Thursday, May 31, 2018

Things Fall Apart

I spent my morning doing what Susie cheerfully calls "stupid adult stuff" at the computer: emails, learning how to use VoiceThread for an online accounting course I signed up for, trying to figure out Blackboard (for that same course), more emails, reading accounting textbook lingo and not understanding it, MORE emails. I finally pulled myself away from the computer (but not before having a spiritual crisis about what I want to do with my life and does it really include an accounting course?).

It was a stupid adult morning, is what I'm saying.

So! Susie and I decided to go to Target and look for a shrug for her to wear over her sleeveless dress at Brian's graduation ceremony tomorrow night. We headed happily out the door, got in the car, pulled out of the parking space, and realized we were sort of listing to the left.


I think we diagnosed it correctly

We'd been having trouble with that particular tire for a while, so I wasn't too surprised. "I'll let Daddy deal with it when he gets home," I told Susie, because I'm good at acting helpless like that. "Let's take Theo's car instead!"

Remember? Theo and Anna are both overseas right now. We've been stuck babysitting her pickup truck and his car since September. But, hey, now we could benefit from that!

So Susie and I trooped down to the road, where Theo's car was parked, and got in. I turned the key. Nothing happened. I mean, NOTHING. I tried again. Nada. I considered trying Anna's pickup, but I was feeling jinxed by this point and didn't want her truck to catch it.

I'm logical like that.

So we went back inside and I called Larry. Because, well, helpless. I left 4 voicemail messages and then gave up. Susie and I ended up sitting around (me knitting) and listening to Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, because we couldn't think of anything else fun to do and we couldn't move anyway because we were weighted down by humidity.

That is too a thing.

What I really needed

Larry finally called back and told me to call AAA and the tow truck driver showed up and I tipped him way too much just to tow my car a mile away, but I don't even care because the air conditioning has finally kicked in and I feel as though I have a whole new lease on life.

But that accounting course might still have to go...


  1. Ummm, I don't know much about cars but if Theo and Anna's cars have just been sitting since September, I have a feeling those batteries need to be charged...

    And yes, I will second it - being weighted down by humidity IS a thing!!

    1. We've used them periodically, but apparently not enough. It's hard to keep track of that many vehicles!

  2. Yikes. It's like the "laws of everything": was telling you to stay put! Humidity is super heavy here....most of the year.

  3. The humidity in NC has been TERRIBLE and it's only June 1st. I purchased some humidity hair spray today which I am certain will NOT work but I was desperate. I too am having a bit of an identity crisis but am 100% certain that it will not end in an accounting course!

  4. Oh bother! Accounting classes, flat tires, and humidity. Yuck. We do NOT have extra cars-the running or stalled variety. I left for my college reunion today. I couldn't get out of dodge fast enough bc I can't handle the fact that they don't figure out who is driving who and dropping off where the NIGHT before.

  5. So sorry you had a rough day!

  6. Yes, the cars just sitting too long is always a problem. My 25yo lives with us but didn't drive his car all winter. He had to buy a replacement car, which may or may not be related to not driving the last one (it was a 1990 Buick). Glad you got working a/c for that humidity. You're not making me miss NoVA.

    1. My tolerance for humidity has decreased markedly over the past 20 years. It's just awful here.

  7. Oh my goodness. I'm laughing, but I really should be commiserating. But on a positive note, you're in good company. I do stupid adult stuff all. the. time!

  8. AnonymousJune 07, 2018

    That's a crap kind of situation. Thank goodness for Coke and A/C.