis’s Subaru Badge of Ownership on. I’m proud to show off that yes, Lapis is my first Subaru. 🙂 The lifestyle icons that I’ve currently got on are Love, Diversity (that’s supposed to be a rainbow), Pets, and the special I Am Loved icon that you can only get from a Subaru Ambassador.
And I actually work in the same building as a Subaru Ambassador, and have for a while – but I didn’t realize it until I’d posted a picture of Lapis in the office parking lot on Reddit, and he commented on the new Island Blue Pearl color and how awesome it looked, and joked that his WRX wasn’t in the picture because he was 10 minutes late to work that day. It turns out that he works down the wing from me in my office building, and I’d been referring to him as “motorcycle guy” for years because I often parked Mia next to his motorcycle back when we both rode to work more often. (It’s a small world, heh.)
Anyhow, it turns out he and his family have owned Subarus for a long time, and he’s a Subaru Ambassador – and he gave me a bunch of awesome Subaru goodies.
I’m pretty sure I bought a car from the right company – the Subaru community feels a heck of a lot like the Genuine Scooter Company community, where whenever you run into someone with a Buddy, it’s like you’re instantly friends because you’ve both got the same scooter, even if you’re riding a 2014 mint green 50cc and they’ve got a 2006 pink 125cc. It feels like it’s the same thing with Subarus – my friend Corey got really excited when he heard I’d gotten an Impreza, because now we had the same car (even though mine’s 3 years newer), and my Subaru Ambassador friend said his wife likes to park next to other Subarus in parking lots whenever she sees them, “so they can be friends!” (I do the same thing when I can – yesterday I parked next to the gray Crosstrek that shows up in my usual lot from time to time.) And the fact that I now have a tiny little Impreza to keep Mini Mia company on my desk makes me a happy little car nerd.
As I told Ross sometime last week, I think Lapis is going to be my new Mia. I’m stupidly attached to this car already, and I haven’t quite owned her for two months yet. And the fact that there are many, many others out there who also love their Subarus too, that gets me even more excited about having Lapis.
Lapis’s odometer reading: around 860 miles? I can’t remember even though I saw it maybe an hour ago
For those of you who don’t know me all that well, every month or so I participate in a live-action role-playing game (or LARP for short). One of the things that factored into my decision to get Lapis was her cargo space and the all-wheel drive, because I need to load a bunch of gear into a car and drive out into the country with it.
Lapis has way more space than the Nissan did, and can hold a heck of a lot more stuff. We actually managed to load the giant trash can full of foam weapons into Lapis – which I never would have been able to do with the old car. And climbing those dirt roads going up steep hills was a breeze. Speaking of dirt roads, someone ended up very dirty after that weekend in the woods…
We even got to splash around in a bunch of mud puddles, and drive through a downpour – it was an exciting weekend, driving-wise. 🙂 Today, Lapis and I are going on our first camping trip together, to Elf Fest! 😀