February 19, 2011

Mechanical Life Again

In completely preemie-unrelated news, well, sort of, today I managed to push my car into a position where I could jump start it using my wife's VW Jetta.

For those of you who don't know--which should pretty much be everyone because I've never mentioned it--the car I usually drive/drove (Cadillac Eldorado. . . stop laughing) has been sitting dormant outside since late December when all this drama started, because the car was covered with snow and the temperatures have been cold enough to extinguish the sun--and car batteries--and I didn't have the time or energy to free it from its icy tomb, let alone push the Franken-Caddy into place to connect the electrodes and cackle "IT'S ALIVE! ALIVE!!!!"

Also, I was afraid to push the Caddy into place because it could have blocked our primary vehicle, the Jetta, from leaving the driveway if it didn't start. It's hard to explain unless you know our property/house layout, which you shouldn't unless you're stalking us, or did a Google earth search, but don't do that.

Anyway, after attaching the jumper cable leads--and protecting my face from exploding battery acid by looking away as my father always suggests--I let the German and American car duo exchange electricity for several minutes and. . . the Caddy huffed and sputtered and SPRANG TO LIFE! "IT WAS ALIVE! ALIVE!!!! SIEG HEIL!!"

As I was driving the car for the first time in almost two months, I noticed a shopping list on the passenger seat from one of the last times I drove the car. It was a final-minute Christmas list of stocking stuffer ideas for my wife. Among the items: "Cradle bedsheets for a boy and girl."

We have, since Christmas, returned all but one of the sheets.

Still, I'm not going to lie, seeing that list again was tough.

But, hey! Two vehicles again!

Posted by Ryan at February 19, 2011 09:41 PM | TrackBack

Just want to let you know that I pray for you all every day, and will continue to do so.

Posted by: Maggie Goff at February 19, 2011 10:52 PM

just happened here via...hmmm, i think instapundit

have been reading your posts and just want to tell you that you and your mate are what MAKES our nation... i soooo admire that you've managed to save enough to provide such a safety net and so understand how you will write a check w/out much thought to keep a record of what is important (pictures) and care that offers our next generation a chance.

:) happy cyberspace provides me an opportunity to meet you (:

Posted by: LindaW at February 20, 2011 01:44 AM

We have been praying for you daily at Mass, ever since The Professor Instalanched you.

Posted by: Nora at February 20, 2011 06:36 AM

I too arrived here via Instapundit... I have never posted a comment online before, but your blog compelled me to. I just wanted to tell you I will pray for you and your wonerful family. Your daughter is so beautiful. I can't wait to see her unwired! God bless you and your family.

Posted by: SueW at February 20, 2011 06:46 AM

Oh those little reminders of "before". I read about Finn's life and death, I'm so very sad he is not still here with his sister.

Posted by: Tracy, txmom2many at February 20, 2011 08:36 AM

Oh. That hurt my heart.

Posted by: Donna at February 23, 2011 05:00 AM
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