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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The End of The Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

Almost four years ago on June 27th, 2004, I had a rotten day. It was slated to be a great day, I had my niece's birthday party in the morning, the Banana Briefcase Film Festival that night, and I was bringing the guy I was dating to both events for the first meet the family/friends test.

This is Bethany at her party. Looks fun, huh?

Then my day fell apart. First strike: BJ called in sick with strep throat. Second strike: The super fun birthday party made me depressed that I was still so stinkin' single and didn't have my own little ones to throw parties for. Third strike: I got in a car accident on my way home. The third strike was really the big whammie that ruined the day all together. Although the accident was minor, my Honda Civic rear-ended a SUV, it took an hour and half for the police to come and make the report and to top it all off the other car ended up calling an ambulance! My car looked pretty crunched but it was driveable, so I drove home and began to sulk. I should have called someone to give me a ride to the activity. After all it was our best activity of the year: future "industry" stars premiering their films, formals, red carpet, the works. Instead I chose to stay home by myself. To escape my terrible mood I jogged to Blockbuster and rented Blue Crush. For those who haven't seen Blue Crush, don't. But why write about this sad but should be long forgotten day? Because just YESTERDAY it finally ended. Let me explain, the lady I hit decided to sue me. She felt the accident caused her a lot of back pain and needed surgery. (Did I mention her car wasn't even damaged in the wreck?!) It's been a long process of calls and letters from my insurance company and my lawyer. She was offered a settlement of $25,000 from my insurance company about two years ago but wouldn't take it. The trial date was for Feb. 8th, which we thought would end the case for better or worse. But even that got postponed for March 17th because the lady had a head injury. (Yeah, a little suspicious.) Anyway, yesterday I got word that she finally took the settlement. Finally Ryan and I don't have to worry about this trial! Everyone kept saying it would settle, but it still made me nervous and I hated having it loom over me. While all this was going on I would imagine the day this lawsuit was over we would celebrate by eating out at the nicest restaurant in town. After thinking all day about what we should do, we ate a normal dinner at home, talked about picking up ice cream but opted not to, and read some great trial moments from The Last Jurror by John Grisham while eating Almond Royals left over from Christmas. Although the fanfare was smaller than I once hoped, I am just happy to read about trials rather than be in one!

6 comments:

erica ernstrom said...

oh my goodness! what a horrible that was. and now all those very bad things have passed and your life is moving on in a pleasant direction. congrats! i'm glad you could celebrate in whatever way struck your fancy.

The Christen's Comings and Goings said...

I'm sorry -what a crappy day. I'm sorry it took so long to get resolved. I thought it was taking a while-9 months to get my medical bills settled, but yours tops the chart! At least BJ cancelled so you could meet the man of your dreams!!!

123checkoutthefamily said...

I'm glad it's all over. What a mess! Some people are just crazy!

Hey, I totally forgot about Friday and getting together. Do you want to shoot for this Friday at 2:30?

Leah said...

That's awful! But you sure have a good attitude about the whole thing.

People like that should be beheaded.

quite content said...

I am so happy that it has ended for you in a great way. Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate. PS are you looking for play date partners. Alex and I need to get out more.

Ben said...

blue crush? No wonder you had a bad day. Why in the world did you want to rent blue crush? That is not your style at all.