in the event of unintended acceleration keep calm and try not to panic

Imagine if you will me after dropping my son off at school turning left onto the main drag from a residential neighborhood…and as I turn, the car suddenly accelerates and KEEPS. ON. ACCELERATING….45506070

When I imagine all you all imagining this I can just picture what some…one… might be imagining because cautious, prudent, defensive driving just might be a character flaw…or at least something to mock.

Clean driving record, schmlean driving record…so boring…so underwhelming!

But imagine it if you will anyway because it for real really happened right after I dropped Daniel off to school.

No ,I might not have said ‘fuck!” because I did say “FUCK!” because in spite of initial braking efforts, the car was not responding at all and fast…much too fast…approaching stopped traffic on that two lane road.

Now some of you are saying “fuck!“…or something like that.

But cautious, prudent, defensive driver that I am most of the time, I jammed both feet HARD on the brake as I tried to guide the car to the shoulder of the road right next to the freshly plowed field there while reaching to shift the car into neutral when it slowed very quickly then stopped with the engine idling normally.

After screaming “FUCK!” again, I tried to breathe normally because adrenaline and panic was settling in.

What the hell???!!!

After what seemed like forever, but was perhaps only 90 seconds, I eased back onto the road and drove like my grandma all the way home.

Don’t like my driving 30 mph (or less) in a 45 mph zone for the next three miles?

Whatever!

Pass me.

Flip me off.

I really don’t care.

I am getting home alive and then I am going to try and figure out why the accelerator pedal malfunctioned. Turns out, in this case, the floor mat had wedged under the pedal.

And it turns out that I did exactly what one should do in such an emergency situation.

  • Stay calm and try not to panic.
  • Push the brake firmly with both feet and hold it down. Pumping the brake can interfere with the vehicle’s power brake vacuum assist.
  • Shift the car into neutral. If the car has a manual transmission, remember to depress the clutch to shift gears. If possible, guide the car to the nearest shoulder or safe place.
  • Do not initially turn off the engine unless shifting into neutral is unsuccessful. Turning off the engine will also turn off power assist functions and make it harder to maneuver the car.
  • If your vehicle has a start on/off button, hold the button down for at least 3 seconds to disable the vehicle; do not tap repeatedly.
  • When you have come to a controlled stop out of the way of traffic, turn the engine off (if you have not already done so). If you use a key, keep it in the ignition when you turn off the engine so that the steering wheel doesn’t lock.
  • Call for assistance. Do not drive the vehicle until it has been professionally serviced.

Well, at least the first three steps…especially the staying calm and trying not to panic part because screaming “FUCK!” actually kept me calm and not panicking.

Perhaps I should have turned the engine off and maybe not drove the car home until it had been properly serviced.

Oh well!

Nobody’s perfect.

not driving in this picture…just me parked along the side of the road with the car in park and the engine turned off drumming to my jam, Ed Sheeran on the radio

not work if you don’t love it

Hat tip to the grocery clerk and everyone in line at a local grocery store here in the Central Valley who let this moment happen.

And a bow with a flourish to the lady who was Hazel’s first customer and took the time to give her a $2 tip as Hazel, mom and little sister were loading up their own groceries to head home.

fixed again #2

Spring has most definitely sprung here in the Central Valley! Actually Winter never really came which only makes the severe drought here in California all the more real. With Spring comes the warmer temps and time to break out the warm weather fashions. Since my stuck-in-a-rut closet has been edited there is definitely room for another fix from Stitch Fix.

Oh happy day!

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    We’ll send you a selection of five clothing items and accessories handpicked by personal stylists on the date you choose. At the time your stylist selects your items, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. That $20 will be applied toward anything you keep from your shipment.

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    We encourage you to try on everything our personal stylists have picked for you because you just never know what will look great on! Create new outfits by pairing what’s in your shipment with the items that are already in your closet.

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    us what you’re keeping and returning.

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I couldn’t wait to try on what Alicia had chosen for me especially when I saw that she had been looking at what I was pinning on Pinterest.

