Friday, May 30, 2008

Stay or Go, Stay or Go?!?

Chad & I are currently suffering from what I like to call, Air Force Squadron Incompetency, or AFSI. This is a very bad thing to come into contact with. Anyone who can, you should steer clear of it as good as possible. This is an example of the torture it can cause you:

=>You'll randomly and informally be told that your husband is being deployed only 4 weeks before they are supposed to leave the ground, which will come as a complete shock to both yours and your husband's hearts.
=>You will spend the next few weeks coping with the idea of your husband being gone again, right after he just got home. You find the positives of the situation and sell yourself on it now being a good idea, for the many benefits these situations can present.
=>You might as well make the best of it, so you make plans with your family and friends on what you're going to do and plan to improve yourselves over the period you are apart, in both schooling and your careers.
=> You'll be kept in the dark about all of the goings-on related to who else is deploying and the real reasons your husband has been chosen.
=>Your husband will try his hardest to prepare for deployment, including completion of all checklists necessary to prepare his body (like vaccinations, physical fitness test, & a physical), update all qualifications and flights needed to keep him current in everything he does while he's going to be gone.
=>The wife will be busy at home working hard to wash his desert uniforms and mail off his bedding (which is already on it's way overseas by the way).
=>You may later find out, only 11 days before they are suppose to leave that there is an 85% chance that your husband won't go any longer.
=>The happy idea of having him home during the Holidays for the first time we have been together is quickly shot to you know where.
=>The reason he may not go anymore is because the guy who your husband was a primary alternate for has now decided that despite needing back surgery, he is going to attempt to tough it out and deploy anyways. (seriously...come on!)
=>A rollercoaster of emotions may overcome you because what you're going through is rather ridiculous if I may say so myself.

Risks include nausea, tears, and a strain on your mental health.

As you can see, life is rather confusing right now. We would really appreciate someone being up front with us. Instead, we are choosing to leave it in God's hands to just let whatever's supposed to happen, to happen. And that's the only thing that keeps a smile on our faces. Please pray for us.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bad Blogger Alert...

My best friend Nicole, who had her 23rd birthday yesterday, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TODE, became a fellow blogger just a few weeks ago. Since then, we have only seen two blog entries. I am feeling as though she needs some encouragement or focus to help her find the time to inform us of her daily happenings. Come on and enlighten us! :) We look forward to your next post and hope it's sooner than later...haha. Love you! :)

Ohhhh LIFE...

List of "to do's" between now and Chad's potential takeoff, only 11 days from now:
*Load the overflowing dishwasher resulting from last night's Thanksgiving feast...we do that kinda often. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cornbread...we like it, any time of the year :)!
*Re-wash all of Chad's desert gear so it smells fresh and clean...not musty and like the sweaty/sandy mixture of odors.
*Pack for a 9 day vacation both to Orlando, FL and Myrtle Beach, SC. 5 bags here we come! haha.
*Receive my application approval letter from the Real Estate Commission to have the okay to register for my state exam, hopefully on the 14th of June so I can finally get it over with!
*Clean the house completely and make it presentable for my family to enjoy during their visit.
*Cook what groceries we have left so I don't have to throw them away.
*Work out so my legs and tummy don't feel so jiggly. A bikini is the last thing I want to see on my body right now, but yet the beach and Chad's parents' pool is going to be calling my just a few short days!
*Figure out why our Air Conditioner is frozen.
*Take movies back to Blockbuster before they are late.

I think that's all I can think of for now. Oh yea, and please pray for my father-in-law, Rick, cuz his health isn't the greatest right now. Diabetes is in the family and he was just diagnosed with Type 1 yesterday. Pretty sucky. Thanks!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Life is Gooooood...

