Category Archives: Mini Cooper S Convertible

Poor Mercury…

My beloved Mini was reversed into today while I was stationary at a junction. The old fellow, who was in front of me & indicating to turn left onto the main road, decided to reverse back to allow more space for a garbage truck to turn into the road we were turning out of. He clearly didn’t look in his mirror, & reversed as soon as his reversing lights came on. I was a few feet away from the back of his car but thankfully he did’t put his foot down so the only damage was the cover on one of my fog lights & a scratch to the driver’s side front wing. I reflexly shouted ‘NO’ out loud when I saw him coming towards me, however, he didn’t actually admit to not looking in his mirror, just kept saying he was moving out of the way of the garbage truck. Well yeah, I got that, but that’s still no excuse for not looking in your rear view mirror. Then he said my car was very small. SO? He was driving a Toyota Camry, not so big that he wouldn’t have seen me HAD he looked in his mirror!

The main thing was nobody got hurt & the damage is minimal. I’ve made the claim, that should hopefully be paid out on his insurance.

This is not a good start to the weekend… pouring wine!

I can’t do it!

I can’t go straight from blazing hot summer one day, & into full on cold & damp fall the next. I need a transition, easing me gently maybe dropping down a degree or two every few days, with just the odd shower here & there  – preferably at night. I don’t mind the full on rain but a bit of warning would be nice. Take today for example, I pulled into the underground parking lot at school with a completely dry car, I parked up, gathered my things & took the elevator one floor up to the lobby. It took me all of about 4 minutes, by which time the most ridiculous amount of water was falling from the sky, not just a shower, or a bit of rain, but buckets & buckets just pouring. It had been a tiny bit sunny when I left my physic appointment, I even considered putting the roof down, so I had no rain jacket or umbrella with me. Thankfully the kind receptionist in the senior school gave me a school umbrella so I could make it across the courtyard to the junior school without looking like I’d just stepped out of the shower.

So you see why I need time to adjust. I really don’t do well with someone flicking a switch & just deciding that that’s it, summer’s over, end of hot & dry, & all things sunny. It’s very unkind & not very compatible with life people – it’s still August (well only just, but still) for goodness sake. If I could just have a few more nicer days, I’m ok with cooler, but nicer that would be great – thanks!

Feeling hot hot hot!!!

08.15 – Nearly 20 degrees, how fab is that?

09.30 – Home, drop dog, say hi to my lovely cleaner then back to Costco because we decided over the weekend that we don’t have enough hanging baskets!

11.00 – When I get back in the car I check the receipt because I’m sure they should have charged me more than that. Sure enough I had put a hanging basket in an extra large pot so I could fit it all on the flatbed & they hadn’t zapped the pot – 30 bucks of plant pot free… Result!!

12.00 – It’s a scorcher & I’m planting… planting… planting…

13.30 – Time for a little R&R on a lounger after all my hard work (& my knee is telling me to stop).

14.30 – Guitar practice on the patio – aces!

15.15 – Frantic phone call from elder child – he’s run out of food again & is panicking because he’s hungry & has track & field. I leave early with extra food…

15.30 – Pharmacy pickup & straight to the track.

15.45 – God bless the convertible, I pull up along side a very pink elder child & chuck him a cereal bar!

16.00 – Pick up younger child & bask in the playground for half an hour while we wait for elder child.

17.30 – Dinner on our sunny patio.

19.30 – Boys in bed, BFF arrives, may crafting commence!

Mid-life hair crisis!

07.30 – No minivan so we all pile into the Mini. After the usual choir drop off, younger child & I do the usual reading in the car, and then once I’d sent him up to his classroom I waited in the lobby for elder child so I could take him to his track meet.

08.15 – He finally appears as if we have all day to get there.

08.40 – We fight our way through the traffic out to the university grounds & of course they are doing construction on the road right in front of the field – it’s a total gong show! We find parking, which happens to be two cars back from the school van & we notice a slightly stressed looking teacher, that we know quite well, hauling tents & boxes & first aid kits etc. out of the van. She is also talking to a colleague on the phone about the cost of parking for the day & telling him not to move from the spot he’d secured next to the field. It’s turns out that hot teacher is sick & he coordinates these events for the kids so it had completely screwed up their schedule. I go to the machine to get the number so I can do pay by phone.

