Anyway, if you're thinking about buying a car and the FEEL of the car is important to you, I recommend test-driving early in the process instead of researching forever and THEN test driving, because it might help you eliminate some stuff. Like, if I'd driven a Kia Soul right after I started considering them, I would have stopped looking at them and bookmarking them. It was fine and fun but didn't feel like me. Similarly, the redesigned Focus hatchback is a beautiful car that felt completely alien once I was in it. And the Honda Fit, which I drove in a gorgeous midnight blue-violet color, bounced me around like corn in a popper (it was still my top contender next to the Mazda). All of this hands-on information would have been helpful and would have prevented me from spending so much time dicking around on auto websites.
But, here I am after all of it, with a delightful, sporty, speedy little machine that feels just exactly like me, something I have not experienced ever. Now all I have to work out is how to transport my bike on it when I am carrying too much crap to throw it in the back. This happens so very rarely as to make the expenditure of a roof or trailer rack a pretty dumb investment, but trunk racks aren't really made to deal with spoilers. Oh the dilemmas.
A week from today I'll be heading one state south to do the same music festival teaching gig I did last year, for a whole month, huzzah! I am so looking forward to mostly abandoning my desk job and just being a musician for awhile. Leaving my cat is the thing freaking me out most about the trip--not all the prep work I have yet to do (so much laundry and housecleaning), or the gigs on my schedule, or the music I have to learn for the festival itself, or all the lessons I have to fit in before then, etc. Just my kitty. We have such a nice little life, you know. I wish I could take her with me, but she's going to my folks' house, where hopefully she will be friendly enough to her temporary keepers, but won't become so accustomed to more space that she will never be content to live in a one bedroom apartment again.