Sunday, September 19, 2010

Roadside Rescue

I once told Rob that if he bought me a Mercedes I would have ten (yes 10) children. We have it on video. That was a long time ago and before we had all the facts or should I say any facts about being parents.
On Friday my beloved "mom car" died. But the story really starts the day before. Job was asked to work a night shift to fix something in the women's locker room at work. They scoff when he tries to do it during the day. When he works nights he sometimes gets the next day off to sleep. Sometimes they make him work. This time he was getting Friday off. With that in mind Job decides to forgo sleep Friday morning and plan and prep for a final summer camping trip to the lake. The boys and I all had a half day at school and so we could head over the mountains early. When I got home he had borrowed a kayak (I've been begging for my own) and a trailer to tow it on and was completely packed to go, food and all. We headed over Stevens Pass. About 45 minutes from home, chugging up the pass the car stopped and smoke came pouring out from under the hood. Our camping trip was over and as we found out the next morning from Candito of Candito's auto body so was the life of the "mom car."
But, what do we do we do with two kids, a trailer, a dog, a dead car and us all safely on the side of the highway? My suggestion call a tow truck. Job says no way! So after brainstorming who would be home in the middle of the day with a car big enough to tow we found our heroes: one at home taking care of her children and one at Microsoft in HR. A friend of mine came and towed the trailer and took the boys and I home and the other left work and came and towed Job and Georgie (the dog) in the "mom car" to the shop. The only shop in Monroe Washington that could look at it on a Saturday. We got the call Saturday morning pronouncing the 8+ year old mom car DOA. Diagnosis: blown head gasket and cracked engine block.
After a day of car shopping and ten years after the original Mercedes agreement Rob bought me a Mercedes. It isn't what we set out to buy. It is used. For sure not new. And originally I wanted a white one. It is silver. But the best thing about this car is it has an engine that worksand a warranty. You'll also be glad to know that Job isn't holding me to our original agreement and the whole situation taught me a few things about myself. I'll share those another day.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Boils- Really?

Every once in a while one of the boys gets a wart. A bumpy little funky fungus that protrudes from somewhere on their body. Compound W bandages and duct tape have worked so far. I thought My Little One was getting a few but no- I am not joking- he has boils on his legs. Immediately I thought of Job 2:7 (with some differences of course). He is Job's "mini-me" but this is ridiculous!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Hole-y Water Batman!

It hasn't been the best of times here at the homestead. It has been a rough go and oh- I am thankful for distractions. Tonight we had another. Job and I and the fam are finally going on a vacation. We saved for a while and this spring had the funds to book the airline tickets and rent the car. On Wednesday we land in balmy Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! So tonight, in anticipation of the vacation, I began working on the pre-trip to-do list. I decided to tackle "wash the dog" (she's staying at her boyfriend's house and wants to be sparkly) while Rob charged and loaded the i-pods. I got the bum deal in that by the way. Anyway, I went up to the bathroom off Mason's room and plopped Georgie into the tub. While I bathed Georgie all the water was draining down three flights of wall leaving lovely holes in it wake. We tore out the drywall and luckily this cracked pipe decided to give while we were home and not while we were enjoying 88 degrees with a good chance of thunder showers. And Job thinks I am a pessimist!

Friday, July 2, 2010

I am Grateful for Goat Cheese

For a long time all the things that made Job, Job lay dormant. The hard times that we thought were behind us (or chose to ignore) and whose sharp edges that hurt had been eroded a little with time all in some way or another have resurfaced thanks to people with no morals or heart. And it hurts all over again. The things that were unbearable but eventually with prayer, laughter and a good dose of sarcasm became manageable have reared there ugly heads. Part of me yells, "Go ahead, BRING IT ON!" That is the part that remembers the sweet message calmly whispered to me in tough times, "you are strong." The other part pleads "Why me? Why us? Haven't we had ENOUGH?" I have always trusted in an inherent goodness in mankind though I'm not sure I had "faith in humanity" as the saying goes. If I did...I am quickly loosing it. Perhaps I need a simple change in focus (or a trip far away). I should remember the things I have, like Oprah's old gratitude journal. So here it is:
Day 1 - I am thankful for goat cheese, my boys, and a flower bed that needs to be finished- because that is the only thing that is getting me out of bed today.