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CARma…gets me every time

The last 3 days I’ve been attending a science academy for professional development. It was fantastic. I learned so much.

What?….Can’t you sense the enthusasium in my voice?…Oh you can’t?…Hum…

Well, it’s marked off of the summer checklist at least. And I got to eat 3 yummy lunches (plus 1 yummy mid-afternoon snack). And do a little shopping (did you know that Arlington has a new Sam Moon? What what!). And I did seriously learn a few new things, so that’s always helpful.

Oh, and did I mention that I convinced one of my besties to go with me? That always makes for a good time. 🙂

On day 2 of our little science adventure we ran into a little car problem. But before I get to that, we’ve got to go back to the beginning of the month, where my bad car “carma” began. (Yes, I know that’s not how you spell karma. It’s a play on words. CARma. Get it?)

CARma Event #1 – The Great Trunk Escape

Long story short is this…a basket got caught on that little emergency latch in the trunk, engaged it, and then got yanked on a couple of times. (I can’t imagine how that would have happened…) As a result, the trunk wouldn’t shut.

And as a result of that, I had to pay $120 to fix the trunk. Which would be the “escape” part of the “Great Trunk Escape.”

(It would have been a way cooler story if there had been an actual human escape from the trunk, right? Bummer…)

CARma Event #2 – The Battery is Where?!

While driving home from our Schlitterbahn vacation, my brother’s girlfriend J and I stopped at a conventient store for a quick break.

Four and a half hours later we were finally able to get back on the road.


There ended up being a variety of problems…car wouldn’t start, had trouble jumping off, wouldn’t drive over 20 miles per hour after we did get it started, it was a Sunday, we were alone, etc.

J & I went all girl power and set to solving the problem, and I gotta say, she was a champ. We found us a country gentleman to jump the battery (if you are reading this, thanks Randy!), made about a bazillion calls to family & friends & tow companies, sweated it out in the summer sun, chilled on the Coca-Cola display with the conventiant store clerk we named Becky (not sure if that’s even your name, but if you are reading this…thanks again Becky!) and eventually helped push the car onto a trailer.

No cryin’ for these girls…we’re grown-*!@ women! Bahaha…does it ruin the effect if I admit that we giggled every time we said that to one another? 😉

Our family also came to our rescue…they were a bit behind us and were able to make a detour so they could wait with us / take us home afterwards. It made for a long day, but I was glad they were there!

But most of all, I’ve got to give glory to my good God. He took care of us around every turn…in ways we never expected. After waiting a couple of hours for the tow truck to show up, then finding out that it was going to be really hard to get my car that wouldn’t start onto the trailer they had to tow it with, we looked up to see a couple of families from our hometown pull up to get gas. They came over to check on us and were able to help us push the car onto the trailer and tie everything down…they seriously could not have come at a more perfect time. That, my friends, is God at work. I love it!

The rest of the story consists of waiting, a frustrated husband, one crying episode outside of a Taco Casa (yep, that one was all me), $340, and a 5 hour round trip drive to get the car 3 days later.

Oh yes, and a new battery. Turns out that’s all it was.

Also turns out that my battery is in the trunk…which explains quite a bit about how hard it was to jump it off from under the hood. 😛

CARma Event #3 – Duct Tape to the Rescue

And now to the story from Science Academy. Turns out my bad CARma carried over to my friend…as we attempted to leave  yesterday her front bumper decided to try and separate from the rest of her car. The curb played a role in that as well.

After getting the bumper off the curb and semi-successfully popping it back on, we laughed to keep from crying and drove to Academy in search of duct tape. She opted for the purple, even though I was pushing pretty hard for the bacon design. Guess the stress was still too fresh for jokes. 😛 Putting the duct tape actually on the car posed a bit of a problem, as we were A) to weak to rip the tape off, and B) being “encouraged” by a very NOT-helpful guy to stick it on tight. We are also pretty sure that instead of helping us, he was taking pictures of us and Facebooking us. (So if you are reading this, not-helpful-cat-call guy, then we do NOT thank you.)

But whatever. She found a Swiss Army knife in her car to help us rip the tape, we plastered the bumper with strips to help it stay on, then we drove until we found a Sonic and treated ourselves to ice cream.

I’d say that was well deserved.


And as if all that weren’t enough evidence of bad CARma….

*my brother’s battery went out in his truck

*his girlfriend J had a flat tire AND her air conditioner went out

*my Dad had a bird build a nest in the cab of his truck

Oh yes. You read that correctly.

A nest. In his truck.

I think we can leave today’s post at that. Crazy!!


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Too Blessed to be Stressed

So…this is basically a post saying that I may not be posting for a few days. 😛

I don’t exactly know what I was thinking when I was lesson planning for this week…but I’m thinking my brain was overtaken by a machine or something. Just look at everything I set out to accomplish:

*Apple Taste Testing

*Oobleck (a very messy science experiment about matter)

*Making Play-doh w/ the kids

*Making a class life-size scarecrow

*Pumpkin Observations (including cutting into the pumpkin & exploring the inside)

*Making applesauce as a class in the crock pot (I crossed this one off the list. Ain’t gonna happen.)

*Two days of “Game Play” in which we have parents / volunteers come in to help us learn how to play various board games

*Oh yes, and of course a regular load of math, reading, writing, and science lessons.

And did I mention that since it’s the last week of the six weeks I’m trying to do report card testing? (Which, in Kindergarten, means I have to individually conference with every student?) Yeah. Because I am.

That’s just when the kids are around. During the time before school, during my conference (and my lunch), after school, and into the evenings, I’m working on lesson plans for next week, mapping out curriculum for the next six weeks, prepping new sight word / other necessities for the new six weeks, and getting ready for parent conferences.

Oh yes, and then I have a husband, a dog, a bible study (or 2 or 5 that I’m doing right now), a home, and a 5k that I’m training for.


All that said, it actually sounds worse than it feels. We hit the ground running every day and are getting a lot accomplished. I’m not stressing out about the new six weeks because I know it will get done, and parent conferences should be a breeze this year. My husband is a trooper and is great about helping me out, and the Lord is giving me good rest, the strength to run every step, and renewing me through His word.

Life is good…I’m just running out of time to write these days. 🙂

What about you? Up to much this week?


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