We played hooky today. Julia didn’t go to school. Or to ballet. I didn’t go to the walking place. We just stayed home. Not because we wanted to, but because we were trapped here.

My van Stella broke down. Again.

After four weeks, three breakdowns and $900, I think she gasped her last breath. (I know my bank account has!)

Aside from Dave’s car, the garden tractor is our most reliable vehicle.

Taking Julia to school with the garden tractor

I could make it to Julia’s preschool in four short hours on the garden tractor. And the have your cake and eat it, too part of that arrangement: naturally windblown, sexy hair.