Those floral jeans!

What can I say, I loved, loved, loved the Dear John Niki Cropped Skinny Jean!

Others seemed to as well…Zelda, the barista at Starbucks, three of my kids, Daniel’s endocrinologist, a random stranger while Daniel and I were getting lunch after his endocrinology check-up at Valley Children’s. The skinny jeans fit well and were very comfortable especially during the two hour drive to Valley Children’s in Madera yesterday. I’m definitely keeping these!

Up next, Market & Spruce Aleah V-Neck Heathered Dolman Sleeve Shirt.

Hmmm…Love the color but honestly, that’s about it. I spent some time tugging and adjusting as every movement revealed bra straps and the overall shape just seemed to add thickness to the middle. Sorry, but I am just not a dolman sleeve kind of girl and I gave up the one shoulder Flashdance look around the time I gave up perms. This will go back.

Next, the Skies Are Blue Samira Cargo Vest.

I think I pinned something similar to this but this vest was just too much. Too many ties which were extra long and proved to be delightful cat toys for Zelda. Too many pockets…I know, it’s a CARGO vest. The collar was weird and just would not lay right and the hood just added even more unnecessary bulk. Sorry, no. Sending this one back.

Next is the Loveappella Whitnee Button Neck Striped Shift Dress.

Pay no attention to the blinding white legs.

I really liked this super comfortable, body-hugging dress. I could see this as a perfect dress to pair with a cool scarf and denim jacket for a day look as well as a date night with my darling husband. I imagine that he would appreciate the way it hugs every curve too. I admit that at this moment I am on the fence with this one. It’s warm here in the Central Valley and this would most likely be spending the Spring and Summer just hanging in my closet. I do like it but I’m thinking that I probably will send it back for now. I need pieces that will work now and through the summer.

Finally, there is the Bria Coil Beads Necklace.

So pretty! I’m keeping.

So now I will send back the selections that did not work along with comments on what worked and did not work with this month’s Fix. This is only my second fix. I’m learning very quickly the importance of communicating with your Stitch Fix stylist more about my style, shape and lifestyle. All in all though her selections prove that we are off to a great start. I can’t wait to see what will come with the next Fix.

Interested? Curious? Feel free to click on my Stitch Fix referral link to get started.

I run like a big girl

So…

How did it go?

I’m upright. I’m walking. I am managing going up and down the stairs under The Big Top. It hurts a little but I’m going up and down those stairs. I guess you could say I did okay with the half marathon comeback.

The day before the race, the boys joined me at the expo in downtown Modesto because what else were they going to do that day? Help Hollie and Ben move when Bill is still not 100% cleared from heavy lifting? Watch Netflix and play video games? It’s a beautiful day, let’s hit the expo, see what else they have and grab some grub because this mother runner needs to fuel up.

Oh and take my picture please because I’m wearing a cute dress…Old Navy!…and I am having a great hair day.

While at the expo, I made the decision to drop out of my age division and sign up for the Athena division, basically the big girl division. This involves stepping on a scale in the expo much like The Biggest Loser without the dramatic music and giant numbers flashing above your head. Still one must step on a scale and everyone within ear shot now knows how much you weigh. It’s just a number, I tell myself. A number that is now bigger than my darling husband; who, naturally, dropped about 10 pounds so far during his post STEMI recovery. I can’t hate him because I am certain that I can run a half marathon and he can not. So I am now officially in the big girl race division.

It’s all about that bass.

Back home, it was time to check out the swag,

and get my gear ready because come 5:00 in the morning, it is not the time to be looking for those socks or ear buds.

This kind of pre-gaming probably wasn’t the best idea but I reasoned it was to support my favorite dance team and studio…a little wine tasting, a little bit of good food and a little bit of shopping…the perfect way to unwind those pre-race jitters.

Bedtime soon followed because 5 am was going to come soon enough.

See?

A little oatmeal, blueberries, yogurt and coffee…definitely coffee and I was ready to go.

