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First of all, it’s really late. I can’t sleep for some reason..perhaps it’s because I have so much on my mind right now. I mentioned earlier that we went on a mini vacation to Las Vegas. Well, I’d like to share two interesting experiences we witnessed on the drive there…
While we were driving we witnessed two car collisions, however, there was only 1 car involved in each. If that doesn’t make sense…let me try to give more detail.
Collision #1: A big rig flipped on its left side in the opposite direction of the freeway. We were driving East, the truck was driving West. We first witnessed a large amount of smoke/dust fly in the air which initially brought our attention to the other side of the freeway. Then, my husband said, “Oh S***!” And…there it was…a huge truck falling down on its side…making a loud screeching sound and dust/smoke violently filling the scene. It was a crazy sight to see, especially being so early in the morning (7am). So, I do not know what happened..if there was something on the road the driver was trying to avoid..or if the driver fell asleep and lost control somehow..or..I don’t know. I hardly doubt the truck was trying to avoid something only because there were hardly any cars on the freeway to begin with. Whatever it was, we called 911 immediately. I never have to call 911, so calling automatically made my heart pound. Ever since that memorable Saturday morning, I have not been able to stop thinking and hoping that person is okay. It’s not something we see everyday. It’s not a number we have to dial everyday (thank God). But, please, pray for the man or woman who was driving that big rig.
Collision #2: Okay, if that wasn’t scary enough..get this. Eddie and I were driving on the 15 fwy to meet up my grandparents for lunch in Vegas. It was around 11:30am, not too much traffic. We were in the middle lane, there were a few cars to our left & our right. I then noticed a green SUV that was driving about 100 ft ahead of us in the carpool lane… when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it slammed to its left directly into the center median. Pow! We heard a big boom! We couldn’t believe what we just saw. Then..its not over. Because of the impact of hitting the median at such a high speed, the SUV bounced off the median to the right and started spinning. The driver seemed to have lost control as the tires were off the ground spinning uncontrollably at that point. Regaining control of the vehicle was seemingly impossible. We, along with the other cars nearby, begun to slow down. The SUV made about 2 360 degree spins..then started driving towards us (in the opposite direction of traffic). I said to Eddie, “Eddie..stop..stop!” scared out of my mind that the car was going to hit us or the car directly to our right. He, and the other cars, were able to stop within 50 feet of the SUV without hitting it. Phew! It was INSANE! Thankfully all the cars behind us were paying attention and no one got hurt. Once the vehicle finally came to a complete stop…I was, without a doubt, sure that it would take a miracle for the driver to survive such an extreme incident. We waited a bit. Then, we saw him moving reaching for something behind him. I don’t know…he looked disoriented..probably shocked..probably scared out of his mind. It was then that we called 911…again! Twice in 1 day…better yet…twice in less than 5 hours. I told Eddie, we just witnessed a miracle right in front of our eyes.
So, I couldn’t believe it. My heart continued to race for about 2 hours after the second collision. To this day, my mind still thinks about those two people in those vehicles. Are they alive? Did they make it? Do they have families? Do they realize the value of their lives? God, please be with them. I can’t help but think about them. It’s kind of scary to think… what if we left 1 minute earlier to go eat with my grandparents? What if the car kept spinning and eventually hit us? What if someone from behind hit us? What if that driver of the SUV was on drugs and was coming back from the EDC festival that was going on? Why did he suddenly turn left into the median? What if he was trying to commit suicide? I don’t think it is very healthy to think these things, nor do I hope you are affected by my crazy thoughts right now. I just wanted to share with you this: LIFE IS SHORT. You never know what is going to happen. We all really have THIS 1 LIFE TO LIVE. We need to make it worth it and savor it. I love this poster that I know I’ve probably posted before.It’s one of the first posters that actually inspired me to start this blog. Therefore, I must do it to again:
Today’s Unique Find is…
West Elm Products
When I came back from our mini vacay on Monday, a little surprise was waiting for me at our door step! It is so exciting to receive mail!
Aren’t they amazing? My best friend, Jiamee, saw these on my Pinterest site and bought them for me. She is the sweetest! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Jiamee for these amazing plates. I LOVE them!
And now..here’s some more sweet finds from West Elm: (click on image for source)
Gradiated-Stripe Cotton Rug
Angle Nesting Shelves
Cityscape Ceramic Vases
Watercolor Dot Pillow Covers
Umm..I might need to buy these to match my plates! Ha
Shane Powers Hanging Glass Bubble Collection
This collection reminds me of the ones I found on etsy here.
