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I have really conquered my road rage. Really, I have.

Except when someone tries to run me off the road.

Which is what happened last night on my way back home from an evening of watching pee-wee baseball in 40 degree weather. Well, it was more like 60 degrees, but it felt colder than that.

Last night, I was driving along quite happily. There was this car that couldn’t quite decide if it wanted to go fast or my speed. It passed me once, but then it slowed down…in the fast lane.

Usually, when a car can’t make up its mind what speed it wants to maintain it is a good indicator that the driver of the car is somewhat distracted.

Well, I was cruising along in the slow lane and indecisive driver was driving along in the fast lane. I was in the process of passing the indecisive driver when the car begins to come over into my lane. Seriously.

I had to swerve off the road to avoid being hit by the indecisive driver.

I was not happy. Not one bit.

After being hit by a drunk driver less than a year ago, I was fed up and I began my venting tirade. I blew my horn. Called the woman an idiot. She didn’t see or hear any of my tirade because she was in another vehicle and the indecisive car decided to roll along at a slower pace than a snail.

Then came the red light. No other cars around at all. Just my car parked at the red light in the slow lane and her coming up (very slowly) to the red light in the fast lane. She stopped her car way back behind the little stop here now white line that is present at every red light. I could sense it–she was afraid.

And she should be.

Because she had just made a recovering road rager very angry and frightened because of what could have happened since my entire family was present in the vehicle with me. It didn’t occur to me that I might be frightening my children and my husband.

Yes, I yelled out the window at her. She looked like she was trying to text on her phone. I told her that she needed to pay attention to what she was doing. Then the light turned green and she took off like lightening. 

So, what does this recovering road rager do? I blow my horn and get behind her. I wasn’t doing anything wrong. It was the direction that I go home. I can’t help it if she thought that I was following her.

Then I turned and the entire episode was finished. My son told me that the decent thing to have done was not to yell at her. Well, of course the decent thing to have done would have been just that. Unfortunately, when something happens that makes me aware of how something as precious as the lives of my children can be taken away in a second because of the stupidity of someone not paying attention to what they are doing, decency happens to take a back seat and anger rears its ugly head. Along with the feeling of wanting to rip someones head off.

The good thing is that we are all fine and I am thankful for that. Jacob said he was glad no one from church was there to see it. 

Well, just because I am a Christian does not make me perfect. I am just forgiven and I did pray about it later. I feel like it probably scared that woman just as much as it scared me, but I wasn’t able to think that clearly at that moment. If nothing else, she will pay more attention to what she is doing so she doesn’t bring out the recovering road rager in someone else that is struggling with it more than I am.

So, here it is…

Hello, my name is Sonya. I am a recovering road rager. I have been road rage free for less than 24 hours now…however, I believe my anger was warranted last night…

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My office sits in a Cube Farm.

I wear headphones quite a bit while I am working so that I can tune out the noise around me.

I was having trouble staying awake this morning so I decided to go out and get my CDs.

I came back in and put in this upbeat CD in my CD player.

I sat down, ready to work.

There wasn’t anything coming out of the headphones. I turn up the volume. Nada.

I try a different CD. Still nothing.

I was becoming frustrated because my headphones were working before I went out to get my CDs.

Then, I had one of those should have had a V8 moments.

I was trying to turn up the volume using the Tuning knob, instead of using the Volume knob. The Volume was turned all the way down, of course.

I am happy to report that my headphones are fine and that all my CDs that I tried in the CD player still has music on them. 

Have a blessed day!

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I have missed blogging. It has been a week or so since I have written anything. Life just gets in the way sometimes.

Jacob is trying to wait patiently for his phone call from his Babe Ruth Coach. Asking every night if I have heard anything is as patient as any 13 year old boy can be, I guess. We have heard that they are drafting the players tonight. This news helped to ease Jacob’s anxiety that he just wasn’t going to be drafted at all and that his paperwork must have gotten lost somewhere. School is going well for him right now and I hope it continues. My sister-in-law helped tremendously in this area and I am very thankful for her.

Emily has started softball practice. Softball seems to be going well for her. Other than that, Emily is just Emily. She is so bubbly and happy. She occasionally suffers from school-girl drama-queen syndrome, but so far I have been able to reign in the drama and overcome the drama.

Sebastian has started his baseball practice. He is doing really well this year. I really think that he will really grow into the sport this year. He has been playing third base. School is going well for him. He still doesn’t want to read his AR book. He would rather read books that he has at home. I should say that he would rather me read the books to him that we have at home.

Samuel is four months now. He has gotten over the RSV. Thank goodness. He has tried carrots, squash, sweet peas, sweet potatoes, applesauce, and bananas. So far, sweet potatoes is the one thing that he does not like at all. I don’t know why. He really likes the sweet peas. He likes applesauce better than bananas. He has to have cereal in his bottles because he has a major case of acid reflux, but other than this he is doing really well. I will try the sweet potatoes later. He is sleeping through the night. He rolled over in his baby bed the other night. I was so proud that I woke Josh just to tell him that Samuel had rolled over. He is a quiet baby. He does coo some, but not often, and apparently it is really funny getting his diaper changed. Last night, Josh was rocking him so that I could go to bed. Samuel was laughing about something, but I don’t know what. I guess it was just a father and son moment. Whatever it was, it was sweet.

Josh is playing volleyball on Tuesday nights. He is still working the weekend shift, but he is trying to get back to first shift during the week. I will be so happy when he is working Monday through Friday again.

I am still working and still taking my kids everywhere they need to go. I am tired of rain and storms. I can’t wait to watch my kids play ball.

Oh, and the family went bowling last week. It was really fun and I hope that we can all go again soon.

That pretty much sums up the last couple of weeks in my family.

Be Blessed!

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