OH MY GOSH, TODAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED! Honestly this has totally been worth the all caps I used in that last sentence because it’s finally Wednesday, June 8th 2016. There were times when I wasn’t sure I’d even see the new car, let alone get it delivered directly to my door. Well, my parents at least. I’m blogging about this as it happens and I’ve also got my camera on standby – so I feel sure that whatever results will end up here as well. The idea here is that in the spirit of this blog, I’ll kind of be documenting today right here. Firstly, because I think it’s a pretty important day that marks the beginning of a new chapter in my driving history. It’s a commitment I’ve made for four years and so today has to go down, well documented and I’m completely prepared. Bring it on!
7:26am – As I write this I’ve been up a good hour already, which is crazy! I was pretty excited last night and I think after Ben and I had stopped talking we eventually dosed off around 1am! I’m not all that tired at the moment because the adrenaline is still kicking in! I’m off to write a blog for Starfor52, then I’ll probably print my insurance documents and then jump in the shower before heading over to my parents.
7:42am – I’ve already written my second blog of the day, now up on Starfor52, detailing this blog’s existence and precisely what to day is in the hope that more readers may find this blog and follow both of them. At this point not much is really happened, but it helps to be prepared and I’ve not been quite this inspired to blog with y’all and track the story of my life, riveting as it may seem, as it unfurls.
7:45am – The decision was made to publish this post ahead of schedule and update as I go, so stay tuned…
8:30am – I left the house about this time, trying to take pictures of my specifically chosen outfit. (Too obsessive?) Regardless they didn’t come out very well and I felt like actually I might have missed something if I stayed to find my tripod any longer.
8:50am – I arrived at my parents, the other side of town, where my car was being delivered. I got in, greeted them and we had a chat over a cream of asparagus cup a soup.
9:40am – after a false alarm, the car arrived earlier than I had expected but it was good to know that my parents were as excited as I was about Berri’s arrival after I stood watching him come off the recovery vehicle I had the run down from the delivery agent and with that the car was mine! Simple!
9:50am – I took Berri around the block to try him out and park him on our drive and discovered just how light the steering really was compared to MYC. I then spent the next hour or so working out the manual trying to find out how to open the boot, which oils to use, when to check the tyre pressure, how to work the touch screen etc.
11:00am – I was getting quite anxious about Ben’s arrival as he’d been for a haircut at about 10am and part of me wondered if it were possible that he’d overslept!
11:20am – Benji’s arrival!! Pretty soon after we left for Exeter to go have some lunch at Frankie & Benny’s, I had a Margherita Pizza with a side of Fries and Ben enjoyed a spicy meatball sandwich! For starters I had chicken strips and Ben had the dough balls!
1:40pm – We left to have a wonder around the retail park opposing, realising that there was no way the touch screen was going to play ball with the terrific app (blatant sarcasm) Pioneer had designed, it would however connect perfectly via Bluetooth and USB, so we opted for a windscreen phone cradle which we ended up getting from Carphone Warehouse.
1:50pm – We left Marsh Barton, Exeter for Atlantic Village. We went mainly for the Cadbury Outlet Shop in which we both came out with some nice things and Ben tried a strawberry Flake 99 ice cream. We had a look around realising that the shopping centre was mostly full of outdoor and ‘gift’ stores, we did however have a nice sit down in Costa before returning to Poundland, The Works and ASDA in which we stocked up on Nesquik Banana Milkshale and pasta sauce for tea.
6:00pm – we arrived back home, I almost immediately took a vacuum to the boot and my footwell as I’d left some debris in there, following that I took a few more pictures, emptied MYC out and we played a few games of the logo board game to finish off an exhausting day around 10:30pm as Ben had work the next morning at 6am!