We have had a great super-long weekend so far. We decided to leave Fayetteville early on Thursday to drive down to Columbia to visit Chris for the night. We ended up going to dinner at McAlister's which is one of our faves and to see the new Indiana Jones movie. It was alright, but didn't quite live up to the coolness of the other three. And Harrison Ford is looking OLD! :-P
We then went out to a restaurant/bar called Wild Wing in Columbia. There was a live cover band playing that was AWESOME.

They played all kinds of music and sounded just like the originals. It was packed full of people and we had a good time. From there we went to a bar called Kelly's. A little bit of hanging out and playing the bowling arcade game led us to reach exhaustion and we headed home. The hubby forced me to stop at the Bi-Lo to get some Bagel Bites before we got home cuz he was 2:00 in the morning. haha. What we do for the hubbies!

We woke up Friday morning and got Krispy Kreme donuts and took them to a park at USC and sat on a bench to eat them. Chocolate Boston kreme filled donuts and cinnamon twists are the only way to go there! They were yummy.

Pretty scenery...
Then we walked around town looking at some of the local shops for a little while, got a parking ticket for our meter running out of time ($7, dang it!), and ate lunch at a sandwich joint called Groucho's. Good sammies and sweet tea, mmm mmmm. We then headed to Concord where we stayed with his grandma, Miss Barbara. She is such a good host. We were greeted Friday night with country-style steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, deviled eggs, and biscuits. And you can't forget the real southern sweet tea. We've eaten really good since we've been here. It's always sad to leave. Luckily, we were able to stay another day because of the Memorial Day holiday.

While we've been here, we've gone bowling (where I kicked butt with a high score of 173), went roller skating with their little cousin Katie (it's been a while), to a small southern church service, to a bar with crazy rednecks everywhere (worse than anything I've ever seen in TX), to the Cabarrus Creamery for Sunday afternoon ice cream (with the biggest 'kiddie' scoop I've ever seen!), and on a never-failing 1:00am Waffle House excursion. It's been a great weekend! Pictures are finally here! Poor boys didn't stand a chance...:)

I still got it on the ole in-line skates... (I'm in yellow, Chad in gray) MMM Fat kids love ice cream!!
Now we're home again and busy catching up on laundry and life. Another fun week of activities is to come...Until later...
P.S. Congratulations to both the Cozarts & the Dawsons on their new babies to love! I'm glad all are healthy and happy...not to mention beautiful too!! :)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The End & the Beginning...

Well, the finales of two of my favorite spring shows have come to an end. Dancing with the Stars had a great season with a very deserving winner taking the coveted mirror ball trophy. Kristi Yamaguchi took the championship and she was fabulous. I knew from day 1 she would be the winner. And there were some really good looking men this season which wasn't too tough to sit through ;) either! Way to go North Carolinian, Kristi!

Also, American Idol was good. Chad & I were one of those lovely and unlucky couples that let our DVR do the work and we started watching it pretty much after the whole thing was already over. Only to have the very end come along (2 hours later) to hear, "And the winner of American Idol 2008 is....David _____". Then the screen popped up with 'save', 'delete', 'play again'. Appreciate that American Idol. You should have seen mine and Chad's faces. We looked at each other in shock that that really just happened. So, we gave my mom a call to find out who the lucky winner was. I was happy with either one. We all know both of them are going to come out of this thing with record deals so, does it really matter who WINS? Probably not. Way to go anyways David Cook. Congrats.

Those were the 'ends', now onto the 'beginning' of our long weekend!

Chad & I are soon to be on the road towards Columbia, SC again to hang out with Chris and spend our extra few weekend days somewhere cool before Chad has to deploy. Tomorrow we are going to go to Concord, NC to visit Miss Barbara, Chad's grandma. We should have a good time there. She loves making good ole down home food for us, so homecooking, here we come! We have Friday and Monday off for Memorial Day so, yay for days off! I'll be back to post pics and fun times in a couple of days.

Happy Memorial Day everyone. Put out your flags and support our men & women!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Home Again, Home Again....

Well, we didn't go to a Braves game OR the Pat Green concert, but we did still have a fabulous weekend in Georgia. Like to hear it, here it goes...

We got there about 6:30 Friday evening to spend some time with the Sellers family. We ate a wonderful bar-b-que dinner with them and hung out watching AFV and laughing away for a couple of hours. About 10 o'clock, we decided we would try to catch up with the homies at a downtown Atlanta bar/restaurant called Rio Grande. We only spent about an hour there before we headed to another dancing place called the Twisted Taco. That was a great time. It was crowded but us ladies still got our groove on! They played some old school songs like 'Poison', 'Thriller', and 'Pour Some Sugar on Me'...along with the usual dance club rap songs out there today. As we got swarmed with single men, we decided to head back outside to where our hubbies were before we caused too much of a ruckus. There's something about a diamond ring on the left finger flashing in their faces paired along with an "I'm married" that they just don't understand. It was rather entertaining though. We sat out on the back deck for a couple of hours chillin' and talking with the local folk about a lot of nonsense. Then we danced again, etc. By about 3:00am we headed home and got in bed about 3:45. LOOOONG night, but a great time!

Saturday, we slept in and finally got a start on the day around 1:00. Chad and I headed out to an outdoor mall that his cousin Ashley works at. It was a great collection of stores. From Banana Republic, to Loft, to Borders, to Gap, to White House Black Market, to get the point. So, we walked around there for a bit and decided we were hungry. We had lunch at one of our favorite pizza places called the Mellow Mushroom. It was deliciously fatty and scrumptious! All 1500 calories of it! haha. Then we went back to shop some more and finally headed to the hizzy to rest a bit. We then decided to host a BBQ on the back porch of his aunt and uncle's beautiful house, so we invited the friends over and had a great time. Despite the BBQ smoke inhalation and a somewhat chilly night, it was super duper!

We then slept in again on Sunday morning and ended up meeting Aaron and Cassandra at Chipotle for lunch. Fat kids Kelly and Cass decided we wanted to hit up the Dunkin' Donuts on the way out of town too, so off we went (as if our diets hadn't already been ridiculously ridiculous this whole weekend already). So, we got our donuts and hung out a while longer before we both hit the road for our looooonnngggg drive home. We got home about 8:30 last night and watched Extreme Makeover Home Edition and last week's LOST and called it a night. A great weekend overall! Now, on to the next thing! :)

1. Me & Chad airing the smoke out! haha.
2. The group in the kitchen...
3. The ladies hangin' out by the fire...

We are so glad we got to spend time with you guys! Miss ya much! :)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Road Trip to GA...

Please forgive my failure to post while we are gone this weekend. Hopefully I'll get some good pics to share with everyone. We're going to Georgia to spend some time with Chad's aunt and uncle and family and also to hook up with Aaron and Cassandra Webb and our friend Dom while we are there. There is potential for us to see a Pat Green concert and possibly an Atlanta Braves baseball game, so hopefully one or two of those works out. Wish us a safe trip and I'll talk to you again when we get back! Adios! :)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Hair Yuckiness Overted...

I got my hair done today and MAN were my locks in need of some TLC! I let 3 months go by since the last time my hair was done 'til now. That's SOOO much longer than it should be. I was definitely to the trashy stage of highlight land. Here's a picture to prove it.

That's almost 3 inches of regrowth. YUCK! I guess with all of the real estate stuff going on, and not having my KK (my hairstylist in TX) here to take care of me, I got distracted and let it get out of hand. I'm very thankful for Alyssa and her referral to a woman at JCPenney's. She was really cool and did a great job. It feels so healthy and smells so salon-y...I love it! Here is the after photo.

And here I am a happy girl. Hooray for hairstylists!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Needless to say these past 2 days have been, unfortunately, full of stress and unhappiness, and I will tell you why. It all started Monday afternoon when Chad came home while he was supposed to be at work to tell me the bad news. Before I break the bad news, I'm going to go ahead and take the liberty to remind you that he was just overseas from October to February 20th...this one that just passed. It's only been about 3 and 1/2 months since he got home and I got to have my husband back. We have just gotten back into our routine of life here in NC and I was finally in the middle of attempting to get my after-college career started. I've taken my real estate class, taken my test (which, luckily, I feel pretty good about... I'll find out my scores in the next week sometime), and am set and ready to take the license exam in a couple of weeks. I already had a potential job lead through a friend of Chad's that's best friends with a real estate gu-ru here in town. Things were looking up. I was excited about the thought of being able to contribute (monetarily) to our family again. And even more than that, to have a real everyday life where he goes to work, I go to work, we come home and make dinner, and spend the rest of the evening in happiness every night. Then the news...

Chad comes in with a serious demeanor and the goal of talking seriously to me about something (this is unusual behavior). He looks me in the eyes and says, "they just told me at work that I'm the primary alternate for the June deployment and that I should plan on going." My face probably turned white. I sat silent for a couple of minutes and then the tears began rolling down my face. At first I was hoping I heard him wrong and maybe he meant a year from now or something, but no. They are planning to take my baby away from me for another full tour only about a month from now. I still can't believe it. My heart is overwhelmed.

What to do with myself...go back to Texas to be with my friends and family for the summer? Postpone trying to get a job because if I do get one here, I'll be alone for the whole summer until my birthday in October? Go to Texas and get a job there? Take a couple months trip to Mexico to learn Spanish? Be a big girl and stay here to live life alone in this town I don't know very well still and in which I have very few contacts? It's a mess.

Luckily, my family is still coming to visit at the beginning of June and will be here to help me through the crappy times. We are just so frustrated at the system right now. We are trying to be positive for the sake of our well-beings, but it's really hard to keep your head up when you're thrown a life curveball like this one. I just want TIME, like REAL time to spend with my husband and be a happy, loving, uninterrupted married couple. Please pray for us right now because it's definitely taking a toll upon our hearts.

By the way, I didn't even mention all of the plans we had for these next couple of months that he's now going to miss. First is our first anniversary (very sad), then is Elya's wedding (which means a visit to TX), then Chad's birthday, then the Royal Caribbean cruise wedding for Joey & Laura (which we were both in the wedding party for), then my birthday, and hopefully soon after that, he'll finally be home again. GRRRRR. I'm done now.

Monday, May 12, 2008

On the Attack...

Today is my last day to fill my head with some useful and some useless real estate information. I'm going to try my hardest to stay focused all day. I'm really just ready for this first test to be done and over with so I can move on to the license exam and have that done and over with too. I have like four unaccounted for pimples (which I haven't had in forever) on my face that make me think that my body is beginning to react to either my bad diet or my load of stress. Either way, it has to GO! Let the stress be lifted off my shoulders and let the non-pimple-faced fun re-begin.

Chad & I went on a Sundate (date on a Sunday) yesterday and it was a lot of fun. We went to get lunch at a place called Zaxby's, then grabbed me a cappuccino in this really cute local coffee shop, and then we went to see What Happens in Vegas with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher. It was super-cute movie. Funny, funny. Movie tickets around these parts are way out of control. $9 for one person. Luckily, yesterday was the Sunday matinee and ONLY (haha) cost us $7 each. How ridiculous, huh? Anywho, good thing we enjoyed it! :)

P.S. Happy (late) Mother's Day to all of you out there & also to all of the 'soon-to-be's'! :)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Movie Inspiration...

