Thursday, August 7, 2008

history meme

Sweet Tubby, she's been so sweet lately. I think she's trying to make up to Hubby. Not sure that it's working on him but I love her. No word on the jeep yet. Insurance company had it towed to a garage. [Those of you familiar with my accident of long ago (mentioned below) know that I have no love for my own car insurance and should have switched after my lawyer dealt with them.] 

Found out the transfer I put in for Emmy to attend the school I work at went through. So Emmy will start Kindergarten this year at my school. Weird but convenient. Bibi will continue to attend the preschool directed by the money obsessed conscious  hag professional. 

I'm feeling evil today. Geez!

Anyhoo, was tagged by Becca in the 10 years, 15 things meme. Not an easy one because any "about me"'s are answered "blah, blah, blah...". But shouldn't be too hard. 

10 things about me that happened in the past 15 years:

1. Graduated high school and college. Got my degree in Music Ed from WVU. Felt like it took 100 years although it only took 5. Discovered: 
  • singers (my "instrument") are a dime a dozen; 
  • I can't read more 2 lines of music (at the same time) worth a darn; 
  • no I'm not going to go on tour in Europe singing Schubert and Schumann; 
  • becoming a band director would be my worst nightmare; 
  • yes I love teaching general music to the younger set and playing with those "Orff xylophone thingies" (as described by one certain traveling band teacher and you know who you are :-P).

Okay that was like 6 things

7. Got a chance to take some music teacher courses (Orff Schulwerk) at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY which thrilled the nerdy classical musician inside of me. 

8. Married the man I ran into (literally) at college. Ran into him with a door. Was angry that I was stood up by another guy, slammed the stairwell door open and there he was- the love of my life. I never had as much fun as I had on that first date with him. He, (and 3 broke friends who bummed along) took me to the cheapest place in town, heck, probably the cheapest place in the continental 48 states (Pechin's Cafeteria, anyone hear of it?). I strained the coffee through my teeth. They ate their 19 cent hamburgers. The 3 stooges friends put on evil clown masks in the car, accidentally scaring one of their grandmothers at a stop light, and lost one of their$5  "Gabe's" hat out the window. It was an adventure. We've been married for 9 years. 

Hubby and I 

10. Had babies, two lovely daughters, 4 and 5 years old, who make me proud to be their mother (on most days!). 



11. Moved to West Virginia from the Pittsburgh Pa area when I transferred to WVU 10 years ago and stayed ever since. I love the beauty and privacy of it all. Don't love the shopping so well, but not everything can be perfect....

12. Involved in a fatal car accident 3 years ago when a driver had a seizure on the interstate, hit a car, crossed the median, ..., launched into the air and landed on the top of my car. He went airborne again and rolled to a stop behind me. He was doing well over 70 mph at the time of impact. That driver was DOA. 

I escaped with only some scratches and some lasting neck problems. My car was totaled though. The roof and windshield were caved it. I saw him airborne and I ducked. I was already stopped. Thank goodness I was the only one in the car. 

 I retained a good lawyer when my own insurance co. asked if I really needed the CT scans I got at the hospital. The gentleman who had the seizure and hit me was underinsured, so his insurance paid up.  And after some persuasion from the good lawyer, my insurance paid also since I pay for underinsurance coverage. 

All of that took a year and a half to settle...

14. After some years of working part time and staying home with my daughters, I decided to go back to work full time a year and a half ago. I was fortunate that a general music job opened up when it did. (and not a marching band job :-)

15. My creative outlets are photography, baking, watercolors, sewing and creative writing. And the singing? I had the opportunity to be in a local worship/christian rock band (before babies). That was fun and cool all at the same time. We had gigs, man! I practice my guitar and piano "fake book" skills and even get to use my mad skilz at a couple different churches on a frequent basis.   

And so, that's it. 

(later) whoops! it was supposed to be 10 things in 15 years :-O. Guess I was distracted when I did this...


Yarnhog August 7, 2008 at 4:51 PM  

I really enjoyed reading this post. Especially the part about how you met your husband. There are just so many metaphors there.

But the car accident part made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I think if I saw an airborne car coming at me, I'd die of fright and save it the trouble of squashing me to death.

little brother August 8, 2008 at 11:34 AM  

Poor Tubby, I know what It's like to get carsick. I guess all cats get carsick easily.

Jennifer August 8, 2008 at 7:53 PM  

I'm so sorry about you cat/car accident. But, like you said, at least no one got hurt (except the Jeep). Are you getting ready for school?

Becca August 8, 2008 at 11:15 PM  

Those are some beautiful girlies you've got there!! That's a great story about meeting your husband. I must agree with Yarnhog. If I saw an airborne car headed my way, I wouldn't duck, I'd faint.

Mountain Mama August 10, 2008 at 10:26 PM  

It was neat reading about how you met your hubby! :)
I got chills and tears back when I saw the newspaper clipping from the accident.

Haley August 10, 2008 at 10:44 PM  

it's always fun to read these kinds of posts and learn a lot about someone. hope you've been doing well. thought i'd take a quick trip into blogland as i'm tired of unpacking. must head to bed now as i'll be up in another couple of hours to nurse norm.

little brother August 11, 2008 at 8:47 AM  

Love that picture of Bibi!

The lord was looking out for you when the accident happened. Other than a totaled car, nobody was hurt.

Hilarious story of how you met Husband!!

Olga August 11, 2008 at 5:51 PM  

Cars are just not your friends are they? yikes. Besides that, Mrs.Lincoln, how'd you like the play????

Lydee August 12, 2008 at 8:14 AM  

nope, cars are not my friends. so ironic, before that huge accident of mine, I went around saying I'd never been in an accident.

Maryam in Marrakesh September 6, 2008 at 9:04 AM  

That is quite a story about the car accident! You are blessed:)

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