a very stressful drive up a mountain

You ever had one of those stressful situations, where you are beyond stressed as you are in a situation you have never been in before, and someone is yelling at you during the situation? You begin to lose focus, and then the situation gets worse, and the person keeps yelling at you because they are so beyond pissed that they don’t even realize they are making an already bad situation worse?

Yeah that happened to me in Phoenix, while driving up South Mountain to catch the sunset, I was nervous as all hell because A, this is my first time driving up the side of a mountain and B,there is not a barrier on this mountain, all you see are cliffs, and a long deadly drop. I knew I could take curves safely at 15 mph and personally I don’t want to die a fiery death from driving off a cliff, so as a result my heart rate was up at an all time high, and then to top it all off I had to deal with a back seat driver.

Yes that happened on my last trip. I was driving, praying, stressed about the lack of barrier and all I could focus on was my mother.

SLOW DOWN! DAMN IT JEN SLOW DOWN! over and over and over.

So after about 10 minutes of this nonsense…

I started giggling

(A fact about me, when I get stressed and someone starts yelling at me I giggle. I giggle for multiple reasons, in this particular situation my brain was trying to relieve the stress on my brain, so my response was to giggle.)

Yeah, that went over well. Not only was my mother all over me, now my father & my brother were mad too.

Now as I am typing this, I know my mother is going to defend herself, and say I was going too fast. I wasn’t, she was hanging out the back taking pictures, so therefore 15 mph probably felt like 30. That is my defense, and I am sticking to it.

Furthermore, I must say, that while I am giving my mother a hard time on this post, I love my mother with all my heart, she has an amazing heart, does a lot of good for many people, makes me red velvet cupcakes when I visit, but at that particular moment, I was about ready to drive off the cliff and end it all.

So after about 25 minutes of driving up the mountain a few choice words at each other, we made it to the top and you know what…

The view was worth getting yelled at.

Stayed tuned for tomorrow see all the pictures from South Mountain!

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