Well, I officially passed my practice test. Yay for me. So I guess I'm not quite as dumb on this stuff as I sometimes feel. I got 79% of the questions right and we only need 75% to pass, so I'm feeling okay right now. Remember, this practice test is only to measure my current knowledge so now I know in which areas I need to spend my time these next couple of days. I'll be ready to get all 100% right on Tuesday, you just wait! :)

So far, the night has been good. Chad got home and decided he was tired and didn't want to do any of the stuff I had suggested regarding getting the house ready for his parents tomorrow, but what was I expecting?! haha. I don't blame him. He had a hard day at work and just wants to come home and enjoy our time together to wind down and take our minds off other stressful things, like studying and jobs. I didn't complain. We've already watched Meet the Robinsons (cute, but kinda weird) and one of my newest favorite chick flicks, 27 Dresses tonight. We had P.S. I Love You on the agenda too, but it looks like my little hubby is a little too tuckered out for another one. We'll just have to watch it tomorrow before the company arrives. I love that movie.

27 Dresses has inspired me to post some of my bridesmaids experiences for everyone to enjoy. In just a couple of years, I may be just as professional as she was at this whole bridesmaid thing. It all started with my sister's wedding in October 2005 in San Angelo, TX.

Then, my great friend Cassandra's wedding in Del Rio, TX, in December 2005 where I met my one and only (Chad...duh). Thanks to Cass & Aaron by the way! :)

Then, my brother and new sister-in-law got married in April 2006 in a beautiful backyard wedding in Christoval, Texas.
Then, I got married myself to the bestest man in the whole world this past July of 2007. They let me wear a different dress that day. :)

To happily add to the bunch, by mid-August I will have been in my best friend Elya's wedding in Abilene, TX and by mid-September, I will have been in our good friend Laura's wedding on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Not too bad for a 23-year-old. Keep the happiness and the vows coming! Like Jane in the movie, I'll do anything anyone asks of me to make their day shine even brighter. I love weddings.

Today's Agenda...

Well, as I have told you before, life is crazy busy right now. I've been studying my brain away in trying to master the arts of real estate in NC. My instructor gave us a practice test the other day that is supposed to mimick the test we take this coming Tuesday for practice and as a knowledge measuring tool. We're supposed to set aside the 4 hour block of time that we're going to be given in class, have no distractions or books around, and just attack the test like we know we can. I'm going to take it this afternoon so I can have it done and over with and know where I stand on the information before Chad's parents get here tomorrow. Practice test, prepare to meet your worst nightmare! haha. Wish me luck.

Also on my schedule of 'things to do' today, I need to wash some clothes and the bedding for Chad's parents and brother. We have converted what used to be a guest room into an office since we don't have many guests and Chad is studying a lot too, so we must change it BACK to the guest room and figure out where we're going to stuff the extra desk we have in there. It should be interesting. I'm excited they're coming. They'll probably only be here for less than 24 hours since they are on their way to D.C. (I'm jealous) and need to hit the road. But it'll be fun while they're here! Bring out the spades...

So, anyways, a test, laundry, deep house cleaning, and rearranging furniture...sounds like a fabulous Friday to me. Excuse me while I go get stoked about it all...:-P

Thursday, May 8, 2008

I Made the Cover of HOT Magazine!

A fake one anyway! I saw a link to put your face on the front cover of a magazine and thought it would be fun. They give you all kinds of choices for backgrounds and you can upload any picture you want. Anywho, I just thought I'd share my temporary fame with you. Go play yourself and create Fake Magazine Covers with your own picture at Enjoy! :)

Changes, Changes...

Sorry about the new layout change. I know I just did one the other day, but the text on the other one seemed kind of hard to read, so for your viewing pleasure, I felt as though I should change it. This one is a lot of green, so we'll see how long it lasts with me. I'm a little frustrated at blogger right now, because for the second time in a row, I accidentally deleted my link 'widgets' that lead me to other people's pages. I hate redoing that thing. GRRR. Oh well, during a study break I guess I'll get it done again. Talk to you later! :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Weekends for Fun!

Can you believe that only 30 minutes after my last post, I have even more to say? This is weird because usually I'm suffering from writer's block.

