The $500 Sleepover

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Oh, hell.


Don’t ask me how I did it (because I still don’t know) but I managed to clip a curb three blocks from my mom’s house, pop two tires, and ruin a rim.  What I initially thought would be a simple tow-and-swap quickly became a massive headache as I realized that no one in Knoxville had my car’s rim in stock. 


This means that I’m stuck in Tennessee for the next 48 hours.  I feel like the world’s worst driver.


And I have nothing but the clothes on my back, my camera, my laptop, my cell charger, the puppies, and my mother’s house to crash at. 


I went to Walgreens and bought the essentials: a 3-pack of grannie panties, a toothbrush, and contact solution.  Should get me through the next two days, right?


While I waited for the tow truck, my mom pulled up and we snacked on Fritos.


I wasn’t very hungry for dinner… Just in a foul mood from my mess-up.   But this was tasty:  a baked sweet potato, steamed rainbow chard, and rice cakes with hummus.


Since my mom’s friend Patty lives with her, I’m bunking in mom’s bed.  I joked that it’s the $500 sleepover – and it really is.  I guess it could be worse; it’s a fun excuse to spend more time with MomHTP.


Time to crawl in. 







  • Lauren October 12, 2011, 8:49 pm

    Aww, no!! I’m so sorry to hear about the flat. But at least you have a reason to get some extra mom time in. 😉

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston October 12, 2011, 8:49 pm

    Girly, you should keep a couple outfits at your moms! Or just wear your moms clothes 🙂 Have fun with her!

  • Jennifer October 12, 2011, 8:49 pm

    That stinks!! I can relate, just spent about $700 on car repairs. Gross. Love the pooches!

  • Dani October 12, 2011, 8:51 pm

    oh no!! well at least it didnt happen while you were halfway home, and you are your pups to keep you sane : )

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) October 12, 2011, 8:51 pm

    I have nothing to say except that it’s really crappy that it happened.

    (Also, it’s very common to not be able to get a rim. I bent a rim in DC and had to wait 48 hours to get it replaced. At least it was home and I could deal with the spare for two days.)

  • Kristen @ The Concrete Runner October 12, 2011, 8:57 pm

    Ugh, I did the exact same thing the week before my wedding – nothing like adding another expense! Well, I hope you at least enjoy your time with your mom!

  • Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance October 12, 2011, 9:01 pm

    Oh no! So sorry to hear about you car and not being able to fix it right away. That is the absolute worst! Hope everything turns out ok, at least you’ve got some pups to cuddle with.

  • Nicole (I have trouble with forward motion) October 12, 2011, 9:10 pm


    I’ve done the same thing before, but I was doing something stupid like reaching thru the steering wheel to grab my sunglasses. And I blew the tires while on my way to take a biology final! Thankfully a coworker saw my stupid self and took me to class; had to come back later to deal with getting it towed.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 12, 2011, 9:10 pm

    That so sounds like something I would do. Wait…no. That I have in fact done. Enjoy the extra family time at least!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 12, 2011, 9:10 pm

    oh no, caitlin! just remember… it could be worse! like you said, you get 48 extra hours with your mama 🙂 glad you and the pups are alright.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 12, 2011, 9:11 pm

    so sorry about the car situation! gah!! car repairs and trying to find them and get them handled when you need help the most are sooo stressful!

  • Hannah October 12, 2011, 9:13 pm

    Sorry about your tire(s). Love the doxie snuggles though! Isn’t it hilarious how they dig themselves under there? Love it!!!!!

  • erica October 12, 2011, 9:15 pm

    sorry about your car situation! at least you were still very close to your mom’s house and have a place to stay!!!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 12, 2011, 9:21 pm

    oh man!! I am so sorry to hear–but you seem so positive. That is amazing! Have fun with the extra time with her 🙂

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 12, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Ugh! Can’t believe a little curb could do so much damage. 😯 At least you have your mommy and your babies nearby. 🙂 Hang in there, this will be a funny memory… a few years from now. Gotta make them somehow, right? hehe

  • Reenie October 12, 2011, 9:33 pm

    Oh poop! At least you’re safe…your doggies are safe…and you have your Mom to stay with. Enjoy your time =)

  • Lisa October 12, 2011, 9:40 pm

    oh no!!!! how annoying!

  • Sana October 12, 2011, 9:42 pm

    Oh poop, atleast you are at your mom’s house!

  • Mary October 12, 2011, 9:48 pm

    Bummer! So much for a “quick trip”. Well, make the most of it and enjoy the time with your Mom.

