I spent some time at home on the weekend. I got pretty tired (for various reasons) and decided it wouldn't be safe for me to drive all the way back to London on Sunday night. Therefore I thought I would get a good jump after breakfast on Monday morning and be back to London just after lunch. That was a pipe dream.
The following are my facebook status updates that I made via my cell (with some commentary):
Laura is on the side of the 401 with a flat tire, although she is capable of changing said tire, she is glad to have caa. 10:51
-I'm just driving along and the car starts to handle all crazy and there is a bad bad noise coming from the back. I pull over and swear. Then I call CAA. Then I wait for CAA. Then CAA comes and puts the spare on and inflates it for me. Then I make phone calls to Dad and L.Bo for advice on where the heck to go and get this tire repaired. I end up at Northumberland Tire. They say its gonna be 45min or so. Alors, I take off on foot to kill the time.
Laura stly) replacement. Hurray! 12:01
-this was supposed to read "Laura is eating chinese buffet by herself in port hope. She was just informed that the tire cannot be fixed and she is waiting for them to put on a (likely costly) replacement. Hurray!" I had decided lunch was in order and a 6.50$ chinese lunch buffet is ok with me.
Laura gives up on trying to update this from her cell. Grrr. 12:03
-I was pretty frustrated that I had taken the time to put that whole long update up and it didn't work. though I think it may have worked over the mobile network because I got a text from L.bo saying that I was killing her. she felt sad that she was working and couldn't come and have 6.50$ chinese buffet with me.
Laura is killing Lesley, possibly slowly and with her song. 12:06
-so I thought I'd let everyone know that I was killing L.bo
Laura just watched some woman named Doris get surprised for her birthday at the aforementioned chinese place. 12:18
-yup, just as I was heading back to the buffet Doris and a couple of friends walked in and she spied a very long table full of more of her friends and very quietly and sporadically they started going "uh, surprise." "surprise Doris" "happy birthday Doris" I was pretty amused. And I was just killing time while I was waiting for N-Tire to put the newbie on my car.
Laura cannot do anything simple. Sigh. 12:42
-while I was in the bathroom my Dad called. he had just remembered that before I got the car, he and Mom had put new tires on it and they might be under warranty. but the warranty would be with Canadian Tire, which I was not at and which there is none in Port Hope. this frustrated me to know at this point. so I called Dad and said that it was too late for this tire as a new one was being put on, but I was glad to know for future tire 'incidents'. I got back to N-tire and the spare was still on my car. what? growl. they hadn't had time to find a suitable replacement. so I took that opportunity to check my glove box for anything that mentioned tire warranty. found it, called dad. after some discussion dad called cobourg CT for me and they said to bring the tire in. I got my tire back from N-tire and slowly headed to the 'burg.
Laura is on her way to cobourg canadian tire, frick. 13:00
-I was obviously thrilled to be back tracking and likely eating another hour of time. if I didn't leave cobourg by 3pm then I wouldn't be making it to London by 7 for rehearsal (because of traffic) and would just go back to my parents.
Laura was really wishing she would get an unsecured wireless signal at CT. that wish is going unfulfilled. 13:17
-I pulled out my laptop and thought I might get some work done while waiting for my 'free' replacement tire to be put on. this work would not be involving the internet
Laura has a new tire and is ready to take off across toronto (into traffic). Oh look, its raining. Fun. 13:51
-after about a million phone calls, a bunch of hours spent waiting on the 401, in port hope, and in cobourg, I was finally able to start heading westward again
Laura is back in London, thinking about supper and getting ready for rehearsal. 17:07
-traffic was nice, I made good time and I made it back with a bit of space to breath and have supper before choir rehearsal.
So I think that was a pretty stellar day and was in no way frustrating or a waste of an entire day. Cough.