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by Meghann on March 24, 2010

Tonight I had to say ‘Adios’ to the Chevy Traverse.


Sayonara Traverse! It’s been fun!

For the past four weeks the Traverse has stepped in as my #1 source of transportation. It took me to and from work, all the way to Tampa and back (twice), and hauled my friends comfortably in the back on the weekends.

Along the way I have been blogging about my experiences with the Traverse on the Girlfriend Getaway Orlando website, but I know a few of you had requested an overall review of the car once I had to hand it back.

Well here it is…

Compared to my tiny Toyota Echo, this car was a beast! It was great for packing my friends in, hauling groceries, and Maddie had a blast in the back with all the extra room. However parking the beast was always a NIGHTMARE! I never quite mastered backing out of parking spots and came ‘this close’ to hitting the surrounding cars in the parking lot on more than one occasion.

I was definitely spoiled by the number of fun features that came standard with the traverse; such as remote start control, automatic locks, heated seats, cruise control, radio controls on the steering wheel, dual air control, etc. My echo is manual EVERYTHING, so all those fun features were a big plus! πŸ™‚

BUT, as great as all the extra space and cool features were, there is one thing about the Traverse that drove me crazy – GAS! This car guzzled gas! Chevy provided me with a $100 gas card to cover gas for the 4 weeks, but u the $100 didn’t even cover the first two weeks. I have grown accustom to a car that will go close to 400 miles on one tank gas that costs less than $30 to fill up. The Traverse would probably go 250 miles or so on one tank of gas that was well over $50. Not cool.

So, there you have it. I think the Traverse is a great car, but right now it isn’t for me. πŸ™‚

It was still fun to drive for 4 weeks though!

Thanks again to the Florida Southern Chevy Dealers for giving me the chance to be a Chevy Girl on the Go!

Since Chevy was taking the Traverse back, my Dad and little bro (Mom totally bailed!) came to Orlando this evening to return my echo. I missed my baby.

To show my immense gratitude I assembled a Pizza Bar for dinner.


I think the liked it! πŸ™‚ The line up included a spread of Publix pizza dough, pasta sauce, toppings, and cheese. πŸ™‚

1 thing of dough from the Publix bakery created 3 personal pizzas.


Topping choices included olives, mushrooms, onion, carrot, pepper, and chicken sausage.



Cheese options = goat & italian mix!


My pie before going in the oven with a little bit of everything.


Check out how gorgeous my Dad and brother’s pies were hot out of the oven.



My pie was pretty bad ass as well. πŸ˜‰



Mmmm…. pizza. As my Dad said tonight “you can’t go wrong with pizza.” Amen, Dad.


I cleaned my plate of pizza and then had the last of a chocomize bar for dessert.


Earlier this afternoon I had a True Delights Raspberry Mocha Cafe Square that Quaker had sent me.


It was very chocolately and delicious – I just chose to ignore the mile long ingredient list. :/


Alright kiddos, time to sleep!!

Good night!

1 Jenny March 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm

That was such a great idea in the end- who doesn’t love pizza, and everyone gets what they want!

PS- I’m loving reading about how people stalk their ex’s on twitter:)

2 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) March 24, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Mmm, pizza! I love a good spinach-ricotta pie. In college, the local pizza shop called it the “snowball” special because the cheese looked like snowballs!

3 theprocessofhealing March 24, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Wow your pizza looks good!!! Definitely can’t go wrong with pizza πŸ™‚

4 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I literally though in my head “You can never go wrong with pizza” when I saw pizzas. Your dad and I are on the same wavelength. Did the granola bar last you as long this time? It definitely doesn’t keep me full.

5 Jayce March 24, 2010 at 9:48 pm

We made pizza tonight, too, but I got the wheat dough that my Publix recently started carrying… and hated it!! I’m going back to the original. The wheat dough was okay but just changed the taste of the whole pizza too much.

6 Matt March 24, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Pizza always hits the spot!

7 Dori March 24, 2010 at 10:20 pm

If I ever come visit you I want to make pizzas!

8 Erin March 24, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I love making my own pizza — once you get in the habit, delivery doesn’t even sound appealing anymore. Looks great! πŸ˜€

9 feetinmotion March 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm

AWW poor car!! It will miss you!! That pizza looks so good!

10 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad March 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm

As much as I’d like to get a nicer car, you really can’t beat the Echo’s gas mileage!

11 Kaye March 24, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Those upgrade options sound sweet! I miss the heated seats of my SUV! And…is it just me, or does your dad look really good? I don’t know if his hair looks different, but he looks slimmer and fitter! I totally don’t mean this in a creepy, DILF way.

12 Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 24, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Gotta love pizza! One of my favourite meals ever πŸ™‚

13 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) March 24, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I can’t seem to park big cars/trucks/suvs either. I like my little car!

Your dad is right, “you can never go wrong with pizza!” (well. some chains can. But homemade pizza rules!)

14 angiismyname March 24, 2010 at 11:39 pm

that pizza makes me want to eat my computer screen. your dad is awesome. BEST UNCLE EVER!!!

15 Crystal March 24, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Mmm personal pizzas are great! I love bbq sauce, mushroom, ham, pineapple, and cheddar cheese on mine. πŸ˜€

16 britchickruns March 25, 2010 at 3:53 am

Wahey, I think you succeeded in finding the right meal for them all – a pizza station is an awesome idea!! I want to make me a pizza now…

17 Kerry March 25, 2010 at 4:08 am

is that quaker bar new? it looks good!! xx

18 Katherine: What About Summer? March 25, 2010 at 7:35 am

How far do you live from your parents? Do you like when they visit? I just went home (12 miles but plenty of hardship away) and it is difficult for me to be back around them!

19 Meghann March 25, 2010 at 8:07 am

My parents live about 45 minutes away and I always love it when they visit. I have a very close-knit family and they are the main reason I moved back to Orlando a couple of years ago.

20 Jenna March 25, 2010 at 8:15 am

glad they all liked the pizza!

21 Katie March 25, 2010 at 8:16 am

Pizzas are always a crowd pleaser!

22 Lauren @ A Fit Foodie March 25, 2010 at 8:31 am

We did pizza last night too. So good and even better that I have leftovers for lunch! Your dad is right. You just can’t go wrong with pizza.

23 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 25, 2010 at 8:34 am

$100 for 4 weeks of gas would never last in a car like that!

24 eatdrinkandbemerrynyc March 25, 2010 at 8:57 am

Ahh pizza! PERFECT/delicious!

25 Kelly March 25, 2010 at 9:24 am

Mmm I had pizza last night too. Yum!

26 Lexie March 25, 2010 at 9:24 am

Meghann! I had to comment to share my Echo love with you! I have a Toyota Echo as well and isn’t it just the greatest little car? Huge trunk, amazing gas mileage and super easy to park! Sure it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles but still a great little car. My Echo is red and I named it Ruby. haha. What about yours?

27 Meghann March 25, 2010 at 9:56 am

Mine is Blue and I just call him Echo. We are soulmates. πŸ™‚

28 Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

The pizza bar is such a great idea!!

29 missyrayn March 25, 2010 at 10:47 am

Quick pizza are nice. We are making them when my Cousins are here so they can have their own toppings.

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