Sunday, May 24, 2009

New Car

Last weekend, Wyatt and I drove over to NWA to pick up our new car. This was after I spent most of my Tuesday on the phone with 2 dealers to try and get a good deal, between insurance calls of course! First, here's what I got to drive for the week...

Good 'ole Buick Lucerne... it had a good ride though! One of the other instructor's asked if it was my grandmother's car!!! I thought that was pretty funny!! I did feel like I was driving a boat, especially compared my little civic, well my old civic!!

So, here it is... our new car!!!

Now, I just have to learn how to drive it... It is a Civic SI with manual transmission and I've never learned how to drive one, I've only ever had automatics. So, Wyatt gets to enjoy it for a few weeks until I learn. I'm back to driving the Santa Fe for now. I had my first driving lesson today, and let's just say I need a few more, well may be lots more!!! I would get the hang of it and then let the clutch out too fast and stall it. I would be ok if I never had to stop. We don't need stop signs, right?!?! Then, Wyatt had me stop on a hill... Yep, had trouble with that! I told him we should just move somewhere flat, like Kansas. He didn't seem to think that was too good of an idea. Oh well, I'll keep getting driving lessons and hopefully be able to drive it in a few weeks, or maybe a year!!! Hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Not so "Flying" Car

I normally don't look forward to Mondays, but they come just like every other day of the week. I did my normal morning routine and headed to work. Little did I know, my day was going to go extremely different than I expected. I was almost to work, probably 1 minute away, when I yawned. The only thing I can figure is that while my eyes were closed for that split second, I got off the edge of the road just enough to be in the ditch. There is practically no shoulder - you are either on the road or in the ditch. Once I was in the ditch, I hit a driveway, which kind of acted like a ramp and launched me into the air.
While airborne, my car flipped and then landed upside down and slid for a good 20 feet or so. I somehow managed to land exactly parallel to the road and my car pointing in the direction I had been going - talented, don't ya think?!?!After my car stopped, I smelled the smoke from the airbags deploying and thought my car was on fire. All I could think was that I had to get out. So, I undid my seatbelt, reached over and unlocked the door, pulled on the handle, opened the door and climbed out. I took a couple of steps and realized that my shoes had come off and I was standing in the wet/muddy grass in my socks. About that time a man had stopped and came over and asked if I was ok. I told him yes, but that I needed to get my shoes. (I'm sure those that know me really well would have some sort of joke about that!!) He thought I should go sit down instead. So I did. A lady also stopped and the two of them helped call those I needed to call and the man helped get some of my stuff out of my car. Wyatt thinks the funniest part is when I had the lady call him at work. After he answered, she said she would just let me talk to him. So, she handed me her phone and I informed him that I had been in a wreck, flipped my car, and totaled it. He then asked if I needed him to come get me. I turned to the lady and said, "Does he need to come and get me?" (I'm not sure how I thought I would get anywhere if he didn't..) She told me that yes, he would probably need to come get me. Anyways, I was unscratched and only had a little neck and back pain, which is now pretty much all gone. We spent a good part of Monday going car shopping, since I now need a car. I'll post pictures of the new car when we get it. All I can say is that God was definitly watching over me and I am so thankful I'm ok!
We took these pictures Wednesday evening... Everytime I look at these pictures I can't believe that it happened and that I walked away unhurt.
So, if anyone is wondering.... Civic's don't fly very well, but they will protect you if you try to make them!!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

My frog?

I know, I know... It's been awhile. We've been busy with nothing really exciting happening. I've been working about 10-12 hours a day on average, so I just really want to do nothing when I do have some free time. Otherwise, not much is new.

Everyone at work has been asking about "my frog" because of this:

So here's the story.... One day last week, I was walking back to flight ops after a flight and I saw a smushed frog on the edge of the sidewalk. There were a few line guys standing by the picnic table, so I asked one of them if he could take care of it. Well, the poor frog-with-its-inerds-lying-on-the-sidewalk was still there the next day. So I mentioned it to the line guy and he said he would give it a proper burial for me. A little while later, someone asked me about my frog. I asked them what they meant, and they told me to go look outside. So this is what I saw! I'm not really sure a frog can live that long... (it says 1/5/02-4/29/09 if you can't read it) Anyways, I keep getting asked about "my frog" so now you know.

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful Cinco de Mayo and hopefully it won't be so long next time!!!