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smArt Frogs Update

I have both fenders done now--check out the new pictures! I'm not sure if the vinyl dots will stick to the gas cap cover, but I'll try a swirl design there anyways, and peel it off it it doesn't work. I've added my jewelry business URL to the back bumper--might as well advertise, eh? (And--sales of the jewelry benefits charity--hence the name, You'll see more frogs across the back door of the car soon...I usually get the work done on weekends, especially now that it's… Continue

Added by SandraK on September 15, 2009 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Frogs Alive! smart art

I've been thinking about doing some original art on my car since I got it, and finally figured out what to do. I found a friendly sign shop who is giving me scraps of vinyl sign material. Then I punch out little dots, and peel the backing off with a tweezers. The frogs are my own stencil, and the swirls and the rest are done free-hand. I'm just planning to do the back, bottom section of the car, leaving the rest black. It takes time, but I should have the rear left fender done soon, then I will… Continue

Added by SandraK on August 1, 2009 at 11:10pm — No Comments

Wrench Light Update

Following up on my previous post (below), the dealer called today to confirm that it was a year since the car was built--and yes, the date in the door is 12/07. Since I have nearly 9000 miles on it, he suggested we go ahead and schedule the one-year maintenance to replace fluids, filters and oil. So I'll go in on Wednesday (weather permitting) -- and, my little blackie really needs a car wash, so I'm glad to go and let them do that as well!

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Hmmm...two days ago a… Continue

Added by SandraK on January 11, 2009 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Chicago Snow

Well, my little smartie was no match for the recent snow & ice in Chicago! After trying to get her out of the garage with about 6" of snow and a sheet of ice underneath, I enlisted my husband's help to push her back in and left her there for the duration. As I walked around town, though, I felt good that mine was not one of the many, many cars I saw spinning their tires, sliding sideways, or even denting their fenders just trying to navigate the side streets. Now that the rain has ridded us… Continue

Added by SandraK on December 27, 2008 at 6:37pm — 8 Comments

Cross-Country Mileage

UPDATED- (Speed question.) Well, I finally sat down to figure out mileage on my cross-country trip from Chicago to Arizona and back. We took the southern route (Kansas/Texas/NewMexico) down, and the northern route (Utah/Colorado/Nebraska) back. And...the verdict ranged between 32 and 43 miles per gallon -- pretty much the same as on the flatlands of the midwest prairies, averaging 38 mpg with the air-conditioning running pretty much full blast. This was driving mostly at 70-75+ mph, and… Continue

Added by SandraK on August 31, 2008 at 12:20am — 4 Comments

Grueling...Chicago to AZ in 2 1/2 days

102 degrees, 75 mph, and air conditioning made for sluggish passing the few times we caught up to trucks coming across Kansas, but by the time we hit New Mexico and Arizona I was getting pretty good at downshifting on those steep grades. (If we had a nickel for every dead armadillo we saw along the road in that state we could have bought a couple of gallons of gas. Though the dead elk near Flagstaff was much more startling--antlers poking out of the ditch, legs sticking stiff and straight out,… Continue

Added by SandraK on July 29, 2008 at 1:57am — 2 Comments

Pulled Over...

As yet another person called out to me through my open window, and I called back "half the car, twice the mileage!" and got the big smile and thumbs up, I told my dad about the best ever reaction I had gotten to my little smarty:

I was driving along a wooded roadway, playing with the paddle shifters and going a bit fast when I figured I'd better slow down for the upcoming traffic. A county sheriff pulled up next to me at the light and motioned for me to roll my window down..."Are you… Continue

Added by SandraK on June 20, 2008 at 9:01pm — 10 Comments

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