Remember that one time Toyota and Clever Girls gave me a Camry for the weekend? Last week they gave me a Prius.
I named her Eleanor, picked her up on Wednesday and dropped her off on Friday and drove all around the city with her. I yelled at the voice activation thing and asked the power button how it liked being a button and I talked to the park button too about how it’s a button as well. I mumbled at the navigation system and told my iPhone that having directions told to me by a car rocks far harder than having to look down at whatever madness google maps suggests I do on the iPhone.
I pondered my feelings (out loud, of course) on all the windows and tried to get used to being so low to the ground. When you only ever drive an SUV, even a little SUV like my RAV4, it’s really difficult to not get a little freaked out when giant trucks rumble past.
I told the Prius that I liked it, that it’s a cute little car, but that my heart will always lie with something bigger and more substantial. I’d love a little car for city driving, but on the interstate, I need something with a little more substance. And it’s not that I didn’t feel safe in the Prius, it’s just that it’s really little and I felt like maybe a giant gust of wind could blow me off the interstate or that maybe a giant eagle would mistake my little white Prius for a little baby mouse and I’d be carted off to some crazy, mutant eagle lair.
I was at work all week and had some coworkers take me to get the Prius and to drop it off and they were shocked and awed that I was getting a Prius – for free – to drive around for a few days. I tried to explain the why of it, that I’m in a program called the Toyota Women’s Influencer Network and how it’s Toyota’s way of reaching out to lady bloggers and getting their voices heard on things like driving and car shopping because women are awesome and amazing and brilliant and we have more buying power than ever, but I’m not sure I really made any sense. I didn’t used to be out as a blogger at work but made the decision a few months ago to honey badger it up and let my blogger freak flag fly and I’ve been overwhelmed with how positive the response has been. It’s nice to not have to hide this part of my life, especially when it’s become such a huge part. So many of my best friends are people I’ve met through blogging and so many of the adventures I send myself are to visit bloggers or for blogging related adventures like Bloggers in Sin City or Wanderlust.
Basically, I’m just really thankful. I’m thankful of all that blogging has given me, from the closest of friends to a Prius named Eleanor to drive around for a few days.
—Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the Toyota Women’s Influencer Network (TWIN) community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota.