I thought about continually attributing the 300esque display for each week of this blog hop — even having a “template” open to do so — but I think it’s best to leave that little special addition solely for TToT 10*. The tenth week is pretty special, given when just starting out a blog hop you aren’t sure how well it is going to be received, let alone if it will survive and grow. In my head I’m picturing the quarterly marks being the next milestones. Naturally, that isn’t for me to determine, but whatever is decided, it stands to be noted that each and every week of the hop is important.
These past few weeks have really been a roller coaster of emotions. When things seemed to be reaching a high, something caused a crash. Generally those moments are pretty abrupt. This week ended with my car being completely FUBAR (missing multiple events this weekend as a result), and now I’m looking at a stretch of time where I will be relying on friends and family to help out if I really need to get someplace. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth, because I hate asking for help.
With every crash, however, there was eventually a turnaround in the same vein...
- Lazy Weekends. I can’t recall if I’ve highlighted this before, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I had. With my car breaking down, one would imagine I would be frantic about figuring out how to get to and from work, social events, and formal occasions as I look for another vehicle. Instead I’ve done my best to have a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend. I knew my car was on Death Row, so it was just a matter of time.
- Car breakdown location. As I was heading out to my standard Thursday night social gathering with writing friends (though, lately it seems to be just me and maybe one other), my car started shaking on the highway and acting extremely funky. It’s done the same before, and it eventually smooths out and then runs fine, but I had the feeling this time was different. I pulled off onto the first exit ramp, where it died at the top of the hill. Thankfully it turned over and I was able to make my turn, but it died as I was coming up to make a U-Turn thereafter to get to the gas station. While still shitty, it would have been much worse if in the middle of the highway...
- They day of the incident. Being it was on a Thursday meant that my brother was home and able to come try to assist me in getting my PoS car the fuck outta Dodge**. He hemmed and hawed some, but eventually came out. Had this happened a day or two earlier at the same time, I would have been in quite the pickle...
- Random helpful strangers. Over the course of my brother attempting to start my car, two random people came up separately wanting to help us. One had a portable charger, and the other offered her SUV after seeing us from her workplace across the road. I was very appreciative of their offers, but unfortunately there was nothing they could do we hadn’t already been trying.
- Half-price shakes (Car Incident Intermission)! All Summer long, Sonic has had an ongoing offer of all their shakes being half-price everyday after 8pm. I have no idea how many times my friend K8 and I have gone there, but it’s been at least three times now. It’s become our secret sinful obsession. One day she was all “I wish they had pie shakes” when randomly fantasizing. Sure enough, Sonic has them. Once that was discovered, it was pretty much downhill from there. We’ve been trying out a variety of flavors, but I tend to stay away from the peanut butter ones (of which they have like ten of...). I love peanut butter, and I like chocolate, but usually not combined for some reason.
- Elysium. Lately I’ve been attending a handful of movies on dates and with friends, and I hope to maintain at least one each week. It’s great getting back into seeing movies in the theater. For me, Kick-Ass 2 is next on the docket, but not sure if there is much beyond that I will want to see right away. I will have to research what all is still out. Elysium was a good movie, but I’ve a feeling my thoughts and review may be among the minority within the current critic hype.
- Karta Thai and Flameburger. This weekend a friend and I tried out two new restaurants. It was apparently a weekend of adventure and new things. She wasn’t too keen on her meal (in comparison to other locations she’s been to), but mine was pretty tasty. Then again, as I explained to her, pad thai is kind of a staple and likely hard to make bad (though, she said she has experienced it). As for going there again, I wouldn’t object. Flameburger, on the other hand, we both agreed was amazing and would highly recommend it to others. All of the food (even for standard burger and fries, though we also got hashbrowns) was delicious! The waitress was also incredibly nice, so it’s definitely a place we will revisit. Hopefully soon!
- Christine. I'm always thankful for her blog posts and visits, but in particular during my last post | Generation Jak | she mentioned a rating system that should have been a real no-brainer, but for some reason it never really came to mind. I’m not even going to pretend I had planned that rating system all along***, so she gets full credit! Well played, Christine, well played...
- Good judgment. For example: when stopping at the gas station and you find you’ve really got a hankering for a doughnut or cookie, but decide against it when noticing a fly or two crawling over some of the product inside the case when you are reaching in to nab some goodies. Close-fucken-call, but no thanks... I’ll pass...
- Bobby & Steve’s (Car Incident Intermission End/Conclusion). With a magical car start up (after it refusing to do so after being jumped multiple times), I was able to get my car out of the damn turn lane. The Mobil gas station I was attempting to get to just so happened to be a Bobby and Steve’s Auto World location. So as I puttered into their back lot, the manager on staff came out to ask if we’d been helped. After explaining the situation, he arranged for my car to be towed home for half of the original towing charge! He also said if I wanted to donate the car (if having the title), they would come tow it away for free. I’m iffy on this, as I know I can find places that will take cars for some cash, but the offer is a generous one I am thankful for, nonetheless.
I know it looks like I may be back to my old “last place race” shenanigans, but I swear that wasn’t my intention! I’ll take a gander at the linky list and see just how behind I am. As you may have noticed, I haven’t been making many rounds this week/weekend, so it’s going to be another late haul on my end.
*Though, it was a lot of work [for me...] and I’d love to use it more than once
**Some street I was unfamiliar with, but was particularly busy in the early evening
***Though, I can’t lie and say that it didn’t cross my mind to do exactly that >.>
Feel free to leave your Thankful List in the comments below, if you aren’t participating directly with the blog hop!
When was the last time you had your vehicle break down? Are there Sonic locations near you? If so, have you enjoyed any of their half-price shakes? When was the last time you were helped by a random stranger? When was the last time you helped one?