A Less-Than-Graceful Moment! Signs You’re Driving A Junker.

Sometimes Gracefully Monday

Happy Monday!

Darrin and I were pretty busy this weekend running to graduation parties, family events, and wedding appointments. Because our minor car accident has eliminated the convenience of driving our own vehicle for a week or two, my family was kind enough to lend us an old, junker car for the weekend! And what an exciting, car-driving experience the weekend was! Driving a car that’s not your own is somewhat like using an outhouse bathroom: it’s not ideal, it doesn’t feel right, but sometimes it’s necessary {you can thank Darrin for that pleasant metaphor}. So here’s a little list of signs that you’re driving a junker to help illuminate our own personal driving experience this weekend!

  1. At least one passenger door doesn’t open: It’s so fun running outside to your car as the rain pours and the clouds thunder and you, forgetting your umbrella because {you think} you’ll just hop quickly into your old car and be on your way, also forget that the door behind the driver’s side is in a constant state of “stuck,” so you’re forced to race around the entire car to the other passenger door that properly functions so that you can place the variety of heavy bags you’re carrying into the back seat of the car before you leave. It’s at this point that you realize curling your hair was a ridiculous decision. Also, showering.
  2. The windshield wipers cannot withstand the wind: You know you’re in for an exciting and stressful trip home when the clouds start to darken, sheets of rain block your ability to see, and your windshield wipers are dictated not by the mechanisms in your car but by the force of the storm’s wind. Any strong gust of wind would jolt our wipers off their original wiping path and hyper-extend them across the car. They would then slowly return back to their original wiping position. Then, another strong gust of wind, and those wipers would be stretched across the car as if they were going to snap off. We were feeling a whole lot of nerves while driving through that storm. Also, this paragraph uses the word “wipe” little too much, if ya ask me.
  3. Your speedometer is completely useless: How comforting to watch your speedometer casually bounce from once number to the next as you cruise down the highway. Not knowing your actual speed adds a little “spice” and “mystery” to the whole driving experience, right? Riiiiight. Luckily, we do have a digital speedometer that plugs into the car lighter and pops out of place every time we hit the slightest bump in the road, which isn’t annoying at alllllll…
  4. The driver’s door doesn’t completely shut: It’s one thing to feel the breeze in your hair as you drive down the highway on a warm summer day. It’s another thing to feel that same breeze down the entire left side of your body as you white-knuckle the steering wheel, hoping that this next turn won’t fling your door open and dump you out onto the road.
  5. There’s a tricky series of steps that must occur before the car will start: Putting the key into the ignition is just too simple! First, you’ve got to jiggle the steering wheel. Then, lift the shift lever slightly and try twisting the key in the ignition at the same time. If that doesn’t work, jiggle the shift lever and place the car in neutral. Then try twisting the key. If that doesn’t work, step out of your car and leave a post-it-note on the windshield that reads “If you can start this junker, it’s yours,” and walk away.

You could say that the little green junker my parents let us borrow over the weekend tested our patience as a couple and, through pure fear and anxiety, brought Darrin and I closer together as we held our breaths down the highway. I’ll admit that I’m ready to have our own car back in our little parking spot, waiting for us when we need to run to the grocery store or take a little trip to the suburbs, but we sure are blessed to have a family so willing to offer us an extra vehicle when we need it, as junkie and adventurous as that vehicle may be! 😉 So thanks for the crazy driving weekend, Mom and Dad! We sure appreciated the memories! 🙂

Anyone else have any junker car stories?? I’m sure my little list of signs could be expanded!

Have a great Monday!


  • Reply Vanessa June 16, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I plan to keep my Civic for many many years, until it dies, and then force my kids to drive it around as their first car. Knowing the Civic, it will probably last forever!

    Vanessa | Everyday Embellished

  • Reply whitney June 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    oh no! I used to have an old dodge neon that sounds like it had pretty similar issues…hopefully it will get better!

  • Reply Floortje van Cooten June 17, 2014 at 2:22 am

    I love your hair!!



  • Reply Francisc June 17, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Love this post!


  • Reply jennifer prod June 17, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    oh gosh, this made me giggle in the middle of a quiet coffee shop. all i can think is you’re going to look back and miss this car when it’s gone in two weeks (or at least the good stories it offered)

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