I’m Sixteen Again

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 6, 2010

Hello :)

Remember last Saturday, when I had high hopes for my day off and the day ended up being kind of a dud? Well, today surely made up for it!

The stars must have aligned perfectly in the sky, because my day was Perfect with a capitol P.

After my amazing breakfast, I hit the treadmill for my planned ‘long’ Saturday run.

  • Mile 1 = 6 mph, incline 3%
  • Mile 2 = 6.1 mph, incline 3%
  • Mile 3 = 6.2 mph, incline 3%

I took a quick water break in between each mile. Immediately after the run I did the Booty Camp Fitness Booty Booster, which is 14 minutes of just GLUTE exercises. It is intense! I used to hate working out my butt, but I want to do it all the time now.

After the Booty was a burnin’, I did 13 poses for runners. Felt good to stretch the tight limbs out.

I updated my Spring Training Plan, including some notes of how I felt after my first week.

Then I had a wonderful Epsom salt soak, a purifying face mask, and I even painted my toes (bright pink with light pink polka-dots). It was a ‘spa on a budget’ as I call it. :mrgreen:

By this time, I was starving for lunch! Eric asked me to make the Ezekiel vegan pizzas for lunch.

I made Eric the same one I made for myself the other day and then I decided to change mine up a bit. I made my sauce using salsa and nutritional yeast. It wasn’t good like I hoped, so I spruced up my pizza with my favourite BBQ sauce:


It was perfecto!


I had a huge salad, as filler:

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and a NEW (to me) apple:


Ever had a Pinata apple? It was a very crisp apple and looked a lot like a Gala. The taste was a bit off at first bite, but I enjoyed it the more I ate it.

After lunch I did an insane amount of laundry, baked some pumpkin biscuits (and ate an insane amount!), and then Eric and I left for my favourite place in the world…


I got some exciting things:


I have been wanting to try all natural toothpaste and deodorant for a long time now. I think the toothpaste will be fine, but I am worried about the deodorant not being as effective. I am going to try it during my next workout and see how it goes. The lady at Whole Foods also told me that you can put it on and it lasts for 3 days (!?!?!) what the heck? I am very skeptical…

Project Natural Glow Product reviews coming shortly!

  • Organic Sucanat 
  • Doctor Kracker flatbreads (‘treat of the week’)
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Kale (purple and green)
  • Vitality sprouts

We couldn’t decide what to do next. Then on the spur of the moment, Eric offered to teach me how to drive standard (stick!)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been wanting to learn forever now and was totally up for it, although very nervous!!!

He took us to an empty parking lot…


and we switched seats and the rest is history!

It was HILARIOUS. We could not stop laughing because I was stalling, the car was jolting forward, and I was screaming. Quite the sight. Once I accidently shifted into 5th gear instead of third and the car was not happy…I had a momentary freak out because I didn’t know what was going wrong, and then Eric noticed it was in 5th! Don’t worry his car is old and worn out, so we weren’t too worried about doing much harm to it…

Despite the initial kinks, I was driving pretty smooth and changing into 2nd and 3rd gear after just 15 minutes or so. After about an hour of driving, we headed home, both quite proud of the first lesson.

I can’t wait for the next lesson. I can totally see why people say driving standard is more fun! I am quite scared of learning hills though…and you know, being around other cars (eek). Baby steps…

Do you drive and if so, what do you drive: automatic or standard- or both? What do you prefer?


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Jenna @ Eating Green, Staying Lean February 6, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Aw, I love Whole Foods. I spent a summer in DC a couple summers ago and it was just a big tease being able to go shopping there all the time because where I live now we don’t have one. At all. :(

But yay for learning standard! I’ve tried, but not very successfully haha


Michelle @ Eatingjourney February 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm



Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 6, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I’ve wanted to learn how to drive stick shift forEVER!! Whole Foods restock looks scrumptious. Doctor Kracker is so addicting. I won a giveaway and I had to hide the last box after crunching through the other boxes!


