Thursday, December 29, 2011

Party into the New Year

Hey 4 day weekend.  I haven't seen you since June, and I've missed you dearly in the last 6+ months.  I  may have been a little giddy when my PTO was approved for tomorrow, and now I'm giddy with excitement for the usual New Year's weekend full of junk food and sweatpants.  The nice sweatpants, not the pair with the holes in them- we do try to keep it a little classy.

Backtracking though... my photographer husband and his wife, with an entourage of photography equipment, managed to take approximately zero photos over Christmas weekend.  To prove we weren't just grinches at home all of Christmas weekend...
Helping the nephew with his gifts.  Happy 1st Christmas!
Obviously no gift is better than a cardboard box and empty water bottle- score!
Will be preoccupied with lazying it up for the next few days... so I'll wish you all a happy healthy new year now!

Question of the Day: Any NYE plans?  Low key or partying it up?

Also, please tell me I'm not the only person who's gotten NSync's "Kiss Me at Midnight" stuck in their head at least once this week.  Just me?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Doesn't share well with others

Welcome to Monday morning... the "Christmas Aftermath".  I kind of love it.
I joked that if 2 adults can do that on Christmas, well, watch out once there are kiddos around!  Don't get too excited, we don't foresee that being any Christmas soon.  We're totally not good enough at sharing our toys yet.

Speaking of toys, Santa Hubs left an awesome new little toy under the tree for me.  A few months ago, not long after signing up for my first marathon, I dropped the hint to the hubs that I was lusting after a GPS watch.  I trust his consumer research way more than my own, and I knew he'd pull through with something fantastic.

This time he certainly didn't disappoint and I've been playing with this pretty little thing since Sunday morning. 
My Motoactv and I are already really good friends... and we'll be besties as soon as I can start running again.

Monday: 2 x10' elliptical, situps on ball x20, Single limb bridge on ball 3 x20" R/L, SLing hip ABD 2 x15 R/L, ADD w/ ball 3 x10 w/ 3" hold, Pigeon pose, supine ITB stretch, standing ITB
Tuesday (@PT): 4" SLR w/ VMO stim 5', SAQ 5# w/ biofeedback 5', adductor 3 x10, single limb leg press 3 x10 plus 3 x10 w/ dynadisc, TKE 3 x10, Bosu squats 3 x10, L LE extension 3 x10 isometric, manual stretching (my favorite part!)

Question of the Day: Favorite new Christmas toy?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Truffle Fest 2011

It's been a festive weekend.  After feeling like I was dying (and calling off sick for the first time in a LONG time) on Thursday, I was finally feeling somewhat human again by Friday afternoon and decided I should take advantage.  So off I went to do some Christmas shopping.  Costco, Target, and last week's online shopping bonanza knocked off 95% of my list almost painlessly!
Wrapping presents is pretty much my favorite thing about Christmas
Saturday morning brought lots of yummy holiday calories.  Instead of baking the usual 1000ish cookies, I opted to stick with just one recipe this year.  Special indulgence of Christmas 2011: Oreo Truffles.  They were another Pinterest find, and an awesome one at that.  The technique took me a little practice but they are super-dumbproof simple with only 3 ingredients (plus all the toppings your little hungry heart desires).
 I totaled exactly 90 truffles yesterday, 90ish last weekend, and I need to squeeze out about 100 more sometime this week!  Thankfully they're so rich that I don't end up eating them myself, ok, not more than 1 at a time at least!
Yesterday's Truffle Fest was followed by a Christmas party at a friend/coworkers house last night and an ornament and gingerbread house making party with my family today.  The disastrous results of that to come later.

In non-food related news.  I have my 6 week follow up with the ortho tomorrow.  Unfortunately, this nasty cold has kept me from attempting any real workouts for the last week.  No pain with everyday activity though and no pain with strength training either... and suffice to say that my "everyday activity" as a pediatric PT (intern) is pretty physical.  I swear I spend half my work day squatting and crawling on the floor.  So if I can handle that in one piece, I think I'm ready to start my marathon training in a few weeks!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

137 and counting

This is a picture of exactly where this post is coming to you from this evening.  Just add in a heated blanket, cocoa, Kleenex, and Nyquil.
PS- We do have real furniture now instead of Rubbermaid totes; we do go classy on occasion.
 I'm on a 2-day streak of being in bed at 7pm which will unfortunately come to an end when I actually work until 7pm tomorrow. 

