Kisses+Disses : Car Accidents + ThinkTank


Yesterday was a big day for me. For weeks JD and I planned our day and all the details that surrounded the million pieces that comprised it. Until…wait for it…that freakin leak. Yes, leak I mentioned yesterday…the one that was supposed to be fixed on Sunday. But, no, the plumber came yesterday and JD texted me while I was at the gym to park in front of our home since the plumber’s truck was in front of our garage.

Okay, fine. JD also tells me I won’t be able to take a shower because the water is turned off. Again.

As I turn to park in front of our home–just feet from my front door–I get t-boned. Yes, a car slammed into mine and for a few seconds I’m completely lost. You see, I checked my rearview mirror for traffic and I was clear until I waved to my neighbor. And asked how his day was and wished him a great day at work. I was being very Mr. Rogers-ish minus the zip-up sweater. As we waved goodbye, I turned my car and got hit. And my neighbor? Got in his car and drove away.

Should I repeat that last part again? HE. DROVE. AWAY. Hey, dude, that’s the last time I bid you a g’day. Seriously.

I cried, the other driver was shaken up, and JD–who ran out our front door knowing instinctively it was my accident–was already finding the silver lining: It could have been worse…she could have been driving faster…at least you’re not paralyzed. Which leads me to another installment of Kisses and Disses

This week’s DISSES go to…
*Leaks. Because, really, they really throw a kink in one’s plans. Or LIFE.
*Missing my friends. There are moments when I wish I could have them by my side every second of the day.
*Car accidents…and neighbors who leave the scene. Need I say more?!

This week’s KISSES go to…
* I stumbled across this site and I’m in LOVE. No more printing, signing, and scanning documents…it happens all on the web. Printing is so 2009.
*Orowheat Sandwich Thins. These whole wheat confections are part bun, part english muffin, part slice of bread… only 100 calories…and quite delish. I now eat really fancy sandwiches.
*ThinkTank. I got a new camera bag and it’s perfect because it holds all our gear and fits in an overhead bin for travel. We’ve used it for three weddings so far and it’s pretty darn amazing.

…and a bonus kiss goes to JD for reminding me it could’ve been worse.

Happy Friday!

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  1. Rachel Tatem

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Happy Friday! I’m sorry about your accident but I am glad that JD came to help you… seeing as your neighbor ditched…

  2. anda

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    wah! i have been looking for something just like awesome! glad you are not paralyzed — sheesh, how scary!

  3. Ali

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I hope you’re OK! Get some rest if you can! Oh and I totally agree about that ThinkTank bag! Love mine.

  4. Daniel Cruz

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Yes! It could ALWAYS be worse, and thank God your not hurt. I think I’m a little like JD as I see the good in the worst situations.

  5. Jihan Cerda

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Glad you are okay….brings me back to 2005 when the same thing happen. Except it was on a main road and luckily people stopped for us. xo

  6. Daniela

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Glad you’re OK Jasmine 🙂 And thank you SO much for the Sign Now scanner just broke..ugh! 🙂


    August 26th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    OH NO! So glad you are okay! Your neighbor however…rude! I feel you on the accidents…my car is a magnet (I’ll say has been) in a matter of 2 years…I had 3 accidents…1st due to weather (gotta love snowy Chicago), 2nd idiot rear ended me at a red light, a red light!, 3rd someone using a right turn only lane as a straight one and ran right into me as I was making a right turn…some people! Hope your weekend gets better! =)

  8. Tammy Stark

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    So glad you’re ok, Jasmine! I think you should T-P the neighbor’s house!

  9. Ryan Longnecker

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I NEVER read people’s blogs, but i dig how you have allowed fans to connect with you through all of this. PS, Mr. Roger’s would wave to his neighbor again 🙂

  10. Lacy Fontaine

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! I’m so glad your ok!! I’m sorry that neighbor LEFT!!! I can’t believe that he did that!! I hope the next few days recovering will go smooth for you. I’ll send out a prayer for you!!

  11. yen

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    i’m really glad you’re ok!

  12. Anahy Escalera

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Poor Jasmine! 🙁 I hope you are feeling ok now.

  13. shauna nicole

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I was also in an accident more-or-less recently, on the way back from your workshop as a matter of fact. Just be glad yours wasn’t involving a tractor trailer! (<silver lining) SO glad you’re ok!