  • Brittany @ Delights and Delectables October 12, 2011, 9:53 pm

    That stinks, but I could think of worse places other than East TN to be stuck! 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 12, 2011, 9:57 pm

    oh no! I’m sorry about your car and the next two days being messed up, but maybe it’s a blessing in disguise! Extra time with your mom!

  • Kris October 12, 2011, 10:01 pm

    Aw, sorry for the hassle. I’ve popped a tire both on the curb, and in the driving rain on a manhole cover. Frustrating. Enjoy the extra time with your mom!

  • kirsten October 12, 2011, 10:04 pm

    Ugh I hate unexpected car expenses! But an extra 2 days with your mom is nice! 🙂

  • kristen October 12, 2011, 10:05 pm

    I saw your twitter posts! Im glad youre ok and it looks like it will be fixed A OK. But man. Dont you hate spending money on your car? Have a fun sleep over!

  • Gracie (complicated day) October 12, 2011, 10:05 pm

    Gosh sorry those surprise expenses are the worst! But perhaps staying in TN tonight saved you from a massive wreck on the interstate. You never know.

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition October 12, 2011, 10:19 pm

    Oh that sucks that you ruined a rim – that’s no fun! I hope you have a fun night with your mom 🙂

  • Alexa @ SimpleEats October 12, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Oh no!!! At least you have somewhere to stay and aren’t stuck in the middle of nowhere! Hope things get better!

  • Army Amy* October 12, 2011, 10:35 pm

    That’s stinky poo-poo! At least you’re with your mom and not in the middle of nowhere.*

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence October 12, 2011, 10:41 pm

    Oh no I’m sorry:(

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life October 12, 2011, 11:04 pm

    Girl, that stinks! But on the bright side, more mama time = good times! Also, good thing it happened so close to your mom’s! Imagine if you were halfway home.. stranded!

  • hippierunner October 12, 2011, 11:06 pm

    Yikes, I’m glad there weren’t any cyclists or pedestrians around when that happened! I hope the eventual ride home goes by more smoothly!

  • katie @ KatieDid October 12, 2011, 11:25 pm

    ohh I’m so sorry to hear that, I’m sure it must have been really frustrating. Maybe it will be another 2 days of a mini vacation and catch up for you. And more Mom time is always a great thing!

  • Moni'sMeals October 12, 2011, 11:35 pm

    what a bummer but just remember this stuff happens to us all. I rode my bike into a wall today and spilled my coffee all over myself! I mean, how hard is it to ride your bike into a wall, I have mad skills I tell ya. 🙂

  • Juniper October 13, 2011, 12:33 am

    oh, I am so sorry m’dear 🙁 *hugs*

  • Jen October 13, 2011, 1:12 am

    Awww…bless you heart! I just hate it when everything’s all rosy and then something like THAT happens. Well, at least you’re at your mommy’s with pups…could be worse, right? BTW, both of your parents sound amazing! Between the two of them, I can definitely see where you get some of your awesome qualities…warm, nurturing heart & wicked sense of humor, for example… 🙂

  • Eliza October 13, 2011, 1:20 am

    I can imagine the looks the dogs gave you when that happened haha

  • Khushboo October 13, 2011, 1:26 am

    That’s super annoying but at least it was around your mom’s place..imagine how much more irritating if it was half way on your ride back home! Saw your tweet- hope you enjoyed spooning your madre ;)!

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 13, 2011, 1:32 am

    Oy, bummer. I often underestimate curbs…maybe I should really be more wary of them, even for just parallel parking!

    But HOORAY for Momma sleepovers! Those are always the best…just like the good old days!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) October 13, 2011, 1:41 am

    Aw, bummer! Hope everything gets fixed soon. Knock on wood- I haven’t hit anything in a while, but a few months after I got my license I managed to sideswipe my ex-boyfriend’s car and back into a pole (which broke my side mirror!) in the same night. I’m really not THAT bad of a driver… 🙂

  • E October 13, 2011, 2:05 am

    Well, crap! My cousin jumped a curb once & thought the car was OK after…until he realized it wasn’t & the repairs ended up costing over $2000! (some sort of front end damage). So…it could be worse! 😉

  • maria @ Chasing the Now October 13, 2011, 2:58 am

    As annoying as it is, I think these things happen for a reason. You were supposed to spend more time with your Mom.

  • Amanda October 13, 2011, 3:34 am

    Looks like you have a little company in that bed, lol.

