Tuesday, January 08, 2008

I'm Fine!

Well, since a picture is supposedly worth a 1,000 words, here's mine for the day. I'm fine, AJ was not with me and I'm really ok.

I was driving to work on a snowy day, fishtailed, hydroplaned and lost control. I actually tried to drive it into the ditch hoping I could stop and perhaps drive out again. Unfortunately, my right front tire and the angle of the ditch didn't agree so over I went.

Not the most pleasant experience but I really am fine. I was wearing my seatbelt (PTL!) and came to rest hanging upside down. I was able to crawl out the back door. I scraped my knee and am feeling some sore muscles in my neck and shoulders but that's all.

A very nice lady called 911 and got the cops out and let me sit in her car until the officer arrived. Got a tow, a loaner car and the insurance claim started. Missed a day of work on the day I was supposed to give a very important presentation but oh well. My boss has been great and very understanding.

The first thing the tow truck guy said to me was "So, what kind of new car are you getting?" So yeah, I'm 99% sure they're going to total it.

There's a part of me that's very sad about losing this car. It's really the last part of Alaska and my married life that's still a part of my new day-to-day life. When I went to the tow lot to clear out my personal stuff, I got a bit teary eyed. I remember buying the car with Damon, hauling all our band gear, driving the Alcan... it feels like another chapter of my former life is closing - a chapter I didn't even realize was still open.

The other very frustrating thing is I was ONE MONTH from paying off the car completely! I've really been working very hard to become debt free. I've been very excited to be out from under the car payment and apply the money to eliminating the last of my debts. I think I've almost been sadder today about this financial setback than about the accident itself!

I haven't told AJ at all. She only knows that my car had an issue so we have a loaner car again and mommy thinks it's time we buy a new car. She is very fearful and if she knew what had happened she would be scared and nervous to get into the car for the next few years (and I'm not exagerating). On the way to school today I had a MINOR fishtail going around the corner. She immediately popped up her head (she had been reading). "Are we all right? Oh, my gosh, we could have been killed! Can you drive mommy? That was so scary!!" And she told this story to her mentor this afternoon and told me about it at least twice more this evening. And that was for a minor, no danger tiny fishtail!!! So my parents and friends have agreed to let me freak out with them but mums the word when it comes to AJ! =-)

I'll post a picture when I decide on my new car!


Kiana said...

Wow, that is crazy! I'm so glad your ok. How frustrating that it all happened just before you had it paid off. It seems that just when a person is starting to get ahead something happens doesn't it?? Take a hot bath and give yourself an excuse to go get a deep tissue massage - getting one of those is like being in Heaven for an hour.

Well I guess all you can do is look at the bright side and think about how exciting a new car will be. Call me if you feel like it - we have an account with consumerreports.com They have the lowdown on every vehicle out there as far back as 1997. They have detailed safety and maintenance records, along with fuel usages and tons more info. I'll look up anything your wondering about if ya like.

j, d plumma said...

scary roll over. Glad to hear you're not hurt. Hope insurance will help greatly when it comes to $$. Although near time to be debt-free of vehicle, how many miles on the old beast?
Looking forward to seeing the new ride.

Heidi said...

Glad you are OKAY! I hope the insurance pays enough to help with a new car. I will be watching to see what you get.
Hang in there, every hurdle we leap only makes us stronger, RIGHT?

Valette said...

I remember doing something eerily similar in the pickup on the way to Fairbanks. How scary! Glad you're okay, and there's nothing better than a brand new car.

Damon said...

That had to be so scary. I'm glad you're okay.

Anonymous said...

How scary! I'm so glad you are OK. J