I Brake For Breaks

A couple of weeks ago we bought four new tires for my car. Since my car is almost eight years old and has over 100,000 miles on it, it’s not a big surprise that Old Faithful is requiring a little more TLC these days. Fortunately we have a great mechanic (he doesn’t make me the least bit nervous or anxious or wary when he talks to me about car stuff – THAT IS A WONDER), and it’s nice knowing that he looks out for us and doesn’t recommend anything unnecessary when it comes to taking care of our cars.

Anyway, when I got my tires he looked me straight in the eyes and said, “You really, REALLY need new rear brakes. I’m not saying that you have to stop driving your car or anything like that, but you need to get back in here before it’s time for your next service – definitely within the next month or two.”

And since he’s always really laid-back and low-key, his sense of urgency about my brakes got my attention. And then all I could do was picture the scene from Charlie’s Angels where Kelly was driving some big ole Ford and her brakes went out on a steep hill and she wound up in the back of an 18-wheeler.

(Listen. I just Googled “Charlie’s Angels Kelly’s brakes fail” on a lark. I couldn’t imagine that I’d actually find the clip, but I figured it was worth a try. And what do you know? THERE IT WAS ON THE YOUTUBE. Granted, it appears to have been dubbed in a foreign language, but the visual is what’s important. Quite frankly I don’t know when I’ve loved the internet more.)

(Also, I adore that Kelly is wearing hose with her wedge heels.)


All that to say: getting new brakes is at the top of my to-do list today since I’d prefer to be able to stop at the bottom of Birmingham’s big ole hills without relying on a parked 18-wheeler to halt my forward progress. So while I’m sitting at the car place, thumbing through some two year-old issues of Field & Stream and considering all the reasons why vinyl couches in waiting rooms are NOT AT ALL COMFORTABLE during the summer months, y’all will hopefully be enjoying these links. It’s an, um, ecelectic list, so consider yourself warned.

My Happy Confession of Having No Merit – I ran across this post when I was watching an interview that John Piper did with our pastor, and oh my. It brought tears to my eyes. What a good word.

In The Footsteps of Dan Mullen: ESPN Car Wash – I love any sort of behind-the-scenes article, and this one is the perfect prelude to football season. I mean, they have something called a fanwich in the ESPN cafeteria? That makes me so happy.

Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake: The History of Rap, Part 2 – This little treasure isn’t for the young’uns, but it’s mighty entertaining for mamas and daddies who grew up in the 80s and 90s.

– The MouseMail $100 Visa gift card giveaway and the bodycology rich&creamy giveaway are still up and running.

– I’d forgotten how much we love these delicious summer sandwiches until I made them for supper Monday night. I leave out the horseradish, add a little mayonnaise to the cream cheese, then add bacon and sliced avocado to the egg and tomato on my sandwich. Makes a great breakfast, too. So fresh and tasty.

Have a great day, everybody!

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  1. Just to let you know – Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is bringing pantyhose back. http://whatkatewore.com/2011/07/15/the-great-pantyhose-debate-poll-results-wow/

    Not sure I’m so happy about that!

  2. 1. Imma need a link to that Piper/Platt interview, please ma’am.
    2. I really really like your coach. Good guy. Our coach is a good guy, too. Hate all that Cam junk tarnished both of their reputations a little. Because I think they are genuinely good people.
    3. ANYTHING with JT and SNL = GOLDEN.
    4. I cannot embrace the avocado. I’m trying. But oh the squishiness. Can’t even get past that.

  3. The sandwich with your added ingredients of bacon and avocado will be on my weekend menu. I am sure Kelly had on a nice pair of suntan Leggs.

  4. Soooooo K-E-L-L-Y (AKA my fav Angel), my mind’s eye has a visual of you in a pair of wedges just going down your freak’n driveway NOT to mention every other hill/mtn/Indian Mound in Bham. 2ndly, I heart YOUR comfy couch – watching TOD’LERS & TIERAS (sp>?) there surrounded by our gaggle of testosterone was probably my fondest memory on it thus far. The boys and I watchted the dance teacher show (ABBY LEE) and they said afterward, “Wonder if the Boo Fam has seen this one?” Also, may I have a reservation for the UAB game @ ur crib, just me NO kiddos. JT & JF were too funny NOT 2 mention the forementioned unattached individual is “YUMMY”. In closing, Sister – ANYTHING that includes bacon, avacado or the combination is gonna = perfection ;) Luv U Soph!

  5. 4got my “there of” in the last sentence!

  6. Kate has no control (pardon the pun) over the pantyhose situation. It is a royal requirement. She did break the rule at one point, I believe when they were in California. But I did read that it’s one of the ‘rules’ for the royal family. Weird, huh?

  7. Terrie Cash says:

    Have to a love a great mechanic that you trust and love dearly. I have been going to the same guy since I was 19 and I am now 47. He says he has taught me way too much over the years that I know just enough to be dangerous. I love him so much. I don’t even have to make an appointment to get my oil changed. He drops what he does and places me to the front of the pack. Have to be very careful not to take advantage of my status. Hang on to him, he is like a good husband. They are both so hard to fine. Just thought about that. I have know my mechanic longer than my beloved husband.
    longer than my dear beloved.

  8. Jennifer says:

    Nothing to do w/ brakes…..I hate car repairs. Did you see Rachel Zoe on Prime Time tonight talking about being a celebrity mom? She is a real hands on knid of mom! I am pleasantly surprised. I don’t want to really trade lives w/ anyone but I could be up for hanging w/ her for a couple days. And she is coming out w/ a kids clothing line w/ lots of boy stuff.

  9. The interview with Mr. Piper and Mr. Platt — now that kindles!
    And no merit, no merit at all — all’s grace — all because of Christ alone. Now that keeps a girl holding on tight to the only One worth holding on to!
    { No wedges or hose, thankfully, required :) }

  10. Can’t believe all I am commenting on after that wonderful post and links to stuff is the summer sandwiches. I reeeeeeally want to try them. I could commment on everything you wrote about, in much abundance.

  11. OMG- That JT/Jimmy Fallon video is priceless! Love, love, LOVE it.


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