Girls Write Out
Thursday, May 18, 2006

I have a saying, and I'm only half kidding, "Time to change the oil, time for a new car!" First off, I hate to deal with car trouble. Hate it, hate it, hate it. It's a man's job in my opinion, and my dad dealt with it the right way, he bought a new one. So, you ask, how is that fulfilling your Christian purpose? Um, I witness to car salesman? Okay, not really. In fact, I am a pretty good dealer now, so I think I'm probably not a witness at all, actually. But I get a great deal -- which makes me a better steward. Except for the fact that I don't really need a new car. But that's just splitting hairs, isn't it? A deal's a deal!

Anyway, I admitted to my new pastor that I have a car fetish. He was appalled, shocked, gave me the Christian guilt thing (which doesn't really work on me, I was raised Catholic) and I stood there, shamefaced, and wishing I could slink off in a leather-appointed foreign make. I miss Silicon Valley, where such a fetish is not only overlooked, it's appreciated. My old pastor understood me. He appreciated a 645i or a passing Lexus 450 with the awe that is what every car lover posseses. He understood the Boxter is the girl Porsche.

This is one thing that's hard about living here. People don't get the car thing -- it's a mere vehicle to get you from Point A to Point B -- hopefully with lots of tow capacity. I'm living without a phone. I'm living with no neighbors on ACREAGE. I left the beloved city, but I will not. I repeat, I will not give up my car aspirations. It is everything I am. And it is not a contentment issue. I could live in a smaller house, I could have fewer vacations, but I will not drive an average vehicle. I am Kristin. Hear me roar!!

Oh, that's a picture of the new rug I got. Isn't it gorgeous? Silk and wool. Okay, so I'm not exactly suffering out here, but a little drama is good for the soul.
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 11:54 PM  
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At 1:31 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Kristin--Question! I need a 7 passenger something that looks yummy, is not a big van or huge SUV, has all the bells and whistles, and can tow a small boat. I was going to try, but figured you'd know better than anyone.


At 1:58 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Okay, well Mercedes Benz just came out with a cutie, but that's probably not a great towing vehicle. We have a Sequoia. You're sort of limited with the seven passenger thing, and towing? You need an SUV. THe problem with the small ones is that they don't have any room in the back when the seats are up and then I worry about the kids being too close if we got hit from behind. SOOO, Navigator? Nice. Still big. Nissan makes the Armada, and the Infiniti has the same car with better bells and whistles. The nice thing about the Nissans is they have power under the engine, that's a great feature. I know you don't want a Volvo wagon (I tried that, too squat). I'm afraid, if you have three or more kids, you want to go big because THEY get bigger, and their stuff gets bigger, so being trapped in a sardine can, not so good. Toyota's Sienna is a great minivan. I like driving a minivan vs. the SUV, but it's a preference. I have a Nissan Quest right now, but it's sort of low end in terms of the leather, etc. MY eighteen cents.

At 3:09 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Oooh, I just saw that Mercedes parked down by the beach last weekend. Pressed my nose against the glass and everything :-) Pretty small, but oh so fine inside.

Thanks for the advice. I'm trying to buck the SUV/Van system (I've got a clunker of a van at the moment.) But me thinks I'll need to "ride" out the big vehicle wave a few more years--kids are still young at 7, 11 and 14. Thanks for dreaming with me though--hahaha.

At 4:45 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

i like the new rug muchly.

and do you wanna buy ME a new car??

At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing like being a good steward with the Lord's money.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I think my being a good steward is between me and God, and He reigns me in pretty good. I pay cash for everything -- which means I save up first and I think that is being a good steward. And I'm not going to release my tax records. LOL

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I couldn't care less what I drive as long as it gets us there. I hate car shopping so much I'll just keep driving my 2000 Odyssey, thank you very much. LOL

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

An Odyssey is nice though, D. I love the minivans. I know it's not hip, but they are so convenient.

At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Lauri said...

My father worked for Ford until retirement. So we always had Fords bought new. I've always thought that people in the auto industry need jobs so they can be good stewards. This was brought home to me when I chaperoned a music festival last year. Someone thought I shouldn't have bought an air mattress, after all that money could have been given to feed hungry children. I wondered why the air mattress workers weren't supposed to buy food then.

At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Kristin,

I so love new cars! Last year my husband deployed to the Middle East. He wanted to leave me in a small town with my 5 year old Mercedes SUV. The closest dealer was 60 miles away. Naturally I said 'NO WAY!' and got to buy a new car.

I wanted a mini-van, but settled for a nice sedan. I insisted on navigation and XM. What a blessing that has been now that we live in DC! I had never seen so many one-way streets and crazy roundabouts until we moved here. My beloved navigation has kept me from straying too far from my course and can find me the closest Chiptole! What more could I want! Well, actually, I noticed that the new model has both naviagation and the flip-down DVD screen. I'm not ready to spring that on my husband just yet!