  • Eliza October 13, 2011, 4:24 am

    Do Maggie and James have seatbelts or are they good at sitting nicely in the car?
    My labrador (he isn’t mine anymore 🙁 he is a guide dog in training) was sitting in my car once, in the back on the seat (like a child) and I slammed on my breaks at a red light and he fell off his seat. As soon as I recovered from the shock I couldn’t stop laughing especially because he looked so so annoyed.

    • CaitlinHTP October 13, 2011, 10:31 am

      They just lay on the seat. But I always worry about this!

  • Megan October 13, 2011, 6:29 am

    I only live about an hour from Knoxville! You’re so close!

    I hope you can find a fix soon.

  • Lea October 13, 2011, 6:52 am

    I always think there’s a reason that crazy stuff like this happens (like Maria said, above). Maybe you weren’t supposed to be making that drive yesterday! Have fun with your day in Knoxville.

  • Hillary October 13, 2011, 7:09 am

    This is so, so something I would do. Hope they surprise you and get it fixed a day sooner!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 13, 2011, 7:23 am

    Aw that stinks! But at least you get to spend some extra time with your mom!

  • emily October 13, 2011, 7:26 am

    Oh, jeez; well that sucks! But I hope you and the doggies do get to enjoy the time with your mom that comes out of it.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 13, 2011, 8:24 am

    Aww what a pain in the butt! But getting to spend more time with mom is never a bad thing. 😀

  • Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 13, 2011, 8:32 am

    Aw, I’m sorry about your car! That happened to me last year. It was awful. Although, I was on my way to work. Needless to say, I didn’t make it in that day. At least you get to spend more time with your mom. 🙂

  • sarah@spinach and spice October 13, 2011, 8:33 am

    Take advantage of the family time 😉 It’s a good excuse to not feel guilty about taking some time off!

  • Carolina John October 13, 2011, 8:59 am

    Man that stinks! Well, enjoy the time with your mom I guess. It’s a good time for a visit. I need to get back down to greenville and visit with my parents soon.

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 13, 2011, 9:04 am

    Ugh – bummer! Way to see the bright side though, even if you’ll have to miss book club 🙁

  • Jennifer October 13, 2011, 9:09 am

    Awww, I’m sorry that happened to you. 🙁 But I’m sure your mom was thrilled to have another night with you. I was laughing at the dogs on the bed, wondering if there was going to be any room for humans LOL

  • Laurie October 13, 2011, 9:16 am

    Caitlin, I’m sorry that happened to you! 🙁 I’ve done something like that too, ran up on a curve (thanks to my doggie trying to get in my lap!), but I only blew out my front tire! Ugg, not good! Love the pictures of the doggies in the bed, kinda looks like my bed with my doggies! Enjoy the extra time with your Mom!

  • Jamie @ FoodinRealLife October 13, 2011, 9:20 am

    I did this same thing a year or two ago when I visited my sister. Except I did it while merging onto a highway (car skidded and hit the curb, damaging both tires). On top of the repair I had a $100 ticket because the cop (who did not witness the accident) assumed that I was reckless driving. Thankfully I had triple A to pay for the towing. Do you have triple A? It’s worth EVERY penny!

  • Sara October 13, 2011, 9:52 am

    I’m sorry to hear you’re stuck in Knoxville. I lived there for six years and actually just moved away. Next time you go (or get stuck) to Knoxville go to Tomato Head in Market Square. Phenomenal veggie options! And their bread…oh their bread. 🙂

  • Jen @ The Well Read Fish October 13, 2011, 1:08 pm

    At least you have your puppies!

  • Jen October 13, 2011, 1:24 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your tires! Even better (aka more horrific) tire story: I got a new car in March, drove to my friend’s apartment 5 minutes from the dealership, and hit a really deep pot hole that I couldn’t see from my turning angle as I pulled into her lot. Luckily, the Rite Aid that was responsible for fixing that part of the road paid for my 2 new tires and rims that only had 17 miles on them before popping!

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) October 13, 2011, 1:35 pm

    I accidentally ran into the back of my dad;s truck pulling into the driveway. $2K damage to my car, none to my dad’s. We live and learn and get baffled just exactly how it happend.

    Glad it was close to your mom’s though. Any further out of town or somewhere in between her and home, and that would have been worse.

  • AmandaonMaui October 16, 2011, 4:55 am

    I would so give $500 bucks up easily to spend time with my mom. She lives in your neck of the woods, and I’m all the way out here in the Pacific Ocean. I hope you enjoy the time with your mom (I’m sure you will), and I hope the repair goes smoothly enough for you.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 17, 2011, 5:32 pm

    Oh no! At least you have MumHTP close by!

  • Jolene ( October 17, 2011, 11:19 pm

    Sorry about the car Caitlin … that sucks!

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