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I’m Stuck! (repost)

Published September 15, 2011 - 0 Comments
[This was originally posted Jan 29, 2009]

As I write this, it’s a beautiful day out there. The sun is shining. The temperature isn’t too bad. I’m supposed to be in my English class write (har har) now, but I can’t seem to get out of my $%^&*()_+(*&^% driveway!

I have brand new snow tires, but evidential they’re crap on ice. And that’s what I’m stuck on. After paying $30 last week to have my driveway plowed, I decided to have him come automatically. This morning I woke up to yet another pile of snow out there. Schools were cancelled. I checked the cancellation line for the university. My course was not listed there. I woke up my poor mother and asked her to check online to see if my class was listed. Apparently that list hadn’t been updated since yesterday. Nice. So I packed my things and decided to take a drive into town.

My tires gripped the newly fallen snow like Velcro. It was amazing. I slowly, but steadily, pulled out of my driveway… and then like a complete newbie idiot, I stopped to check if anything was coming. That was the end of my momentum, and the end of me going anywhere. There WAS nothing coming, and I probably could have been able to tell that, had I been paying more attention earlier, rather than stopping to see.

I shoveled. I cursed. I put down kitty litter. I cursed some more. I had one of those rare moments of heated emotion where I even punched the steering wheel a few times, holding down the car horn button and cursing very loudly. I guess with everything going on, this was something that I really didn’t need. I got out and looked again… I was a mere foot or so from the safe pavement of the plowed road… yet both my front tires were spinning as if they were 20 feet off the ground. I’m pretty sure that if someone was steering my car, that I could push it out. It’s that close. It just needs an extra pair of hands, and perhaps a match. I’ll need to check with the insurance company to make sure that I’m covered for fire and theft.

I called the guy who plows my driveway, and left a message for him. There’s no way for him to get into my driveway with me parked where I am. I’m hoping that he can come sometime this morning and either pull me out the rest of the way, or at least steer my car. The guy is no spring chicken, so asking him to push it probably out of the question.

The good news is… if you’re reading this, I must have gotten out. Whether the Spectra makes it out in one piece is another story. But I can’t really blame this one on the car. It was more of a user-error than anything else.

I hate winter.

Welcome to May

Published May 1, 2011 - 0 Comments

May 1.  The older I get, the faster time seems to pass me by.  It’s almost a little scary.

I think it’s safe to say that the threat of snow is finally behind us.  What a miserable winter/spring this has been.  I can’t wait for the snowplowing bill to get here.  I’m going to turn off the lights and hide under the couch when the snowplow guy knocks on my door.  I may have to put a second mortgage on the house I don’t live in, just to pay for this year’s snow removal!  But believe me, it’s money well spent.

So May has some great things to look forward to this year… as well as at least one shitty thing.  And no, it’s not the end of the world, like some people think for May 21, 2011.  Although you could argue that my world certainly took a kick in the balls on that date.  On the other hand, I’m looking forward to a nice little vacation this month.  It’s time to scratch a couple of things off my life’s “to-do list”.  Sadly my “Identical triplet cheerleader foursome” looks like it’s going unfulfilled again this month… but that seems more like a summer activity anyway, so maybe next month.  But I digress… I can’t wait to spend some time in Ontario, especially Niagara Falls.  I’ve always wanted to see them.  This is probably when I find out that all the pictures are photoshopped, and it’s really not as impressive as I’ve been imagining all this time.  Oh yeah, it’s also my birthday this month.  One step closer to End of Life, as I told my doctor this week.  And she thinks I’m a pessimist.. ha!

