Saturday, November 25, 2017

Gratitude Abounds

This past Thursday was Thanksgiving, and we went up to my Mom's house for the day. It was a pretty quiet Thanksgiving, all told. Just me, Best Guy, Mom, Brother and Sister-Out-Law. We ate a lot, laughed a lot, and had a lovely family day.
Mount Mansfield as viewed from Underhill, VT on our way to Mom's house.

Toby making himself at home at Gram's.

It gave us a lot to be grateful for, and on the way home we unfortunately had a lot more to be grateful for. This is what running into a deer at 55mph on the interstate at 7pm looks like.

Whenever we turned the high-beam on it illuminate the other side of the road.

When we pulled into the gas station, some guy jokingly called out
"You run into a deer?" When I said "Yes, like five minutes ago!"
He was a little flummoxed.

Best Guy, Toby, and myself are all very much okay. Watching the deer scramble off the road on a broken leg and probable internal injuries was possibly the most heartbreaking and traumatic thing I've seen in a very long time, however.

This could have been a lot worse. The cars behind us could have been closer. We could have been going faster. We were able to get off the interstate and drive home.

WE WERE ABLE TO GO HOME, UNHURT.

After we got home, we started the process of submitting to insurance. Luckily, we have good insurance and you can do a lot online. On Black Friday, we watched Bob the Prius get taken away.

Bye, Bye Bob the Prius. Just as I was really getting used to driving you.

They told us to take all personal items out and remove the plates. So while we're waiting now to hear if they're going to repair it or total it, the latter is most likely given the age of the car, the damage... and the fact they towed it to an auction house. In the meantime, I'm driving this...


...as little as possible. This was the smallest car they had on the lot, and its still an SUV. They tried to put me in a Suburban and I nearly burst into tears. Plus, because it's from Texas it doesn't understand cold weather and the tire pressure alarm keeps going off. We drove back to the rental place for them to check it out...two of the tires were just off by 2 pounds. It's still doing it, but hopefully I'll only have the car for a few days and I'm using it as little as possible. It's too big and I'm terrified of driving it.

But, as we have learned the last few days, we have a lot to be thankful for. We are safe, we are unhurt, we have insurance, we will be able to afford to get a second (used) car, we will be able to make it to our jobs, this is not majorly affecting our lives in a grand way, with the exception of some car-buying stress.

So, this weekend we have a lot to be grateful for. And so we are.

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