Despite this nasty head cold, this week has brought a wave of positivity.  Now that I'm all nestled into bed, without any pressing matters that need tended to, I feel like I can finally relax and see the light at the end of the tunnel that has been grad school.  Up until last week, the end still felt so very far away.  A nearing but still out of sight goal, despite being less than 5 months away.

I tied up some loose ends last week though.  I set a date to meet with my Clinical Instructor to review my 3rd quarter evaluation in January.  This past Saturday morning, my project group presented our data from the first 1/2 of our intern year (and it went fabulously!).  Saturday also brought a class meeting to discuss graduation details, licensure exam prep, and the process for applying for state licensing.  I am registered for my last semester, and it's the 2nd year class that is left waiting for their internship placement news.

My insides did a little happy dance.  Ok, so maybe my outsides did a little happy dance too.  I feel like the end is finally within reach.  Too soon to start a countdown to graduation?

I think not.  137 days until Dr. Zesty Nerd, PT, DPT

PS- I will likely never actually use the Dr title, but reserve the right to use when referring to the hubs and I as "Dr and Mr" because I know he'll love it.  Could that be why he's suddenly talking about a PhD?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Minty Mocha Sunshine

Three very important things happened today, as well as many unimportant things.  You can choose which category the next three fall:

1. I started out the morning with Mint Chocolate soy milk in my coffee.  Yum.

2. I walked out the door in shorts this morning, and didn't even get chilled.  Shorts in December; I may have closed my eyes and pretended I was somewhere else for a few minutes.  Mother Nature better get it in gear and give me my white Christmas though!

3. I followed up my morning PT appointment with an iced peppermint mocha.  Emphasis on the mocha; it was like straight liquid chocolate spiked with coffee and a touch of mint.  Not such a bad way to start a Monday.
PS- I wish Blogger let me rotate images.
PPS- I may have spoken too soon on Saturday.  My IT Band wasn't agreeing with me by Sunday evening, and even less so today.  My PT had to remind me that even though I feel fine most of the time... it will be a long road before I am back to everything I want to be able to do.  For now though, 20 minutes at level 3 on the elliptical is apparently out of my league.  I did start Bosu squats today though and didn't even fall; no shame that I needed ModA to stay up at times either!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

To the chapel

It has been the best kind of weekend.  Friends, family, productivity, accomplishment, and lots of extra sleep!  I did drag myself out of bed at the early hour of 10 this morning though so I could meet up with my mom and sissers at David's Bridal.

Have I mentioned that the older of the younger sissers is engaged?  The hubs, the stellar photographer that he is, took some super cute engagement pics of them a few weeks ago.  All photo credit to Hodnick Photography @  I on the the other hand can only take credit for carrying equipment and barking orders ;)

And on that note, we went to try on bridesmaids dresses today.  With only myself and my 12 year old sister to dress- it was a pretty quick and easy process.  Plus, that lovely sales lady kept telling both of us how beautiful and skinny we were and how we looked great in everything; she does her job well, hah.

We tried this one first, which was incredibly flattering and just fantastic on, but it was voted a little lightweight for an October wedding.  I tried it in black and would wear it in a heartbeat for some sort of formal occasion, if I were the formal-occasion-going type.
The 2nd dress was voted out as fast as we put it on.
The 3rd try was a winner: satin, classy, elegant, flattering.  Dare I say we even rock it better than the website model?  We won't be in black by the way...
And now that the second most important aspect is taken care of.  Time to focus on priority numero uno... bachelorette party!  Less than 11 months to go- I better get on it!

Question of the Day:  How many times have you walked down aisle at a wedding?  Too many or few enough that you still get excited about the details?

Me, once as a flowergirl, once as  "jr" bridesmaid, twice (going on 3 times) as a bridesmaid.... and once as a bride ;)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

I'm a Pigeon

Good news of the day is that I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and I'm still pain and soreness free a few hours later.  It felt so good to sweat too!  I am trying to be really patient with this whole ITB/knee/hip/my body is just shaped funny "injury"ish thing I've got going on.  I want need to get serious with my marathon training plan in January, and that isn't going to happen if I don't get rid of the nagging pain.  So, patience it is; better to protect my body now than regret it later.

