Yup, you read that correctly, I had horrible, messy tears streaming down my face because of a flat tire!
Not sure when the screw decided to connect with the tire, but…
When I came home from running an errand in the middle of the day yesterday, I felt the rim of my left rear tire bounce. Ugh, flat… glad I was home and could call roadside assistance from the house and *stay productive* — or not!
When the spare was put on the roadside assistant guy gave me bad news — the screw in my tire was in a place that the tire wouldn’t be able to be patched. I was going to have to buy a new tire.
And one tire leads to two, because of the axles. So, now I knew that I was going to need to buy two new tires for the car.
I was mad and frustrated. I stewed about it and while I was able to get some work down, my head wasn’t in it — and it wasn’t into working out either… so I pushed play too late and didn’t get my full workout in. Which then proceeded to made me even more frustrated.
Not a good place to be!
Camryn had ballet last night, so I took Sam’s car, since it was pouring rain and I thought that his car would handle better. Always takes me a little bit to get used to his car and by the time we go to ballet, I felt fine, for the most part.
I had a productive work hour while she danced, and then we began our journey home (best case is 12 minutes)
We got halfway home and found out that the most direct route was blocked, so I had to make a U-turn on a steep hill and drive an extra 30 minutes in the horrible weather to get home safely!
I wanted a new car!
I made the decision last month that it was time to get a new car and since my tires were running low on tread, I should start looking this month and make our pick next month. This would be a better use of our money, I thought since I wouldn’t have to do the pre-winter maintenance nor buy the new tires.
With that thought in mind, I crossed my fingers and hoped that the people at the tire shop would somehow magically be able to repair the tire, so that my new car dreams could continue… but no, that was not to be.
I had the choice of buying 2 or 4 new tires. They cautioned me that if I kept two old tires they would likely only go another 1000 miles or so before needing replacement and that with the rain coming, I was more likely to fishtail on slick surfaces.
So, we needed 4 new tires – before I need to get onto the freeway again (fortunately it’s only required when I drive to Mercer Island.) So, I needed new tires by Sunday, or I’d have to take Sam’s car again. And for sure, I needed new tires by Tuesday, for Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur on Wednesday.
With all this, we decided to go with 4 new tires
I made the wrong choice, in order to save something around $100, to buy my new tires at Costco. So I left the local tire place and went home to place the order with Costco, fully expecting to be able to get them on my car tomorrow. But that isn’t what happened.
And here’s where the big heavy tears came back — I was ready to go to ANY car dealership and buy whatever they had on the lot. Right now, instead of buying the four new tires. I didn’t want to spend the money. I didn’t want to waste it on a car that I had already decided wasn’t going to be mine for much longer.
Alas, I ended up back at the tire place and got 4 new tires put on my car, and was able to pick the kids up from school on time.
I got 4 new tires, and when I drove out of the parking lot, my car felt safer. It felt secure on the road. I was still sad over the no-new-car-in-my-near-future but I am over the moon thrilled that I am driving my kids in a safe and comfortable car for the foreseeable future.
Oh, and I didn’t get my workout in today either. And I’m mad about it. But I am continuing to remind myself that my kids are happy and healthy, my marriage (of almost 12 years) is solid, that I have amazing clients and a great support system (including my mom, who got a phone call from me during all this – because I needed my mom!)
So what if I didn’t get my workout in. I did what was necessary for me and my family today. And I have to be happy with that.