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26 May 2005


for some reason, my latest post wasn't viewable from "www.latortugadelanoche.blogspot.com" but was if you dropped the "www" from the beginning. I'm posting this post to see if it will show this one and the other one on the full web address. this is only a test.

the aftermath

josh went into work today. not to deliver anymore water, but to settle things with regard to the accident. we are both doing much better physically today than yesterday. my bruising is looking prettier, or a lot worse, depending on your point of view. we did get some bad news today, though. apparently josh will no longer be able to drive for the company because the insurance won't cover him anymore. there also isn't anything available at the plant for him full time. his boss is gracious enough to let him work in the plant for two weeks, but after that, he's out of a job. i don't currently have a job. i went on an interview last week, but found out from the friend who got me the interview that i didn't get the job.

i called my old boss for the city today. he was keeping me on payroll in case, well, i don't even know in case of what, but maybe it's in case of this. there's a possibility that he can take me back working, and possibly make me a pool manager. not the greatest job, but it would give me full time hours during the summer at least, and would be a nice pay raise compared to what i was making when i left. and he said i could probably stay indoors at the senior pool. don't get me wrong, i enjoy working outside during the summer and getting a nice tan, but when you're outside in the sun for 8 hours a day, it just drains you. so anyway, at least there's that possibility of having a job during the summer that is "full time" while josh tries to find a job.

i haven't really completely organized my thoughts on this whole situation. when i heard the news from my husband, i wanted to cry, but if i did it would have hurt my nose a whole heck of a lot. who knew that someone who had been a perfect driver for the company for 4 or 5 years would be dropped after getting into one accident? you'd think the previous good driving would count for something. oh well.

when you're getting married, you think about what your married life will be like and feel like for those first few months. i never thought that within one month of getting married my husband would lose his job. God took care of us in the accident, and i know He's got something planned for us, but it's so hard to see right now. all i can see is the rent that's due in a few days, the utility bills, the credit card bill(which luckily won't be too bad since we hardly use it), and all these other things that we're responsible for. please pray for us as we try to figure out how we're gonna make it. just pray.

25 May 2005

where did that come from?!?!

So I went delivering with Josh yesterday. We usually find that fun. We get to spend the day together and work together and drive around the DFW metroplex in a box truck full of bottled water. Well, we were about halfway done with our route when we come up to a stop sign. Josh makes a complete stop and then we see a white car coming from our right make a complete stop after us. At least we're pretty sure she did. We figured "hey, they must have a stop sign, which would make it our turn to go." After all, we were on a somewhat main road. When I say that, it means that on the Mapsco page it was on, the name of the street was in bigger capital letters than the other ones around it. Not bolded, but bigger. So since it was our turn, Josh proceeds out into the intersection to continue going straight on that street we were currently on. I look over to tell Josh something and I see this late 80s, early 90s Ford truck within feet of the driver's side door, heading straight at us, coming with lots of speed.

BAM!! All of a sudden, the box truck that we're in is turned almost a complete 90 degrees from where we just were. We were in a major car accident. The Ford must have hit us at a pretty high speed (my guess is higher than the limit on that road) in order to turn this big delivery truck 90 degrees. The damage? The Ford didn't seem to have much damage. It was crunched up nicely, but it didn't look like anything under the hood got broken. Guess they really do build them "Ford Tough." The delivery truck? Well, the radiator got busted, and the driver door could not be opened. Basically, the driver's half of the cab took it pretty hard. The side window shattered, the gear selector, which was between Josh and myself, was angled and bent and could be put into park. As for the white car that seemed to have made a complete stop; well, let's say it was a miracle that the girl driving got out of her car easily and without a scratch on her. Apparently when the Ford turned us, the hood of her car got trapped under the box part of the truck. Her windshield was pretty shattered and kind of flattened in a little bit. Again, a miracle she walked away unscathed, however, very understandably shaken up.

The fireman/EMT guys happened to be just down the road and got to us within about 3 minutes of the accident happening. By the time Josh and I got out of the truck through the passenger side and to the side of the road, they were already there. The police got there just a few minutes later. All of them were very nice. They checked all of us out and there were no serious injuries.

