Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Memory

"Did you call ED's school about the AS levels?" said Hubby on Monday evening. ED is away at the moment, on a French A'level trip to France. She had left a list of stuff for us to do in her absence, as time had run out before she had departed. The call to the school was one of those things....

"I didn't realise that 'that' was on my 'list' of jobs to do," I retorted back, thinking of the million and one things that I did need to do, for everyone, not just ED.

Besides, it had been a busy few days. Loser Cruiser, back from the menders, cleaned with the help (or not) of Tinkerbell Mushroom, Gymnast and friends, and looking for the first time in its short Lomax life like a semi respectable car, starting first time and driving beautifully, had gone to find its next owner. An owner who hopefully would be more appreciative of its strengths, and less damning of its weaknesses.

The only problem was, that with Loser Cruiser being sold on Sunday, it left us with just one car, as we are getting a replacement car............but I am not picking it up until this Friday. One car to use as a family: ED's mini, which much to my horror, I discovered, after throwing every document in the office around in search for car registration documents of Loser Cruiser, that its MOT had run out in July..........

Finally found registration documents of Loser Cruiser. We had actually bought the car after all. Kept cool. Sold car. Gratefully accepted cash, even though it had cost us dearly in the four months that we had owned said car to get it back into proper state. We had certainly made a loss over all.

And then, when the buyers had left, went into a panic and a bit of a rant about how we didn't now have a legal car to drive and that it had to be booked in at the EARLIEST opportunity so that we had at least one car to drive..... legally.

Hubby pragmatically pointed out that although it was a bit of a crisis, in fact it was no different to how it had been for the last two months.

"No", I protested. "Ignorance is bliss. Even if it doesn't stand up in law."

And so, finally, with the car booked in for an MOT, with some loser cruiser cash in the bank, and with much juggling around of family commitments, to get them to places without normal modes of transport until Friday, things calmed down again in the Lomax household.

Sitting on the table was ED's folder with AS level results within.

On top of said folder was handwritten note...........

Unmistakeably my handwriting.

"Call Ed's school first thing Monday morning to sort this out."

It had been on my "list".

Clearly...

20 comments:

Beccy said...

Well it's only Wednesday so hopefully it won't be too late!

ChrisB said...

I sypathise. My list of 'to do' is so long I keep rewriting it and as sam pointed out 'I'm retired' so should have the time, so don't beat yourself up for just being a couple of days late. Hope you get it sorted and I'll say roll on Friday and better luck with the new car.

meredic said...

Hey there's a list. Crumbs I never knew... I expect She Of The Town House has scumbled mine.... Oh well where was I now.
Hmmmm
*the light slowly dims*

Alix said...

Sally I have no children and still forget things on my to do list, probably because I always have 3 on the go depending where I remember to make a note of it - kitchen, sitting room, handbag!
Hope the new car is good

Asha said...

These kids and husbands REALLY think it's our "JOB" to do take care of everything,don't they?!..sigh..
Hope you called anyway. What can we do but to get on with it!!:P

elena jane said...

methinks our list needs a list....
glad the car sold, good luck getting the other one legal, as it were ;)

Little Miss Moi said...

Dear sally. Oh no... You can't be blamed. All I can think is - family of seven?! Mini?!?! I came from a family of seven and sometimes the Tarago didn't have enough room! Godspeed your new wheels!

Ignorminious said...

Oooo dear. And I thought I had it bad trying to fit in my uni registration whilst working 9-3:30 every day, especially since the people I need to see work less hours than I do.

john.g. said...

My "to do" list is going well. You are 39th on it! Alphabetical order you understand!

Alice Band said...

God help you Sal. I so feel for you because as my computer crashed and burned, the frigging Espace was having a pamper day at the spa - I would love to spend £248 on myself to make myslef run better, look better and altogether be in better shape. I hate, hate, hate, hate cars. By the way the £248 was an extra to the £600+ that we spent on it in July.

Karmyn R said...

At least you wrote it down! I've been bad about that and would have NEVER called at all!

Hope the new Lomax car is perfect for many years to come!

Sally Lomax said...

Hi Beccy - No - thankfully! All sorted.
Chris - The trouble is that the "to do" list always includes an element of undesirable tasks, and ones that take longer than you think they are going to take you, and ones which completely distract you off in a different direction....
Meredic - About that list.....
Alix - I think I forgot things before I had children too! Creative thinking perhaps?
Asha - Absolutely. And yes it's sorted now!
Elena Jane - Now there's a good idea!
LMM - Needless to say, the new one has seven seats! But thank you!
Ig - I too would find that very frustrating!
John G - Glad it's alphabetical!
Alice - Complete sympathies. And as for the pampering day for the car.............
You have to laugh or you would cry!
Karmyn - One thing is certain - I definitely have to write it down. Makes my blog useful at times too.... Saves quite a few disputes as to how it all went!

Uncle Norman said...

Sally I don't know how you do it. I had a couple of weeks on holiday with the nieces and nephews and I was tattered.

Well don't for getting rid of the Loser Cruiser. Dogs that bark and cars that don't start, there is only one solution - get rid of them.

Mary Alice said...

That's funny, no matter how carefully I file, whatever it is the Motor Vehicle Department requires at any given time will most certainly have gone missing from my files. Good to see that I am not the only one that tears things apart looking for runaway important papers while forgetting the other 39 things on the to-do list. Let's take a vacation.

Akelamalu said...

Oh I couldn't survive without 'to do'lists - well until I lose them that is!

headless chicken said...

I couldn't function properly without my daily 'to do' list. I love it that you live in the same kind of organised chaotic way as me....it's always nice to know you're not the only one! x

Pierre said...

Hi Sally. I hope ED's problem with AS levels got sorted out in the end. I wish you good luck with the car you are getting on Friday
I am very sorry about HC's problems, please give her my regards and best wishes.

Pamela said...

Do you need a black or white board???

la bellina mammina said...

I have my list written in 4-5 places, just so I can remember them all! :-)

Emma in Canada said...

I no longer keep a list, but for the odd one I stick on my blog, because I never complete them. Why disappoint myself?