8 Things I Learned After Being Hit by a Car While Biking

Two years ago while I was biking home from work, a car turned left to enter a parking lot and hit me. It was broad daylight, I was on a designated bike path, and my bike had a blinking headlight.

While my life didn’t exactly flash before my eyes, I did have an out of body experience as I flew through the air. Part of my mind was calmly stating, “I am getting hit by a car,” while the other part of me was screaming, “I AM GETTING HIT BY A CAR AND GOING TO DIE. This really hurts. Is this really happening? Ouch! God, please help me!”

All these thoughts jumbled together in just a few seconds. When the paramedics arrived, I was still crying hysterically, but also thinking I about how I didn’t want to pay for an ambulance ride! Fortunately I wasn’t badly hurt and my dad came to pick me up.

Now that everything has been taken care of, I can finally write about this experience. Here are a few thoughts:

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How to Find a Good Roommate

How to Find a Good Roommate

Your roommate * just landed her dream job…and will be moving to Narnia. You are so happy all her hard work has payed off, but also kind of annoyed. Why can’t she just live out her dreams in this city? From this very apartment?

They are engaged! How sweet! Congratulations to the cutest couple. But also I am seriously regretting ever introducing the two of you. Why are you getting married and leaving me?

Have many of you have every felt like this?! (Just me?)

Finding a good roommate after college is hard and once you find one, you think, PLEASE NEVER LEAVE ME. Unfortunately, life happens and even the best roommies have to break up, as noted by the aforementioned totally hypothetical examples.

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Ireland

Adventure in Ireland

In honor of St. Patrick’s day I figured I should finally get around to posting about my trip to Ireland with my sister. I can’t believe it was two years ago!

When my sister suggested traveling to Ireland for her bachelorette I was excited! My sister is my oldest and closest friend so she makes an excellent travel buddy. We say we are twins…only four years apart. Growing up we moved around a lot and caught the wanderlust bug early. Since we didn’t know anyone else when we first arrived in a new neighborhood, we played together often and have always been very close.

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Bobsled USA Olympics 2010

How to Watch the Olympics for Super Cheap

I get really into sports every two years when the Summer and Winter Olympics roll around. All of a sudden I care about sports that I never follow otherwise  – figure skating, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, gymnastics, swimming, track – It’s all so exciting.

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Knit All the Things!

When I was a kid, my mom signed us up for all sorts of activities – swimming, piano, girl scouts, dance, basketball – whatever she could think of to keep us busy and out of her hair. When we weren’t outside playing, we also had a ridiculous number of toys and crafts that kept us entertained inside for hours on end. We did not have any video games, I’m pretty sure we didn’t know what those were. And we weren’t really allowed to watch TV. We would always try to say we were watching TV to improve our Spanish, and sometimes that excuse would work, but usually not. For the longest time my sister and I thought Muzzy was just a movie, not a Spanish as a second language instructional tool.

Crafts can sometimes get expensive, but one of the more economical crafts we had was knitting. Probably in third grade mom bought me a knitting book with a kit of needles and knitting accessories, and some cheap acrylic yarn and said, “Have at it.” Looking back, I’m not sure how I learned how to knit from a book. It’s so much easier now with Youtube tutorials. Once I got the hang of the knit stitch, I became a proficient knitter of squares and rectangles. It took me a REALLY long time to complete one project and somehow there would always be a hole or two in it, but I knit many scarves, doll blankets, and more scarves.

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Books a lively fancy read in 2017

Book Review: What I Read in 2017

I’m a bit late to the game, but I see people are listing what they read last year, so I thought I’d join in. I say “read,” but the truth is I listened to the majority of these books. Does that still count? I know some people hate how the narrator does voices in audio books, but I actually love it.

As I’ve mentioned before, I usually try to borrow books from the library instead of buying them and fortunately the library has two excellent apps for downloading audio books – OverDrive and Hoopla – in addition to Kindle for e-books.

Here’s what I read in 2017 in no particular order. I only included books that I read (or listened to) cover to cover…and not ones that I started and then abandoned. I tried to include whether or not I liked the books, but so much of that is subjective so you’ll have to decide on your own. There are no spoilers so it’s safe to read. 

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Angry cat

Getting Help from [BIG SOFTWARE COMPANY] When You’re A Small Customer

Yesterday my boss received an email from BIG SOFTWARE COMPANY (let’s call them BS for short 😉) alerting us that we would be billed for a data overage in 15 days unless the situation was fixed and to contact our account executive with any questions.

My boss does not use BS so he forwarded the email to me. Naturally, I had lots of questions. Was this a scam using scare tactics trying to get us to click on a link? Who was this account executive who I have never spoken to or heard of before)? Why was the email sent to my boss whose email address is currently not associated with BS and who is not the BS Admin for our organization?

 I went to investigate the email because money was on the line.

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Casablanca Was Freed By Nature

Apparently the name “Casablanca” comes from when the Spanish settled in the city and not from the Portuguese like our taxi driver told us. When it comes to historical accuracy, I believe our tour guide over a random taxi driver. The city was also called “White House” in Arabic before the Spanish came. 

The Europeans who settled in Morocco abandoned the city after an earthquake destroyed it so the joke is that “Casablanca was freed by nature.”
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If You Take My Picture, It’s 10 Dirhams. Marrakesh, the Red City

We started off the day in New Marrakesh, the part of the city that was built by the French in the 1900s. Marrakesh has a unique look; No building is higher than 6 floors because they do not want any building towering over the minaret of the Koutoubia mosque, which is the symbol of Marrakesh. It is clearly visible from anywhere in the city. The exception is a hotel built in the new part of the city during the French occupation. Also all buildings in Marrakesh have to be painted a reddish color on the outside, which is why it is known as the Red City or the Rose City. It is actually quite nice to see the contrast of the red buildings, the greenery of the palm trees and plants, and the blue skies. Marrakesh is located at the base of the Atlas mountains. I’m told on a clear day you can see the white of the snow from the Atlas Mountains, which are only about 20 miles away. 

Koutoubia mosque

The Koutoubia mosque reflected on the water in the morning. This is the matching tower to the unfinished Hassan tower in Rabat.

Unlike the other cities, cars are allowed inside the Medina of Marrakesh so our bus drove us right to Jemaa el-Fnaa, the square of the Medina of Marrakesh. It’s always bustling with the food stalls selling dried fruit, skewers of meat, tangine, couscous, and other foods as well as street performers. But beware if you take their pictures (even raising your camera counts) because they will hound you for a tip. Apparently snake charmers are the worst.

“Even if you give them $100 they will follow you for $200.” – Hesham, our tour guide commenting on snake charmers. 

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Do Moroccans Celebrate Christmas? 

For the most part Moroccans are Muslim so I didn’t expect to see really any Christmas decorations while in vacation. To my surprise there are Christmas trees in the airport and hotels, which I suppose are catering to international clients many who celebrate Christmas. But I was most surprised about the Christmas decorations in the mall Borj Fez (which I mentioned previously.) I asked my tour guide Hesham about this. Here’s his response. 
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