Well, I thought I'd share with you our plans for the next 5 or so weekends. It's very unusual that we have such a pre-planned succession of events, but here it goes:
*May 10-11th: Chad's parents from Orlando and brother from Columbia are coming to stay with us on their way to a visit to Washington D.C. They haven't ever visited since I've been here, so it will be fun! We're sure to break out some Spades while they're here! :)
*May17-18th: We hopefully will be able to make our way down to Georgia to see the Webbs??(Cassandra, are you going to be there?) and Dom again. Pat Green is playing a concert down there and the Braves are playing a game that weekend too. It's going to be a potentially great weekend, if everything works out and despite the almost $4 gas prices!
*May 24-25th: A trip planned to see Barbara, Chad's grandmother, in Concord. We like to go and see her any chance we get. She makes fabulous biscuits too! :) MMMM...fat kid's delight!
*May 31st: We help Cathy, Chad's sister, move into a new place down in Myrtle Beach. This is an exciting move for her so we're glad to help out!
June 6-12: My family is coming to visit!! YAY! We're so excited to see them and to have them come to us! My sister and little niece Taylor, along with my parents, are all meeting us at the beach and then we will spend some more time here at our place. It'll be their first trip to the east coast beaches. GOOD STUFF! :)

Well, that's about as far as I can look forward. Looks like any hope for a weekend to ourselves is out of the question for several weeks. We love the company though and especially love the family time! Oh yea, and we decided to meet Dom at a popular pizza place across town instead of cooking...Whew! I was NOT looking forward to tossing something together tonight. Off to dinner we go! :)

All Kinds of 'Going ons'...

Whew! Where to start. Well, first of all, I would like to announce that my best friend in the whole wide world just set up her blog and is now in our community of friends. Yay for Nicole. Click here to see her page. I'm excited to see what all she has to say about life outside of our daily conversations. It should be fun!

Today was my last day of real estate class. We have been in class for 5 weeks and my first big test to pass this course is next Tuesday, so a LOT of studying will be going down from now until then. All I can hope for is that I prepare myself well enough to pass it the first time. I will be beyond frustrated with myself if anything happens otherwise. Plus, it's about time I start bringing in a buck! haha. Also, I met a new friend in class this past week. Her name is Alyssa and she's really cool. We went to lunch together with some other class people and seem to be a lot alike. We seem to be two of very few 'younger people' in our class. It's a relief to have others like you in classes like this, especially when all of the 'oldies' KNOW EVERYTHING and have their 2 cents to throw into every subject. In other words, we know how to keep our mouths shut and not annoy everyone. haha. Anyways, she's really nice and it would be great to start having some good friends around these parts.

Chad & I received '27 Dresses' and 'P.S. I Love You' in our mail from our Blockbuster online yesterday and, even though I've already seen both of them, I'm super-excited to watch them again...with the hubby this time! :) I think these two movies at once might be the best movie combo we've had arrive in our box so far. haha. Nothin' beats a chick-flick weekend! :) Woo-hoo! (poor Chad, haha)

Our friend Dom is in town for a couple of days. He came over for dinner Monday night and I believe he's coming over tonight for dinner too. We love getting to hang out with the friends we don't get to see very often. He's great fun.

T.V. is getting out of hand lately. All of this studying and trying to get in bed at a decent and healthy time has been forcing postponements on our shows. It's driving me nuts. But I did see 'Dancing with the Stars' last night and I was happy with Mario leaving. I've also decided that one of the professional dancers on that show is MY IDOL. Her name is Julianne Hough and she's amazing. At only 20 years old, she's the prettiest, most talented, best choreographing, and playful dancer of them all. She's won two of the past 5 "Dancing with the Stars" trophies. Oh yea, and she's only been on the show for 3 seasons. Not a bad track record if you ask me. She also recently released a country music album that I haven't had a chance to look into yet. But seriously, given the ability and opportunity, I would love to be her. haha.

Well, I guess that's it for now. I shall go on to make dinner.

Monday, May 5, 2008

New Layout...

