A Wild Ride

Back in October, something completely unexpected happened. When I left for work that morning, I never expected the day to pan out the way it did.

On October 19th, 2010, I was making my daily trek to work, (it’s about a 15-20 min drive, depending on the traffic and weather) when I hit a patch of black ice and ended up totaling my car. I was coming down a small hill, when I hit a patch of black ice that sent me barreling across two lanes of oncoming traffic, I did a 180, and wound up smashing into an embankment.

my landing

Prior to this incident, I’d never been in a car accident in my life. I was rear ended at a stop light a few years ago, but other than being a little shook up, there wasn’t much damage to either vehicle. This time, things were completely different.

ripped bumper damage

I didn’t see my life flash before my eyes, but I did see a parade of blurry headlights, careening at me, as I slid across the lanes of oncoming traffic. Needless to say, I was a bit shaken up for a few days. Luckily, I didn’t hit anyone and no one hit me. I wasn’t injured, I just had a sore back for a few days, but to this day (6 months later) I still get a queasy feeling in my stomach when I get to the top of that hill.

The silver lining? The positive side to totaling my car? I did get this beauty out of the deal.

stock photo

interiorbird

It’s a 2011 Toyota 4Runner (we’re definitely a Toyota family) and I couldn’t love her more. I’ve never been one to name my vehicles or give them a “gender” so to speak, but the other day when we were at the dealership (getting the 5,000 mile check up) and J kept saying, “She’s getting a bath.” or “She’s just about done.” I found myself thinking, “She? Really? Well…I guess that kinda fits.”

Isn’t she sexy?

sweet ride!

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