Brake-ing down

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Today I made Grahm and myself extremely late to work . . . which is impressive since we both woke up an hour earlier than normal. (Hooray for actually blow-drying the ol' frizz in this winter ick.)

Twenty minutes after Grahm leaves, I decide to head to work. I get in the truck (which I normally don't drive, midget behind the steering wheel, but I have the shorter commute now--San Antonio, look out!).

Two things you should know: 1) My driveway is incredibly steep like that line graph of our nation's debt since Obama took office (sorry, had to). I often sing "Climb every mountain" while I walk up it. 2) I am pathetically weak. Betty White could kick me on my pre-varicose-vein bum.

In order to set sail to work from my mountain of doom, I had to push the emergency brake down in the "monster" truck. The problem was, I could NOT do this. At all.

My process went something like:
Push the button. Force my scrawny arms backward. Heave ho, Heave ho. Push the button again. Hope my toothpick arms suddenly morph into Jillian Michael beasts. Realize that's not going to happen. Break a sweat by all the heaving. Look down the street to see if any burly men were out and about. Repeat till I feel like the most incompetent person on the planet, which took a whoppin' 30 seconds. God says your faith can move mountains, well, all I wanted was for the dumb brake to budge.

I eventually burst into tears (boob, I know) and called the ever-patient, ever-understanding husband. Breaking down over an e-brake--that's gotta be a new one, folks. Grahm had to drive all the way back home to undo the e-brake for me. And he did so with embarrassing ease.

This was some serious incentive to pump iron to strengthen these wet noodles of mine and to meet the neighbors ("Umm hi, I know we haven't met yet-- but I can't work the brake in my truck because I'm three years old.")

Needless to say, we will never be parking the truck in the driveway again.

19 comments:

Jenna said...

This sounds EXACTLY like soemthing that would happen to me!!!!! Bless your heart! Hope your day gets better ASAP!

Erin said...

Bahaha oh bless your heart!! I have zero strength in my arms... like none, so this sounds like something I would totally get myself into ;)

Sara said...

Yep....this is something that would happen to me in a heartbeat. I hope this is the only hiocup in your day!

Sara said...

And I meant hiccup....not sure what a hiocup is...haha. :-)

Madeline Grace said...

Oh no! I would have been upset also!

Amie said...

Oh, this is too funny! I'm sure this could happen at any moment to me & my wet noodles...but I'd probably start laughing hysterically. hmmm, maybe I should introduce myself to my neighbors... ;)

Ashley said...

HAHAH!!! Oh, Jena!! I would be the same way. I have a hard time releasing the emergency break on flat ground!

Melissa Knott said...

You make me laugh. At least he's patient! ha ha!!

Lauren said...

Haha! That's a good husband to drive all the way back!

julia rose. said...

Aww haha what a sweetheart your hubby is!! And don't feel bad... I have these moments quite often. I usually forget the e-brake is even up and drive all over town probably ruining my jeep.

Amy said...

I really shouldn't laugh....but :) hey after it's all said in done kind of funny right?
I've been there done that (not with a car brake but something similar) and i felt so helpless and frustrated!

Alexa said...

Hi, fellow Jello arms! :) You're absolutely adorable and though I'm definitely laughing at your expense, this is totally something I would do and I'm sure embarrass myself even more than you managed to.

{P.S. - my "new" lower paycheck + that line graph = I'm about to stab someone with a spoon. Super cool, Electoral College.}

Heather @ From Here to There said...

Oh goodness! lol That's a really funny story, although, I know it wasn't funny at the time! I'm scared driving big trucks too, I'm afraid I don't realize how big it is... I mean, seriously, how do people park those things in between 2 other vehicles? Anytime I drive my boyfriends, I literally park around NO.ONE.ELSE! Glad you have a patient husband to save the day! :)

Jodi said...

It must have been jammed or something. You are not weak! Ha! That is something I would cry over too.

Mrs. H said...

Gotta love those sweet hubbies. You're definitely not weak! It was the cars fault!

Xo, B
Brooklynstateofmindblog.blogspot.com

Shay said...

I did something similar to my husband a couple weeks ago because I had the shorter commute and was forced to drive his four-runner. Too funny!

Sarah Lillian said...

Dudes always slam those brakes into place ridiculously {unnecessarily} hard. Sometimes I have a hard time undoing mine after my husband drives my car and it's a Mazda3! Talk about wimpy...
Glad he was able to return and be your knight in shining armor and rescue you!

Destiny said...

I'VE DONE THIS! Except, I called my daddy and he had to come undo the emergency break for me. I was CONVINCED my car was dead forever and something was seriously wrong!

Tamara said...

You are not alone! Before I started doing weights, I couldn't do this with my husband's truck. For mine, it was fine. But not his.

So glad your husband saved the day!