As you can see, I chose a new layout for my page yesterday. I like everything about it, except that inside of the word 'believe' they have highlighted the word 'lie' and I don't understand why they did that. It kind of bothers me because believe and lie don't have any logical connection. Am I missing something here or is it just the weird layout-making people that thought it would be cool to highlight 'lie'? Hmmm....anyways, I guess I'll put up with this new page until it just drives me completely nuts.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Fender bender...grrr.

Well, as I'm reading every one else's posts, I realize that this week has just been a horrendous week for driving and messing up cars. Unfortunately, I have a story to add to the bunch.

Chad walked outside to leave work Friday evening only to see the Colonel and one of our friends out in the middle of the parking lot admiring what had just happened. The friend, who drives a large Dodge Ram Crew Cab, was pulling out of his space right next to our car. He cut the angle a little too sharp and his wheel grabbed onto the front of our bumper on the Grand Am and pulled it back a bit. It looks like someone just hit the left front of our car at about 15 mph. It's not a lot of damage, but its enough to get USAA on it and to have to get a rental car this next week. Sorry there aren't any photos yet. Chad has the car today :).

Good thing is we don't have to pay for anything. Another good thing is that when we bought the car in San Angelo, we failed to notice that there wasn't a light cover (the plastic part that the light shines through) on our left fog light. This made us slightly frustrated when we got all the way to NC and realized we had been jipped. Anyways, we definitely stand to get a free fog light cover and maybe our blinker clicker fixed too. Wait, have I ever told you about the blinker?? I don't think I have. Well, here's that story.

So, we bought the Grand Am used from a dealership in my home town. We run into several problems with it on our long trek home from TX to NC, by way of FL. One of the most annoying things was the blinker. I call this blinker "possessed" and this is why...

Chad & I were getting tired one night and ready to pull over, find a hotel, and call it a night. We had driven 8 hours that day and all we wanted was a nice dinner and a not-too-expensive, clean hotel. So, we ate at The Macaroni Grill and headed out to find a hotel. It's about 9:30 at night, mind you. We were doing fine until we stopped at the first hotel and it was going to be $129 a night (plus tax of course, because they always 'plus tax' you). On to the next we go. There we found $175 a night. No thank you Marriott! Then, the blinker began. On a random street and in addition to our slight frustrations already, the blinker starts clicking in the middle of our dashboard (what sounds like right behind our radio). No big deal, you may be thinking, but I haven't yet mentioned that he nevered turned the blinker on! It's just going ', click, click...clickety..." FOR NO REASON. At this point, my husband is NOT doing so well. He is so frustrated it's becoming rather funny to me. It was as if the blinker was mocking us for not being able to find a hotel, knowing we were stuck in the car with it.

So, I'm finding this situation frustrating too, but now it's actually becoming rather funny. I start giggling to myself as we continue driving and Chad hits the dash so forceably. "STOP CLICKING"....I'm not even using the blinker!!!! I start laughing now...this is hilarious. We are so beyond delirious and just want a hotel. So, we pull into another one and low and behold, "No Vacancy". Seriously?! I better get my hubby out of this car before he drives it purposely into the nearest pole. haha. So, we find nothing better than the first hotel we tried so we headed back that way. I'm still laughing so hard that I begin to cry. Chad doesn't find it quite so funny until later on that night when our hotel was chosen and we were no longer stuck in the taunting car. All that night we laughed about the blinker, only hoping that for goodness sake, it wouldn't still be possessed the next day. Well, we've had no such luck. Clicky-clickerton doesn't want to stop. That's why we hope to get it fixed too out of this unfortunate fender bender.

Well, anyways, if anything interesting happens out of this car trouble/fixing coming up, I'll keep you posted! :)

Blake's truck being totaled, Cassandra's tire exploding, and our car getting smashed in...Let's make next week a little less troublesome, huh? Glad everyone is okay though! God bless & careful driving.