Sunday, October 08, 2006

Much ado

I’m not going to apologise this time. Sounds hollow when you’ve said it a dozen times anyway. Life is busy, and mostly good.

The ‘mostly’ is due to the frantic pace my life presently seems to run at. Surprisingly I am enjoying all the activity, whilst I’m doing it, but when I stop the exhaustion sets in and I know I could really do with a break.

A lot of my time is taken up with work as the new business is doing well, and as such it’s quickly become another fully-fledged job. Then there’s all the running around after the kids, which should be limited to a maximum of 12 activities a week (3 for each of them), but we decided R should improve his swimming, P has added tennis to his schedule, and has also just talked me into letting him join the school choir group.

But I have taken to giving myself a small treat! On Thursdays I meet with several mothers from school. Luckily the attendance is based upon availability, as so far I’ve only managed it once.

Other good news includes us going into debt. Not a state I’m generally comfortable with, but right now I’m sick of living in a pigsty and never having enough money to put it right, so what the hell? We’ve borrowed a pile of cash and are busy deciding what sofa would suit us, and whether to get a hard floor through the lounge and hall. And I bought a car this week. It felt very impetuous considering I did it over the phone, sight unseen, but I bought my last car from an auction in Japan, sight unseen also, and that worked out well.

And the car brings a treat too! We’ve got to go and get it, as it’s presently in England. Birmingham to be exact – though if you’re anything like me, you’ll have to google to know where that is. And if you bother to look, you’ll see it’s nowhere near our closest English port. And being that it’s only the closest English ports that have ships travelling here, it means I’ve got a lot of driving to do with a full car!

Yes, we’re going to be daft enough to take the tribe with us. I had planned to travel alone, but when we told the kids I was off, J got all melancholy and reminded us her and S have never left the island, which at five is kind of sad as it means she’s never been further than five miles from where she was born.

So come half term, we’re off for a whole forty-eight hours. Ideally it would have been longer, but the only cheap flights we could get were a month in advance and the Wednesday of half term was the first day they were available. Of course we could have stayed beyond the Friday, but guess what? No fast boats home after the Friday morning, and twelve hours on a slow boat with my lot, was out of the question!

There has been some nuisance with all this though. The powers that be, won’t allow me to drive my new car until it’s locally registered, and that comes with a six week waiting list, which you can’t book until you can provide papers. So I get my car, drive like a madman, then park my car for six weeks. Yep, I’m thrilled. Guess what else? You can only get you’re no claims discount for insurance on one car. I only want one, but I’ll have to keep two because I can’t do without a car for six weeks! Which will also mean I can’t sell my present car to help fund the new one just yet either. Oh ain’t life fun?! Like a board game, with loaded dice.

Anyway back to pleasant things, the kids are excited! I know, I know. We shouldn’t have told them until ten minutes before we were leaving! If I’m getting driven mad now, can you imagine the basket case I’ll be by then?! And I don’t even think it’s going to be that exciting for them, as we’re planning it like a military operation!

1pm arrive in England, take taxi to dealership an hour away, sort paperwork, latest leaving time must be 2:30, drive 2 hours to Basingstoke and visit supermarket where they sell cheap clothes, very quick visit as we have another hour and a half’s driving to do before arriving in Southampton to get dinner (and let the kids swim in the posh hotel’s pool!). Up early be at shopping mall as it opens, as we’ve got to kit out the kids for the next year and leave by 3:30 to drive to Weymouth, (where our next posh hotel has another indoor pool!) Up early again as we have to check in for the boat by 8am.

Now would that sound exciting if you were between four and twelve years of age? I don’t think it does, but then I was spoilt rotten and holidayed a couple of times a year. Bless my lot, they’re beside themselves with joy. So much so, I’m feeling very guilty. And I hate feeling like this, as I know things like holidays shouldn’t matter. But one joyful decision – to blow the budget and stay in posh hotels – was directly because of their joy. I mean, heck, all that shopping – they’re in for a nasty surprise! And then we’ve got to get the shopping home. Mostly on their laps, but we’ll tell them about that as it happens. Guess two of them will just be thrilled to not be getting hand me downs for the next year! And I’m looking forward to the shopping. Sick of never going into town because I can’t afford the stuff! That’s definitely one side of living on an island I could do without. Roll on the bulk buy shops! Here I come!!

