Not a normal Thursday 

On a normal Thursday night at this hour I would be in bed. But this is not a normal Thursday night.

Shane and I went to a meeting for the Heart of America Christian Writers Network.  It was an encouraging time. The speaker, Janet Stapleton, the Rights & Licensing Manager for Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City, Missouri spoke to us about copyright laws for the author and answered a multitude of questions after her presentation. It was very fascinating and informative.  And definitely worth the $10 Shane and I paid to enter the meeting.  This is a group I’ve been following on Facebook for some time, but had never made a it to a meeting.  I think it’s going to be a regular occurance.  And if this meeting was any indication, Shane and I will be hitting up their conference in October.

I checked the gas gage before the meeting and though close to the E I wasn’t worried. I had driven this new to us car home 48 hours ago and the gas light had not come on.

I had forgot that we had driven farther than we had planned when we arrived at the wrong church 20 minutes before the meeting started.

Driving down the highway towards home the car begins to lurch. It was then I realized


Please make it. The gas station is not that far.


So now we sit in this place.  In our new to us car.  In the dark. Thankfully we coasted to a side street.

Waiting for AAA.

And the truck just pulled up.

Less than 5 minutes pass…and we’re back on our way.

On a side note, ain’t she cute?  I named her Scubi Roo…

Linking up with Kate and the gang at Five Minute Friday where the one word prompt was place.


  • Gabriele

    08/13/2017 at 10:26 am Reply

    Glad you survived. These experiences are always great stories.

  • pourcettetemps

    08/12/2017 at 7:41 pm Reply

    Hey Christy,
    what a fun place this playground is. glad that you and Shane were able to get some help. I am thankful for our version of AAA, cause I lock myself out of the car SO many times. I haven’t had to call for gas yet, but I’ve pushed it a few times and created a high level of stress until I actually got to a station.

    • Christy

      08/12/2017 at 10:35 pm Reply

      I used to be the WORST at locking my keys in the car! I had a couple of Volkswagen’s a few years ago and I LOVED them because I had to lock them with the key.

  • Stephanie Nelson

    08/11/2017 at 8:23 pm Reply

    Oh, my. That is one of my biggest fears! But i am glad it was worth it to see the speaker!

    • Christy

      08/12/2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

      I’ve only ran out of gas one other time in my life. When 2 of my kids were little in the middle of a busy intersection. On a side road after dark with Shane was much better. I dated a guy in high school that would push the gage in an old chevy impala. I pushed that baby way too many times to run the gage low.

  • Tara

    08/11/2017 at 5:04 pm Reply

    Bummer when that happens! Love her name! I’m in the 62 spot this week!

  • Anita Ojeda

    08/11/2017 at 4:39 pm Reply

    Bummer that you ran out of gas! But how wonderful that AAA arrived quickly and you landed in a safe place :).

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  • hopeful50

    08/11/2017 at 12:06 pm Reply

    Where we live? AAA would have shown up 3 hours later. Some passerby would have brought a tank of gas long before AAA! But, I continue to pay the $100+ annual membership fee.

    • Christy

      08/11/2017 at 12:58 pm Reply

      WOW! That is a long time to wait! You must be in the boonies lady!

      It took about 45 minutes last night. My oldest offered to bring gas, but it would have taken her almost as long as AAA and my boys are gone, so it would have also drug our youngest out of bed. Not one car drove that side road while we waited…drats it all, we could have had a hot and heavy make out session and no one would have been wiser, lol.

      AAA sure gives us piece of mind. Oldest son used it last week in Florida when his friend had a flat tire as they drove up to the panhandle from Orlando. (Or did they? I know they called, but I think Isaac was actually able to change the tire before they got there?). It’s well worth what we pay for it every year, especially since the platinum includes everyone in the home. The trip interruption is AMAZING too–had to use it a few years ago.

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    08/11/2017 at 1:15 am Reply

    Gotta love AAA!

    This reminded me of a cartoon in which a group of bikers is depicted on the move, and in the distance is a broken-down car with two helpless Yuppies (remember them?).

    One of the bikers turns to another and says, “Think they’d panic if we stopped to help?”

    #1 at FMF this week.

    • Christy

      08/11/2017 at 3:47 pm Reply

      I have a new respect for biker dudes after our little experience the other day,

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