This lady is why I signed up for this race in the first place. She told me there was wine. She also told me that it would be her first half marathon. I warned that after about 2 miles I would take off and settle into my pace but I promised us both that this would be fun. It would be. The atmosphere at the start was happy, friendly and very comfortable. We were among friends all looking forward to a beautiful morning run.

Soon enough, I ran past Sandra and settled into my own pace. It was faster than I had planned but I felt good and I felt strong. It was about 58° under the shady college neighborhood so I figured that I might as well keep going at this pace. I soon passed this dapper gentleman above who was race walking and literally passing runners of all shapes and sizes. He smiled at me as I passed him saying “Great day for a stroll isn’t it?”

“Perfect day!” I agreed as I waved and ran on past him. Later I found out that he was just 12 minutes behind me crossing the finish line race walking all the way.

At the 7 mile mark water station, I could see that I was not going to maintain the fast pace I was running. No problem. It was a comfortable pace for a few miles but definitely not the long haul. I was planning to finish strong. It has been five years since I last ran a half marathon race. There was no PR planned for the day; just a respectable finish under a 12 minute pace. So at 7 miles, I walked through the water station. Drank some water. Drank some electrolytes and had a small snack. Back to running settling in a 11 minute pace, I decided that I would walk through the water stations.

And I would most definitely smile and wave at the photographers. Big girls run and look good while doing it!

It got warm soon enough. Not as warm as I imagined that it would be. Still, it was warm. I’m glad that I chose to allow short walk breaks. I was encouraged that I stayed with most of the pack that I had been running with since the 5K mark. The race organizers were true to their word. This was a fast course. Soon enough my pack and I were on 9th Street trying to power through because we were but 2 miles from being done when zooming past us was the marathon winner, Jesus Campos! With a series of 5:35 miles, he definitely ran past us all like he stole something complete with a police escort. We all cheered in our pack and found the energy to push through.

I was literally 6 minutes behind the marathon winner and ahead of the female marathon winner. Yes, I ran the half marathon. Still, I was beyond thrilled with this time. Just 3 minutes slower than my personal best and after a five year hiatus this was super…even better than what I had expected too!

Even better, I did well running in the Athena/Big Girl division placing 9th out of a 30.

Big girls do run and run sometimes faster than even they imagine…at an 11:55 average pace!

I’ll gladly take it and celebrate it.

After an ice bath.

You think running 13.1 miles is tortuous and hard!

and a massage…

and resting while rocking these sweet Pro Compression socks.

and along with a lot of hydration, a little celebration, thanks to the Modesto Marathon.

be on the lookout

If you happen to find yourself in and around Modesto come Sunday morning, be on the lookout for these sweet running tights. I will be wearing them while running The Modesto Half Marathon.

Current weather conditions promise it to be a very bright, sunny and WARM race.

I might die!

Kidding.

Still I just might because I am not a hot weather runner. Ignore the the half marathons past…The American River Parkway Half, The Disneyland Half, The San Jose Rock and Roll Half…all ran in the heat. Those were more than 4 years ago and I STILL hated running in the heat then as I do now…perhaps even more now because hot flashes make it even hotter…take your breath away and perhaps suffocate you hotter.

Yes, I just might die.

But at least I know I trained well in spite of the last two runs of my training which absolutely, positively sucked. I have been hydrating well all week. And I have some sweet running tights and equally colorful kicks to run through Mo-town come Sunday morning!

If your in my neck of the woods I do hope that you will come cheer me on. I need lots of cowbell and cheering. I won’t promise a PR time like the inaugural Stockton Half or even negative splits like my very first half marathon race because I am 5 years older and slower and this is a comeback for me. But I do promise for you lots of fun cheering racers on and a beer and wine garden with food trucks galore at the finish line.

But if you aren’t in my neck of the woods and want to be a creeper still want to cheer me on you can sign up for instant updates of me out on the race course where you will receive start time, splits and finish time sent directly to your phone, email or Facebook.