Oh, and I guess I should mention my new car. By ‘new’ I don’t mean new, it’s secondhand, or maybe third, but it’s NEW to me. And remember how I’ve complained I’m sick of driving huge slug-mobiles? Well it’s not a giant slug! Though it is a giant. And remember how I don’t like cars with a long nose? Well, unfortunately it does have one of those (like my own, according to my eldest!! Cheeky bugger) And remember how I like seven seaters, which also has boot space for the dog? Well it’s a good thing the dog hates travelling in the car. Because he can’t fit in (that’s not strictly true, unless the BH is with us).

So what have I bought? Well, upon discovering I am a better person when driving my mother’s car, I figured I’d buy one of them!


Strange that for years I’ve hated the things, complaining that they’re like a tardis in reverse – huge on the outside, no room on the inside. But whilst driving my mother’s, I’ve found it isn’t so bad with a bit of planning, and words to remind the kids to take all their crap stuff with them when they get out.

And mostly importantly, I’m a calmer person when driving it, and that’s priceless. To me.

Thankfully Mercedes’ cars go on forever, so at least it sounds reasonable when I say we’re going into debt for eight years, but the car can be counted on for the next decade. Maybe more!

It’s a tad older than my mother’s, but it has occurred to me if it’s not my ‘thing’ I could sell it locally next year and make a profit. So smiles whatever. I hope.

Except...I've just realised this is all happening at the begining of Novemeber, and Nano starts November know what they say, where there's a will, there's a way!


Blogger Tim-tambolini said...

Yes, Nano. I haven't prepared anything at all...have you? Remember, we are supposed to do it together, but I feel like that promise was made forever ago as we haven't been in contact much lately. I'm still in though I don't know exactly where I'll find the I'm sure you're wondering about that yourself.

It's good to read your posts...I wish they weren't so few and far between. Please don't be freaked out by my last's a bit of weird one.

Sunday, October 08, 2006 9:28:00 pm  
Blogger rdl said...

I'm jealous - I always say I want a Mercedes fore I die. anyway your trip sounds great! good for you. was so glad to find that you posted - no apologies necessary. Once a wk. is good if that's all you can manage, just so you keep us posted. Did you do Nano last yr? I signed up, did one page, and dropped - sounds familiar. The only thing I thought you could've done different with the car shopping thing, was to bring the kids to a dealers - i knew someone who did that and got a better deal because she wasnt leaving til they did. Hmm, she lived on an island too.

Sunday, October 08, 2006 9:29:00 pm  
Blogger Who is this Dave? said...

Sadly, I live in an out-of-the-way corner of England, and not on your route, so we won't be meeting up this time.

Unles i were to book myself into one of your hotels, and 'accidentally' bump into you in the lift...

...not being serious. Honest.

Monday, October 09, 2006 6:49:00 am  
Blogger Latin Lover said...

Congratulations on your new car! I am very happy for you. I know you will enjoy it. Mercedes makes great cars, and they do run for ever. Anduin and I love ours, and will probably own one from here on out.

Have fun on your trip, and don't worry about Nano, you always seem to come through in the end.

Monday, October 09, 2006 7:24:00 am  
Blogger MarkD60 said...

It DOES sound like fun, can I go too? When I first started reading, I knew it was a Mercedes!
You coined it perfectly, my life is exactly like a board game!
Have a great trip!


Monday, October 09, 2006 11:25:00 am  
Blogger Monique said...

Congratulations on the car AND the traveling! You'll have a blast!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 5:16:00 pm  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

Well, if you weren't so danged tall you wouldn't need all that leg room, now, would you? You tall people. Complainers every one.

Seriously, congrats on the MERCEDES! Neat. And the vacation won't hurt (much), either :)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 4:51:00 pm  
Blogger Daisy Mae said...

Congrats on the car. And frankly the trip sounds like a load of fun to me and I'm not between 4 and 12 years of age. Can I come anyway?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 7:47:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are just as busy as ever. Where do you find the energy?

P.S. I signed up for nano this year also.

Thursday, October 12, 2006 4:58:00 am  
Blogger Nell said...

Hello from Denver Colorado! My husband is from Birmingham, his father is still there so wave when you go by and toot your posh Mercedes horn! You can't miss him, he's the old woman wringing his hands worrying about everything.
danelle -

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 7:19:00 am  

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