Sleep Driving: Not a Recommended Sport

Don’t worry… I wasn’t the one sleep driving.  But someone I was sharing the road with on my way to work this morning was!

He was a big guy, driving a big white van.  I could see from the time this guy was way ahead of me that he was all over the road.  I figured he was just doing something else and not paying much attention because he was driving worse than a drunk driver.  It wasn’t until I caught up and got beside him that I realized his eyes were closed!

Asleep at the wheelTraffic is always very slow and bumper to bumper on the toll road in the morning.  He would come to a complete stop while the traffic was getting way ahead of him.  Then he would start to drive off the road and stop again when he started to run over the bumps outside the lane.  Luckily for him, and the other drivers, he kept stopping when he fell asleep (instead of crashing).  Then he would realize it, jump, and act awake for twenty seconds before it happened all over again.

I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one realizing what was going on.  Everyone was giving him plenty of space in all directions.  I sure wasn’t going to get in front of him!  The entertainment/worry was definitely keeping me more alert.  I’m usually on autopilot on my way to work.  Sometimes I don’t even remember getting there… scary, I know.  Unfortunately, my exit came so I don’t know what happened to him.  I sure hope he made it to where he was going.

The Love of Thrift Shopping

For quite a while now my mom and especially my sister have really been into shopping for bargains at resale/consignment stores.  Me… not so much.  I always thought it was way more trouble than it was worth to find something I would like.  Turns out I had a little something to learn from my little sister. 🙂

They had recommended that I really needed to check out a consignment shop that they had recently discovered because it sold many clothes from stores I normally shop at.  So, Jesse I were on our way there when he surprised me by pulling off the road at another resale store that had just opened up near our house.  I was not very excited to think about looking for anything there, but I went along with it because it was a nice idea he had.  I was very surprised at some great finds.

New tops

Almost all of their tops were $4.07, each skirt was $4.57, and a pair of shorts for $3.77. You can barely tell that everything isn’t new, and you can’t beat the prices! Can you believe I got all these for $42?? I told my sister I was always shopping at resale shops from now on. That got me a fist pump and a YES!! She finally won me over. Why pay full price?

New skirts/shorts

Our “LAST” Family Weekend

Since the three of us siblings are getting older, all-together family time is getting harder to accomplish. We each have our own lives and keep busy with various activities. For the last couple of years now, Mom is sure each vacation will be the last family vacation we will all be together for. The last family dinner before everyone travels back to work and school. The last time…

Ashley (my younger sister) now lives in California and is attending grad school.  It’s weird to now only see her a couple times a year when we used to have to share a bedroom years ago.  Since this was her first year, she was able to come home for the entire summer.  This will be the last time she can do this because she will have clients and other activities during the summer for the rest of her years there.  So we made the most of our last family vacation at the cabin this summer!  I’ve lost track, but I believe this is our third last family vacation.

Before Dad had to leave on business we had our last family dinner together (for a couple of months).  Ashley leaves tomorrow, so we had one last weekend which we filled with dinner and games on Saturday night at Mom’s house.  We had pork roast and played Mad Gab.Nicdew guessingMe and NicoleAsh getting Mom to guessAshley

Then, one last LAST dinner and games on Sunday night at our house.  We ate hot dogs and played Win, Loose, or Draw Jr.  Both nights were filled with much laughter, teasing each other about everything, and of course lots of junk food.Me drawingAndrew drawingNicole drawing

We can always find a good reason for Mom-cooked meals and fun hang out time, but our friends are starting to make fun of how many times we do things for the LAST time!