  14. Ashley Goodwin

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Ewwwwwwwa. But hey, not everyone is as nice as you are girlfriend. So sorry to hear about your accident, scary! But happy to hear you are alright. JD, good job looking at the bright side! 🙂

  15. Laura

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Glad you are ok!

  16. Erika

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    OH Jas! It’s been a hell of a week – the the kisses part is what counts! And as for the neighbor – I’d get him at Halloween if I was you :)~

  17. Katherine

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I’m glad that you are ok. That was very CRAPPY of that neighbor, so much for being neighborly, what a jerk! And what is it about Husbands finding that silver lining, soooo what my husband would have done, I guess that means they love us 🙂

  18. Ashley A-Photo

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    YOU POOR THING!!!! I think I’d be more traumatized by the neighbor and the next time I’d have to see him/her. Like…seriously? You should chime to him next time: Way to "love thy neighbor as thy self" …. not! You still did the good thing and just keep on keepin it up 🙂

  19. Sara

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    So glad you made it through the accident okay… scary stuff, though!

  20. Courtney Jade

    August 26th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    OMG! I hope you are ok!! Scary, and how rude that your neighbor just left!!! Isn’t there some law that states if you witness an accident that you are obligated to submit your info?! RUDE!

    Also, THANK YOU for linking the SignNow!! This is AWESOME and just what I have been looking for!! <3

  21. Susan

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Glad to hear you’re ok 🙂 Oh.. and signnow is AMAZING 😉

  22. kris rupp

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Glad your ok Jasmine!!

  23. JC Ruiz

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I can’t believe your neighbor drove away. I’m losing faith in people. Glad you’re ok

  24. Andrea

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Glad to hear you’re ok, and thank goodness because it could’ve been worse :). Boo for the neighbor.

  25. Lorraine

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Cars can be replaced but you can’t! Glad to hear you are ok……

  26. Debbie

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    So scary. What is wrong with your neighbor? How rude. And yes… glad you’re okay:)

  27. Jakki

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Really??? Seriously??? the neighbor drove. away.

    yeah buddy…serious Diss applied here…

  28. Neda Lahrodi-Blake

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I thought long and hard about this Jasmine and my conclusion is that your neighbor simply is a fugitive who didn’t want police to start asking ‘questions’.
    Glad you are fine x

  29. Adrian Brown

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I use ThinkTank bags too. I bought my first one in Dever when I was over in the US on a trip to Yellowstone and now it’s in use 90% of the time to carry pretty much all my gear and a laptop. Brilliant!

  30. Susan

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I’m so sorry that happened. I was run off the road 1 time when I came over a hill and found a car coming toward me in my lane. As I sat in my car in the field I cried – not because I was hurt, because I wasn’t at all – but because nobody cared enough to stop and see if I was okay. Thank God for your "silver lining" husband!

  31. Patricia Knight

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Sounds like you are so ready for a tropical vacation after the week you’ve had. Thanks for mentioning SignNow. I’ve been using Adobe eSigns for my Contracts and Model Releases but I love that SignNow can be used on Mobile Devices. Hope you, JD and Polo have a wonderful weekend!

  32. mark-eric

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    What a jack ass! I think he deserves the old dog-poop-in-a-bag-set-it-on-fire-then-ring-the-door-bell-and-run-away trick…..

  33. anouschka

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    glad you’re okay!

  34. vikki

    August 26th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    yes double boo to your neighbor…so rude. Praise God your okay.

  35. Amanda

    August 26th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Oh my goodness! That is craziness! I’m so glad you’re ok. I can’t believe your neighbor just drove away, though, how rude!

  36. Lindsey

    August 26th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Ohhh JS I’m sorry that sucks. I’m hoping the car gets fixed the leak stops and things quiet down enough so you can rest and be fabulous all over again.

  37. Jessica K. Sullivan

    August 26th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Oh my goodness! So happy you are alright.

  38. gladys jem

    August 26th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    SO glad you are ok! That JD! Always such a positive guy. Gotta love him 🙂 Happy Friday Jasmine!

  39. Sheila

    August 26th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    ::shakes head (and fist) at neighbor:: How’s your back?

  40. Christopher Johnston

    August 26th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    So glad to hear that you are all right. Definitely take that neighbor off the Christmas card list and let Polo go poop on his lawn.

  41. Ashley Cherie

    August 26th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Glad you’re okay, however, you neighbor is whack for driving off…

  42. Lauren Pinson

    August 26th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    That is scary!!! So glad you are ok!

