So I’ll elaborate more about my car accident from Monday. Like I mentioned, I was not hurt what so ever, but I was left a bit shaken!
Unexpected Snow Storm
I was driving home from Cincinnati to Cleveland, which is typically a 4-hour drive. The weather called for some flurries in Cleveland so I was not too worried about bad weather. That is until I got past Columbus, OH.
Snow + Ice + Rain = Disaster
When I got just outside of Columbus (which is about an hour and a half from Cincinnati), the weather was horrendous. It was a total ice storm. It was raining, sleeting, hailing and snowing all at the same time. I had no clue this would be happening!
As I began to slow my car from a cruising pace of 70mph I saw an accident to my right. I got over to the far left hand lane to make room for semi trucks to get over as well. My car slowed down to around 50mph and I said out loud to myself “I need to really slow down, it looks crazy out here”.
Just as I was slowing down a semi was to my right. I decided that once I passed up the semi I would get over to the far right (as I was in the passing lane in the left) to drive slow. But I was unable to pass the semi. My car went out of control as I slipped on the ice and straight into a metal guard rail and into a grass ditch. I was terrified!
I wasn’t so much scared that I crashed, but more so I was afraid that another car would do the same thing and just plow into me. After several minutes of panicking and calls to my family and Andy, I managed to drive my car out of the ditch.
After driving back into the road something didn’t feel right. My car was wobbling and my steering wheel felt strange. I pulled over to the right and called a tow truck. My car was not going to make it!
And I Waited
Unfortunately there were many accidents and it took hours for a tow truck to come. I sat and waited for 3 hours in my car on the side of the road as the snow piled up. I would like to say I was calm, but patience is not my best quality. Truthfully, I was a bit panicked. I didn’t like being on the side of the road alone. Plus it got dark and scary outside.
The tow truck came and I decided that the weather was too dangerous for Andy to come get me (that was the original plan). Plus I was still 2 hours from home. It would take him much longer with the weather to even get there then we’d have to drive all the way back. I had the tow truck guy drop me off at a Comfort Inn hotel. And I waited again.
Many other people had the same idea to stay at a hotel that night. And the Comfort Inn was not expecting this storm…so they had very few clean rooms. There were about 30 of us waiting for a room and the house keepers had to clean them all. I waited 4 hours for a room in the lobby. It was pretty boring and I was getting pretty cranky. Luckily I had a book and stayed occupied. But Andy and my parents would tell you that I was a baby. I complained to them and wanted their pity. Not my finest moment!
I got to bed around 11:30pm and woke up around 7am. I had some continental breakfast (best part of the whole ordeal I must say!) and waited some more. My car wasn’t ready until 3:30pm. So all day I watched TV and read my book “An Unquiet Mind”, which is about bipolar disorder (side note: very good book, I recommend it).
Cheez-Its and Combos = My Food Groups
My diet consisted of mainly vending machine eats since I was not in walking distance of restaurants. Cheese Combos, Cheez-Its and candy were a major staple the past couple of days!
I was glad to get home yesterday to see Andy and the pups. I feel safe and secure once more. I thanked God that I was safe and that my accident was not serious and that I was OK.
To be honest, I had a feeling that day something was not going to go right so I had some prior warning. Strange how intuition is always right! But I had to get home and I would not have had the opportunity to leave later…unless the storm had been predicted to be really bad.
I guess this accident was a test of my patience and how I handle tough situations…and I failed miserably! One thing I learned is that I need to remain calm in these situations. Life is not always going to go as planned and panicking is not going to help. I needed to stop and take a minute to think instead of getting all crazy. Looking back on the situation, yes it was scary, but I was not hurt and I needed to calm down and think things through. Lesson learned!
5 Hot Guys
On a totally unrelated note, part of the 30-day challenge (which in reality is taking me about 90!) the topic is to post up 5 celebrity guys that I think are hot. Here we go!
Do you have a celebrity crush?