Jason Polan Glass Decoupage Trays
Modern Weave Napkin Ring
Organic Reflections Duvet Cover + shams
Tribal Zig Zag Window Panel
Round Uplight Table Lamp
Essex Upholstered Ottoman
Metal Easel Adjustable Floating Frames
Okay, I could go on and on with things I want from West Elm. Now, if I was posting about things I really needed…that’s another story. Hope you all enjoyed this! If you have free time, head over to West Elm and check out their inventory. Also, here’s a little summary about the company:
First of all, thanks for all the love about finishing my first year of teaching! I felt so motivated after reading everyone’s comments. I’m glad I could come back from a long weekend and finally just take a nice, well-deserved breath. Well, we came back from Vegas today so sorry for the lack of posting on time! I try to post everyday and around 7am in the morning because of this article I read awhile back. Some people gave me slack for it, but one person (thank you Jiamee) actually told me she liked that I posted everyday. So, naturally, I couldn’t wait to come back and post! Haha.
The weekend really started off here: Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar. Really great 80′s music and fun environment. It’s really loud though so be prepared if you do go. On Friday nights, they have this awesome band called Knyght Ryder who play just about all of the best hits of the 80s. I felt like I was at a concert. It was FUN!
When Saturday rolled around we headed towards Las Vegas and stayed at the Excalibur Hotel (the castle one). Great hotel for kids! Anyway, I’m not much of a Vegas person, unlike my sister & brother who always seem to be there (haha), but I do enjoy family trips so of course I’m always down to go!
Hanging out with this goofy kid was awesome! It was his FIRST time in Vegas and my, oh my, did he have a blast! Reminded me of the times my parents used to take us to Vegas every year. We LOVED the pool and the arcades, as did he! And..to top it all off..he finally started calling me “Auntie Melinda!” Aww, I feel like an official member of the Sosa family now. haha.
It’s always fun eating dim sum with my grandparents! Aren’t they adorbs (as my friend Annika would say)?!? Sadly, their English is very limited so our entire conversations with them are very short. I really wish I knew how to speak Vietnamese…I want to say so much more to them, but I can’t. And, I can see it in their eyes that they do too. Dang, my eyes are tearing up just thinking about it. I love them so much! One word my Grandma does understand: SHOPPING! Haha.
Last, but not least, we stopped by the Circus Circus hotel in Las Vegas. Man…I can’t remember the last time I was there. However, it is soooo much more amazing now than I could remember! They have a huge arcade (with real circus acts throughout the day) and an entire Adventure~dome with rides, rock climbing, roller coasters, and such. My husband and I got to ride the Canyon Blaster, one of the best roller coasters I’ve ever been on.
Anyhow…there were so many more little things that made this weekend memorable, but we’ll save that for another day. I hope your weekend was as eventful as mine. Anyone do anything special? Tell me. Tell me. If you want to read my husband’s perspective on this weekend…check out his blog here in the next couple of days. I always think it’s interesting to hear both the woman and man’s perspective on the same thing. I don’t know…am I the only one who thinks that?
Have a great week!
Oh yeah…quote of the week:
~ Vincent Wood (my 7yr old nephew)
*Apparently, we have another wild one in our hands.
TodayI…Felt like this:
Today was my last day of school!! Woohoo! It’s been a real challenge which was expected. Being a teacher at a school in South Central LA has not been an easy task, but I thank God for surviving each day. “Day by day”… that was my motto this year. Now that it’s over, I actually feel stronger mentally and feel a sense of accomplishment. It is always helpful to look back and reevaluate on how you can improve things in the future. I think it makes everyone a better person.
Anyway, have a great weekend! Some things I have planned for this weekend…
Trying to learn this rap, haha.
Partying it up here!
Hanging out with this couple..
And maybe making stuff for this girl’s bridal shower..
Ah! The excitement!!! Bye friends!
Sorry for the late post! I’m really off my game this week with the last week of school and getting ready for summer! Did I tell you how much I am really enjoying this book! I have so many random things in my place that I kind of don’t want to throw away (even though my husband would probably say otherwise) so I thought, what better way to keep them from collecting dust than to find other ways to use them!
Today’s featured item:
What sorts of things can you use clothespins for?
1. Organize your studio, work space, kitchen, bathroom, etc.
2. Decorate with them
from design sponge
As you can see, you can pretty much use clothespins to decorate anything!
3. Organize your closet
Clip-on clothespins to hold together pairs of shoes, boots, sneakers, even gloves! No need to go hunting for the matching pair anymore!
4. Prevent vacuum cord “snapback”
To avoid the annoyance of you accidentally unplugging the vacuum cord, use a clothespin to prevent the cord from retracting. Simply clip the clothespin at the length you want.
5. Make an instant bib
Simply clip a towel or napkin around a child’s neck using clothespins. You can even make a lobster bib for adults! It is actually mush faster than tying on a bib.
5. Make clothespins puppets
The traditional straight clothespins (as opposed to the ones with the metal springs) are ideal for puppet making. Using the knob as a head and kids can use random crafts to create their own masterpieces.
6. Hold leaf bag open
Next time you rake up the leaves, use clothespins to clip one side of the bag to a chain-link fence or other convenient site in order to prevent the leaves from falling out.
French artist, Anastasia Elias, creates silhouettes using mere toilet paper rolls, scissors, tweezers, and glue.