Meghan @ Spreading the Health February 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm

That’s so cute! I tried to learn standard a few years ago and pretty much failed…I think it’s time to try again!


Amy February 6, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I’m excited to see your review on the Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste! I’ve always been curious to try it.

I drive standard. Always have, and likely always will.

I was driving my husbands automatic the other day and almost killed us when I accidently “clutched” the brake. Ooops! :)


meghan February 6, 2010 at 11:12 pm

I also bought coconut oil at WF today. Great for my wintry skin! I never learned to drive a standard and my husband grew up in Ireland so that’s all he ever drove!


Amy February 6, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I learned to drive at the age of 15 (learners permit) on a stick. For me it was scary enough just being on the road in control of a vehicle let alone one with a clutch! I spent many hours in a parking lot with my mom…killing it, jerking and screaming, too! lol But, it’s like riding a bike, once you know what to do, you can drive any car! :) Hills are much easier once you know what the engine should sound like during your initial take-off. For a long time I drove without the radio on so I could hear the RPMs and know when to give more gas, let out the clutch a little more and also when to shift. You’ll get it…and how fun to have your hubby teaching you…I’m sure he doesn’t mind being in the car with a squealing 16-year-old school girl again ;) haha!


liane February 6, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I have a standard, always have :)

oh, whole foods. how i love thee. I’m scheduled to be visiting vancouver next weekend and I may have already booked time in my weekend to stop in and peruse the aisles.
I cannot wait to move to a city with a whole foods. Sad, I know.


Ashlei February 6, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Coconut oil is my favorite! It makes for a killer veggie stir-fry, or oatmeal topping :)

I’ve tried driving stick a couple times…it’s definitely a challenge


Kim K @ 12 Month Marathon February 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Did the vehicle shudder violently? That was my experience driving a stick…in my boyfriend’s brand-new truck, too. oy Good thing he is patient. :) I’ll stick to an automatic, thanks.

I *love* the 13 Poses for Runners, btw–came across the link a few poses ago, and I always feel loose afterward.


Ashley February 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm

My resolution for 2008 was to learn to drive standard. At the time I had an automatic and the husband had standard. Tried learning once and did the screaming, lurching forward, stalling and more screaming. From there I gave up.

5 months after making that resolution, my car died. I was FORCED to learn stick. Now it’s all I drive (not by choice)… but it’s a good skill to have.

It definitely gets easier each time after.


RawSierra February 6, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I so wish I had a Whole Foods near me! Or maybe I dont (lol) as they are so expensive! I wonder if Booty camp will ever offer their DVDs for sale here in the US?


Cynthia (It All Changes) February 6, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I technically “know” how to drive a standard but I’m not too good at it. Thank God my van is an automatic. I haven’t driven one since college.


Angelalovesfood February 6, 2010 at 11:28 pm

I love Whole foods! I love your items, I think it’s an accomplishment not to walk out of there with a whole lotta bags. It’s like walking out of costco with one item.

I drive an automatic, so much easier! I can eat/dink with one hand.


Bree February 6, 2010 at 11:29 pm

AAAHHH LOL my mom MADE all 4 of us learn stick when we got our licenses…but I’ve since “forgotten” and I always fail miserably at my “re-learning” attempts…my mom has 2 stick shift cars and my brother has 2 stick shift cars because they LIKE to drive that way…but I’ve stalled on hills at lights TOO many times. It’s the worst feeling when you keep stalling and rolling backwards and you think you’re going to hit the car behind you and then everyone starts honking LOL :-p

Anyway, I can sort-of do it and I like to think I could do it in an emergency…but i HATE IT and I don’t feel safe!!! :-p


Jennifer @ His N' Her Health February 6, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I have driven standard since I was 16 and I will never own an automatic! I hate them so much and now every time I drive an automatic I hit the break thinking it’s the clutch! Hills aren’t too bad however I don’t have many here in AZ. I was deathly afraid of them when I first started though!


