A few weeks ago we replaced The Black Pearl (our late 90's Explorer) with a brand new Toyota Matrix, christened Mary Ann (seen below in the snow). I'm happy to report that we got between 30 and 35 miles per gallon on the road between the Twin Cities and Missouri this weekend (and back), almost hitting the EPA expectation of 36 MPG (EPA estimates are generally overrated anyway, according to many sources, and certainly don't take into account the hills we were driving through). No, its not a hybrid, but that's significantly better than the 16-19 I was getting in the Pearl.
Changing subjects: we had an excellent snowfall before Christmas, topping out at 7 inches of total coverage. Read on for more pictures of the snowfall around our house.