Ali's Adventures

July 29, 2013

Hilights of the week- July 28th

Filed under: Derby,Gratitude,Hilights,Kids,Vacation — by Alison @ 8:50 pm

1. Spent the morning climbing trees, visiting with friends and checking out the wading pool at Volunteer Park.

2. H was more excited about preschool camp and morning drop-off went very smoothly.

3. Good bye lunch with a friend. It has been such a treat to see her daughter grow over the past year.

4. Had odd compliments/encouragement regarding my derby skills. Still happy that my improvement has been noticed.

5. Wedding dress shopping and a Portland trip with a good friend.

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.


July 23, 2013

Hilights of the week- July 21st

Filed under: Adventure,Derby,Gratitude,Hilights,Kids,Vacation — by Alison @ 12:13 pm

1. Visited the zoo and learnt all about the baby small clawed river otters. We didn’t go see the birds on a friend’s recommendation.

2. E was a helper at preschool camp, and both kids had a very fun morning.

3. Root beer floats with Jess was a lovely way to spend the afternoon, and she was very gracious after I left her on the front porch for 20 minutes.

4. Had a very full PNW weekend, with Bite of Seattle, the Chihuly Glass Gardens and Mt Rainier. Dan was very accommodating in both the Glass Garden and my less than precise directions around Mt Rainier (they give you the map, after you’ve arrived).

5.  Got some positive feedback and compliments at practice on Saturday.

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.

July 16, 2013

My week in a C-Max

Filed under: Adventure,Kids — by Alison @ 6:00 pm
Our car for a week, courtesy of Ford Ottawa.

Our car for a week, courtesy of Ford Ottawa.

In June I had the opportunity to drive a Ford C-Max for an entire week, thanks to Ford Ottawa. It was my first time driving a hybrid vehicle and I picked a great week to do it. In the 7 days, I drove at least 4 times across the entire city. And in the end, we only need to refill 1/2 the tank for a whopping $30. In the next 7 days, in our regular car (Mazda5) it cost nearly twice that for half the distance. We also had a lot of visitors in town for my brother’s wedding, and the C-Max got a lot of attention both in the driveway and when I was chaffeuring people around. Ours was a nice shiny red too!

The C-Max was fully loaded. Not only was it a hybrid, but it was also electric. My first 7 km ran solely on battery charge, which was pretty cool. I didn’t charge the battery, so that was it for the week. There was push button start, automatic trunk opening and closing, a navigation system, satellite radio, rear-view camera, parking assist (I was too nervous to try), heated seats and leather interior.

One of the things I had to get used to was the intelligent dashboard. There was a lot of information presented on the dash, and I was worried it would get distracting, but it was very easy to become comfortable with it. I really liked the information about braking. Every time you brake the car measures your energy return and shows your percent efficiency. At the end of your trip, the car provides the overall braking efficiency. My goal was to get over 95% on each trip, and even the kids got into it. E would ask at every stop “What did you get?” and then congratulate or commiserate with me. Although, we were joking around it did help to have smoother stops.

Not too bad!

Not too bad!

The push button start was also new to me. The C-Max was ridiculously quiet, so quiet that I sometimes wasn’t sure if it was on. Adding a push button start to that caused me to roll down the driveway on my second day thinking the engine had started when it hadn’t. Realizing that there was a symbol on the dash that indicated when the car was on eliminated that issue. It’s good to remember that you still need the actual key fob in the car if the car is running, I tried to walk away with it once and the C-Max honked at me to get back.

The interior of the car was very roomy, we comfortable sat in the front with both car seats in the back. My son liked that he was able to reach the window controls. There was definitely enough space for 3 adults to sit together. The cargo space in the trunk wasn’t overwhelming. It would be fine for everyday use (grocery shopping, hockey practice) but it would probably require significant packing skills for a longer trip.

My favourite feature was the automatic trunk opening and closing. It was so handy when loading the car with groceries and then unloading. I will always try to bring in all the groceries in one trip and not having to juggle everything while trying to close the trunk was very helpful. I showed this feature to anyone who expressed any interest in the car.

I'm not even close to it and it's closing for me.

I’m not even close to it and it’s closing for me.

Other features that were a big hit with us were the built-in reversing camera and SiriusXM Radio. The reversing camera was very clear, and provided guidelines to help identify when you were in danger of hitting something or someone. It also made it easier to reverse into parking spots. The satellite radio was a real thrill for the kids, especially when we found Radio Disney. This would be a huge bonus on long car trips.

The C-Max was great for our family for a week. I probably didn’t take advantage of all the added features, which means we probably wouldn’t buy a top of the line version, but I will look at the Ford line-up when we’re in the market for a new vehicle.


Disclosure: I was loaned the C-Max free of charge for the week by Ford Ottawa, all thoughts and opinions about the car are my own.

July 8, 2013

Hilights of the week- July 7th

Filed under: Gratitude,Hilights,Kids,Vacation — by Alison @ 8:07 pm

1. Canada Day was celebrated with friends and cake.

2. Visited the local wading pool, kids loved it and I enjoyed chatting with friends.

3. Tried jam skating (dancing on skates) Friday night. I think I have the ‘walking’ move down, and I can copy someone else’s swagger like nobody’s business.

4. A family trip to the movies and fireworks for the 4th of July. Watching the fireworks with just E was fun, I love the way she discusses things.

5. Dan and I saw Huey Lewis and the News at the zoo. It was a fun date night, and a great concert!

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.

July 1, 2013

Hilights of the week- June 30th

Filed under: Derby,Gratitude,Hilights,Kids,Vacation — by Alison @ 7:57 pm

1. We got back from a wonderful trip to Ottawa for my brother’s wedding. The wedding was amazing and so much fun.

2. Spent  the beginning of the week with family. My Scottish cousins were in town and are such fun. We’re hoping they come visit for a Canadian Christmas.

3. Spent the day at the beach with good friends. It was even warm enough for the kids to go in the water.

4. Skated with PFM on Sunday, and although it was ridiculously hot it was a great practice. I am feeling very confident in my transitions, in both directions.

5. Dan encouraged me to splurge on an impulse item. I am very excited.

What was the hilight of your week? Or just something that made you smile?

Much thanks to Ann for the inspiration.

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