a fresh new morning

I’ve been pulled over by a police car three times in my life.  I’ve also received one parking ticket, which turned out to be the most expensive “I’ll just stop and run into that cafe for a cup of coffee-to-go” ten minutes of my life.  Lesson learned: when you see a quarter lying on the ground right outside your car, take it as a sign that you really should put some money into the meter.  Yes.  Lesson learned.

Anyways—so far—I have not received a speeding ticket, and I’d really like to keep it that way.

Yesterday came pretty close though. 

As I was driving along, rolling over the peak of a hill, I suddenly saw a sign that read “school zone: 20mph.”  As soon as I saw the sign, I saw a police car.  And as soon as I saw the police car, the police car saw me. 

The most embarrassing part of this story isn’t that I was forced to sit and wait in my car while people slowly drove on by, peering into my window.  The embarrassing moment occurred when I accidentally handed the police officer my credit card instead of my drivers license.  He returned it with a raised eyebrow and a grunt, “sorry, this won’t work.”  I think I must have looked pretty silly at this point, as I laughed hysterically, telling him I was horribly sorry.  He honestly didn’t look very amused.  😉

Anyways, turns out that this particular police officer didn’t feel the need to give me a ticket.  He just sent me on my merry way with a written warning. 

The End.


Thank goodness for happy endings.

Thank goodness for police officers who enforce the speed limit in school zones (even if it was at the very top of a hill, completely catching me off guard.)

Thank goodness for police officers who don’t write me a $200 ticket.

Thank goodness for a reliable car that drove me home at the race car speed of 15 mph. 😉

Thank goodness for fresh new mornings.

A Tropical Awakening

Pineapple and coconut go together like peanut butter and jelly.  This breakfast has a bright and sunny personality, so I highly recommend eating it on a cold, gloomy, winters’ day.  Instant smile!

Fresh pineapple carries far in this morning bowl of chilled oats.  However, if canned pineapple is what you happen to have on hand, I imagine it would be quite delicious as well.  And if you have the extra juice to spare, add just a touch in order to really up the exotic flavors.  Enjoy!

  • 1/2 c. uncooked old-fashioned oats
  • cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 c. fresh pineapple, diced small
  • 6-oz. plain yogurt
  • toppings: Pom seeds, shredded coconut, walnuts and Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola
  1. Combine oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, pineapple and yogurt in a medium bowl. Stir well.
  2. Transfer to your breakfast bowl and top with pom seeds, coconut, walnuts and granola.  ENJOY! 😀

Question: Have you ever been given a written/verbal warning or a ticket? 


8 thoughts on “a fresh new morning

  1. I’ve definitely had my fair share of close calls back when I was “invincible” and drove like I was a racecar driver! haha. Luckily, I’ve yet to receive a ticket – and I STILL have a panic when I see a police officer…even though I’m usually obeying the laws now! I also think every car behind me is a cop. I’m a little superstitious/paranoid 😛
    I’m glad your close call was just that and no ticket resulted 🙂 If it makes you feel better, I did the same thing with my debit card when I was pulled over. It’s just so habitual to grab that instead of my license!

  2. Gah, getting pulled over is the *worst* feeling. It’s like being sent to the principal’s office in elementary school. Fortunately (and I’m knocking on wood), I’ve only been pulled over once and everything was on my side for the officer not giving me a ticket- I was underage (well, 17), just got a new car, it was New Years Eve, and my boyfriend was in the Navy while the cop’s sons was in the Coast Gaurd..so they had a little “oh the military’s so awesome” chat. The cop didn’t want to bother with the whole “underage” ticket thing and felt bad for doing so right at the New Year, so he let me go. Blehhh hate the feeling!! Glad to hear you got off free!

  3. In high school I was pulled over RIGHT in front of school when everyone I knew was driving by… very embarrassing! I only ended up with a warning, though, so it could have been worse, I suppose.

    Your breakfast looks awesome, by the way!

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