I haven't done any cardio since mid-late October in lieu of strengthening, stretching, and foam rolling like crazy, and to curb any irritation and inflammation I may have been causing.  I had the go ahead to try out the elliptical this week so I decided to play it safe with 20 minutes. If no problems, I can step it up from there.  Hopefully the knee will still be feeling good tomorrow and I'll give it another go.

In the meantime, I've also been making a weekly visit to a PT.  Some people find it funny that I'm a PT intern and still go to someone else when I have an injury.  But let's be honest, how many people really have the self-control to stop themselves from running and working out when they want to and shouldn't?  I need that other person telling me what I can and can not be doing.

Even more importantly, a good PT is going to get their hands on you.  I've now had my hips stretched in ways I never even knew existed, and it's the most awesome painful wonderful thing.  He actually prefaced these stretches with "You haven't seen this in your books and I'm sure you didn't learn it in school."  I'm tempted to teach the hubs so I can just be manually stretched every day!

Speaking of stretching:  I thought I was being really creative coming up with a novel way to stretch my hip flexors when the conventional ways just weren't cutting it.  Turns out that my novel idea is actually a yoga pose.  Pigeon, and it feels so good!
credit to

Questions of the Day: What is your favorite muscle or group to stretch?  Favorite way to stretch it?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Peanut butter my new lover

Things that I am loving this week.

1. PB&Co:  I'm fairly certain my coworkers will soon give up on "Abby" and just start calling me "Peanut butter fingers".  Most people are sure they have their phone, keys, wallet when they leave for work.  I make sure I have a jar of peanut butter.  And sometimes, a bathing suit, which I forgot this morning and had to turn around for this morning.
Today's restock... let me just go add those to the 5 already in the pantry.
2. My foam roller: I love this thing so much I could sleep with it.  IT Band, hamstrings, quads, TFL, piriformis, gastrocs, traps, spine...  Seriously, if it can be rolled, I have rolled it this week.  I also got the go ahead to do some no-incline ellipticalling this week.  Can't wait to see how that goes!
Where have you been all my life?

3. My morning commute time: While I'd much prefer something less than a 40 minute drive each weekday morning; there is a perk to the long drive.  I can run out the door with fresh-from-the-shower soaking wet hair piled on top of my head... and have it dry and decent looking by the time I park my car!
I do not endorse driving downside up.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Gobble gobble

Everyone has their place in the family.  Mine is to make the most ridiculous edible concoctions and feed them to my large extended family.  Mission accomplished.

Wednesday night started out with one last stop at the grocery store (which was surprisingly not busy probably because I was in the boondocks outside the city), and I was ready to go with these ingredients.
Which soon turned it to this funky looking alien baby.
Then thought it may be cruel to not give the poor thing some feet.
What, no ankles?
But only before beheading the creature and boxing him up.  This picture still makes me laugh, easily amused by the idea of turkey mafia.
In case you were wondering, that same container returned home filled with this.
Oh Almond Torte how I love thee, let me count the ways.
After a few hours and a huge amount more work that I was far too sleepy to chronicle.... I was able to assemble this masterpiece at my grandparents' house on  Thursday afternoon.
It was my first Pinterest find that I actually brought to life, and I think I kicked the butt of those Pinterest versions too!  I'm fairly certain my family has now labeled me equal parts crazy and genius.  My uncle suggested hiring neighborhood kids to assemble the shish kabobs next year, and I wholeheartedly agree!

Confession: This is just the Iphone picture I took, but I demanded the hubs get in there for some professional quality shots of me and my wobbly gobbler.  That amount of crazy can't go undocumented.

And on that note- I had an incredible Thanksgiving full of food, family, repeat for 11 hours straight.  Simply blissful!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Have you had your 6 daily servings of pumpkin today?

Today gave a new meaning to 'case of the Mondays'; it was day full of good things!

1. It's Halloween.  This is one of my favorite holidays, even ranking up there above Christmas thanks to all of the ridiculousness, sugar, costumes, and pumpkin flavored ev-er-y-thing!  Including the pumpkin pie Clif bars I greedily ordered in bulk from REI.  Oh so much yummy!

