Should Have Bought a Toyota

tow truck

So the bad news is I have fallen a little behind in getting some sponsored posts done I committed to do before the end of the month.  So there will be more of them than I typically like in the next few weeks. The good news is you are going to get a funny story or two along the way.

Let this be a lesson to you: Never let God hear you say you aren’t feeling like you have much to write about these days……

As you all may know, I drive a rocking swagger wagon. I love my Toyota Sienna, but, let’s be honest, it is pretty much a kid-mobile. And since we don’t like moving car seats around that car goes where the kids go. So when I had to go to a one day blogging conference this weekend , leaving the kiddos behind, I got to take the hubby’s car.

About a month ago, the hubby finally upgraded from his 1996 Chevy Blazer. Yes, 1996. I had just gotten back from my trip to L.A. with Toyota and tried to convince him to go that way, but he did his own thing and found a “new to us” Jaguar X-Type (you must hear the British guy from the commercial in your head when you read that). You also should know it is really a glorified Ford Taurus. But It is a stick and I must admit, I do love to drive that thing when I get a chance.

So I picked up my blogging partner in crime, Jen from Big Binder Blog, and we drove our way into Chicago. After a fun filled conference learning and networking and reconnecting with old friends, we bailed on the final cocktail party so we could get home to our families. We both had been traveling for our blogs too much for our liking lately and it just seemed the right thing to do.

I pulled off at the exit that I almost always pull off it on my way to and from Chicago and the car starts sputtering every time I put it in first gear. I manage to get it pulled into a parking lot, but then nothing I do will get the car to start. Battery you say? Well oddly enough the car starts fine as soon as I put it into neutral, but then I can’t get it into any gears. Oh stick shift. You kill me.

Google, Jen’s husband, my husband and my father-in-law, put their brains together and decided something is wrong with my car. Actually I kid. They were uber helpful, but ultimately there isn’t much they can do from far away.

We are currently two hours from home but walking distance from Mexican food. So I call the hubby and break the news to him that he will have to come get us, call a tow company and drown my sorrows in a big bowl of guacamole.

A whole bunch of other things did not go smoothly as we wait for the hubby, the tow truck and a little sanity, but thankfully the guacamole and daiquiri have helped me block it out. Having Jen with my completely saved me from curling up in the fetal position and having a daiquiri/guacamole fiesta.

We ended our evening in a McDonalds using their wifi to broadcast our drama on Twitter and Facebook. About 5 minutes before the hubby walked in we had two offers to spend the night with people who lived in Chesterton and one offer of wine. Sadly we instead packed up to head home.

We got home at 2 am. A mere 7 hours after we left Chicago. With our car still in Chesterton. Our swagger wagon is supposed to go into the shop this week for some routine stuff as well. THANKFULLY, God must have known this hot mess was going to happen because Tuesday the good people of Toyota will be dropping off a brand spanking new Toyota 4Runner for me to drive for the week.

I will be writing a post detailing my experience with this car, but it is now more than a car. It is a lifesaver. And with a third row seat, full entertainment system and Bluetooth technology I have a feeling everyone in this family is going to be pretty sad to see it go. I will definitely be blogging about our adventures soon.

To be continued……

Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota.


  1. I came home and told Todd we needed to buy a Toyota!! If I ever had to get stuck with anyone, it would be you. We made it work :)

  2. I actually picture Will Ferrell from SNL saying “Jag-a-war”. Ugh, so sorry you had such an adventure!

  3. Oh love ;-(

    I swore, many years ago, that I’d never drive a mini-van. EVER.

    Here I am the EXTREMELY proud owner of a 2012 Toyota Sienna XLE and I tell everyone over and over and over that it’s the best vehicle EVER. EVER.

    Swagger Wagon Moms FTW xoxoo

  4. I knew that Jag was trouble!!!!!!!!! At least it made for good blog fodder. Sienna Moms Unite! Swagger Wagons FOREVA!

  5. I have an older model of the RAV4 and I love it. We are a “toyota family” as my husband has the 4Runner – we had these cars since before we were married and have no complaints. I love my RAV4 so much that when people have offered to buy it from me, I have told them “no” rather nicely, and that I plan to drive it to its grave! I hope you enjoy the newer model!

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