Total number of individual cars driven: 3.
Total number of hours spent at the car dealership: 2.
Total number of new cars purchased: 1.
C's first day of kindergarten went very well. We took her to the school an hour early so we could look around the place. Her elementary school looks like a very nice, very fun place to be. There were framed black-and-white prints of various celebrities and quotes, and C instantly identified John Lennon and Yoko Ono (before Kermit the Frog, even!). We were accosted by some lovely ladies from the PTO during the parents' coffee, where we had to explain our rather unorthodox situation. Yes, C has two mommies, no, it's not "like that," and yes, it is possible for the mother and stepmother to be not only in the same room, but good friends! It's almost funny how many people are surprised by this.
Anyway, C's teacher seems wonderful, and her classroom was quite possibly the coolest thing I've ever seen. It made me desperately want to be five years old again, when the world is still a magnificent mystery punctuated by new discoveries and snack breaks.
Later that evening, after spending over two hours at the car dealership making hardheaded negotiations, I finally acquired a new car (hooray, no more little brother's car! hooray, i only drove a rental for 10 hours!). I am now the proud driver of a 2005 Ford Focus. I got a crazy deal on it, and it's a great car. Manny has informed me that I am not to go putting any "bumper stickers or shit" on it, because he wants to "keep it classy." I agree, but I may sneak a sticker on to the back window or something. Maybe, just maybe...