2. I finally had my appointment with my ortho this morning and he all but ruled out a meniscal tear (happy dance!).  Since last weekend, my pain has largely subsided to 0/10.  I am having better and worse days but the pain was far from constant by 3 days s/p. An MRI was still ordered but only after a long chat about the pros and cons of meniscal surgery, as well as the specificity of special tests for meniscal tears.  I felt like I was taking a practical exam!  I'm still keeping my workouts low key until my follow up next week but hopefully it will just be some PT and good to go.  I really just want to be sure that my I'm not making anything worse while exercising.

3. Did I mention that it's Halloween?  It was the perfect excuse to wear cheesy themed jewelry and fuzzy striped socks... and take bad pictures.

4. Trick-or-Treating and Halloween are the perfect excuse for every child to cancel their PT appointment today, meaning I ended up with an overwhelming 2 kids on my caseload.  That translates to getting lots of paperwork done, leaving uber-duber early, and getting home in time to enjoy the trick-or-treaters!

So my evening luckily included a bowl of Twix, Pinterest, and a piece of cheesecake enjoyed on my front steps which are tastefully covered in the ugliest carpet still surviving from the 70s!

Now... gearing up for an early bedtime; this weekend was way more eventful that I was prepared for!

Saturday, October 22, 2011


I worked with my kiddos from 8-1 this morning.  That's the end of my physical activity for the weekend.  Thanks to my bum knee and a monstrous sized paper due on Halloween I won't be moving anything but my little fingers all over the keyboard this weekend.  Don't the faculty realize Halloween is a week long+ celebration?

So you'll find me cozy on the couch, with my face buried in a chai latte in my favorite blue mug.
 With frozen corn on my knee because let's be honest, no other "ice pack" conforms better than those frozen kernels!
And giving the pretty-little-pinkness a serious workout!

And when all of that is over... I can finally relax, enjoy one of my favorite holidays, and focus on getting this knee back in one piece!

On a much happier note, this lovely lady will be running the Pittsburgh Marathon with me in May!
Um, flashback a few years, yes.  Suz is a high school friend and she's ready to run the full in May and if I can swing my schedule the right way I'll be heading her way to run the NYC13.1 (I think that's what it's called?) with her in March!

Need some entertainment for your Saturday?  Go to youtube and search "disney surprise fail".  Then laugh, really hard, at all the kids that would rather go to Chuck E Cheese, Chattanooga, or stay home instead of going to Disney!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Cold legs and bum knees

I always love a good deal, so I was super excited when I snagged a pair of Canari cycling tights for $1.99 this week.  No matter that I haven't yet decided if they fit me or the hubs better.  Either way, one of us will have warmer legs than we did last weekend!

I love, love, love my Pearl Izumi Sugar shorts for their shorter length (and the perfect fitting dri-fit tees I snagged Costco!), but the  weather is getting a little chilly for them here.  Thankfully we warmed up but I was shivering about 30 seconds into our ride on Sunday!  Our lack of preparation though, may have been due in part to the fact that I accidentally checked Atlanta's weather report instead of Pittsburgh's, oops.

Also worth mentioning while talking about last weekend... this amazing mound of sugar I assembled.  I saw the Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread recipe everywhere, and after seeing it was all my favorite food groups in one bread, I knew I had to make it.
Verdict: It was really quite yummy but it was a LOT of work for a little loaf of bread.  I was also rather bummed by how little of a pumpkin flavor you got out of it.  On taste alone, I wouldn't have guessed there was pumpkin in it at all.  Like I said though, still good enough to lick every last morsel off you fingers!

And now with all the warm fuzzies of the weekend out of the way, I think I did myself in last night.  I felt something a little "funny" in my left knee at the start of my soccer game.  I pulled myself out, stretched out really well, and everything seemed fine as I continued on.  Then I woke up in the middle of the night with sharp shooting pains down to my foot and up to my buttock.  Every slight turn of my knee was another pain.  Now stairs, walking, and even just straightening my knee hurts.  I'm fairly confident that it's (another) left lateral meniscal tear, which won't be fun moving forward.  I already have an appointment set up with ortho next week, but I'm not giving up hope that it is magically going to heal itself before then...

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pumpkins, Bananas, Cinnamon Oh My!

Workout: 30 minutes on the elliptical, hip and core strengthening on the physioball, pushups x20... all while taking in some good Sunday afternoon football!