    So – I use for contracts and invoices, and a bunch of other stuff to try and keep my life paper free. What type of programs or services do you use for the other stuff besides contracts?

  43. Shefali Lindsey

    August 26th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Sooo happy you are ok and no one got hurt! LOVE the bonus kiss…JD sounds like my hubs. 🙂

  44. Stephanie Stewart

    August 26th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Oh my goodness! I’m so glad you are alright! A bonus kiss to JD indeed!

  45. Lilliya

    August 26th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Dear Jasmine, glad you are safe! Your sense of life and never ending optimism is a great example for me!
    Have a wonderful day!

  46. Teresa Appelwick

    August 26th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    On one hand, super excited to see this website. I am putting it in my folder for "things I will need in the future."
    On the other hand…what a junky day. But, JD is right. And, God was watching out for you. You know this.

  47. Alexis

    August 27th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    At least you’re alive. 🙂 What would the world do without such talent? Brides would be crushed! 🙂 Trying to make you laugh here Jasmine…:) But seriously, you make brides and brides-to-be look beautiful on their special day. The world needs your talent so be careful! And don’t worry about the neighbor who drove away, at least your husband was there to help you! 🙂

  48. Life with Kaishon

    August 27th, 2011 at 3:43 am

    I’m so sorry about the accident. Super annoyed at the neighbor. Whatta creepazoid.

  49. autumn Teesdale-Dash Photo

    August 27th, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Glad you are ok!! I love those sandwhich thins!! NOt a bread eater so they are a good substitute!!!

  50. Lydia

    August 27th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    So glad you’re not seriously hurt, and hope that leak got fixed! Go get a massage and relax after your stressful day!

  51. Melina Ruiz

    August 27th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Dear Jasmine, I would like to ask a huge favor. Next time you see your neighbor PLEASE ask him "Did you hear about the accident that was on our street?" I can’t wait to hear his response!!! People are so interesting !!;-)

  52. Lydia Chen

    August 27th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    OMG! A car backed into mine last night! 🙁 At least no one got hurt. Gotta stick to the silver lining! Now…on to a better day!

  53. Oakstream Photography

    August 29th, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Girl I totally get you on the T-Bone accident, EXCEPT I got T-Boned by a damn deer last night in the canyon leaving an engagement session! Um..YES could of been ALOT worse than it was. At least ‘I’M’ alive. The deer…not so much!

  54. School Ball Photographer

    August 29th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Universal Laws of Kama will always win. If i was your neighbor – I would be very worried!

  55. Jodie Lemke

    August 29th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Aww I hope you are ok and now hurt at all! Thats awful! i’ve been in a car accident while i was pregannt and it was horrifying.. even though in the end I was ‘OK’.. still hard! Thinkin of ya! Hopefully your leak is now fixed!!!

  56. Logan Photography

    August 29th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    That’s nuts! Being in a car accident was the worst thing of my life, I hope you’re okay!

  57. Jessica Becklenberg

    August 30th, 2011 at 4:24 am

    I also love those orowheat sandwich thins. Best thing ever to make a sandwich with. Just the right amount of bread.

  58. Stefanie Hampton Morrow

    August 30th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    OH NO! I am so sorry you were in a car accident… SO glad that you are okay!

  59. cassandra-m

    August 31st, 2011 at 6:41 am

    🙁 sad face for bad days & weird neighbors. 🙂 happy face for JD and his always positive outlook.

  60. Maxine

    August 31st, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your accident, Jasmine!! Those are definitely scary incidents and can really shake you up. But definitely praise the Lord that you were able to walk away without any serious injuries! By the way – I started reading the Paris Wife on your rec and LOVE IT. Thanks for being so open with life, you are an inspiration!

  61. Shane E.

    September 1st, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I vote against car accidents. I vote for ThinkTank.

  62. Melinda Leal

    September 2nd, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Jasmine, first of all I am glad you are ok, and JD is sooo right it could have been worse. I heard a quote the other day and it seems to fit here "You are still on this earth because God isn’t done using you for his will!" You are a selfless individual and I admire the person you are. (and I only know you through the internet!!) I can see why your job isn’t done here….you are amazing!

  63. Jessica Sweeney

    September 3rd, 2011 at 4:28 am

    UH! I’d like to go give your neighbor a good talking to. I’m glad you’re ok, and nothing seriously bad happened. Also glad you have JD to talk you through it all.