Thursday, November 6, 2008

Making lemonade out of lemons..

It happens every year. Whether we like it or not - we can all expect to get older. Unfortunately, it's that time of year for me. If I'm still blogging next year you will get to hear (er, read) my whining, kicking, and screaming because it will be the year of the big 40! Holy cow - 40! (But I don't want to talk about that.)

At the risk of sounding doom and gloom - it seems like something bad happens every November. Seriously, every year in November there is an incident of some sort.

One year I hit a dog. Another year it was the Driver's Ed incident (which was really the last week of October, but I'm counting it). One year I was called to work the shift for a girl who was murdered the night before (this was a horrific experience for me). Last year was the mother load of multiple bad incidents. Go here to be truly entertained! (It was technically my first blog post).

It is seriously uncanny.

So every year I usually brace myself and just wait for the events to unfold. I tend to get pretty discouraged during the month of November. But this year I'm going to try to have a positive mindset through it all. Of course I can't control everything that happens, but I can control my responses to the events. I can be grateful.

So far this month, there have been a couple of incidents. Nothing major, and I really hope this is it! I can handle this.

Yesterday at 6:00 am I received a phone call from my husband and son, who were stranded in our season's first big snow storm. They couldn't make it up the hill that goes up our mountain. Cops were patrolling the hill and we were worried that they would close it to all traffic (as they often do in the winter). But hey - positive mindset, right? I drove down in a sturdier vehicle, picked them up, and brought them home! No roads were closed. It all turned out okay! They made it home safe and sound.

I was hoping that was going to be my only "November Incident" this year. But alas - I had another one this morning.

This morning, I was driving to pick up Connor from swim practice. I took a freeway exit and headed for the left turn lane when I heard a pop and a hissssss. 30 seconds later my back tire was completely flat. Fortunately, I made it through the light and I pulled into a parking lot, and just sat there trying to figure out what to do.

I really tried to find the good in this incident.

The Good News - I have a husband who can fix anything!
The Bad News - he left his cell phone at home.

So, I called his desk. No answer. I had him paged - Victory Was MINE! He would leave work to rescue his wife who was in distress.

While I waited, and while looking for the positive in this little issue - guess what I found?



My camera!! I soooo launched into blogging mode.

This is how I felt about having a flat tire:




Luckily, my dear husband came to my rescue. (Except that he wasn't too thrilled about me taking his picture doing manly things...) And luckily my son found another ride to school.




Todd messed around with the tire for a while before telling me the bad news - we didn't have the tool that he needed to get the spare.

But he had a great idea! Let's take the tire off of the car and drive it to Big O. They can patch the tire and then we can drive back and throw the tire on the vehicle.

Except that the tire had a gaping hole in the side and couldn't be 'patched'.

But as luck would have it - I had 4 snow tires in the back of the car.


I was actually going to have them installed on Saturday - but hey - there's no time like the present! So off we drove to Big O on this beautiful Thursday morning.

And here I am again - a happy camper!


I'm sooo hoping that this post is the end of my infamous bad November luck for 2008. But if not, I'm sure blog land will be the first to know!

23 comments:

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

Sorry to hear about your tire! Hope the rest of the month is full of blessing :) Hugs!

McEwens said...

Sorry to hear about your tire!

I ahve to say, you do NOT look like you are going to be 40 next year!

Fe2O3 said...

I can't tell if that's "Happy Blogger" or "Psycho Killer." 40 ain't bad, c'mon in the water's fi... Oh ... my back!

Tammy said...

You are too funny!!!!

We always had bad things happen in my 8th month of pregnancy.

First child- Hubby helped his father and brother getting the hay back farther in the hay barn before the rain storm hit. Bales of hay fell to hit him square in the back nearly paralyzing him from the waist down for good.

Second Child- A man in our apartment building was going to be indicted on embezzling money from his work. He didn't want to face it so he doused himself with lighter fluid and lit himself on fire. I spent the afternoon holding the first child while sitting in a golf cart the maintenace people used...At least the apartment complex took care of us.

Third Child- Hubby went missing on Mount Hood. He appeared 9 hours later.

And people question me why I stopped at three!!!!

Jan said...

Holy smoly. What a time. Todd to the rescue. And snow tires. Clunk clunk clunk. Oh, that would be chains.

You look 12. Don't sweat it. :)

Doran & Jody said...

Turning 40 was a breeze. You can do it!!

And November is a GRAND month. My brothers birthday. My honeys birthday. Thanksgiving. And now my new GRANDDAUGHTER is here. ALL IN NOVEMBER.