Crystal February 6, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I learned to drive in a standard and did all ove my driving tests with a standard. I love, love, LOVE driving standard!!

I no longer have a car since I live in Toronto and use public transit, at times though I drive my FFIL’s car which is automatic and occasionally drive my parents vehicles when I visit, which are standards!!


Eve February 6, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Oh man, do you watch Dragons Den? That Dr. Mist deodorant was featured on it a few weeks ago, and it seemed like a huge scam to me – basically it’s just water? And the guy had a really fishy back story, too? At least it seemed super weird to me. Anyways, I hope it works for you, let us know!

I now have the biggest craving for sprouts ever, yours look super good. Haha, I’m so weird, but they soso tasty! :)


Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 6, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I drive an automatic, but I have tried a standard before and stalled it many times!


Geetha February 6, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Hi Angela,
I’ve been following your blog for a long time…but never left a comment. You come across as a very genuine, caring person and your write ups always inspire and motivate.
I would like to know what you use on your face…your facial routine..your face glows. Pls pls tell :)
Keep up your good work…love reading your blog.


'Dee February 6, 2010 at 11:59 pm

LOL at you driving the stick! I drive automatic but I definitely prefer stick. I had a similar learning experience in high school – the first day, I swear I stalled more than anything else! My younger brother was in the car (truck) with me and we almost passed out, we were laughing so hard at how BAD I was.

Once I learned, I was hooked. I dream of a sports car where I can ‘vroom vroom’ all over the place.


Jill February 6, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I drive both and right now I drive a SMG (sequential manual gearbox) so it is the best of both worlds–no foot clutch but it has a stick to shift!


Carbzilla February 7, 2010 at 12:11 am

OMG the driving lesson – too funny. My husband got his license at 35 (long story), and we decided there was nothing less sexy than me being his driving instructor so he took professional lessons. A stick would be way beyond him at this point. Good for you for even trying!

I’m soooooo excited you got Pinata apples! I got a box from Eastern Washington a long while back (through a friend of a friend) and they were soooo amazing. I made pie with them and didn’t add a single grain of sugar. Delish!


N. February 7, 2010 at 12:17 am

I use Coconut oil as a deodorant and it works extremely well! No B.O. at all, just coconut scent hehe. I will never go back to that chemical stuff. And it’s also amazing for your pits…makes them sooo soft. :)


LindsayRuns February 7, 2010 at 12:17 am

haha I love it! my husband tries to teach me on occasion, not a pretty sight! I need more frequent practice to be good at it. But I do know how to start his truck up like a pro!


Audrey February 7, 2010 at 12:20 am

One of my goals is to learn to drive standard. But first I have to learn to drive automatic. Hehe.


eatingRD February 7, 2010 at 12:26 am

so fun to go shopping at whole foods! It’s like my candy store :) haha Chris tried to teach me standard one time and I was horrible, but it would be nice to know how just in case :)


Lynna February 7, 2010 at 12:30 am

haha! so funny about the natural deodorant, I’m interested to find out how it works because I’ve tried some natural stuff before and I felt like the scent wasn’t strong enough to mask sweat smells, other than that I felt like it was comparable to the unnatural


Ameena February 7, 2010 at 12:39 am

Automatic for sure…Los Angeles traffic is bad enough that I don’t need to add more stress to my commute. :)


Lex February 7, 2010 at 12:43 am

I bought my last car (standard) without knowing how to drive it!
no other way to go balls to the wall and learn how to do it!

I absoultely love it much more than auto though! It didn’t take too long to get used to it and a lof ot it comes natural. Now it’s so much fun! We have quite a few hills where I live so I get a little bit anxious on hills, but overall I’m much happier with the standard!


Trail (Oven Aversion) February 7, 2010 at 12:55 am

How funny, I just posted about my perfect Saturday too! I loooove roaming around WF and other health food stores. I feel giddy looking around!

