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Something Crashed, Something New

Last Sunday night, after spending a great evening out with my friend Tiffany seeing Blue Man Group at TPAC, I was in an accident. The result:

That would be my 2002 Isuzu Rodeo after the crash.

I had a green light and was going south on Rosa Parks Boulevard through the intersection of Jefferson Street when the Taurus, which headed northbound, turned left onto Jefferson Street in front of me. According to the police report, that driver was going around a person (later described as intoxicated) who was standing in the street. I didn’t see that. All I saw was someone turning into me and no time to stop. I hit the Taurus on the front passenger side, and came to rest against the first car sitting at the red light on Jefferson Street.

Not only was my car totaled in the accident, but I also fractured the radius bone (the one between the thumb and elbow) in my left arm. Yep, my dominant arm, and the same arm that I broke at the shoulder earlier this year. My left arm joints have not had a good year.

My body is still a little sore from it all, and I’m supposed to wear a sling on my left arm for a few weeks. Not fun.

The upside, if there is one, is that I need a new car. I wasn’t exactly ready for car payments again, but luckily I am at a place that I can do it. So I did some research, took some test drives, and Friday (my 37th birthday!) I brought home this, a 2010 Subaru Forester:

I’m happy with it, and the deal I got. Now I just have to break it in… 🙂

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At the Zoo

I recently took some vacation time and spent a few days visiting my brother, who now lives in Orlando, FL. One of the many things we did (yes, including the Harry Potter thing at Universal) was visit the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens where he volunteers.

I saw really cool things, some of which I cannot share because I got the special “know somebody behind the scenes” tour that isn’t officially offered. Ahem. 🙂

That said, I took lots of pictures with my brother’s camera (that I envy so much I’m a nice shade of green). Lots. Most of which suck. Here are a few that I like and feel are decent enough to post:

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Yes, I Did Forget I Had a Blog

Partly because I was on vacation for 1 week, partly because I’ve been slammed with work / life stuff, and partly because I’ve tried not to use my computer at home. Shocking, I know.

More to come. Promise.

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Boone in the Backyard

Very hectic weekend trying to catch up on life and various errands. Good thing I have such a helpful helper. 😉

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Saturday at Target

I love Target. I haven’t been to a Wal-Mart in years. Literally. The last time I remember stepping into a Wal-Mart was my sophomore year of college. And this year is my 15th (!) college graduation reunion. So, yeah, been a while since I’ve done WallyWorld.

Anywho, I’m a Target gal. Well today I went to a different Target, just to keep it interesting, and have the challenge of shopping with a new store layout. Two things happened.

The first is not good — why do they insist on putting the womens size clothing next to maternity? Has no one ever noticed how insulting that is? Yes, I’m fat. Yes, my clothing requirements mean I have to get larger sizes. Yes, “they” insist on putting odd sizing (2X? Really? Like 2X is somehow better than 20? Big is still big.) and separating it from the “normal” clothes. But do they have to put it next to maternity? Fat does not equal pregnant except for the baby-on-board part. And don’t get me started on womens versus misses and that whole mess.

I tried to work up some righteous indignation and anger for activism on behalf of fat acceptance. Instead, I couldn’t seem to do more than sigh in weary resignation.

I hate that I’ve already been worn down by the system.

But then something kind of cute and funny happened later — at least I think so, not quite sure anymore — so I feel a little better about the whole womens / maternity thing.

While in Target, I grabbed up Lost Season 6 DVD, and was happily on my way out, when a nice looking guy with a little girl, probably around 4, stopped me and said, “hey, is that really the last season of Lost?”

I was all, “yes! So exciting!” and we got chatting about not being able to wait for the DVD on Netflix, the extra episode with Hurley, his wife will be so excited to know it is out, maybe he should go back and pick it up to surprise her, blah blah blah. Nothing flirty, just a nice little interaction with a stranger.

I start to walk away, and the little girl, who was listening the whole time, says “daddy, why are you talking to that lady? Who is she? Why are you talking to her? What are you talking about?” and just goes off about him talking to me. The kicker: “Daddy, you tell me I shouldn’t talk to strangers, so you shouldn’t be talking to strangers!”

Ha! 🙂

It was only later when I was putting my purchases on the belt thing to check out that I thought, “dude was totally checking out my cart to notice the DVD under my other stuff” and got a little bothered by it all.

I don’t think I’ve completely gotten used to the casual friendliness and sometimes nosiness that is inherent to the South after my 2-year sojourn in New York.

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My, It Has Been a While

So I’ve had some comments made about my lack of posting. Honestly, I didn’t think anyone but me would notice. I’ll work on writing more soon.

Yeah, I could start now, but I’m enjoying a lazy Sunday, have some scones in the oven, and a puppy running around half-crazed from lack of exercise and teething symptoms.

But at least it’s a new post, right? 😉

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