There is a lot to love about weekends.  One of my favorite things to love is the extra time to make a nice breakfast.  ie. something fancier than a Clif bar eaten in my car while driving.

Today's super-amazing breakfast started with a frying pan and a little margarine.  Next was a banana sliced into thin discs.  Stirred that a little before adding pumpkin pie spice and a little cinnamon sugar.
Mixed all of that up and kind of mushed it a little while it sizzled away.  It wasn't as pretty anymore, but it smelled simply amazing.  It's unfortunate for you that this blog isn't scratch-and-sniff!
Next, I toasted 2 Eggo Pumpkin Spice frozen waffles.  I may have done a little happy dance after laying my eyes on those at Target last night.  Obviously my life was not complete before discovering those little gems.
Layer the banana mush between the waffles, serve with chocolate milk, and enjoy the little party on your tongue.
Just to be safe, I should probably buy an extra freezer to stock with pumpkin waffles... enough to last me at least part way to next fall!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


I spend my Wednesday afternoons doing aquatic therapy; seeing my patients in a 92 degree pool at the swanky wellness center.  It's not too shabby as far as jobs go, but it also makes me stink like a bucket of chlorine for no less than 48.5934 hours.  So a shower is necessary asap before I make the hour-ish drive home, and I always ends up in shorts and a running tank rather than putting work clothes back on.

Where am I going with this?  I made a Target run around 9ish to pick up some necessities.  I was eyeing up the fancy little Halloween hand towels when a middle-aged woman clearly fresh from the gym, sweat still intact, laughed and said, "I'm glad I'm not the only that still stops to shop even right after working out!"

Um, confession, I didn't work out today.  And boy did she make me feel guilty!!

Off to do a few push-ups before bed so I can stop feeling like such a poser in my workout gear!

My favorite way to push up!
It's not that my low back is sagging, it's just that my backend really does stick out that much further.  The scapular winging on the other hand... oops.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Smarty Pants Running

I have this little personality flaw.  I'm working on it, but haven't made much progress.  It stresses me out, wears me out, and sometimes flat out just exhausts me.  What it boils down to is that if I am going to do something, I want to do it really, really well.  I'm kind of allergic to failure.  I'm kind of opposed to falling short.
Hi, my name is Abby, and I like to be an over-achiever.
Over Achieving one shiny over-sized wine-filled goblet at a time!
So it's no surprise that I've been pouring over first marathon testimonials, training plans, tips, tricks, course maps, and training seminars ever since registering for the Marathon last week.  But here's the thing, the Marathon is still 7+ months away.  It looks like I'll be buckling down with a real plan come the new year, but I have a lot of time until then.  (And no I don't know why I feel the need to always capitalize Marathon)

So what do I do in the next 3 months?  Work my bum off to make myself feel as ready as I can be by January.  Coincidentally, the Sunday before the Marathon also happens to be graduation day.  That's right, doctorate degree and first Marathon all in one week!  Lucky for me, my smarty-pants degree also happens to be in Physical Therapy.  Strengthening?  Stretching?  Cardiovascular conditioning?  Injury prevention?  Yes please.
Hi, this is my intimidating version of cross-training. 
I suggest steering clear of that scary looking rectus femoris.

I hope to share a lot of my workouts over the next few months here on ZestyNerd.  Sharing brings knowledge; come be an over achiever with me.  So I figured this was a good time to put a little disclosure out there.  You know, for anyone that may somehow fall under the false assumption that I know everything.  So here goes, in concise list format like any hyper-organized person would do.

1. Yes, I am a Physical Therapy Intern/Student and will have my DPT degree next Spring.
2. Yes, I have all sorts of fantastic knowledge of the musculoskeletal system as well as health, wellness, medical care and conditions, and general well-being (wanted to know just how gross that pressure ulcer is, I'm your girl!)  I love to hear questions, but you can probably bet my answers will be "Go see your physician or PT" or just very general knowledge stuffs.

