July 31, 2008

If You Have Wheels, Stay Far From Me

It was already a kinda crummy day for me- probably just preggy hormones and my obsessive need to nest like mad. I straightened up the garage and was pulling the car inside when my fabulously expensive and trendy stroller slid from where it was leaned up against the wall and got caught in my front tire. Like, majorly.

The big wheel from the stroller was deep up inside the right panel of my car now, above my car's tire. And neither were budging.

Normally I do not panic or get frazzled even over big deals like this. But I was shaking.

I just broke my car. And my $800 stroller that I won from Tots On The Go thanks to Mod*Mom and MomGenerations (formerly Pinks & Blues). The one with the doubles kit that I was so excited to try out when the baby got here...

I called hubby and he came home from work. Finally deflating the stroller's tire and much pulling and tugging and breaking of the rest of it got it detached from the car.

Yeah, it's not supposed to do that:

I know it's not the best pic but I just had to show it because my belly made it in the shot, too.

There's significant body damage to my poor car- we'll be getting a new fender among other things. I know it's just material stuff and that doesn't matter to me. I just feel awful that it happened at all. And that I let it stress me out so much. And that there was no chocolate and no celery in the house.

Now don't you think this story just screams the need for a "here's the kicker" line?


Well, here's the kicker. I was bringing the car into the garage to keep it safe from the hail storm we were supposed to have that never came. Would hail damage have cost as much as this, I wonder?

81 comments:

  1. Ohhhhh...Those Phil&Teds are so nice. I am so sorry this happened :( I suppose everything can be replaced and that is the good thing.

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  2. OH NO Steph. This brought back memories to when we just had bought our new Honda Odyssey Van and I was heading to the bank and turned around to look at Madisyn for a split second and turned back around and BAM... I just hit this truck in front of me. Didn't do any damage to their truck but it sure did to our van because of what I hit was their trailer hitch ball on the back of the truck. I cried so hard :(.

    It happens is what I kept telling myself. Big (((HUGS))). I'm glad you are ok and hopefully you can file this on your insurance and get the car fixed and a new stroller. Hang in there Mama!!!

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  3. Steph that's awful! Seriously sounds like a mishap of mine! Glad you're ok at least!

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  4. What a horrible, rotten, stinky, very bad day! I hope your hubby went out to get you celery and/or chocolate....

    My new motto on a bad day is: Tomorrow will be better. Hopefully. If not, it's something to blog about. :-) I'll share my motto with you. And Ghirardelli brownies AND celery if you're in the Midwest and want to stop by.

    P.S. Loved your "Curvy" pic too. Very creative!

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  5. Oh, Steph... rotten, rotten day. But something great will happen for you soon. So that I can comment with another "why can't I be you?" tweet... you'll see!

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  6. i got total body hail damage that cost $2700, so hopefully it didn't do that much damage! i'm so sorry that it happened, & glad you are all OK!

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  7. well, darn.

    double darn...

    i feel most bad (badly?? whatever ;0) about how much it shook you up!

    hang in there.

    xo ~K

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  8. Oh, Steph. I'm so so so sorry. The whole story just SUCKS, it totally SUCKS. I think I should send you a bouquet of celery, would that be okay?

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  9. Ugh! That's a huge bummer! Would it be wise for my hubby to NOT bring this up with Jeff tomorrow at work? ;-)

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  10. I'm really sorry...like you said, they are just material things, but those material things can sure cause us stress when things like this happen! Hope tomorrow is better, filled with chocolate and celery.

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  11. So sorry! That totally stinks. Not what you need right now, Im sure. Tomorrow's a new day...;)

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  12. Ugh....I have nothing to comment....except for I'm sorry!

    HUGS!

    Lori

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  13. gretchen from lifenutAugust 01, 2008 3:49 AM

    Oh, no!

    I am so sorry, Steph. I know you feel bad.

    I ran over our stroller once, too, if that's any consolation. The front wheel of Beatrix's stroller is completely wonky, and that's after my husband "fixed" it as much as possible.

    Would your insurance buy a new stroller for you?

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  14. Oh Steph, it stinks that this happened! True, it's just material things, but I find it hard not to get upset when it's something I was really excited about, especially if I didn't even get to use it first. :( I hope you have a whole lot better day today.

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  15. Yikes! It totally sounds like something I would do! It is easy to say that it is material things but in the midst of the chaos I think anyone with a pulse would get upset! It sounds like you are handling everything pretty well now that it is over.

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  16. wow. um yeah.
    I feel really bad for you and that adorable belly of yours.

    At least no body was injured in the great garage nesting of 2008.

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  17. I am so sorry that happened! Hopefully it will all get fixed quickly.

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  18. *hugs* I hate having days like that. But, nobody was hurt and that was great.

