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Meet Mini Pearl

You may recall that in February of 2012 Dale and I bought a new car. We bought a Subaru Outback and named her Ruby. It’s the first time I have ever named a car but we came up with it together and it just stuck. Remember this?

Ruby was my car and Dale drove a big ass Chevy Suburban. Then last November the transmission on the Suburban went south and since then Dale has been driving around in my little Jeep Wrangler. Now, the Jeep is a great car for tooling around town in the summer with the top down. But for commuting? Not so much. The gas mileage kinda sucks and it doesn’t have real doors so it can’t be secured and, well, god bless Dale for putting up with it for all these months.

Last Monday we added to our family by purchasing a Subaru Crosstrek for me. Her name is Mini Pearl. Mini because she’s small and Pearl because she’s white and it fits with the whole gemstone thing we have going. And of course there’s the Minnie Pearl thing, too. (I had to explain to Hannah just who Minnie Pearl was. Sigh.)

Dale took that picture of Mini Pearl and I in our driveway when I brought the car home and when I looked at it I couldn’t help but think about how I looked in the picture with Ruby. So I made a mini-mosaic for a side-by-side comparison.


Would you look at that. My car shrunk and so did I.

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  1. Awesome! Congratulations all around Carole! I saw that car at the dealership…it’s hot and so are you! πŸ˜‰

  2. I love that last picture … proof of all your hard work, and you weren’t even trying to document it!

    I’ll bet if Mini Pearl could talk she’d say she is “just so proud to be here!”

  3. I LOVE it!! And the whole name thing is so cute! Annnd, you look FABULOUS!! Good for you girl!!

  4. That’s pretty awesome, Carole! One of the first things I noticed when I saw the photo was your baggy jeans. w00t!

  5. Love Mini Pearl, she’s just gorgeous … and it goes without saying that I think you are as well πŸ™‚ Another reward for all your hard work πŸ˜‰

  6. Wow! Thanks for this. I’ve been saving for an Outback but this Crosstrek looks like it may be closer to the original Outbacks which is what I really want. πŸ™‚

  7. Does Mini Pearl have a price tag hanging off the top? πŸ˜‰ Y’all look great.

  8. Love the name Mini Pearl–very clever! You are an inspiration–not only because you look awesome, but also for the way you did it, both sensible and sustainable. You go, girl!

  9. That is the first thing I thought… “Look at the incredible shrinking woman!!!”

    Congratulations on the new car and all my admiration to you for your hard and consistent work.

  10. You look fabulous, and the car looks nice too.

    It’s a car I’m interested in… My outback is 12 yrs old. I just replaced the head gasket, but eventually I’ll need somethung else. I do’t like the new outbacks. Keep us poasted about how you like thecrosstrek, its mileage, etc.

    Dang , typos abound using the touchpad…

  11. Damn, Woman! You look maavalous! And I have car envy in a big way. We own nothing with less than 170,000 miles. Someday…

  12. Lookin’ good. . . every way you look! πŸ™‚ Love your car. Once you go Subaru, you just kind of stay there (I say, with 3 Subarus under my belt)!

  13. My first new car was a 1981 Suburu named Stella, for the stars in the logo. Luckily they are better made now, Stella was a classic lemon.

  14. LOVE the new car – and what a striking difference in YOU in the two photos. way to go MINI! (or should I say “Minnie”? πŸ™‚

  15. You look great, and so do the cars. I miss my old Subaru, and I have a feeling my next car will be another one. When I bought my 2002 Outback, I think every other Subaru owner at work made themselves known to me once they spotted it in the parking lot or heard that I had purchased one. In fact, some people who previously hadn’t been very warm to me became quite friendly. There’s just something magic about being a Subaru owner, something they don’t tell you when you buy one.

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