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The Car Incident

I can’t call what happened a car accident because there was no actual accident.  There was no crunching or crashing or other car injury.  H and I were fine after the fact, however, it was stressful as all heck.

We went to visit family over Memorial Day.  We are 6 hours from my parents and about 8 from his.  We were visiting around the South Dakota lakes that have been really floody this spring.  Things had improved substantially, so we ventured forth in our trusty sedan.  Well, it was a bit too much for the car to handle.  Over the bumps and valleys, mud, and little streams across roads, our undercarriage bumped a few times.  It wasn’t behaving badly, so we headed back to my parents house from his.

We left a bit earlier than planned because bad weather was supposed to arrive about 5:00 pm.  At 4:45, we were driving along, in 30 mph winds, when all of a sudden we heard a great “woosh” sound and the car was being pulled.  H thought that we’d popped a tire.  We pulled over on the interstate where people were travelling 80 mph.  We checked tires, which were fine.  Then we got to looking underneath the car, which revealed that our plastic spatter shield had fallen half off.

After a little bit more fiddling on the ground, we decided to call AAA.  This was decided as H was trying to puzzle out the problem.  He was considering and qualifying, like any good engineer will do, but I wasn’t having any of it.  The weather was supposed to get bad at any moment, so I needed a decision.  After my kind prompting, which may have been a bit of a yell, he said we should call AAA.

I will pause this story to endorse AAA.  You may not need them frequently.  You may not need them for years at a time, but when you need them, you need them so much!   Everyone in the world should have a AAA membership.  It is important.  They’ll bring you gas or tow you and help you when you’re distraught.  AAA is important!

The person we spoke with told us that it could be an hour before someone got there.  We were listening to Dracula on audiobook and had plenty of gas, so we proceeded like we had been without the forward motion.  About 5 minutes later (now about 5:05), the AAA guy got there.  He got the ruined spatter shield off the car and got us back on the road.  He even followed us for a few miles.

So, we’ll have to get a new spatter shield and refrain from taking our car off-roading or country roading again.  Car incidents are still no fun, even if everything turns out okay.

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Time with the Fam

I had a few days of blog hiatus because we were on vacation with H’s family.  We traveled all bajillion hours to his parents house (aka 8 hours) and spent the weekend there.  We spent some time outside in the sun.  I got a little tan.  H got a little sunburn.  We went for a boat ride with his dad, who mercilessly soaked us both, also dampening H’s brother and fiancée.  We had some great fun and really enjoyed just spending time.

I have also decided that H is a card shark.  We played several hands of this game called 5 crowns.  It is a rummy based card game that is purchasable off of Amazon for about $8.00.  We played at least 4 games and H won two of them.  When there are seven people playing a game that has some major chance components, the same person shouldn’t win that many hands.  This leads me to the conclusion that he was probably cheating, or at least had stupidly good luck to get the scores he did.  The other hands we played he got ridiculously high scores to get us off his scent, but I am onto him.  Yes, I am.

I am also incredibly impressed by his mother’s ridiculous baking skills.  She has the ability to (I don’t know how) make awesome food and make it look effortless.  She decided to make scones for breakfast in the morning.  She threw some stuff in a bowl, mooshed it around, added blueberries and white chocolate chips and POOF! Magical scone delightfulness.  They were amazing and there were over a dozen of them in two cooking batches.  She has given me the recipe for the scones, which is just an ingredient list on a post it, but I don’t dare attempt them because our oven it itty bitty and difficult to bake in.

She made dinner that night.  She somehow made mashed potatoes when it seemed like she was barely putting in any work.  She was chatting, socializing, happened to be in the kitchen and POOF!  Mashed potatoes.  She also made chicken that I literally didn’t even see between it thawing on the counter and it being in the oven.  I hope I have magical POOF! cooking skills someday.  That would be handy.  I bet she could even produce a pig on a spit if she really wanted to.  That woman has skills.

When I was a teenager, I wish I had liked cooking more so that by now, I would have magical cooking skills.  As it stands, my cooking is markedly mediocre and feels really cumbersome to do.  Maybe in 25 years my cooking will seem as effortless as H’s mom’s does, but frankly I doubt it.  I’m impressed.

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