Mall Ratz

Yesterday I took my 10 year old niece to the mall to just hang out for a while.  She picked out a bright green t-shirt with a sparkly penguin on it. Despite my efforts to persuade her into something much more calm she insisted on her choice.  I asked her what she wanted to do next and with out hesitation wanted to go to Claire's. We spent half hour trying on head bands and glitter bracelets. I found myself saying things like "when I was your age this was totally cool!" It was fun to see her excitement over plastic bracelets and ridiculous ear rings.  And yes, I thought all that stuff was so cool! I would save up babysitting money to go spend hours at the mall with friends buying that same bright green t-shirts and those same ridiculous ear rings to match. I would fret over which best friends necklace to buy and who I was going to give the other half to. It was fun to be 10 years old again...well for a half hour at least.


Pain in the Neck

I'm up in the night because my head really hurts from our car accident last night. Yes, that's right we were in an accident.  We were on our way to my mom's to drop Marc and Riley off on my way to work for a NCAA finals boys night out but we never made it. We were stopped at a light at Bangeter when a BMW SUV going about 60 mph hit a Ford F150 who then hit us. Riley was histarical in the back seat and because of his condition the paramedics took him to Primary Children's just to be safe. He looked pretty shaken up but calmed down by the time we got to the hospital.  They took an x-ray of his neck and that looked fine and since he was talking and smiling at the doctor she figured his head must be ok too. With the adrenaline running and being nervous for Riley Marc and I just felt minor aches but now we are really feeling it and probably should go get checked out too just to be safe. I'm shocked that the driver of the BMW walked away with no injuries because the whole front end of his car was totaled. We were lucky that the truck was behind us to kind of cushion the blow otherwise things could have been much worse. They are going to have to replace pretty much the whole back end of our car including the hatch. This means we are going to be driving a rental for a while. When it's all said and done I'm just glad that no one was seriously hurt.