Ctrl + Alt + Delete please

3 Jan

Art by Anne Taintor. I totally borrowed this image without permission, so I'm linking to the store where you can buy these awesome sticky notes. (Click image.)

It’s one of those Murphy’s Law days, where it feels like anything that could go wrong, is going wrong.

I had a long list of stops to make today, with Halia in tow, so I wanted to be out the door by 9:30.

The van wouldn’t start because it never does when the thermometer dips below freezing. Stupid battery. So I hooked up the booster pack and then proceeded to break my fingers uninstalling Halia’s carseat from the back row for reinstallment in the middle row. Now that her cousin’s carseat is no longer in the van, Halia insisted we move her seat back to its rightful place.

After successfully moving the carseat, I tried starting the van again, in vain. I had to interrupt Michael’s client meeting to get him to boost the van from the truck.

As soon as I got the van started, it dinged at me to remind me the gas tank was close to empty.  I’d had to drive around for a few things on January 1st, when no gas stations were open, so the tank was getting down to its last fumes.  I was halfway out of the neighbourhood when I remembered the banking paperwork I had to take with me, so I drove home. Then down to the gas station. (Made it! Whew!) Where the van wouldn’t restart.

A gruff old guy was kind of enough to give me another boost (after I’d dropped my keys in the gas station garbage, fished them out again, and made a fool of myself trying to untangle the booster cables) and he even peered into the engine to tell me the alternator was working, but it looked like one cell of my battery had boiled.

Every month I have to go to the bank to take care of some business that is stuck in the dark ages and can’t be done online. I walked into the bank and was delighted to see there was no lineup.  One teller was just coming free, hurrah, and it was… oh no, it was the guy I dealt with last month who had no clue what he was doing and caused me to be in the bank for over 45 minutes.  I will say he was a bit quicker this month, but I’m sure the long line of customers that formed behind me didn’t appreciate that I was taking up two tellers after he got stumped.

Then there was the soaking of my jacket sleeve by the faucets at the library bathrooms, forgetting things at the grocery store, and the frightening cost of Nanuq’s medication refills, but the coup de grâce was when I decided, after all the other tasks were over, to let Halia have a snack in the van while I quickly ran into the pharmacy to buy her vitamins.  I left the van running this time, to keep it warm and to prevent the need for another boost, but when I got back outside, the van was locked! This never happens.  The van doors only lock when the van hits 30 kmph, or when it’s manually locked, and I sure as heck did not lock my kid into the running van.

I phoned Michael, who was on the road heading for another client meeting.  He had to turn around and go home to get the other van key for me, making him late for his meeting. Thank goodness Whitehorse is so small; I think it took only about 20 minutes for him to get there, maybe less, but I was freezing my buns off by the time he arrived.

Halia was fantastic through it all. I hope it wasn’t just because I’d promised her a chocolate-chip cookie if she kept her listening ears on all day. But you know, on a day like today, I’m not at all above bribery.

And I’m not above having a chocolate-chip cookie for myself, either.


9 Responses to “Ctrl + Alt + Delete please”

  1. kara January 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    ahahahha No wonder you need a bit of a positive boost today!

    I am sure you are just getting all of the bad out of the way quickly to make for a fantastic rest of the year. 🙂

  2. Barbara January 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Sounds like a TWO chocolate chip cookie day to me!

    I know I should send an email, but I’m here so here’s a cryptic message – If you visit my blog now – likely you will get what you asked for last time. (get it?)

  3. Susan in North Pole January 3, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Sorry you had so many problems with your vehicle. I always get so worried in the winter because of the extra toll the cold can take on our cars. I think you deserve a couple of cookies yourself!

  4. Opa January 4, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    Well, one thing DID go right, Fawny. You made a lot of people laugh 😀

  5. marian January 4, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    What a day! That’s one you won’t forget. Even I want a cookie after reading your post – in sympathy, of course 🙂

  6. Murray January 4, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Wow, when you have a bad day you don’t mess around. That would be one of those days when I remind Cathy how nice it is to have a man around the house 🙂 Chocolate chip cookies all around!

  7. Tine January 4, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    Let me say it with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words:

    “Finish each day and be done with it … You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely.”

    So – tomorrow is a new day !!

    ♥ ♥ ♥

  8. Captain Momma January 6, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Ah yes. good intentions turned around and smacked you in the face. I feel the van troubles :S After $600 worth of new parts…the engine is still missing and jerking. Gah. Rebuilt transmission here we come??

    Mmm…chocolate chip cookies sound really good right now. And it’s only 8:49am!!!

    Hope your days get sunnier and you get to kick Murphy in the butt!!

    Take care,


    • julie February 3, 2012 at 3:09 am #

      Ok kelly

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