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Back tomorrow with at least one, and possibly two, Sense & Sensibility posts. I was going to do one tonight, but I'm a bit addlepated at present.

Is it because I voted? No, although I did vote early this afternoon.

Is it because I finished a new poem today and then worked on the outline for my YA novel-in-progress? No, although I did that as well.

Is it because I went to the wonderful Children's Book World in Haverford, PA in order to see Laurie Halse Anderson speak to a packed store about FORGE? Not exactly. I mean, it was wonderful to see all the lovely folks of CBW and to see Laurie again (who got to meet my M). And it was fantastically entertaining and inspirational to hear her speak about writing and research and such.

But the real reason for the addlepatedness is that I am still a bit shaken (but not stirred) after the car accident that occurred on our way home. M and I were minding our own business, driving through Bala Cynwyd (Welsh name, pronounced nothing like the actual Welsh), chatting about how awesome Laurie was when a woman coming the opposite direction decided to turn left . . . directly into the back half of my beloved minivan. Turns out she figured that since she had a green light, she didn't need to yield to oncoming traffic (and we also had a green light - she didn't have an arrow or anything along those lines). Both M and I are physically okay - a few twinges here and there, which will, if experience is correct, be stiff and sore tomorrow - but my poor van, she is jacked up. The back sliding door still slides open (strangely enough) and the gas tank still opens (ditto), which you wouldn't necessarily expect from looking at the way everything back there is bashed around.

The police came exceedingly quickly, the officer in charge was lovely (and even gave M some advice when he learned that she's currently taking driver's ed. in school), and the insurance guy on the phone was a doll. Tomorrow afternoon I take the car to an appraiser, and I expect calls from the adjuster as well. I'm just hoping the frame isn't bent and/or that there's not some sort of secret damage that totals my car out, because that would truly suck.

To sum up the day:

Voting: good
Writing: good
Laurie Halse Anderson & Children's Book World: excellent
Car accident: not so good

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Nov. 3rd, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
I'm glad you are alright and I hope your van is easily repaired. Your positive outlook is very encouraging and inspiring. If I was in such an accident I would be in a bad mood for the rest of the day.

I hope you have a better day tomorrow.

Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
I am still majorly in love with your icon.

I think I was not in a bad mood because nobody was actually injured, and because the officer on the scene was so very helpful and nice.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
So glad to hear everyone is all right. You often forget that no matter how safely you drive, an accident can easily occur because of the *other* driver. Hopefully you guys aren't too sore come tomorrow. Take care!
Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
We're both pretty much okay today, so that's good!
Nov. 3rd, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Thank God, I'm so glad you are okay.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
Argh! What a lousy way to end what sounds like an otherwise wonderful day. I hope your van is OK, and even if it's not, I'm extremely glad that you and M are OK.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
I see the appraiser this afternoon, so we'll see what the initial estimate is like.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you're both okay--I hope your van comes through okay too.
But the rest of the day sounded wonderful, especially M meeting Laurie and talking about it on the way home.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
Laurie signed Wintergirls for her as "to my cousin", since Laurie, M & I have a common Mayflower ancestor. Too funny!
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(no subject) - kellyrfineman - Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 3rd, 2010 08:57 am (UTC)
Glad you're both OK and I hope you don't get too many aches and pains.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
So far, so good. Thanks!
Nov. 3rd, 2010 09:42 am (UTC)
tanita says :(
Yikes. Crazy drivers out there, chica. Glad you're okay. The poor minivan!
Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re: tanita says :(
I know - my poor minivan! She is crumply on the driver's side. And I had no idea my minivan was a she until I blogged about her last night.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
i hope there's no secret damage, too. I'm so glad you're okay.

I have still not heard from the insurance adjuster and we filed the claim on Sunday. Grrrrrrr.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Man, what's with your adjuster? GRRRRRRR. (That was a louder growl, if you couldn't tell.)

I'm taking the van to the appraiser this afternoon. The guy on the phone thought I'd hear from my adjuster today. Here's hoping!
(no subject) - annemariepace - Nov. 4th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 3rd, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
Glad you're safe! But I'm so sorry you have to deal with the shock and the unhappy aftermath. Sending ((hugs)) your way.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the hugs. I like hugs.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you and M are okay. And sorry to hear about your van. :( I hope she can be saved.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I'm a bit worried that the frame might be bent, which would be . . . not good.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
oh, man, kelly- glad you and m are alright!!!
*tender hugs*
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I'm sorry. Glad you guys are okay and hope you're not too stiff and achy today.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
We're mostly good. I'm far more worried about the van's body than mine just now!
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Well, criminitly! I'm glad you and M are ok. (((Hugs)))
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
OH no! So sorry to hear about the truly unfortunate ending to an otherwise good day. Glad you're both okay. Hope, as you say, your minivan's frame is not bent. *crossing fingers for encouraging results from the appraiser*

Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm really worried about the frame - she hit the side pretty darn hard.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Yay! Yay! Yay!
So glad no one was hurt, but what a PIA to have to deal with all that. Glad M got some good advice about driving, though. Given the circs, it will likely stick.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
The police officer was really nice. And M was really the perfect company for me under such circumstances - she made me laugh, which is excellent. Had it been her sister, S would've been pissed about it.
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