Tuesday, 10 February 2009

A Long And Boring Story About My Life

Today is, officially, a bastard bloody horrible day.

Was intending to write a paid-for piece today. Woke up to TWO MORE FEET of snow, drifts around the car, had to dig it out.

Traffic on school road nose to tail. 40 minutes to drive 500 yards, nowhere to park. Car starts bouncing and the rear end is suspiciously low. Drop Younger Son off 20 minutes late for school.

Try to get Older Son to school: roads are slushy, cars are nose to tail, all roads to school are blocked. Car is very bouncy.

Turn round in the middle of heavy traffic and in front of a frowning policeman; drive over pavement to get back onto road; car bounces alarmingly. Pull over. Suspension has failed. Phone Obliging Husband, now in his office on the other side of the city; he promises to phone garage.

Abandon car, walk Older Son to school, get back to car. Hilly three mile round trip over snow, slush and ice completed in 40 mins. Knees hurt.

Obliging Husband reaches car. "Suspension's gone," he says. I know. We drive in tandem to mender's, car bouncing like Spotty Dog on springs.

Mender doesn't have part.

We drive in Obliging Husband’s Focus to get part, which is ten miles away through heaving traffic, slush and ice. Part costs £30. Drive back with Obliging Husband chanting, "This is too easy, it's not going to work." I try to refrain from slapping him.

Mender mends car in an hour and a half. Obliging Husband drives off to work leaving me to pay mender. My handbag is still in Obliging Husband’s car: I have no way to pay mender. Eventually he trusts me to return and gives me my car keys. Foolish man.

I drive seven miles home behind a learner going at 15mph in the middle of the road. I have not yet even had breakfast and it is now past 1pm.

I get to the bottom of the mile-long, single track, uphill, snow-covered lane to our house and hear GRINDING.

Half way up, at the cattle grid, is a van. The rubbish van (we don’t get the big truck, we’re too remote), driven by a man who must clearly be bonkers coming up here in this weather in a TRANSIT VAN. It is half on the track and half off. Behind it is a tow truck. Also stuck in the snow.

I lock my car and block them in, and walk half a mile home, uphill through three feet of snow.

I try to write my piece but Jack the dog is sick on my FOOT.

I make a sandwich; leave it on the table while I clean up Jack-sick; while I’m cleaning, Jack eats the sandwich.

I eat an apple and some chocolate, walk back to the car. Van is still stuck. Tow truck driver promises to get it out before I return with the children at 4. I have to reverse nearly a mile in deep snow before I can turn round. I hurt my neck.

I get the kids, come home, find tow truck at bottom of track.

"I got the van out but it's stuck again," he says. "But I've got a Landrover to tow it out."

I abandon car at bottom of drive, put key in post box for Obliging Husband to drive up later if he can the Focus this close to home, walk the full mile up the track with two freezing children. In places snow is up to Younger Son's waist. He is not happy, and neither am I.

Pass van and Landrover, both now stuck right in front of my house.

Swear at them a bit while my children laugh.

Realise that the bastard bloody rubbish van still hasn't collected the two weeks of rubbish that we have here.

Swear a bit more.

Cook for the kids, have no time to write my piece, watch the van and Landrover combo get stuck again on the track outside. Several times.

Jack the dog is sick on the long-pile cream bedroom carpet: copiously.

Obliging Husband arrives home in my car, having got past the van/Landrover combo. Says it's not been too bad a day really. But we've run out of ice so do I really want a gin?

You'd better believe it.


Sally Zigmond said...

Would it be very rude and unkind of me to laugh?

none said...

Of course the dog ate your sandwich. What a day!

Something fell off our car, which is now at the garage, but we have no snow.

Jane Smith said...

Point and laugh all you want to, Zigmond, because one day I'll do it back to you!

Buffy, I hope your car recovers. And as you have no snow, I'm on my way in what remains of my own car. Open the gin.

Sally Zigmond said...

Ah, Smith, but I don't point. My mummy says that IS rude.

Jean said...

This phrase comes to mind, "When hell freezes over...".
Good grief, no one should go through a day like that.

Karen said...

OMG, what a nightmare! Oddly Molly-dog was copiously sick yesterday, but only on the tiles, and least it wasn't snowing here.

Jan Jones said...

Oh, Jane, poor you. It is snowing here, but so far no two-legged or four-legged animals have been sick.

Daniel Blythe said...

Blimey, so the little flurry we had over here in S6 was a bit more serious up your way, then! Here, the main hazard continues to be the packed-down, two-week-old snow which has turned to refrozen slush and has the texture of finely polished glass, making the pavements up to school a death-trap - one exacerbated by Daughter's insistence on the Unsuitable Boots. This morning I let her struggle. Cruel, but maybe she has learned something...

Jane Smith said...

Daniel, all your daughter has learned is that you're a Bad Dad who refuses to drive her to school in moments of crisis. It's bound to be all your fault.

We now have a little bit of green peeping through the snow, but the track up to the house is still packed ice, and yesterday when I got home I had to take seven or eight runs at getting up the last bend because it was so slippery I kept on gliding sideways back down the hill. The children were whooping in the back of the car, thinking it was funny, and all I could do was watch those two stone gateposts get nearer and nearer and wonder how much a new side panel would cost... luckily there were several sheep in the vicinity which would have provided a softer target if required.

Mind you, we get very smug when there are floods: if we get affected here, then the whole of Sheffield would be underwater already as we're pretty high up. And just you wait until the summer. It's gorgeous here then.