Monday, March 18, 2013

Multitasking Doesn't Work

The weather has matched my mood the past two days.
Yesterday morning it took us an hour and a half to get to school.
It's normally a 20-30 minute drive but an accident on the highway backed up all the roadways.
This morning, we were the accident.
I could see that the lady behind me was looking way too comfortable behind the wheel.
Coffee cup in one hand, iPhone in the other.
She should have been home on her couch.
Traffic was at a standstill, but next thing I know, she hits the gas and slams me
right into the car in front.
 I shouldn't let it bother me.
A co-worker had to leave with his family last Wednesday night to South Africa because his father was killed in a car accident.
But I'm really tired of people thinking they can multitask in their car.
Especially when they are taking their own children to school.

This evening I gathered my supplies together.
 And crocheted the night away.
It takes about 2 hours to make a bunny.
But so worth it and just what I needed.

Blessings to all,


Debby said...

I hope you are ok. That bunny is adorable.

Linda said...

Oh no, that's terrible, Tammy and I hope you and your boys are fine. I'm totally with you on the phones behind the wheel and I take it even that much further - I wish people would just stay off these devices in general! I think it's become ridiculous where people think they have to be on their phones all the time - in the car, driving (NO!!!), in stores, in restaurants, etc. I wonder if any of them find it amazing that there are people like me in the world who get along just great without such a device! :O

Okay, stepping down off the soap box, to say - I LOVE the bunny you crocheted. You're so talented.

Hope everything improves for you this week,

hooksandyarns said...

Oh goodness - I hope you're ok. I see drivers like that a lot and it really does irritate me. That's about the time I wish I had a train horn so I can wake these people up. :)


Hello Tammy, So sorry that you were a victim of another drivers thoughtlessness. I am sure the accident has shaken you but I do hope you were not injured. Crocheting soothes the soul, me think. Hugs Judy

Becca said...

I'm sorry to hear you were involved in this accident Tammy! I hope you are feeling ok. It's so scary when you see someone texting on the road or doing anything else but driving. It's illegal here, but I don't know how many people they actually catch and cite for it. Your crocheted bunny is SO cute! Take care...

oldthings said...

I hope dear Tammy that you are well !It is so silly someone who drives and talks at iphone ! I never use it when I drive .... I call after , when I arrive to my destination !Your bunny is wonderful !!Take care and relax my dear !

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Oh man, that is so scary. I don't know why people try to do so much in the car. I hope you are feeling ok!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

So sorry that this accident happened to you and hope you are feeling ok.
We were rear ended a while back by a girl who was on her cell phone and it was not nice - I had whiplash which was painful.
Here cellphones are banned while driving a car, but it is still amazing how many people disregard this rule.
Your little bunny is cute and must be a way of relaxing, crocheting.

Hope the week improves for you

Mary said...

So sorry you were in an accident through no fault of your own. Hopefully none of you were injured, but shaken I'm sure. How did the car fare? Are you without wheels now?

Yes the phones have become a problem everywhere and should definitely not be used in cars. I do have BlueTooth and can use my phone handsfree in the car, however I rarely talk while driving - always try to pull over and stop somewhere before answering, or to make an outgoing call. Quite honestly I'm not a phone person at all - I never indulge in long calls to pass the time - I never have any time!

Take care dear - glad your sweet bunny helped you stay calm and gave your B/P time to get back to normal after the upset. Hope the boys are OK if they were with you.

Hugs - Mary

Teresa Kasner said...

Oh my goodness.. I guess it's lucky that you were all stopped so it wasn't a high speed crash. How badly damaged was your car? No whiplash? Very scary! Glad you got to chill out with a bunny making session. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Plain Jane said...

Good grief that sounds awful. It always amazes me when you see people acting irresponsibly when they have children in their car - they seem completely oblivious as to what could happen. But your bunny is beautiful - just the ticket to perk you up! Take care x Jane

Yvonne said...

Sorry to hear about the accident. I know what you mean. I was in a car accident (I was the passenger) when I was 18 and went thru the windshield face first. Had plastic surgery twice and it took quite awhile to get over all my injuried. It was long time ago, but it happened because someone was 'multi tasking' behind the wheel. Everyone should focus on the task at hand...which is driving. Glad you are okay Tammy. But it can be scarey for you and your children.

Mistea said...

When will dtrivers learn now is not only about them?
Hope you are all okay.
Cute bunny - I really need to make this pattern.
Enjoy today.

Unknown said...

Hi Tammy - I don't mean to be bossy - but you need to go get checked out - even if you feel ok. Being rear-ended can really do a number on your neck. And sometimes you won't feel it for days afterward. I hope the other driver was cited for her distracted driving. Here, it's illegal to be on the phone while driving.

