Sunday, January 03, 2016

Bad Car Day

Wish it was just a bad hair day .... One of those scenarios that had so many "if only's" as most accidents more than likely are of such a variety. All year I have been taking the train to work which involves purchasing a monthly pass. It is only worth the cost if I use it almost daily so I opted not to buy one the month of December as I would not be using it during my holiday break. So instead, for the month of December I drove to work. On December 18th, the last day of work for me, about 200 yards from our home, a guy simply drove in to the front side of the family truckster. I was driving down a residential street and approached an intersection where a car was stopped at the stop sign. As I approached, he simply pulled out and proceeded to drive into my car; no screeching of breaks or last minute swerve - totally oblivious until contact was made. I am fine - ribs hurt quite a bit but at the time didn't even realize they were hurt. Police came and so on and so forth. After the tow trucks came, I walked to the train and went off to work, rather un-Bondish, both shaken and stirred. 

A request to those driving around the suburbs of Chicago: FOCUS. I have noticed so many times drivers going way to fast and treating stop signs as yields signs and such. Whatever you are in such a rush about ... NOT worth it. 

I know that only my mom reads this but it feels better to have written that statement. Bit of post accident therapy.

So I spent much of the holiday season dealing with insurance. Here is how Emmerson deals with waiting for the rental car to be prepped. 

Twas a good car - 2006 and only 80,000 miles on it. 

Sure wish this didn't happen - frustrated and feeling sorry for myself for being inconvenienced during the Holiday Season, I had to keep reminding myself that I was not a Syrian refugee - there is a perspective maker.

Christmas Traditions

Kittens in a box! Po and Neko Kun enjoying some time in the dress up bin. 

Po going solo.

We have made it a tradition to buy our Christmas tree on the way home from Freeport at a charity tree sale in La Grange. That evening Alicia and the girls get busy with decorating. Typically I do the outside lighting which was rather skimpy this year as I could not find the lights from our move this summer but did include a bit more shrubbery of the evergreen variety, which I like.

 Our first Christmas tree in a few years as we just had a little make believe on in our apartment in Manila. 

Emmerson as the grumpy in - keeper in the Christmas pageant. 

Ada figuring out which way her sheep prop goes - she got it sorted out and did a nice trio of animals reading.

Emmerson in her natural environment - producing treats.

Miss Randy, our friend from ISM, was in town and is a stellar baker so she and Alicia and the girls spent the day making a mess ... of cookies.

One batch complete.