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  19. Oh, that is a kicker. How seriously frustrating. I think we've all had moments like that, where you want to shake your first skyward and say, Seriously? SERIOUSLY!?!?

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  20. Bummer. All I can really say.

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  21. Oh Steph, that so sucks! That would SO be something that would happen to me. Blah. *hugs*

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  22. omg, that definitely STINKS!

    and then to have no chocolate (or celery) in the house?

    I hope today is a much better day for you!

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  23. Ugh. What's there to say besides today's a new day?

    Check out Lamentations 3:22-23

    (((hugs)))

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  24. I am so sorry to hear about this - read it on twitter last night. It definitely sucks! I'm sending a special prayer your way today, with hopes that today is so good that you totally forget about yesterday

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  25. Dangers of life on the urban prairie, huh?
    :o(
    Bummer! So sorry!
    Blessings!

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  26. The hail could have been worse! Sounds like Murphy came to visit...
    Glad all are ok.

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  27. GEEZ. That's awful! Will the stroller manufacturer replace it?

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  28. So, so sorry. Glad you are ok though.

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  29. Oh, I would be so upset too. You are right that it is just material stuff, but it is completely understandable to be devastated because this "material" represents someone's hard work and replacing these things is not always easy.

    I am so sorry that you had a bummer day. I hope today is better.
    XO
    Jen

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  30. All I can think of is that if you really need another stroller, that God will provide it for you. So sorry about your yucky day.

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  31. Oh, what a rotten day. I am so sorry!

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  32. OH girl, I feel your pain. My new stroller was equally expensive (but I paid for it out of my own darn pocket) and it's STILL in FLORIDA!!! Although it's supposed to arrive any day now.

    So sorry this happened.

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  33. Yes I am leaning towards the Phil and Ted's. Might sell the Bugaboo too. WOW you won a stroller?? Let me put that on my vision board LOL!

    Anyway, at lease you are OK! Creeped out about your hospital birth story!

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  34. That really stinks. Really. But, I am so glad it was the stroller and not one of your little boys.

    And I would totally cry if it were me.

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  35. Dude, I don't know a woman who wouldn't have let that rattle her! I'm so sorry that it happened and I hope you found your way to chocolate AND celery afterwards!

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  36. Hail damage can be quite expensive. We are getting a new roof because of hail to the tune of $9000+, fortunately the insurance company will pay most of it. Oh the car has damage too but it is hard to see. However, don't worry about getting upset - I think most of us would have felt the same way in the heat of the event.

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  37. OH Steph, I'm so sorry!
    *hug*
    If I could send you a fudgsicle this very minute I would.

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  38. Oh, Steph! Well, the important thing is that no one was hurt - "things" are just things. And hey, you never know, maybe you'll just start a new stroller trend, "broken chic." ;-)

    Jane

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  39. Oh, no, how awful!! You so deserve some chocolate and celery, and maybe even a pedicure. Hope your day gets better.

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  40. You poor thing! You never want anything like this to happen.. but when you ARE EXTREMELY pregnant this is totally unfair.

    That's Awful.

    I hope you get to feeling better. Best wishes for a spectacular day today though. *Hugs*

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  41. Oh my goodness . . .. . I am so sorry this happened to you. I hope you are able to relax some today.

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  42. Oh no, not that fabulous stroller! :( I feel your pain. I'm sorry that happenend hun.

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  43. When I read your twitter post about this yesterday I really felt your pain! Mainly because I was so excited for you when you won it, and then the first thought in my head when you tweeted about it was "she never even got to put Ivy in it!" not to mention fretting over the damage to your car!

    I hope everything is better today and that you can get an equally nice stroller to replace it.

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  44. Oh girl. That SUCKS. Sorry, I hate that word, but really, it's the only one that fits. ((Hug))

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  45. I'm SO SORRY!!! That certainly makes for a rotten day.

    And NO CELERY? Even worse.

    Would you mind e-mailing me the full-size files of the belly shots you've posted? I would like to make a scrapbook for you! I downloaded the pics you posted, but the files are too small to make decent prints. I'll warn you, I take FOREVER to finish projects, but I have a couple of "scrapbook nights" planned in the next couple of months and I would love to do this for you, as a baby gift for Ivy!

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  46. Oh no! Im glad no one is hurt and that everything can be replaced. I hope you can get out soon to get your celery! ((HUGS))

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  47. Bummer! Hope today is better, and full of chocolate and celery . . . if you can get out!!?

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  48. seriously big stink. I did something somewhat similar a while back, and I almost passed out. But you are right, it's only worldly goods.

    but still big fat stink.

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  49. Oh..I think that calls for a good cry. What a yucky day. *hugs*

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  50. Oh yuck! That stinks for so many reasons. The worst part is the "If onlys..." that keep going through your head.