At 1:01 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Did I ever mention we had a car show a few years back at our church? A lot of the guys have rice rockets, souped up Japanese cars, they absolutely love. For all the money they put into those things, most of them could have paid for their college educations instead of letting mom and dad do it. LOL Or certainly they could have bought a higher end car.

I think it's funny when they start talking spoilers and exhaust systems and other things girls aren't supposed to know about. They stereotype me as a "brain" who has no interest or knowledge of cars which is not true. I love cars and usually can figure out what they are saying, although I know nothing compared to my car crazy sister.

I love SUVs and hope to get a "girlie" one in the future, Navigators and such are just too big for me. But it has to have a 6 cylinder, 4 just doesn't cut it. Those poor things just strain to go sometimes. It really does need more power under the hood than these car makers are putting in. :)

At 1:45 PM, Blogger Joyce Livingston--a true romantic at heart! said...

In my mind - - I drive a Mercedes convertible! In my real life - - I drive a 2002 Chevy Cavalier with less than 40K miles on it (bought it new). BUT - I have laid hands on my neighbor's beautiful burgundy Mini-van, which would be perfect for me to haul my GoodWill purchases home. VBG! I know, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's minivan, but I laid hands on it and asked the Lord to let me buy it at a really good price when they get ready to trade it in. Doesn't that make it okay?

I love convertibles...had had 5 in my other life, but that was when I had hubby here to pay for them and take care of them. Now, I'm in the minivan stage of life - whatever that is!

At 7:00 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Kristin...I like this rug ten times better. And on the car thing, I want a little baby blue BMW conv. Always have. Sigh.

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Mom Nancy said...

I do like the rug. Unfortunately, not much of a car buff here. I love my mini-van and ocassionally get to drive DH's little red Mazda sports car. Other than that, I think most cars look alike.

At 10:06 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Loving that rug. Looks great with the furniture.

Cars. . . I tried to buck the minivan 8 years ago. Just didn't happen. I was glad to give up my "van of fire" (yes, it actually caught on fire due to a transmission problem) for my then new Dodge Grand Caravan.

At 12:48 AM, Blogger tiff said...

I'm too much like Ashley... I'd love to have an Audi TT.

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

News Flash--Kristin, you thought I needed an SUV for towing, but guess what I just saw? A mini-cooper towing a 16' catamaran. Almost spilled my latte laughing so hard.

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Julie, no way!! I didn't know you could pull a scooter with one of those! I looked at new minivans yesterday, and they are so plush now, but they're a little too plush. I think they should make those fancy front seats, and dashboard, and then make the back hoseable. LOL

For now, I'm sitting tight. I have no money to buy one right now. LOL

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

LOL - I'm with you, Kristen! Although I'm perfectly content with my Grand Marquis (1999 and only 60K on it) my fantasy is a little convertible: Mercedes, Mustang - who cares as long as the top comes down. ;)

I remember last year in Nashville, watching Debbie Clopton pull out of the parking lot in her convertible. I decided right then and there I needed one! LOL Now if I could only be as adorable as she is ... sigh.

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Suzanne said...

Love the new rug, it is a much softer look. Very exquisite.

We have a Nissan Quest, it is our only vehicle. I never thought I'd be into a mini van, but the heated seats, navagation system, 6 disc cd changer and flip down screen for the built in dvd player are wonderful!

Nothing like the heated seats on a hot day or during "that time" when my back is sore. Plus, it truly is the only time in my life that I've had a hot butt! ROFL

At 12:38 PM, Blogger GeorgianaD said...

As the wife of a former car salesman, I can appreciate people who like to have new cars all the time. (And no, he wasn't one of the creepy ones with gold chains and slick hair!)

Because of his former job, there was a time when we were jetting around in cool new cars, trucks, and SUVs. Now we have a big, fat Lincoln Towncar. Of course he insists on speeding so no one will think we belong to a retirement community.

At 6:02 PM, Anonymous HolyMama! said...

anyone who has ever read your books is aware of your car fetish. when my husband mentioned getting a 645i one day, for his next car, i had ONLY heard of it because of a mention somewhere in my kristin billerbeck library!

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Holymama, brace yourself, the 650i is coming out rendering the 645i yesterday's news. LOL I watched the HGTV's car special twice already. I am truly sick.

At 1:33 AM, Blogger Camy Tang said...

Dang, gorgeous rug!

This is something Kristin will appreciate--I had to figure out what my 30-something single, hip Asian man in Silicon Valley would drive, and so I asked a friend of mine, who gave me three lists of cars, separated by income. Now is that spiffy or what???


At 5:41 PM, Anonymous LMB said...

All the cool people in Seattle drive Prius.

My husband drives a Silverado pickup and I got a green 1999 Sebring convertible with a nice leather interior and a six change cd player for Christmas.

I want the new hard top Pontiac convertible.

On a separate note, I thought it was kind of interesting that the person who wants to point being a good steward of God's resources...didn't want to sign their name! hmmmmmmm


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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