Things just get better and better!!!

I should try to use the flat tire excuse to see my honey during the day. I never thunk of that...

Mechelle said...

You only have 24 days left!! I am crossing my fingers the next few weeks will be very boring. m

goodbyes said...

You DO look so young---lucky!
I was trying to remember how old you were the other day in comparison to Kim and I guessed right! Glad you got help with the tire! This is my oldest daughter Heather's first time living in So. Jordan so your snow is scaring me a little. Cute blog!

Mother Goose said...

you r so cute glad you have your camera back and like your new blog look!

tammy said...

That is so weird that Nov. is your bad month. Weirdness. I will turn a year older this month too, officially. But you are sworn to secrecy on my age since you are the only one in blogland that kinda knows the truth! And seriously you could pass for 25.

Frumpy Luv said...

Ok, so Happy birthday!!!!! Right, right, right???

I read your november post last year ..... wow.

I hope that you can get through the next while with no more incidents. OK???!!!!

binders said...

Ah Jodester, I hope the rest of the month goes well. And girl- you need to learn how to change a flat! You can do it! Didn't the St. George flat tire I got you in your new Metro teach us anything? Remember that? Now THAT was a long time ago and I do believe it was in November!

Oh- and I'd love to go to lunch with Frumpy Luv and the gang. Sounds so fun! Jen will be abandoning me to go back to work. So sad.

wonder woman said...

I'm sure that this will be the extent of your November Nemesis this year. (I have looked into the future and foreseen it. So no worries.)

I'm glad this story had a happy ending!! And I love that you found your camera and went in to blog mode. Sometimes I consider carrying my camera in my purse for just such instances......

Jeni said...

I read about your other incident that started your blogging episode and "oh" I'm sooo sorry. How awful. Hmmm, does your bad karma wear off? Do I need to be careful here? Ha. Glad you got the tire fixed and I totally loved the fact that you broke out the camera and got into blogging mode. Our minds are always thinking "blog" ay? What a hoot! Glad you were safe and you even got to see your honey before supper.

da Bergs said...

Okay, miss darling and YOUNG. SHUT UP. Opps, did I just say that???? Sorry!!
WHAT DATE IS YOUR BDAY? Mine is Nov 14, but I am WAY WAY WAY older than you!!!

da Bergs said...

Okay, miss darling and YOUNG. SHUT UP. Opps, did I just say that???? Sorry!!
WHAT DATE IS YOUR BDAY? Mine is Nov 14, but I am WAY WAY WAY older than you!!!

da Bergs said...

SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT I am so sorry, I didnt mean to tell you to shut up TWICE!!!! SORRY!!! °Ü°

DesertHen said...

Happy Birthday to you...=) We have something in common...I will be the big "40" next year as well. My big day will arrive in July. Oddly, I'm looking forward to my forties. Wonder what thats about???

I hope nothing else befalls you this month....keep those positive thoughts going...=)

Oh, loved the post about your cat. What a CUTE cat by the way.I'm a cat lover, have three of my own. Hubby stole my precious Stinker from me by enticing her with goodies and extra brushings....Hubby has been gone this week so I have been restored to my former post as favorite "person" with my cat......=D

"Q" Tips, "K"razy fun and daily "L"ife said...

wow nothing fun ever happens to me, so I come to you for some interestingly funny occurences. Sorry about your misfortunes, hopefully your month will go a little bit smoother.

Tammy said...

y the way..I am excited for my 40th in three years to be exact because I will then start my reverse birthdays!!!! I had a friend start it when she turned 40. A group of us gals went out to dinner and she gave us gifts instead. It was a shock and surprise, but we had fun. I can't wait!!!! Oh and you are going to look way too fabulous for forty!!!!

Tammy said...

y the way..I am excited for my 40th in three years to be exact because I will then start my reverse birthdays!!!! I had a friend start it when she turned 40. A group of us gals went out to dinner and she gave us gifts instead. It was a shock and surprise, but we had fun. I can't wait!!!! Oh and you are going to look way too fabulous for forty!!!!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I really, really hope you have a good birthday! Birthdays are awesome and should be looked forward to. Too bad yours have been tainted. The whole taking the murdered girl's shift sounds traumatic!

I'm so glad that we hardly ever get snow before December. When I read that you've already had snow, I got a shiver. Thankfully, it's still in the 60s here.

Shawn said...

Dang girl! When did the Bizarre November thing begin during your life? I hear ya on the turning 40 situation. I've got a couple of months to go before that lovely day:( I MISS U GIRL!