I have only driven automatics so far. Irish has a standard and says he’ll teach me, but it hasn’t happened yet. I’m with you, though.. I want to learn but I’m nervous about it. I’m positive it will involve screaming as I learn too!


Kristi February 7, 2010 at 12:59 am

bahaha….Can you say whiplash??? :)


Leah February 7, 2010 at 1:23 am

I drive an automatic – I almost bought a standard but my mom had to test drive it for me lol.
My boss way back in the day took me out once to learn how to drive standard and I did OK – but I think it was just a really easy car to drive because I dont know that I could do it again with as much success.
Also, I bought a bunch of Pinata apples from Superstore thinking they were gala apples. Theyre delicious!
I had my very first Whole Foods experience today, I was SO excited and definitely wasnt disappointed. I could have spent all day there!!


[email protected] Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 7, 2010 at 1:35 am

I drive an automatic now but my mom MADE me learn stick when I first started driving. It was hilarious in the parking lot but no so much later :-P. It’s pretty crazy that after years of driving automatic, I can still drive a standard is necessary. Good skill to have!


Allie February 7, 2010 at 1:41 am

Oh my lord! High school flashbacks! My parents had a stick shift (manual) car, and if we did not drive that, we did not get our driver’s license! My brother and I still drive stick/manual to this day because we were FORCED to learn it!!! now I am on my 3rd stick shift car! I would never drive a manual now (I zone out and stop paying attention to the road). Good for you for learning!! I really think it is an important thing that everyone should know! Also, since my family has not owned an automatic car in 10 or more years, it is a great excuse to not let people borrow your car!


Allie February 7, 2010 at 1:48 am

Whoops, I meant *I would never drive an AUTOMATIC now


Chrissie February 7, 2010 at 1:45 am

In the UK stick shift is still the standard and for most cars you have to pay extra for an automatic, if its even an option. If you take your driver’s test in an automatic you have to take it again in a manual car before you’re licensed to drive a stick shift, though the opposite does not apply. I drive a manual myself, and find automatics quite scary – I’m terrified I’ll try to step on the clutch to change gear, hit the foot brake instead, and have to car stop sharply while travelling fast on the motorway! My husband drives an automatic though, he wouldn’t go back, and is trying to persuade me to learn so I guess I’ll have to at some point…


Katie February 7, 2010 at 2:16 am

I learned to drive a stick shift when I was 17, and haven’t looked back. I love the control I feel. When I drive an automatic car, I feel weird. Though, when I get stuck in traffic, I sometimes wish I were in an automatic car!

Never heard of pinata apples. I’m on the lookout now though.


Leah @ Simply Fabulous February 7, 2010 at 4:44 am

haha most people in England drive standard and when I got my license here Steve asked me if I wanted him to teach me so that I could get my license to drive a standard car (there are two types of licenses for auto and stick!). I definitely said no thanks and have stuck to my automatic car license!! I didn’t want to have to learn how to drive standard AND on the opposite side of the road!!


Sportsgirl February 7, 2010 at 4:51 am

I learned on a “regular” car but after I got my license I bought an automatic. I haven’t driven a stick for about 10 years. I could do it if I needed to but anything that requires more skill like hill starts I’d be wary!


Sam February 7, 2010 at 6:06 am

Haha, like Leah said, about 95% of cars in the UK are ‘stick’. If you use an automatic for your test, your license only ever covers automatics, so pretty much everyone learns to drive in a manual car. I’ve never even tried an automatic. Gears aren’t hard, but I guess it’s just what you’re used to!


christie, honoring health February 7, 2010 at 7:19 am

I haven’t read all of the comments so someone else may have offered this up as well but…I can’t use “regular” deodorants because it does funky things to my underarms and I searched and tried every natural kind out there. I ended up making my own and it works like a charm.

Just mix a couple tablespoons baking soda + couple tablespoons arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) and then mix in about six or eight tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Pour the mixture into an old deodorant bottle and then stick it in the fridge. Once it is firm, you use it just like regular though I wouldn’t leave in out somewhere very hot.


Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 7, 2010 at 7:23 am

I love love love driving stick!! I’ve driven one since I was 16, but I just recently got a new car and was completely bummed to find out it’s almost impossible to find a used stick :(


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 7, 2010 at 7:31 am

I drive an automatic – but thinking of you leaning to drive a stick reminds me of The Notebook when Noah teaches Allie! Remember that scene?? So cute.


Shannon February 7, 2010 at 7:52 am

I really need to learn to drive a stick too. My husband’s car is a stick, so I can never drive it. He offers to teach me, but I flash back to the stalling and screaming years ago when I first tried to learn.


Uptown girl February 7, 2010 at 8:26 am


Do you have a recipe for the pumpkin biscuits? They sound amazing!


haya February 7, 2010 at 8:28 am

that’s pretty funny – i started learning how to drive standard again yesterday too! i started learning a few years ago, but after i graduated out of the parking lot, i freaked out when i stalled the car in traffic and didn’t want to do it anymore.

yesterday i picked up where we left off and drove around my neighbourhood streets, with much more ease. then last night i actually drove us home from the subway station after a big party. didn’t stall once! i prefer automatic because there is less to think about while driving, but i have to admit, standard is kind of fun.


Ana February 7, 2010 at 8:39 am

I can drive both, I am from Brazil and learned on stick. I only got to drive an automatic car after I moved to the US, 10 years ago. And I most certainly prefer automatic, soooo much easier!!
Love your quinoa cereal, I have to try myself! You just cook the quinoa in water right? Any special methods? I really want to make that one!


Annie February 7, 2010 at 8:50 am

I drive stick, and I tried to teach my boyfriend…He did not take the learning process as well as you. He’s gotten the hang of it now though!


misti February 7, 2010 at 8:52 am

My dad brought home my first car and it was a standard. I had no say and I had to learn. I think everyone should learn a standard first. You never know when you’ll have to drive one. We got a moving truck once that was a standard and my husband made me drive it! I still drive a standard and I think I’ll stick with ’em forever.


Julie Boyer February 7, 2010 at 10:10 am

I totally agree! If you can drive standard, you can handle almost anything.


Jennifer February 7, 2010 at 8:58 am

Hahaha! What a great Saturday! I drive stick shift and I love it! I remember my dad taking me to a parking lot when I still had my permit. He pretty much made me drive home from there on the main roads. I remember being SO nervous! But I made it without any gliches!

Happy Sunday!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) February 7, 2010 at 9:05 am

I’ve always wanted to learn to drive stick as well! My boyf is hopefully going to teach me this summer =D



elizabeth February 7, 2010 at 9:21 am

Haha, that sounds SO fun!!! Congrats on learning stick! I have had one automatic car, all my other cars (4 others) have been stick. The problem with driving stick is that people tell you “let out the clutch” (and then you let it out all the way) and then they say “give it some gas” (after the clutch is let out all the way and you’re already stalling.

I learned to drive stick in high school when I was studying Algebra. After giving every member of my family whiplash, I finally figured out that driving stick is like solving Algebraic equations — what you take away on one side you have to add the other side, and you have to do it at the same time.

So when you’re in gear and you have the clutch pressed all the way to the floor, you let the clutch out 3 inches, you must simultaneously press down on the gas pedal by those 3 inches. This method has taught 2 of my college roommates (no whiplash) to drive stick so I hope it helps.


skinnyrunner February 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

ive been wanting to try coconut oil but dont really know what to use it for so last time i was at wf, i picked it up and thne put it back down.
i used to drive a stick but now drive a standard. i think a sticks fun to drive. well, after you learn how to do it and not on hills.


Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 7, 2010 at 9:38 am

My car is automatic but i’d love to learn how to drive a stick shift.. would be interesting. Your experience sounds fun!!!

And pumpkin biscuits? Recipe??


