I want a car!
I really wish we had a car. I’ve always done well using transit and for the most part it really has worked for us over the years. When we lived in Coal Harbour it wasn’t that much of an issue because we lived so close to everything we needed that I only took the bus when travelling to visit my parents or whatever. When we lived in Burnaby years ago going to SFU, we lived at the base of the mountain, and while we DID do a fair bit of bussing around places, we were also sans child, which makes bus trips a whole lot easier.
Lately I’m finding it increasingly difficult not having a car for the convenience factor. Of course I can take the bus, but sometimes it’s challenging getting Andrew to cooperate and be ready for bus-specific times. Sometimes I think it would be SO NICE to just be able to hop in the car on a whim and go somewhere with him. I actually think we’d go out WAY more than we do, for the simple reason that we could always just hop back in the car and go home if need be – whereas if we’re going to spend an hour or so on the bus, I want to make damn sure that we’re going to be happy being wherever we’re going for a decent length of time, to make it worth our while.
When I was pregnant with baby#2, I started finding myself increasingly tired and not really up to carrying a bag full of stuff for the boy PLUS the boy Himself because he doesn’t like to be in the confines of a stroller. So essentially I’m packing an extra 35 or so pounds everywhere I go.
Now I don’t have the ‘excuse’ that I’m pregnant, but for some reason I HAVE been feeling more tired than usual. I used to be so full of energy in comparison to now. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Maybe my emotional state factors in? I just get tired quickly and I don’t have the get up and go to be dealing with transit all the time.
Something I’m particularly concerned about is if/when I do become pregnant again – I want to be extra careful, and while I’m still anticipating carrying my boy around at times, I don’t think it’s going to be a good idea for me to be carrying his heft quite as much as I tend to. I want to be extra careful, let’s face it – whether I want to be this way or not, I’m going to be paranoid-careful! I won’t be able to help it. So walking around with a bag on my back and a boy on my shoulders for half an hour or more stretches is probably not going to be tops on my list of things to do.
I’m not sure what the solution is. James IS getting a raise next month, but he’s also being incorporated and we don’t yet know all the potential hidden costs associated with that, that we might need to factor in. I know that not only are cars themselves expensive (we’d have to buy cheap second-hand, obviously!) but the gas can be insanely expensive too.
Anyone have any tips if we WERE to explore the option of getting a car?
We’ll probably continue to hold off as long as we can, but I can’t see us NEVER having a car, either. It just doesn’t make sense – especially given we now live in a neighbourhood where you literally HAVE to bus (if you don’t have a car) if you want to go pretty much ANYWHERE…