Tomorrow is a big day!  Some people might think that it’s because of the federal election.  Bah… nothing’s going to change there!  I’m still expecting a Conservative minority government… AGAIN…  But the BIG NEWS is that I expect my iPad2 to finally arrive!  It was shipped last week from China, and I’ve had fun watching the FedEx tracking page to see all the hops along the way.  It’s definitely more of a world traveler than I am!  Frustratingly, it made it all the way to Dieppe by Friday, which is only an hour or so away.  But because FedEx does not have weekend delivery here, I have to wait until Monday.  Which sucks, because I also have to work tomorrow… and I swear… if I get home and find out that my roomie was sleeping all day again, and didn’t hear the FedEx guy banging on the door… there’s gonna be a lot of passive aggressiveness going on!  And nobody wants that!  Speaking of the roomie, he informed me that he has an interview on Friday, and if he gets the job he is definitely moving because he doesn’t want to do the drive back and forth.  Uh huh.  I’ve heard that before.  “I won’t get my hopes up” is all I said to him.  Hehe..  don’t get me wrong… Paul and I are great friends, but we have different ideas about things.  It hasn’t been easy watching him waste the last 6 months of his life.  I’m sure that some people probably say the same thing about me… for much longer even!

Well it’s time to get some stuff done.  Today is a rare day of no work, no kids.  My son’s First Communion is today.  I’m not going.  It’s not my thing.  He’s ok with it.  It’s not his thing either.  I’m pretty sure that my invitation was a formality anyway… although the look on my ex’s family’s faces would probably be precious if I walked in there.  Surprisingly the roomie is going.  He’s the god father, which apparently is not only a movie character.  The less I know, the better.  Ignorance is bliss.

Off to go fold some laundry.  Happy May 1rst!



Winter? Weeeeeeeeeeeeee

Published January 3, 2011 - 1 Comment

At some point through the night I woke up to use the bathroom and heard what I thought was rain or freezing rain hitting the window. When my alarm went off at 5:15, I poked my head out to see white stuff coating the ground. Hmm… snow… It didn’t look too bad, though.

Well, looks can be deceiving…

It’s a good thing that I have snow tires on my car, because I know that I wouldn’t have made it very far. From the moment I pulled out of my driveway, my car was having a horrible time finding anything to grip. I noticed lights in my rearview mirror, which turned out to be a snowplow. Perfect. I pulled over at the first opportunity and let him pass. Things got considerably better at that point, but the visibility was still poor.

I wish I had a snowplow. They look like a lot of fun.

Unfortunately he wasn’t going nearly as far as I needed him to, and soon I was on the highway… the first car in a steady stream of lights, all presumably heading into work bright and early.

Now… I have proper winter tires on my car, but I was still having a hard time driving that highway. I was sliding from one side to the next, and only moving at 60 km/hr. It amazes me when people pull out to pass when the weather is that bad. Maybe they have studded tires? I don’t know. All I know is that I passed one SUV in the ditch… and as I was coming up to the toll bridge another SUV directly ahead of me suddenly spun out of control and ended up facing me. He managed to stay on the highway, and corrected himself after I passed.

Winter is here, folks… be careful out there!

First Snowfall of the 2010 Season

Published November 21, 2010 - 4 Comments

Daddy!  Daddy!

I could hear them running up the stairs.  I actually thought that something might be wrong.  They seemed pretty serious.  Whatever it was, it had better be good  to be waking me up from my slumber so early in the morning…



Really?  That’s the emergency?  That’s what you woke me up for?  No freak accident?  No blood?  No Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes man with a cheque for a million dollars at the door?  Snow?  Haven’t we seen snow before?  It’s not such a fond memory, is it?

Well apparently my interpretation of the current weather differs slightly from that of my kids.  They see snow and get giddy with excitement.  I see it and think “Shit, I need to get my winter tires on the car…”

In a flash they had their coats on, and were outside making snowballs.  My son came back in and asked me if I would go outside with them.

“Come back in June”, I told him.  All I really wanted to do was roll over and go back to sleep.  Unfortunately for me, they had different plans.

I didn’t stay outside long.  I took a few pictures…  Helped my daughter make an 8″ snowman on the patio table that I should really have brought in already…  Threatened my son with a lifetime of hard labour if he dared to throw his snowball at me… and beat it back inside before frostbite set in.  I think that I’m becoming even more of a wimp in my old age.

I was really counting on the idea that the snow would be short-lived, and gone by lunch time.  Well… it’s now 3:22am and not only is it still there… but I’m pretty sure that there’s even more of it on the ground now.  Lovely.

Now I’m really going to have to get those winter tires on…  🙁