Friday, July 2, 2010

Day 6 of 100 - No, wait, THIS is the real one

I'm on-line!!

The wonderful awesome amazing tech-savvy Mr. at Home got the correct drivers installed from my hard drive hard drive (don't ask) to make my dad's wireless device to work with my laptop and I can now post from my spot beside the campfire.

Modern-day camping. What can I say?

So let me tell you about the start of this vacation. Mr. at Home's job has been incredibly busy and stressful for the past year and more. He hasn't had much of a real break from work during that time and for him, this trip isn't a real break either. I'm making him drive half-way across the country with specific plans in mind. His idea of a vacation is renting a house and sitting on the beach or beside a mountain stream for a week with nowhere to be. But he's a trooper and is putting up with my plans.

I think I mentioned that last week he finally broke down and bought a new car. His 16-year-old Camry was on its last legs and we found a great deal. That was Wednesday.

Friday Mr. at Home was broadsided coming home from work.

Fortunately, no one was hurt. Unfortunately, the people who hit him were not the most cooperative and pleasant. We didn't get their personal or insurance information, but no worries, it's on the crash report.


Well, the crash report didn't show up online. And the officer is on vacation. And his sergeant says the report probably got lost in the system. And no one else can get in and do anything about it. And we'll just have to wait until the officer gets back.

Dealing with all that was a huge stressor this past week because no one was willing to help us and his spiffy new car is sitting in the body shop parking lot waiting...

Between work, dealing with the car, and getting ready for this trip, we haven't had a moment to breathe lately. Money has become an issue as we don't know what to expect with regard to the car. It was the other driver's fault, but we don't know if it can be repaired or if the frame was bent or if they'll just total it out and will we end up losing money since it was a brand-new car? Too many questions and nothing we can do except twiddle our thumbs until the police department decides to untangle their mess.

So now we have the stress of the wreck and the ensuing uncertainty involved with the car. We left for our trip a little before 2pm yesterday, lost an hour sitting in mountain traffic, and spent the night in a hotel just west of Nashville. This morning we saw the car next to us pumping gas get scraped by a moving van. We were incredibly thankful to avoid that disaster, only to have our windshield cracked by a flying rock shortly thereafter. After the 3rd call to the insurance company in a week, we found out that windshield replacement will be less than our deductible so we have to pay for it.

Did I mention it's been a hugely stressful time lately? We just can't seem to catch a break. First I had to get new front brakes on the van before the trip, then the car was wrecked, now the windshield has to be replaced. They say bad things happen in 3s, so let's pray that we won't run into anymore car trouble for awhile.

I'm ready to just sit back, relax, and enjoy spending time with my family for a few days. I want to enjoy the cooler Ozark temps, ride the trolley around town, watch the girls hang out with their grandparents, and hang out with Mr. at Home. Speaking of which, I'm going to get off this computer and do just that.


Anonymous said...

Damn! I mean, just damn! I feel very badly for you two. I hope you're right, that you're past the third of three. And I hope all of you have a wonderful time together.

Heather said...

Ditto what Howard said! If it weren't for bad luck, you guys would not have any luck!
Hopefully, this vacation will change your luck for the good. Enjoy!!