Labor Day, School, and So Much More

The New Car

Yesterday marked the one monthiversary of buying our Bolt.

New Bolt!

Since we bought it, we’ve figured out that:

  • My bike fits in the back, but only with the seats all the way down and the passenger seat squeezed all the way forward–leaving room for only the driver. Clearly before we replace the Prius, I need to get a hitch-mounted rack for the Bolt.
  • The car has at least 300 miles per charge. Ian drove it for two straight weeks, just about 300 miles, without a charge.
  • The radio turns on every time we turn the car on, and so far we haven’t found a way to turn it off.
  • It feels like riding a bike: You’re very aware of ups and downs, since you’re paying close attention to energy usage; and it has a hand brake paddle on the steering wheel that lets you slow down or even come to a full stop without ever touching the foot brake.

Ian and Benji use the car the lion’s share of the time, since during the week I exclusively travel by bus or bike. It’s the first time I’ve actually wanted to drive the car… but not into downtown Seattle. I can’t believe how many people are actually willing to sit through the misery we call a commute in their single-passenger vehicles.

It’s been quite the month. Continue Reading >>

Seaside Vacation: Days 2 and 3

We tried out the school bus that Grandpa Gary made for Ian many years ago. It took two people to steer and drive, but once on the Prom turned into a ton of fun.

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Ian and Benji had some quiet reading time in Benji’s room.

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Dad and I went for a 100-mile ride on Saturday, stopping twice in Nehalem.

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Seaside, Days 2 and 3

We tried out the school bus that Grandpa Gary made for Ian many years ago. It took two people to steer and drive, but once on the Prom turned into a ton of fun.

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Ian and Benji had some quiet reading time in Benji’s room.

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Dad and I went for a 100-mile ride on Saturday, stopping twice in Nehalem.

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Seaside Vacation: Day 1

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Here we go! A four-hour drive followed, and although he looked extremely droopy and ready for a nap, Benji did great. He loved seeing all the trucks on the freeway.

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We made it, and it was sunny and warm (as warm as the Oregon coast ever gets)! Benji went straight down for a 4-hour nap, and Ian and I left my parents to watch the house while we checked out the beach. It was still there.

After nap time, we took Benji to the beach. Initially we set up a long ways from the water, thinking he’d just want to play in the sand. How wrong we were! He insisted on walking all the way to the water, and then spent a long time wading and scooping at the water with a shovel. Continue Reading >>