Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I'm Invisible

For those who are unaware, I had a car accident last Friday. This is not the first time I've been hit in this car. I've also come close to being hit quite a few times, too... From some I've talked to, silver, grey, and black cars seem to be the most "invisible" cars on the road.
Anyway, this time, I was pulling out of the bank's parking lot, there was a truck in front of me, and he decided to back up without looking. It happened so fast, that I didn't even have time to take my car from Drive to Reverse to get out of his way. My front end was dinged, but it was driveable, so after I talked to my insurance company (USAA), I took it to the body shop. Even though it was his fault, USAA handled everything on my end.
When I got to the shop, I sent Ace a text; letting him know I was hit, but I'm okay, and that I was getting a rental car (which I have coverage for; no cost to me) and estimate. I was just going to have them give me an estimate, but decided there's no reason to wait. Since they didn't have a work order, yet, one of the techs gave me a ride to the car rental place. They *did* have a work order for me (I've used them before, and told my claims adjuster to send it there), so after waiting for the two people in front of me to be helped, it took less than 10m to get me going again.
I went back to the shop, and they had my order ready to go. I signed it, and went home. The following morning, I got a call from the guy's insurance adjuster (he's with Farmer's). After interviewing me, he said that they accept full liability (duh), so all of my repairs will be on their dime. I got an email from USAA with all the cost breakdown... for such a small ding, I was surprised it was going to be over $2000 for repairs, but glad none of it was out of my pocket. So, now I wait for the check to show up in my mailbox and the call from the shop that my car is done.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day Weekend

Yesterday was the first Mother's Day in a very long time (perhaps ever for me) that I didn't feel I *had* to do anything, nor go anywhere. I had potted flowers sent to both my mother & my smom on Friday (I don't believe in traditional flowers, as they die too fast; waste of money!), worked Saturday (actually, all last week was booked - kaching!) 'til 2p, then Princess & I spent the rest of the afternoon/evening cleaning the house & doing laundry (we like to do this Saturdays, whenever possible, so it doesn't take away from family time on Sundays).

Sunday, I "slept in" until 830a, woke up the Princess (she usually sleeps 'til 10a), and she made my mocha for me. She also made a smaller one for herself, rather than go back to bed. After Ace got up, she made French Toast for brunch, and later, my favorite pot stickers for lunch. I got my nail stuff out because my fingernails were overdue (I always try for every two weeks, but was way too busy this past week, so I was at 19 days yesterday), and Ace asked if there was anything specific I wanted to do; I said, "This." He said, "Okay. What would you like for dinner?" "Um... grilled chicken and roasted red potatoes." He said, "We'll see how the weather does; I don't really want to be grilling in the rain," then let me be.

Later, I heard the ice cream man on the next block over, and said, "Stupid ice cream man... now I want a fudgesicle! OR... one of those cookie sandwiches!", then went back to doing my nails. The whole time I'm sitting at the table, Princess did everything I asked with a smile on her face. I asked for a snack, for more juice, for her to open the window, let the dogs out & back in, flip the one load of laundry I had left from the day before, etc... "Ok, mommy." "Sure, mom." By 2p or so, I was done with my nails, so I decided to watch some HGTV.

About 5p, Ace decided the weather wasn't going to get better, plus realized we didn't have any thawed chicken, so he headed to the store to get a stuffed chicken bacon pizza instead. While he was gone, my sister called; we had a long conversation that took until my pizza was ready. After dinner, Ace showed me what he had planned for dessert: apparently, he had stopped at 7-11 and picked up three of those Nestle chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches! For the record, we don't usually do anything for each other on Mother's/Father's Days; this is not Spouse Appreciation Day (that's what anniversaries are for!).

After dinner, Princess & I watched "America's Funniest Home Videos" and the season finale of "Once Upon A Time", then played cards and a round of Chutes & Ladders before she gave me a foot massage, and went to bed... and I slept very soundly last night.