sounds too good to be true huh? Well it is!
We're trying to relax and go with the flow, but when you are already supposed to be home and sleeping in your own bed by now, not being able to can be quite frustrating.
Why you ask...why the longer vacation??
See flying object vs. minivan.....minivan lost.
On Friday, while driving about 70mph on a very busy interstate, a tiedown strap-complete with metal, flew off a flatbed trailer truck. I was just looking up from my knitting when I saw it and warned hubby who tried to avoid it and not cause an accident. Sadly, we couldn't and it hit the passenger tire (more like stabbed it) and I guess we ran over it. It happened so quickly!! Hubby got us off the interstate as quickly and safely as possible. We ended up with 2 flat tires and some other minor damage that we could see. He did great though, we didn't hit anyone else...phew!
It was scary to say the least! We had just changed drivers, so glad I wasn't driving, not sure I could have controlled it as well as he did.
We had no idea where we were, the GPS helped a bit so we could tell the tow truck where to pick us up. Then they had to call us a ride as there was no room for the 3 of us in the cab.
Fast forward to the garage finally looking at it (sigh..they were busy!) to discover we needed a new rim (a specialized, hard to find one!) and strut for the tire that bore the brunt of impact. Parts were put on order. I was on the phone with insurance company (work and vets office too)...oh did I tell you that this is my in-laws van..well, yeah. So glad I had added rental car to the claim, cause we needed one. Finding one was a nightmare...Friday nite at 4:30pm...near Boston...yeah! Finally got one and then proceeded to find a hotel to book until Tuesday. Yes, you heard it right. The parts are supposed to be there then and we hope to get on the road later that day and home by Wednesday.
We've been in a state of shock, frustration, and mostly, thankful. It could have been so, so much worse.
Our hotel has a pool and internet, so I've been able to catch up on blogs and other stuff. I spent Saturday doing laundry as we didn't want it sitting in the van for 4 days. Yay for hotel laundrymats. I read a bit, and finally starting knitting today.
Finished sleeve 1 of FLS! Woot, finally huh! 1 more to go!
Started a dishcloth for a Knitting Guild member who is moving soon. We are all knitting her one as a going away gift. Just got the message on Saturday and it's due this Saturday (along with a Shawl KAL to start that I have the patterns too...please let me be home!)
Pattern is Starfish cloth and it's going pretty fast. There is a Joann's down the road a bit so I got a skein of Sugar n' cream. Gosh, it's the softest I've ever knit with too.
Our room is pretty good, you can see dueling computers....
On one hand, it is nice to have more down time together....on the other hand...the added expenses, extra time off from work, dog and cat really being po'd at staying at vets for almost 3 weeks...and uncertainty of when the van will actually be fixed.
We are truly thankful that we are all ok, it's only a van (even if it isn't ours).
This will truly be a vacation to remember in many ways. I have lots of pics to go through when I get home and some other stuff :)