Monday, June 11, 2012

Happy Birthday QE2

And thanks for the public holiday.  Hope you don't mind but I didn't partake in cake, it kind of doesn't fit in with the 12wbt program!  But as of last Wednesday I'm now down 5.4 kg.  Yay me!   Roll on next Wednesday weigh in.

As far as the week went, it was pretty pissy last week.   I had a car accident on Thursday night.   I was coming home on a high after going to the gym after work and doing a particularly good session, the endorphins must have been kicking in.  I remember I had my Billy Joel CD on in the car and was singing at the top of my voice.

Now bear in mind between the town that I work in, and the town that I live in, is about 50km of farmland.  I was about 15 or so minutes from home, in the middle of nowhere, not a house to be seen, pitch black and I got up to the section where I knew they had been doing roadworks forever.  Slowed my speed down as usual.  But what I didn't know was that they had spread a thick layer of gravel across the road.

My car went  into a skid and went onto the wrong side of the road.  Thank you dad or grandma or grandpa or whoever up there was looking down on me that night, making sure there was no oncoming traffic, let alone the big trucks that travel that road.  I corrected, I probably braked which is the wrong thing to do, and I couldn't get out of the skid and I skidded clear across the road.  I remember thinking okay I missed the white post on the side of the road, but saw the big tree I was heading towards, and to be quite honest thought that this was it. Until the car landed in a ditch and stopped.

A lovely lady stopped not long after when she saw I was off the road at a perculiar angle and with my hazard lights on.  I was probably hysterically ringing Mike at that stage.   She stayed with me until Mike got there about 15 minutes later.  The car was undriveable, the front passenger wheel had bent at a wierd angle under the car, Mike thinks the axle has probably bent or broken, my hub cap was actually broken clean in half as if it was a plate that had split in two.   

While we were waiting for the tow truck, the amount of people then that stopped when they saw both my car and Mike's car with hazard lights on, to see if we were okay, was really heartwarming.  Some we knew that were headed home to our town, some we didn't know, a lot had said they had skidded in the gravel earlier on in the day, so at least I felt a bit better when hearing that.  

Mike wanted to stay home this weekend and cancel a long awaited camp that he was going to, but I made him go.  I didn't need a babysitter.  Well I didn't have a car so I wasn't about to do any more damage.  So I've had a weekend of just me.  Mike had no phone reception but there was a hill he could climb to the top of and get a bar on his phone so he was doing that to keep a check on me.

So now the insurance merry-go-round begins.  They've said I should hear back from their assessor by Wednesday, so fingers crossed it won't be a long drawn out process.


On the scrapping front...

Scrapping is my therapy, pure and simple, so I had time this weekend to use one of the Studio Double-D templates, which was going to be perfect for scrapping some photos of Molly and Lucky on their favourite walk.  I love how you can get a template, add, subtract, turn, flip, whatever your heart desires to use it as a jumping off point and make it truly your own.  

This is the Layer Works template I used, created by Kayleigh Wiles, which as you can see is quite the beachy page, with the starfish and the bucket.

Add a few things to accentuate the story I was telling, like golf balls, and gum leaves, change the orange to blue to match the blue in Mike's shirt, and add the daisy's cause they are just such happy flowers, and this is how it changed...

Love how versatile the Layer Works are.  And it's a great way to get inside the amazing Kayleigh's head as to her powers of construction in a scrap page.  

And with that I'm off to bed.  I'm borrowing Mike's car for the time being to get to work and home, making sure for at least a while I come home before it gets dark, so I can get my nerve up again.  I have 10 days car hire on my insurance, but I'm going to wait to see what the assessor says and how long my car will be, before I work out when I'll use that.


Jodie said...

Oh my gosh Carol, so glad to hear that you are okay. Take care of yourself my friend.

Lynne said...

Glad to hear that you are physically okay; I pray that the nervousness will be a thing of the past real soon!

Polly said...

Im so glad that you are safe and sound. v

Cheryl said...

Carol I am so very glad to hear you are safe after your spin in the gravel... hoping the insurance hassles won't be too bad for you...