Kelly February 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

My dad made us master the stick shift before we could get our license. His thinking was “there will never be a reason you can’t get home”. It was funny though because I was one of the only people (including boys) in my high school that could drive stick shift. Your story reminds me of teaching my sister in the Kmart parking lot years ago. Thanks for the laugh!


Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

let us know how the natural deodorant works. I’ve wanted to try it as well, but I’m skeptical.


Julie Boyer February 7, 2010 at 10:09 am

Too funny! I was planning to blog about driving stick this week. I moved to Switzerland in 2004, and quickly had to learn. It was tough at first, there are a lot of mountains, but soon I learned to love it. I even drove a 15 seater van that was standard. When I moved home, I bought a standard car and have since replaced it with a saturn ion coupe, standard. I love the control and the feel of the car. When I drive my hubby’s car, I don’t feel the same. In our relationship, I’m the one who has to teach him to drive standard!
Once you go standard, you never go back!!


Callie February 7, 2010 at 10:09 am

I actually love driving standard and choose it over automatic.When ever we look into getting a new vehicle I always request a standard.It really becomes like second nature,you dont even notice your doing it.Good-luck!!It’s fun to be able to say you can drive standard.


Julie Boyer February 7, 2010 at 10:13 am

p.s. If you don’t like that toothpaste, let me know. We’ve tried many brands and have finally found one we love. We order it over the net but it ships from canada and arrives in 3 days.


Cait February 7, 2010 at 10:20 am

Yes! Way to go switching to natural deodorant! I’ve been using Kiss My Face Lavender for the past year or so, and I love it. I will warn you though, my body went through a bit of an adjustment period with it. For the first week or two, I felt like it wasn’t really working, and I felt like I was sweating WAY more than normal (which I’m sure I was…. I had been using an antiperspirant before, and this was just a deodorant) but after those initial weeks my body adjusted, and I was definitely sweating less! So don’t give up, give it some time :)


Ally (Exercise and Pies) February 7, 2010 at 10:33 am

ahh, whole foods! the closest one to me is 45 minutes :(

My first car was white BMW convertible stick shift and after 2 weeks of trying to learn it I had to trade it in for a big ugly jeep (dad said that was safer anyways)

Needless to say i cant drive a shift


Kris | iheartwellness.com February 7, 2010 at 11:30 am

You must tell how that pit stick is!!

LOL,standard is amazing! All my cars have been standard, but I dive sporty cars so they need to be to get the full power :)

I heart wholefoods and am off to there this morning…..again :|



SmilingJudy February 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

I just recently discovered your blog and I love it! Look forward to reading what you have to say every day. :)

I drive a stick and have since I was 16. I had an automatic for about six months a few years ago — HATED it.


Kristina February 7, 2010 at 11:37 am


I am 18 and JUST NOW learning how to drive. Why did I wait so long?? Because the only car my family has is a stick… and I was TERRIFIED to learn! I’ve been learning in little installments, and I’m getting better… but let me tell you, when my mom’s friend came to visit he let me drive his automatic, and it was SO SIMPLE! I was a little envious… but only a little ;)

Anyway… I love driving stick. I think once you learn you’ll be able to look back on it with pride. I mean, it’s a big accomplishment to learn!! It’s tough!



Anna February 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Glad you had success at WF. And I totally agree that some BBQ makes everything taste better :)


Eliza February 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I had to adjust to using natural deodorant…it doesn’t stop me from sweating. I get wet pits sometimes, and sometimes I smell. I kind of stopped caring, as long as the BO isn’t foul. I put some on in the morning, and I actually carry an extra tube with me in case I get really sweaty. I find it creepy to not sweat now- your body does it for a reason, and as long as I don’t stink I’m cool with it. Plus, you won’t get yellow stains on white shirts anymore!


