Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Random Tidbits

I hate piss ants. Well really I hate bugs in general. And I guess of all the bugs that could invade your home, piss ants aren’t HORRIBLE unless they come in mass quantities or are in the kitchen. My piss ant problem doesn’t include either of those options. But nonetheless, they are annoying the hell out of me. In my experience that Taro stuff, or whatever it’s called, doesn’t work. I’ve tried the spray, and it cuts down the huge groups. But I still keep finding a stray one here and there on or around the couch or the end tables. It drives me nuts. Bugs are so gross! That is one thing I like about winter, no freaking bugs! (Although I do like roly polys, june bugs and fireflys…all typical summer bugs, all cute in their own way and completely harmless!)

I almost got in a wreck last Thursday. A bad one. Like really bad. On the interstate, after work on my way to pick up Hailey. I was behind a lady I work with, in the left lane(passing lane) and we were only going about 60 mph which is the speed limit. We had just passed a truck pulling a trailer with like half a tree on it—very dangerous, sticking up everywhere, didn’t look very secure—when all of a sudden, traffic stops dead. J, the lady I work with, couldn’t see it…the SUV in front of her started swerving into the other lane w/ it’s breaks slammed…J slammed on her breaks, and that’s when I saw the commotion and slammed on my breaks, but it was too late. I was going to rear end her going 60 mph. Luckily that tree truck was going so slow there was no one in the lane next to me—I didn’t check before I swerved, I didn’t even think about it, it’s just pure luck this was the situation. I swerved into the right lane, let off my breaks a second because I was fishtailing, almost hit the concrete edge of a bridge, slammed on my breaks again, began fishtailing another direction, saw an exit as my escape route, swerved up the exit around the cars stopped on the exit and FINALLY I was safe. None of this was my fault, and it’s a good thing I’m a damn good driver w/ a little bit of luck or I would have been seriously hurt. I’ve never been in a close call like that going that fast. Only had to slam on my breaks like one other time before that. So I was pretty scared. I called my mom when I got to the city streets and told her what happened and swore up and down I’d never drive on that highway again. I took the back roads to pick up Hailey, which was a good thing because there was a bad wreck farther up the highway, and that’s why it was at a standstill and backed up for miles. J, my coworker in front of me, got off at the next exit and it took her 15 minutes to get there…and they were very close, we’re talking exits less than ½ a block apart. Anyway the next morning I get to work and right away J comes up and says “How freaking scary was that???!?!” She said she was wishing she’d had my cell # so she could call and make sure I was okay because the look on my face she thought I was going to piss my pants or something, and then the next second she looked I’d disappeared (I’d gone up the exit)…the crazy thing is, my boss, H, almost wrecked as well about 30 minutes after we did. I freaking hate traffic, and I freaking hate our dinky 2 lane Interstate that has enough traffic for 4 lanes! Too bad I have to drive on it twice a day to get to and from work! I did get up the nerve to drive to my cousin’s house which is about an hour and a half away on the outskirts of one of the big cities, to go to her daughter’s bday party. I’m proud of myself…not only is that the farthest I’ve ever driven from home(I’m telling you I hate driving!) but I took Hailey as well and she did great! It was nice to take a little trip just the two of us. She slept on the way down there(til we were almost there, and then woke up exclaiming “Outside! Cars! Birds!” just happy to have a change in scenery I think. And then she listened to music most of the way back late at night.

I had a mini fiasco with my auto insurance. Nothing like poor Kristin is going through, but it did freak me out a bit. I had my auto and homeowners ins. through the company I worked at. Well I quit working there as everyone knows, so I could no longer have an employee policy. I had to have it re-written through an agency. Friday I couldn’t do any work, so I called the main agency they use and emailed them my dec pages. They called me back and told me with D’s 3 traffic violations it made the auto double! I almost had a heart attack. Double?!?! We can’t afford that! We were already paying over $300 every 6 months for the auto, and the HO went from $150 a year to $160 a year too! I got this sinking feeling in my stomach and thought well there goes my raise. So much for maybe making enough to make ends meet every month now. They quoted me at 4 other companies as well at this agency, and they were all higher than my old ins. company’s price. So I got on the phone and called my mother in law. I got the name of their ins. agent through this big name ins. company here in town. I gave him a call. And let’s just say he’s now on my list of top ten favorite people of the year! My husband has his ins. through this company as well as his parents. I had ins. guy(CM) change my husband’s status to married, which saved on his premium(ok his parents are still paying his ins. because he’s still in school, I admit, but that will save them money so I think they owe me a thank you). Then I emailed him my dec pages and had him quote me. He emailed me back my quote. I thought ok surely I’m reading this wrong. He called me and asked how things looked. By going with this company, not only am I not paying double, I’m paying LESS than I was at my old employer!! 100$ less every 6 months on my auto, and 75$ less on my homeowners per year!! How awesome is that? Because D was already written there, his traffic violations don’t matter. So not only do I get to keep my raise, but it’s like I got another mini raise because my ins. went down! I went ahead and paid it all up front so I don’t have to worry about it for the next 6 months.

I guess this was just a post of some other things that have been going on in MY life…for once not all about Hailey :o)

1 comment:

Ashley said...

My dad still pays for my auto insurance. And hubby's parents pay for our cell phones. It helps so much, especially when we're trying to get hubby's through school.

That's so scary about the near accident!!!!! I'm soooo glad you were able to get off safely, but that's just crazy.

Which town did you go to? The one that's between us? I have to go this weekend, you should come and meet us there.