Friday Free-For-All – 02/08/19

Friday Free-For-All

I had my first ever flat tire experience on Tuesday night. I hit a pot hole and instantly popped my right front tire. Luckily, I was able to pull into a convenience store parking lot, where I had light and people, instead of being stranded on the side of the road. I may have panicked briefly, but I’m actually well-versed in the mechanics of tire changing, so I jut got to it. I had several dudes stop and offer help, and two actually stayed for moral support until I was done, which I was grateful for. From start to finish, the change took me about 45 minutes, but most of that time was wrestling with the jack. By the time it was done I was very wet, very cold, and very dirty, but also proud of myself for handling it like the badass I am. Unfortunately, this means that, mere days after getting the CR-V back on the road (brake issues), we are now back to having only one carseat bearing car.

We’ve had some crazy bad roads lately. Lots of freezing rain and mixed precipitation have led to tons of accidents, near accidents, and school closures. Of course, not for Ben’s school. They don’t even do delayed starts because his district doesn’t own their own buses. SO MANY schools were delayed or closed yesterday, but not Ben’s. Laaaaame.

I bought Vera a dress to match the dress I’m wearing for my Disney show. It was on clearance for $4.78 and I just couldn’t NOT purchase it. I’m very much looking forward to this and many more occasions of twinning with my daughter 🙂


Coming back to fitness after pregnancy and childbirth is extremely humbling. I did 20 minutes of strength work on Tuesday–a 10 minute arm workout, and a 10 minute ab workout–and I am still embarrassingly sore. Like, had a hard time getting out of bed this morning sore. But hey, DOMS means I did some work, and work will get me where I want to go.

Have you ever had to change a flat tire?

2 thoughts on “Friday Free-For-All – 02/08/19

  1. txa1265 says:

    OMG that dress! Loved the pics you shared from the photoshoot, and picturing you and V in matching dresses is just entirely too cute!

    Good job on the tire change! My old Ford Escape had a tire go in a Target parking lot literally the night before our older son was going back to college – and we were taking it off the road when we drove him back to NYC! Things were rusted and rotted, we got help from someone and the three of us rotated working off the lug-nuts!

    And while I know it is a slow and hard road – it is important to give yourself credit for all the amazing stuff you have done, and acknowledge the challenges of birth and motherhood! Another reason there were advantages to having kids before social media – no stress from comparing yourself to the moms/dads who are full-time parents, working 60+ hour jobs, have 6-pack abs, rescuing kittens from trees, and go to 9 formal events per week. 😀

    • Rae says:

      I’m SO EXCITED to be matchy matchy!

      I’m definitely trying to give myself grace on the fitness front. I know that what I’ve accomplished so far probably seems amazing to some parents, so, perspective is important. At least I’m trying.

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