It’s nearly the end of January and I have only posted here twice this year. Last week I was spent 8 days camping up in the hills with my immediate and extended family. We all camp up there for a week at this time each year and have been doing so for 7 years now. It has become something of a family tradition which is nice. The kids swim, ride bikes and generally attempt to amuse themselves while the adults attempt to sit back and relax. Every year it rains at least once (this year our main campsite was briefly flooded) and every year there is someone who has to be taken to see the Bush Nurse or driven down into the main town to see a doctor or dentist. It was my MILs turn this year as I had to drive her down to get her irregular heart rate checked. I also paid the Bush Nurse a visit to find out I was dehydrated. But it was a good week and as always, it was a bit of a shock to come home.
Camping always makes me realise how much STUFF we have at home and how much of it we don’t really need. As such, I had a massive clean out in the bedroom yesterday. It involved scrubbing windows and walls. Today my back let me know it didn’t appreciate my efforts. I had a massage and I think the guy broke me and I am in just as much pain, if not more, than I was before the massage. I am pretty sure I won’t be able to move in the morning.
Which is kind of unfortunate seeing as tomorrow involves working out how to get my car to the car dealership without having a key to start it. Yep, I lost my car keys today (and house keys, and PO Box keys) somewhere in the shopping mall. I retraced my steps and asked in every store but nada. For some reason I had left the car unlocked while I was shopping (I was obviously too far away when I remember to activate the lock) so I am get IN the car but cannot lock it to keep people OUT. Or start it to drive it. Husband had to come down and get me and all the grocery shopping. We then called the RACV (auto roadside service) and found out that being a public holiday (Happy Australia/Invasion Day!) there were no locksmiths in town on duty so they would have to get someone from another town. And that person would have to remove the computer from the car (or some such) and this was going to cost over $1100 for the privilege. Yee Ha.
We decided not to take that option and Husband managed to work out how to lock the car without the key activation. Tomorrow’s task is to get the car to the local dealership and see how much it is going to cost to get a new key and get the computer reprogrammed. We are estimating at least $1000. As you can probably imagine, I am somewhat distressed about this whole chain of events. I have so many errands to run this week what with work and the kids starting school on Friday and next Tuesday. I do not need to be carless.
At least my house isn’t being flooded out (hello Queensland peeps) or burnt to the ground (hello Tassie and other Victorian peeps).