....but more importantly...
3. I don't know any of my readers well to enough to, under any circumstances, be making personal fitness and exercise recommendations.  Unless you're my hubs, then I tell what to do anyways by default.
4. Always check with your personal health care provider(s) to ensure you are healthy enough to embark on any type of exercise routine, especially if you start out sedentary, overweight, or with known or suspected medical conditions.
5. Nothing stated in my posts or anywhere on ZestyNerd is every intended as medical advice.  Let's be honest, I don't even have a real license until at least next July when I take the NPTE exam.  I'm a faker til then, so don't take me too seriously.  You probably shouldn't take me seriously after I graduate either though if we're going to be real. 
6. As smart as I like to think I am, sometimes I get it wrong.  I'm not a textbook.  Heck, I'm probably not even Wikipedia quality knowledge.  Take it for what it's worth, and know it's not worth much more than some mediocre reading!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Setting up Camp

Looking for sure fire proof that you are getting old(er)? 
Include a high school reunion in your Saturday night plans.  Let's just clarify now though that I have only been out of high school for 9 years and 8 months.  It's the old-man-hubs that graduated more than 10 years ago.  Just saying.

I was kind of excited for a good reason to bring out some of the new fall clothes I have lustfully been staring at in my closet for 2 months!  In true Abby fashion though, I totally missed out on taking a pic of us all dressed up.

Just this one this AM... my sweater dress airing out in hopes that the cigarette smell goes away on it's own, yuck! 
And now it's Sunday, and I woke up with a nasty case of sinusitis (and hopefully that's all it is!).  So I put on my game day sweats....
And set up camp on my couch, with all the sick Sunday afternoon necessities.
PS- The 5 miles around the lake on this chilly Autumn afternoon obviously not happening secondary to not being able to breathe out of my nose :(

Friday, September 30, 2011

Will I regret this later?

It's official.  Not Facebook-official, but registered and paid-for official, which is still pretty darn serious.

As of today, it's 218 days and counting until I run my first marathon!

And now the planning begins!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pumped Up Kicks

Yesterday's Workout: P90x Legs and Back.  It was the first time I had done Legs and Back, and I think I liked it.  I felt like I could reasonably keep up, but that it was still a challenge (I did the back moves with the resistance bands).  However, I don't feel it AT ALL in my legs or back today.  I'm not looking to be hobbling around, but I'm not in super shape right now; I was expecting to at least feel a little sore.  My glutes though, are seriously aching, gluteus medius like no other.  Not that I'm complaining that my buns got a workout, but I would choose the plyo option if I really wanted a leg workout; I just didn't feel it with this one.

Today's Workout: Walking from my car to the Nike outlet, back to my car to get the coupon's I forgot, back to the store to check out, and then back to my car.  (Scratch that.  It's not my car at all, obviously.  It's my very generous mother-in-law's car. see previous post.)

We had some awesome coupons from shopping there a few weeks ago when the hubs needed new shoes, so I scored a super-sweet deal today!

I got these pretty new shoes just begging to be run in.
Running gloves, a running wallet, and a $1.97 pair of dri-fit soccer socks (I still play weekly and have a knack for putting holes in my socks when I play)
And 2 pair of shorts for the hubs, just so no one can ever claim I'm selfish.
All for total of.... drumroll please.... $59 and some change!  I love, love, love me a good deal!

And the running wallet (which fits the iphone perfectly) really adds a special little something to a striped sweater.  Agreed?  With the serious fall weather moving in; hopefully I'll be able to give it a good test run this weekend.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Tuesday Curse

At 9am I was just rolling out of bed and making my first cup of coffee.  I got an unexpected day off today, and I get to spend it all at home doing whatever I please (even if it ends up being laundry, school work, and a workout).  Unfortunately, I'd rather be at the clinic.

Um, should that be attached to my car instead of posing as a Halloween decoration in my yard?  And should one of my headlights really be sitting in my trunk?
I actually would have happily just settled for not getting a flat tire yesterday; I don't have high expectations.  Yup, I was a little wrapped up in life to mention it last week, but I had another flat tire, this time in the hub's new car.  That was 2 Tuesdays in a row.  Now it's 3 Tuesdays in a row with car problems, and this is a little more than a flat tire.

Perhaps I should consider getting to clinic any other way except via car next Tuesday.

This would also probably be a good time to mention that I have an incredible (and incredibly patient!) husband who clearly loves me very, very much.  Even if he did ask what was for dinner 5 seconds after I dragged my bumper into the yard.

Any sympathetic first collision stories to make me feel a little less lame about my recent car luck?

PS.  I really am a good driver!  I've never had so much as a flat tire or even a fender bender until 2 weeks ago!