Even though we were in the biggest vehicle, Josh and I were the only ones with apparent physical injuries. He has a small bump on his head and a scratch across his left shoulder (where he hit the door on impact), his left leg is sore and he has a bruise on the inside of his right knee. I, on the other hand, got it worst of all. The gear selector decided to have a field day on my left leg. I have a bruise that extends from the middle of the top of my thigh, down the outside, to the middle of the back of my thigh. It is about the size of a sweet potato, as far as the width of it. Since the only seatbelt I had was a lap belt, my lap is pretty bruised up. Plus I have a bump on the side of my nose. And I ache all over.

Everything happened so fast. I saw the truck coming after it was too late, then I feel pain in my leg and my nose and all of a sudden, we're face a totally different direction. I thought my nose was broken once we came to a stop. I new what had hit my leg, but I still have no idea what bopped my nose. My best guess is the clipboard I was holding in my lap. Luckily my nose isn't broken, but it hurts like heck. I feel pretty beat up.

Last night Josh and I kept thinking of how this could have been avoided. Had we doubled checked where we were going, had we left sooner, all sorts of things. But we are still baffled about a couple of things. Number 1, where did that Ford truck come from? Josh is a safe driver. He looks both ways before going. He comes to complete stops, and I mean truly complete stops, whenever he's delivering. Number 2, if that truck was there and Josh just wasn't looking hard enough, why didn't the truck see us? We totally admit we were at fault, but just keep wondering, how did this happen?
Number 3, how could a truck (granted it was an F-250) move and turn our big box truck almost a complete 90 degrees when we had just started to accelerate from a complete stop? He must have been moving pretty fast to do that. Number 4, how in the world did that girl in the white car walk away without a scratch on her? When I got to the side of the road and saw that car, I was amazed to see the driver walking around.

As I look back on yesterday, I can't do much else but thank God. So many things could have happened. There could have been pedestrians around, the damage could have been a lot worse, that girl in the white car could have been severely injured. God had His hand on us yesterday. Even though we're beat up and bruised, we're okay. And everyone else involved is okay. I'm sure they're sore today, too. Now comes the fun part. Dealing with company insurance, our medical stuff, all the wonderful things that come as a result of being in an auto accident. But we're trusting God to take care of us. He's gonna have to. And we know He will. We witnessed that yesterday. Praise the Lord.

23 May 2005


so i've been married for over two weeks now, and i think i'm finally starting to adjust. it's still weird living with another person. sure i've had roommates before, but never a male roommate. but i have to say, God is very cool. He created this whole marriage thing and it's great! still a little weird, but nonetheless, very cool.

josh and i just got plano library cards. after all, we live in the city now, so we figured we'd get a library card and check out books for free instead of blowing all his hard earned money at barnes and noble, or some other bookstore. and that's where i am right now. we're too poor to afford internet access right now, so i am taking advantage of free high-speed internet. hopefully this will encourage me to get out of the apartment more so i can come on here and blog more often. but for now, i'm a happily married 23 year old with no job. life is great!

12 May 2005

i'm married!!

I'M MARRIED!!!!!!!!

That's right, folks, I got myself a husband! Gosh, that's so weird. It's weird in a good way. I've never been able to say "I have a husband" before, but now I do, and I can! It's still all just a little weird.

I cannot describe what it feels lke to be standing behind the chapel doors, my arm looped through my fathers, waiting for the doors to open, revealing my groom waiting for me at the altar. It was so surreal. I remember standing there, thinking "this is really happening? it doesn't feel real." But the good news is it was real and now I'm a wife!

People have asked me "so how's married life?" My response? It's weird. It doesn't really feel that different, except that now, Josh doesn't have to leave to go back to hs house, nor do I have to leave and go back to mine. I guess we kind of have this idea in our heads that marriage is going to be so different from what you're used to. I guess that's partly true. But Josh and I spent so much time together before we got married, that it doesn't feel that much different. It feels right.

The wedding turned out beautifully. There weren't any real problems. We said the right names, we had the rings, we wrote our own vows. But there was one tiny problem. The people who set up the chapel forgot to put out the bread and juice for our communion! The plate was there, the cup was there, but there was nothing to partake of! So what did we do? We faked it. We prayed (for real), but when it came time to eat and drink, I reverted back to my theatre days of pantomime. Other than that, everything went great. The reception was wonderful, food was good, and the weather was perfect!! God totally blessed us that day, allowing everything to go smoothly and the weather to cooperate with our plans.

I am so happy. I now have a husband!!