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
Something pretty awesome happened over the weekend – something I didn’t quite expect. (Well, I knew it was happening, but you get the idea.)
I got Mia back!
For those of you who don’t know, back before I was brave enough to be on the road in a car, I figured a scooter would be a good way to commute places and get used to being on the road. (In retrospect, I think I might have been a little crazy, thinking a scooter was a better idea than a car, but scootering for so long helped me be a better driver, I think.) I started out on a little Honda Metropolitan named Scooterlou, and had her for just shy of two years before I traded her in for Mia. I’m Mia’s first owner, and even got lucky enough to watch her get unloaded from the delivery truck and help unbox her. I’m ridiculously attached to this little green scooter, probably even more than I’m attached to Lapis (and that’s a heck of a lot!). I rode her everywhere – even out to Lake Lemon and Nashville, IN. I decorated her for the holidays. I even had a ham radio antenna on her for a little while. She was my first taste at independence, and I loved her for helping me get wherever I needed to go. She was a huge part of my life.
When I finally got my license, though, I didn’t want to succumb to the temptation of just scootering to work because it was easier, and so I ended up selling Mia to my brother-in-law, Damion. Since Mia ended up going to family, I wasn’t quite as heartbroken about selling her as I was when I traded in Scooterlou for Mia, because I knew I’d get to see her and ride her every now and then. Plus, Damion ended up enjoying Mia as much as I did, which made me ridiculously happy. I knew she was in a good place. 🙂
But then Damion got a car. And asked if I wanted Mia back, because as he put it, “Mia has been telling me lately that she misses you.” I won’t lie – I cried. I was getting my girl back. Sure, I love Lapis, and I love the freedom she gives me – but driving a car isn’t the same as riding a scooter. I feel more in touch with everything around me when I’m scootering. I love the feeling of the wind in my face, the roar of Mia’s little two-stroke engine, the stink of scooter fumes from said two-stroke engine.
Since I’ve got her back, I got to thinking – do I really want to have two separate blogs for both vehicles that pretty much cover the same thing, me rambling about how much I love said vehicles? And the answer: not really, haha. So, this blog is now going to be Adventures with Lapis and Mia – and I’ll ramble about both of them here, since I love them both lots and I plan on owning both of them until they die.
Lapis’s odometer reading: 1716ish miles Mia’s odometer reading: 7716 miles