I’ve fixed the problems with navigation. I uploaded the pages into the wrong chapter. 😀 It was an easy fix. I had also typed in the wrong format for the chapter name. Double checked and everything is in order.

I’ve been on vacation with my family for a family reunion for the last week in Sevierville, TN. We had a good time. I had only budgeted for gas and food. Lodging was covered as a christmas gift for us to be able to go, since we’re not in a position to go on any vacations. Early on Thursday morning, with 8 hours left to get home, I was driving and was caught in a nasty downpour in Jackson, TN. I was concentrating on the cars ahead of me as we were pulling into a Loves to get breakfast at Hardees. I managed to drive our Soul’s right front tire into a massive pothole, at least three feet wide and over a foot wide and at least that deep. It was driveable, but our tire was bent outward on the front right. SOMEHOW I managed not to get the rear into the pothole as well. We weren’t the only casualty to the hole. They sent us off to a Firestone where we were very well taken care of by Bob, who arranged for and paid for a rental car for the day, found an old hotel that people liked in the area and were stranded in Jackson until the next day. We made the best of a bad situation (despite a very grumpy little girl who slept almost the entire time and had a cough) and hung around there. Obviously, didn’t have a budget for a hotel room and buying food, but we’ll deal… and ask Loves to cover it. They’re going to reimburse us for the repairs, but obviously, this was very stressful and they should’ve fixed that hole faster. They had planned to fix the hole that day and when we came back they were shoveling in cement from a mixer… that’s how big it was.

It could have been worse. We could have hit that hole at a higher speed and I could have lost control of the car and being that we were in a very busy truck stop, could have wrecked it into another car or semi. :(

I don’t think we’re going to stop at anymore truck stop stations. They always seem to have severe pot holes.

I am VERY glad that I chose to not update next week.

– Tiff