    Well, the weekend can only get better, right? Just make sure to make a stop for some celery and chocolate ASAP. Just in case... ;)

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  51. oh so so sorry.....a really big bummer, I can only imagine how frustrating that is and add in the hormones and discomfort. I hope it works out in the end....maybe they'll donate another??!! Hang in there, glad no one was hurt!

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  52. Sharon - MomGenerationsAugust 01, 2008 1:04 PM

    I think you said it all when you wrote, "It's just material stuff." That's the very best focus...

    Hope your weekend us nestable!

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  53. Oh No Steph.
    :-( That is so awful!!
    And the pregnancy hormones don't help...and the poor stroller.
    Why does everyone keep talking about celery? I must have missed something.
    I can only assume it's been a craving of yours and you've been consuming obscene amounts.

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  54. It may just be material stuff, but it is still very crummy. I would have been terribly upset and I'm not even pregnant.

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  55. Oh! That stinks! Yes, it was just material stuff and it is good that you realize that but that doesn't mean the whole incident didn't stink. My kids were close enough in age that I had a double jogger and then a triple jogger. Not that I jogged with them often, but we walked A LOT of miles on them. They are expensive and I would have cried if one would have been broken. Especially if they had been free. I hope you are feeling better about the incident.

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  56. I'm sorry for your stinky day, that's a bummer.
    It reminds me of the time when I pulled into a parking lot stall and was worried that I would get my doors dinged from the car beside me so I decided to move the car, and I backed right into another car. I was shaking my head for days.
    Wishing you rainbows and butterflies tomorrow!

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  57. Don't feel bad, cause remember when I was expecting your brother and was going to surprise your dad with something from the bakery for breakfast before he got up? I backed out of the garage and took part of the house with me and the shutters went flying in the yard. I quietly went in to wake him up to tell him I wrecked the car and house. I have other stories too, like when I fell thru the attic...the list goes on and on.
    Yes, it is only material stuff and can be replaced.

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  58. Oh no, that really sucks :( But don't worry, it really is just money, however much it upsets. My car got broken in to two weeks ago and my laptop stolen, and I can say I was more than upset. Most everything is now fixed, but the 11 chapters of a book I was writing is gone, plus two years of photos... It's life!

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  59. Actually would you mind dropping by the house? I've got a bunch of stuff in my garagae I need someone to run over.

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  60. After reading your mom's comment, I'm wondering if this runs in the family? If so, it runs in mine, too.

    Miss you lots. Maybe your car was just acting out because I'm gone? Poor thing.

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  61. Oh, I'm so sorry! That really sucks. I know it's material stuff, but it costs when we make mistakes like that. I hope everything gets fixed easily.

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  62. Oh my gosh I'm so sorry! I would probably be tempted to say some choice words over that one.

    So so so sorry!

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  63. I'm sure it must make you feel sick when you think about it. At least it was only the stroller (without someone in it) and the damage can be replaced or repaired. That doesn't make it any less upsetting, but unfortunately, these things happen to us all. Hope you got lots of celery and some chocolate to make it all better!

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  64. Oh, geez. That's horrible. What a freak thing to happen. I hope your car and stroller can be fixed.

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  65. I am so sad for you. Just go to bed, that's the way I like to handle a bad day. :o(

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  66. I'm so sorry to hear about the stroller/car issue..that's NOT good :( Even if this is material, thinks like that happening don't add anything positive to a day :S BUT, I'm glad you were okay in all of this. Also, hope you got some celery and some chocolate :)

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  67. Well, at least that is a cute li'l belly!

    It's amazing how some of the seemingly little inconsequential things cause such huge amounts of damage - both figuratively and literally.

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  68. What else can you say but that totally sucks!! Sorry that happened to you!

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  69. Awww, that stinks! And at least hail damage would have been covered by your insurance.

    Hugs...

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  70. TOTALLY something I would do. =/ Have done. Glad you're okay!

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  71. Oh, I'm so sorry.... it must have been the weekend for things like that - I had a paint store salesman back into me in a parking lot on Friday. Scared my little one and ruined my bumper but at least no one was hurt!

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  72. I would submit my stroller to insurance with the van. They will probably cover it. Minus your deductible. But you'lle be paying that anyway to fix your van.

    So sorry this happened.
    Prairie Lady

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  73. Oh, my gosh, that's awful! I'm so sorry. I just got my van back today from the body shop. I wish there was some way your stroller could be replaced. :-(

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  74. I had a fender bender in my less than a month old CR-V a couple of years ago. What did I hit? My husband's Accord. Yeah, it's true.

    Sorry honey... please tell me you've had some chocolate covered celery since then, right?

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