Steph at Steph's Life In Motion February 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I drive a standard and learned to drive it when I was 23. I LOVE it! Hills used to be scary, but I learned that the trick is to always leave yourself plenty or room in front of you. That way, if you roll back a little, you still have plenty of room to go forward without worrying about hitting the person in front of you. After you drive it a while, you’ll get used to it and shifting will be like second nature!


Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Let me know what you think about the natural toothpaste; I’ve been curious but worried that it won’t be as effective.

And I drive an automatic! I’m too klutzy to risk a stick.


jayme February 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm

fuuunny story, last april i bought my first sports car without even knowing how to drive stick. it was a six-speed, so my mom had to test-drive it with me jumping up and down in the passenger seat haha.
when i started driving my car in the city after a couple days, i put up a sign on my back windshield that said “sorry, i’m learning to drive standard.” and got lots of “wooo-hoooo!”s and thumbs up while driving haha.
don’t worry about hills, it seems so much scarier than it actually is. it’ll come naturally in a couple weeks. :)


Katie February 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I LOVE a good epsom salt soak. Even better if it’s followed by a budget pedicure. :)

I currently drive an automatic, but my first 2 cars were both standards. It’s like riding a bike. Once you know how to do it, you never forget.


Tina February 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm

My husband wants to teach me how to drive a stick too. I’m so nervous because I am NOT good at multi tasking. It should be interesting and it sounds like you had fun :)


Lisa February 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

From a lurker (but I love your blog!!), I drive an automatic and I haven’t really learned how to drive stick. I tried a couple times with my parents (when I still lived at home) but I never really got the hang of it. It is definitely on my life to-do list!


Cara February 7, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I drive a stick, and learning was the most painful experience of my life! I hated it! (and may have ended every training session in tears…) But now that I’ve got it down, I think it’s fun!


John February 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I drive both. MY car is standard and my work truck is auto. You should be glad to be learning on an old beat up car. I barely knew standard when a month into my new job they got a new truck that was standard. Less than a year later they needed a new clutch. Less than a year after that..yeah another new clutch. Boss wasn’t too happy as he ended up putting a 3rd one in a few years after that. When I get a new car it’ll be automatic because I have a lead foot and enjoy cruise control.


Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) February 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I;ve tried to learn sooo many times and I always buck the crap out of the car!! I think it’s such a sexy trait to be able to drive stick. (That sounds pervy.)


Lindsay February 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I learned how to drive on a stick and stalled all around town in a super obvious bright yellow mustang. Good times :)


Joelle (The Pancake Girl) February 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Yum, that homemade pizza looks great!

I’ve been asking my boyfriend to teach me to drive stick as well- I think it’s a good skill to have!


Heather (Heather's Dish) February 7, 2010 at 5:25 pm

i can drive both, but have automatics right now. standard cars are SO MUCH FUN TO DRIVE though :) that’s what i learned on, and it brings back such great memories :)


Amanda February 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I currently own an automatic…but really love LOVE standard. I do tend to have a little problem with speed when I drive standard…its like I turn into a race car driver and just want to go go go!!! They both have their perks but my next car will most likely be a standard. Happy learning.. I remember learning my bf at the time was an INTENSE teacher, I learned best when he was not in the car and I just went out on my own.


Gracie @ Girl Meets Health February 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Learning to drive stick shift is on my “bucket list,” haha! I doubt I’ll ever get around to it, though. The one time my ex-boyfriend tried to teach me, I totally freaked out. It is HARD! Automatic is just fine for me now =) Although I will say it is SO attractive to me when a guy drives stick ;)


Meredith February 7, 2010 at 8:42 pm

My boyfriend tried to teach me to drive standard over the summer. His car is his baby… I was scared I’d break it!

Dr. Mist gets good reviews on makeupalley!


Krista February 7, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I drive both but prefer stick….


Jennifer February 7, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Angela, driving a stick is very easy once you learn how to balance the clutch and the accelorator. Once you’ve got the correct balance it’s just a matter of learning the sound of the engine and when you need to make a gear shift. I’ve never driven an automatic. I learnt how to drive a manual (stick) when I was on my learners I cannot see myself driving auto it just comes naturally. The biggest hurdle to get our is gear 1 and the correct balance.


