So far our solution to this little conflict of interest has been that I ask politely and try to limit the times I steal the truck during the week and he tries his best not to panic about having to go out and do an emergency job while I'm tootling around with the horses on a Wednesday.
Ultimately this was not ideal for him (though I didn't have too many complaints) and his (obvious) solution was to just shove an F-350 down the chimney for Christmas.
I fully admit that this is an extravagant, lovely, fairy tale solution. But I'm not going to complain. Not while I'm rolling down the road in this beautiful thing, enjoying my seat heaters and blasting bad pop music out of the speakers.
Anyway, I'm beyond thrilled. I can't actually really put into words how much fun it is.
Is it absurd that we are a two diesel truck family? Yes. Totally absurd. But we also own a Smartcar so the gas mileage gods aren't too angry with us... In point of fact, when I'm not hauling the trailer, this thing is averaging 18.5mpg. My volvo only squeaks out 19mpg which means I don't have to feel too guilty taking the truck instead. And this weekend with one horse in the back of the trailer we got about 15.5mpg... better than I was expecting.
So. in conclusion. I'm totally spoiled. I'm also totally obsessed with the new truck and really (really really) thrilled with how well it tows.
In other news. The girls have been devising new methods to further cover themselves in mud. Somehow Prairie even got mud inside her shoulder guard and Pia got mud UNDER her forelock. They seem to have a shared talent in that very specific regard.
Other than that there's not much to report. The holidays are quickly eating up my normal barn time. Between year end stuff for the business, holiday parties and the inevitable errands associated with gift shopping and hosting friends, the girls are getting lots of pats and cookies, but significantly fewer schooling sessions... I'd give them an official few weeks off if we weren't planning on a little dressage clinic this weekend with an instructor who's visiting the farm. I suppose it's worth some preparation for that... Argh.
I'm too busy trying to figure out what all the buttons in the truck do. :)
Also, I love how it looks with our trailer. I'll never keep the black clean, but with the dark wheels I think it looks pretty sharp with the gray/black of the trailer.
Does anyone need a ride anywhere? Cause I'll totally pick you up...