I hope you're ok!!!!!

Terra said...

Tammy I hope you are ok after that lady rear ended you; the cute bunny looks like good therapy. The yard colors are soft and pretty.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Oh, no! So sorry this happened!

Marilyn said...

how utterly irresponsible of the other driver...hope she loses her license...even for a little while...and keep an eye on your neck and back...being hit like that can cause problems...what a thing to happen!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is terrible, Tammy...I hope all of you are alright. I won't even answer my phone when I'm driving. When I am at a stop, I look around and I'm amazed at all the drivers on their phones...they must just be bored. How necessary is it to be on the phone all the time?

Your bunny is darling. I hope making him calmed your nerves.


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
So sad to read about your co-worker's Father that got killed in a car accident. We don't want to know how many of those deadly traffic accidents are caused because of multitasking! It is so annoying to see that many drivers on the phone... One cannot concentrate on the road while doing that!
Not only a danger for themselves but often they cause lots of grief for innocent people around them.
Hope you're fine and sure, crocheting or any hand craft is the best therapy.
Hugs to you,

Betsy said...

I'm sorry to hear about your co-workers family. I'll keep them all in my prayers. So much senseless tragedy in this world we live in.

I'm always baffled when I see people doing multiple things when they're supposed to be driving. My prayers will also be with you and that you will suffer no ill effects from the crash.

Vicki Boster said...

Oh my gosh- that could have been so tragic-- I'm glad you are unharmed. I hope you told the police what all she was doing. She should be fined for that. It's just so wrong.

I think you did the right thing to come home and knit that adorable bunny. Knitting is the cute for a bad day-/

JCDiTaranto said...

Joining everyone else in hoping you have no ill after-effects. I guess no matter where in the world you live, you have to drive defensively. Best wishes!

Everydaythings said...

sorry to hear about your bad luck, and the accident. Over here people do the same with the same results, I almost hate driving these days because people are so inconsiderate! LOVE the bunny!

Susan said...

Oh gosh, Tammy. I am so very sorry to hear of the fender bender. That happened to me in January but all is well and my car is all fixed....looking beautiful. I had nothing to do with the accident except my car was hit. The other insurance companies paid everything, though.

The place that made my car all beautiful again even cleaned it, vaccumned, washed, waxed and BUFFED it. It looked like a new car when I picker it up.

So sometimes good things can come from the bad.

Your bunny? ADORABLE! Susan

Sam I Am...... said...

Thank God you're alright! I don't even listen to the radio when I drive. I don't own a cell phone but when I used to be on call for work I would pull over to answer the call if I was driving and that was in the day before everyone had one! It just stands to reason but it seems common sense has become a rare commodity these days. Yes, the bunny is a healing balm and darn cute too!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Tammy, I'm so glad you're okay. you have much to be thankful for. Your bunnies are so cute! Twyla

Yarni Gras! said...

I am so glad are okay....and I hope she got a ticket! Cute bun bun!

Astri said...

I'm sorry to hear about the accident, Tammy. I am glad you are okay. The bunny is adorable!

Laurie said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear about that. I, too, really hate it when people don't pay attention while driving. I hope everything turns out okay.

Melanie said...

Oh my gosh, Tammy - I am horrified! Are you OK? How about your car? That is one of my biggest pet peeves - people that are texting on their phones as they are driving! I could go on and on about this, grrr! I just hope you are not injured. Hugs to you.

Laurie said...

So sorry to hear you were in an accident, Tammy. Hope you all are ok.

nicole said...

gosh that is so annoying!! i'm forever seeing people playing on their phones in traffic... it's illegal here and everything!
hope you're ok!

kathyinozarks said...

so sorry Tammy, hope you were not hurt, and your car not too damaged-that is always such a hassle. here in the states too many people talk and text on their cell phones and they cause many accidents.
love your bunny Kathy

vintage grey said...

Oh, so sorry about your accident. It really is horrible what people do behind the wheel and not pay attention to the road. Hope you are okay. Adorable bunny!! Wishing you a sweet rest of the week! xo Heather

Lori ann said...

how very scary tammy, i'm so glad to hear you and the children are okay. i read multitasking is only for ipads, not humans.
thank goodness for wook and hooks (or in my case, needles).
xxx l

Lori ann said...

oops, wool (thanks ipad!)

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

I'm sorry to hear that you've been in an accident, dear Tammy. Hopefully you and your boys didn't get shaken up too heavily. This kind of driving behavior drives me crazy too. I always tell hubby, I wish the people here were born with a cell phone glued to one of their ears. So they would have at least their hands free to hold the steering wheel.
The bunny is very cute and I'm glad you could relax a bit, crocheting it.

Unknown said...

