You know when you’re driving along, just kind of in that “zone”? Yeah, we all do it sometimes whether we are tired, stressed, tuning out the kids, or have lots of things on our mind. Well, one afternoon in July of 2013, that is exactly what I was doing. Driving along, just ready to get home, kind of in that “zone”, when bam, there he was. Within seconds the lights of the Sheriff car came on and he made a sharp turn and was behind me. Crap!
I haven’t had a speeding ticket in YEARS. I don’t even remember the last time that I was even pulled over. But I was, and the nice Sheriff wrote me a wonderful ticket for going 15 miles an hour over the speed limit. Needless to say, when I got home, Jeff wasn’t super thrilled with me. And to top it all off, I was less than 5 minutes from home! Isn’t that how it always happens?! Well, that wonderful day in July is why I have spent the past several days trying to complete an online defensive driving class in order to avoid points going on my license. Just how I want to spend what little spare time I have. And of course I put it off until two weeks before the date I have to complete it, I have had months to do this. (Usually I am not a procrastinator, but this just isn’t something I am excited about!) And holy moly, there is a lot of information in online course. They were serious when they said it was an 8 hour class!
So I’m sure you are wondering about that fateful day in July that I received the speeding ticket. Sigh. I had picked Garrett up from his first summer camp at Kanakuk. The closing ceremony started at 7:00 am. Seriously. The camp happened to be an hour and a half away. You do the math, I had to get up around 4:30 am. I am not an early morning person! Not to mention that Brett was still not sleeping through the night so I was already exhausted without getting up before the crack of dawn.
After a morning of ceremonies and awards at camp, Nana decided to treat Garrett to something from the nearby Persimmon Hill Farm, A local berry farm that has the best, largest, fresh blueberry muffins I have ever tasted!
They call them Thunder Muffins, they are well deserving of their name. Unfortunately we didn’t realize that EVERYONE leaving camp was also going to be stopping there for lunch. So we waited, and waited, and waited in line to place our order, which put us much later heading back home than I anticipated.
I was sooooo tired I could barely stay awake driving. As we got off the highway and onto the side roads in town all I could think about was getting home and resting. Garrett and I had a nice chat on the ride home, and I was just driving along on a road that there was hardly any other traffic on. Then there he was. As the Sheriff approached the vehicle I was trying to gather my thoughts, you know, what excuse do you make to him? And even though you know you were just speeding, you still get that knot in your stomach feeling like you are in some serious trouble! And for someone that typically is a rule follower (just ask my husband, he jokes all the time about it!) And of course Garrett was sitting in the front seat next to me so I was already anxious about it. I stammered and tried to gather my thoughts and gave him some excuse about just being so tired from getting up so early and wanting to get home. Well, the Sheriff didn’t seem to care that I had been up since 4:30 am, and he went ahead and wrote me a ticket telling me that he just wanted us to be “safe”. Uh huh.
When I got home Jeff wanted to know why I didn’t play the “My husband is a retired police office and is going to be so upset with me” card. Well, I guess I think they never care about what excuse you make, they have heard it all! Needless to say, Jeff always gets out of tickets because he can flash his retired badge. Unfortunately that won’t work for me!
So now I continue to try to work my way through this wonderful online class. Just thinking about all of the other things that I could be doing with my time! Like, write a new blog post! I have several on my mind, and will be posting some fun things about essential oils soon, so stay tuned!