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin February 8, 2010 at 3:27 am

Ha! I totally remember how bumpy it was when I learned to drive a stick! My dad insisted I learn how on the manual, but it was really hard! I was so jealous of my friends who learned on automatics. But once you learn, it’s really not too bad! I feel like I know more about the car, too, from learning how shifting works!

I still drive a manual, but it’s a pain, because none of my friends (or husband) can ever drive my car! I feel like the only one who knows how to! :)


Melanie February 8, 2010 at 7:43 am

Learning stick is a great thing! I learned on one, and I’ve actually only driven an automatic three times in my life, and once was driver’s ed! We only buy stick shifts…they get better gas mileage, actually:).

Hills are not so great, but a good “trick” while you’re learning is to set the parking brake and then start to take off. Once you feel the car pull, you can let off the emergency brake and you’ll feel safer.

Don’t do that for too long, though…you’ll jack up your emergency brake;)…


MB February 8, 2010 at 8:25 am

Oh, to be 16 again … the things I would have done differently.

I have a Ford F150 and a VW Beetle. I love driving a stick (the bug) on the highway but it can be a pain to drive in the city in heavy traffic. Once you get the hang of it you don’t really even think about shifting anymore. I think the trick is to get used to the clutch. Have fun!


Sammi February 8, 2010 at 11:04 am

I bought my first car a little over a year ago and it’s a stick! At first I was super worried but I love it now! I got my first stick shift lessons though like 4 years ago and it was horrible. Every time I took it out it would end in me screaming and crying. I remember one time I stalled out leaving a stop light and stalled out like three times in a row and ended up in the middle of the intersection with the light turning red before I was even able to get going again! Thankfully no one was honking at me or anything! haha

It actually feels weird now whenever I try to drive an automatic! I feel myself reaching for the non existent shifter all the time! lol.
Hills still kind of scare me but just learn how to use your emergency brake on big hills and you’ll be fine!


Leah @ L4L February 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I can drive both.

I prefer a stick in yucky weather, and they are funner to drive.

But I prefer an automatic for commuting. Stop & go traffic in a manual wearing 4″ heels = not fun.


Jil February 8, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Ahahaha, I remember learning shift – I pretty much had the same exact experience!


allison February 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm

i was lookin at those pinata apples today at Superstore, i wasn’t sure what they would taste like, but since you said they werent gross i might have to try them sometime


Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 11, 2010 at 10:20 am

I drive a manual – just can’t manage the stick! The husband tried to teach me and I even took a professional course, but I have no clue now. Of course, now all of our vehicles are manuals … it would stress me out too much to have it any other way!

Never heard of the Pinata apple! I recently got into Honeycrisps and now I’m sad that they’re not available anymore.

Good luck with the deodorant and toothpaste! I’ve tried natural deodorant before and it’s just not the same …



Legacy February 20, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I drive both! I have a few sports cars that are sports to the extreme, so they only come as manual. Learning to drive manual was a pain at first, though.

I’m definitely trying the vegan pizza, though!

Do you live far away from Whole Foods? I have a house so close to that Whole Foods (at least I’m pretty sure it’s the same one). It’s in the same place as Shoppers and Blockbuster and Starbucks, am I right?

I’ll try the Pinata apple!



Lola June 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Haha!.. I feel you. I spent the day with my mother. She just recently moved to a farm and has massive gardens.. (Currants, blackberries, strawberries, peppers, cauliflower, onions, tomatos, etc… you name it she has it) It was soo much fun to pick spinach right from the garden and eat it.

Anyway, I drove stick for the first time that day too.. I did the exact same things! Stalled, wrong gear, yelped, killed the engine, and spun gravel. It was an experience!! After awhile, I got the hang of it and I’m sure you did too :)


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