Im sorry Tammie. I hope you are ok. Still not ok like u said for people to do so many things while driving. I think they should ban the use of cell phones at all while driving. Although I do it... I use my phone wile traveling, but I don't think it's safe.
I'm,so glad you are home and ok.
The bunny is adorable :)

Lyn said...

Oh dear, hope you are all ok. I agree people think it is ok to multi task in a car.
I am glad you were able to crochet away your stress, the bunny is so cute! Xxx

Suffia said...

Hi Tammy, sorry to hear about the accident and glad that you all are fine. She should be banned from driving. There's too many irresponsible drivers out there. Take care.


Angela said...

Crafting has always helped me in times of stress and even when I've had bouts of depression and anxiety, its good to have a creative outlet. Your little bunny is adorable

Anonymous said...

First, I'm glad you weren't hurt.
Second, did the woman behind you get a HUGE ticket? It WAS her fault!!
Third, can the planet as a whole BAN the use of phones while driving please? It's crazy! You always know when somebody is on the phone....they are so erratic! Speed up, slow down, drift into other lanes! It's just crazy and dangerous! On my 'soapbox' but I'm tired of it, too!
Sometimes it's safer to stay inside and crochet, huh?

Stay safe my friend!

Dagmar said...

Oh Tammy, so glad you are is such a problem here in AZ, back in BC we have strong Distraction laws while driving..we see it here on the freeway, young moms with kids in the back texting while going 75 does that make sense....glad you were able to crochet that sweet rabbit!

GardenOfDaisies said...

So sorry about the accident. I agree with you!!! People need to pay attention to their driving while they are driving, and leave all that other stuff for another time. NONE of that other stuff is important in the grand scheme of things anyway and you risk injuring or killing someone... just plain stupid! Glad you are OK.

GardenOfDaisies said...

PS- Your bunny is adorable! And I'm sure working on him helped to lower your blood pressure.

Mereknits said...

Oh no! I just read about your accident, pretty scary, thank goodness you are all okay. It took me an hour and a half to get home last night, twice my normal drive and it was because of an accident but thankfully I wasn't involved. Glad you are safe.

linda said...

So sorry to hear about your accident Tammy but glad you are all fine, love the bunny, crochet is great for soothing frayed nerves :)

Shane Pollard said...

Dearest Tammy
I'm so glad to read you and the boys weren't hurt, but from experience I know you will all be feeling quite shaken up.

What ever are we going to do about stupid people who use cell phones while they are driving a car - it's MADNESS and really makes me ANGRY.
Quite honestly they should automatically lose their drivers licence for a good length of time, so they are THEMSELVES inconvenienced as a result of their
careless attitude of fellow travellers.

I could go on and on but it doesn't help the situation and probably is sending my blood pressure up!!!

Take care, I'm so happy you are all safe.
Sending lots of hugs your way.
Shane ♥

Kit said...

Oh no! I am so glad to hear you are okay. Damn drivers! We finally have an ordinance in our town where you can be ticketed if you are caught on your cell phone. Take care! Kit

La Tea Dah said...

I'm glad you are okay, Tammy. How unnerving --- and especially frustrating when you were minding your own driving quite well! Hopefully the nerves have settled down and you're feeling a lot better. The repetition of crochet really can help in this regard --- as it appears you have aptly discovered. :D

Anonymous said...

Man that blows!! I am glad you are okay. It is really a dangerous thing to be distracted while driving. We need to take care and be a bit more mindful and courteous on the road. It is nice to have a hobby that puts us back in a good head space. Hugs for better days!!

Catherine said...

Seeing people use their cell phones and driving makes me crazy! First of all, it's illegal here, and second, it's just plain stupid! I am a firm believer that being a 'multi-tasker' is nothing to brag about! Glad you are ok my friend.
xo Catherine

Catherine said...

Seeing people use their cell phones and driving makes me crazy! First of all, it's illegal here, and second, it's just plain stupid! I am a firm believer that being a 'multi-tasker' is nothing to brag about! Glad you are ok my friend.
xo Catherine

Serena Lewis said...

Texting while driving is SO dangerous and it has taken lives. Here in Queensland, it's illegal to have a mobile/cell phone in your hand while driving and you will be booked if caught. Some people still do it though...if only they understood the very real dangers. I'm so glad nobody was hurt and I hope the damage repairs aren't going to be too expensive. I do hope the lady learned an important lesson. Was there much damage to the car in front of you?

Creative ventures do tend to help us relax and unwind all the tensions so I'm glad you had crochet to turn to, Tammy. xx

Cheryl said...

I'm glad to hear no one was hurt in the car accident. I totally know the feeling as the very same thing happened to me. I got whiplash though, which is ironic because I never believed it when people told me they had it--- oops lol my bad. Again, I am glad no one got hurt :-)
big hugs,

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