I’ve heard it said that life isn’t about what happens to you, but how you respond to it. I’ve thought about this a lot the last 36 hours. It all started yesterday morning…….
I was hoping to get in a long swim before my medical massage with Char, then go to She Active Boutique to help Priscilla pick out some cute clothes to order for next year. Never got to any of them! I woke up to our dog, Storm, sick. So I had to do a quick trip to the vet before my massage. Change of plans… that’s ok. I took Storm to the vet; he got some meds; I did a short run; but couldn’t take a shower at home because our friend, Caleb, was fixing the carpet in our bedroom. Change of plans. I headed to the Y to take a quick shower before going to my massage. Got the shower, had 5 minutes to get to my appointment, and the key wouldn’t turn in the van. I tried the wiggle trick, turning the steering wheel trick…. nope. So I started to call Tom and realized I left my cell phone at home. I went back into the Y to use their phone. Tom was thankfully close and said he’d be over in 10 minutes and call Char and Priscilla to tell them I’d be late. An hour and a half later, Tom’s tricks hadn’t worked, the really nice guy’s tricks from West Michigan Lock and Key didn’t work, and I was waiting on a tow truck and a ride to the rental car place. I got a rental van, went back to the Y to meet the tow truck, was pulling out of the parking spot and almost got smashed by a big truck FLYING through the parking lot! Guess he was running late to a yoga class. 🙂 I missed both appointments so I headed home in my rental van. I realized when I pulled in our driveway that I forgot to get my garage door opener out of my van before it was towed. So I parked in the driveway and came in through the garage side door. But I had forgotten to turn on the interior garage light before I left, and I fell off the landing in the dark trying to get to the inside door. Thankfully, I didn’t break anything, but my knee is BRUISED! I hobbled inside in time to let Storm out (he didn’t get sick inside, whew!). I made a few local cookie deliveries, but changed my delivery to Kentwood Community Church to today instead. ( Side note- they ordered 10 dozen Clara Cookies last week and 8 dozen this week- YES!). I went to bed last night knowing that today had to be better…. NOT!
I woke up with my knee sore, but it was a beautiful, sunny day- up to 70 degrees! This was the perfect day to run on the trail in shorts one last time before next summer. I texted my friend, Char to see if I could run her dog, Parker, on the way home from cookie deliveries. YES!!!! I put all my running clothes in my bag, hopped in my rental van, delivered cookies to KCC, then headed out to Zeeland to pick up cookie package labels that were ready. I had just gotten on 196 heading back toward Grand Rapids when I saw smoke behind my rental van and smelled something burning. I quickly pulled off into the rest area right there ( thank you, Lord) as smoke started pouring out from under the hood and coming through the air vents. Thankfully, I had my phone today, so I once again called Tom! Dear hubby of mine trying to get some work done! He said to call the rental car place. They told me to call the roadside assistance place. I finally got a call back that a tow truck (yes, ANOTHER) would be there in 90 MINUTES who would take me to another rental place to get another car on their way to take the van to the shop. But this was my run in the sun in shorts day!!!
Yep, I knew what to do! In 90 minutes and conveniently being at a rest area, I had time to change into my running clothes, run 6 1/2 miles, stretch, change back, and eat, all before the tow truck got there!!!!!! Yes, I ran 6.5 miles of circles around the rest area getting lots of funny looks, a couple honks from truckers, and a few waves from people who couldn’t quite figure out why a lady was running round and round. : ) Well, the 90 minutes was actually 2 hours because in the string of communication, Ryan (nickname-Rudog)- the really nice tow truck driver from Tim’s Towing in Holland- hadn’t gotten the message that I was at the rest area. So he had been driving back and forth on 196 looking for a white Dodge van. We both laughed when he said, “Yep, I saw you running as I drove by.”
For you runners out there, rest areas aren’t so bad!!! It only took 2 1/2 laps to equal a mile, much better than a 1/4 mile track!!!! You just have to ignore the sound of trucks whizzing by or bring your headphones, which I had forgotten.
Rudog was GREAT! He gave me my first ride in a tow truck and got some good laughs over my adventures.
I got another rental car and arrived home just in time to hear that my van was fixed and ready to pick up! At this point, it was almost 6, and I was tired, hungry, and hadn’t showered after my run. Tom, hubby of the year, took my rental car back and brought my van home.
So here we are a few days before Thanksgiving.
1. I’m thankful that both times I was stuck, I was in a safe place near a bathroom! 2. I’m thankful that I wasn’t stranded on the side of the interstate today for almost 3 hours. 3. I’m thankful that I didn’t forget my phone today. 4. I’m thankful that I didn’t break anything when I fell in my garage. 5. I’m thankful that Storm is better and I didn’t have to clean any carpets. 6. I’m thankful that I picked up the Clara Cookie labels before the van stopped. We need them Monday morning for baking! 7. I’m thankful that I had my running clothes with me today, and I got to enjoy the warm sunshine before the snow comes tomorrow!!!!!!
“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances” I Thessalonians 5:16