I took a page out of Martha's crafts, and decided to make a paper wreath. I decided to add my own twist and used a few pages from one of my favorite books from my childhood, Where the Wild Things Are, to add some color and visual interest. It was an easy project to do, and I am happy with the results!
Home Archive for October 2011
Has the heat wave in California put you in a funk to get you back into the Halloween spirit? Sometimes I forget that it's already Fall when I see people walking around in shorts and tank tops. So, to get back into the mood, we've decorated our house with a few more Halloween items. Danny and I hope to carve pumpkins again this year, so I'll update with that next time.
Last Saturday, Danny and I went to the Santa Monica Sixth Annual AltCar Expo. The event is meant to spread the word about alternative transportation vehicles and to promote eco-friendliness. We were initially interested in the plug-in Prius, and wanted to know the difference and value comparison between a regular Prius and a plug-in Prius. Personally, I didn't learn too much of a difference between the two, so to save money, I would opt for a regular Prius (it saves enough money on gas compared to most cars). The rep for the Prius at the expo didn't offer much help, so perhaps I don't have all the ins & outs for the details of the comparison. Regardless, as we test drove a few other cars, it got us thinking that perhaps the Prius is overrated.
The Nissan Leaf - electric car (no need for gas, meaning no oil changes! Only once a year maintenance check-up required. Plus, a complimentary 3 years roadside assistance is included). The Leaf is built to run 100 miles on a single charge.
Gas vs electricity price comparison.
A full battery charge can take up to 7 hours.
Inside the hood.
We test drove two other cars-- the Chevy Volt and the Mercedes F-cell. Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to take photos of these two vehicles, but if you do a google search, you will find various images for both cars. The Volt felt the heaviest compared to the Leaf and the F-cell, but it looked the most like a "normal" car. It uses both an electric source and a gas engine, like a Prius. The base model comes with a dvd player in the front of the cabin, which only turns on when the car is turned off (due to safety reasons). I think this would be handy for the boyfriends and hubbies that would have to wait in the car while the girlfriend or wife is doing a "quick" shopping spree at the mall. We all know that there is never a "quick" retail therapy, so you might as well enjoy a movie in the car while you wait.
The F-cell is powered by an electric motor and its only emission is hydrogen, making it super eco-friendly. It is complemented with a start-stop system so that the car charges when you are in an idle mode when you are say, stuck in traffic. The F-cell rep advised that it is available for lease for about $850 a month, and this includes collision insurance, maintenance, and fuel charges.
Currently, hybrid and plug-in incentives & rebates are available, which could potentially rack up to approximately $10K in savings in California, while funding is available. If I didn't purchase my car a year and a half ago, I certainly would purchase one of these hybrid cars. It only makes sense since gas prices keep increasing...