08.50 – We are both still trying to pay for parking. The app asks for time by minutes & she is going to be there for 8 hours. Neither of us has had enough coffee to do the math. My app is having a meltdown & I can’t pay at all. So I cut a deal with the teacher, I offer the services of elder child to help her carry the stuff if she wouldn’t mind me not walking to the field with him so I don’t have to pay. We are just about to part ways when it becomes apparent that there is no transport back to school, I will need to pick him up – as if having to drop him off wasn’t stressful enough to work out. I email younger child’s teacher asking her to him know he will need to go to after school care – I had left my Wonder Woman costume at home with going the salon today. I tell elder child I will be back for him as soon as I can but his last event is not until 2.30pm so it should be fine.

09.10 – A very quick stroll down a short stretch of the park so that the dog can do what she needs to do, then it’s off to the pet salon for a bath – this is the nearest I will ever get to a mother/daughter spa day.

09.30 – I leg it home to change out of runners & dog walking jacket & grab some water & snacks before I head off to my own salon for a complete transformation.

10.10 – After taking before pictures they begin toning my hair to get the red out & I feel like my head is on fire!

11.30 – I now have pale yellow brassy hair. They cut it a bit shorter & re-style it so it doesn’t look like a bob anymore, dry it & take pictures.

12.00 – Second stage of bleach out. Purple goop is pasted all over my head & it stinks.

13.00 – Once the purple goop is rinsed out they dry it again & take pictures again.

13.30 – Purple accents are added using foils & I then melt under the dryer for 10 minutes.

14.00 – Rinsed again, dried & styled so the back can be shaped & a cute little hair tattoo is carved into my neck.

14.30 – 4½ hours later I’m done & they take pictures of the awesome result… which I love… love… LOVE!!

14.50 – I suck up the $17 parking because really what’s an extra 17 bucks on top of what I’ve just forked out in the name of funky hair? It’s then straight out to UBC to pick up the athlete.

15.10 – Elder child has had a fun day & immediately gives me a ‘WOW MUM’. He loves the new look. Next stop the pet salon.

15.30 – The traffic is insane & thank god for after school care because poor younger child would have been left to god & good neighbours by now. We pick up my girl who is all fluffy & beautiful again smelling like roses. I put the window down for her & she sits waving her hair around in the breeze like something out of a Loreal advert… well she is worth it!

15.40 – Last stop, school. Younger child is never keen on leaving after school care & I still don’t get why. Maybe it’s a playing with your school friends but not actually in school properly thing. I eventually extract him & sign him out.

16.00 – Home! However, it will be short lived as elder child needs to do his homework, change into hockey strip & eat dinner in an hour.

17.20 – We’re on the move again, but only out for 5 minutes to the hockey field.

17.45 – Hubby’s returns home to a new wife & really likes her!!

20.00 – Tired busy boys in bed & I have a new look to celebrate… cheers!

Me & my marvellous Mini!

06.15 – YAY! Another rested sleep, waking up to sunshine & no choir practice today.

08.15 – A slightly chilly but beautiful walk in the park with some of the usual suspects.

09.15 – Driving home & the flat tire light comes on! Our minivan is already waaaay overdue for it’s service & we need them to also change over the winter tires, but a flat in a winter tire is an expensive add-on – not happy.

09.30 – Back at base I inform hubby of the good news. I have some errands to run that are not close to home & I wasn’t sure I would get everything in my Mini. Apparently I should trust my own words & never underestimate a Mini – especially a soft top because you can pack even more into that bad boy!

10.00 – Phone call from teacher mum, her son is off school with the dreaded virus so won’t be going to hockey. I feel terrible that I have passed it onto to the poor wee guy. This also changes our child swapping plan so I call hubby, leave a message, text him, call again – still no answer.

12.30 – It would appear that you can fit 8 cases of wine, 9 plants, 8 window boxes & me in a Cooper S with room to spare. I call hubby again – no answer…

13.30 – Bar chords practice is going very badly, I hope my teacher will be patient with me on Thursday, especially after I tell him that I have spent most the past week on my deathbed.

14.20 – Finally speak to hubby who has only just received my text – GRRRR! & none of my calls – double GRRRR! We rearrange our plan & now I’m late for a meeting…

14.35 – The mum I’m meeting to finalize our staff appreciation breakfast arrangements for Friday is also late!

14.50 – We spend 5 minutes arranging the final details & 15 minutes of gossiping!!

15.10 – Normal civilized pick up – or so I thought. Elder child already knew he wasn’t being picked up by teacher mum so he was waiting for me, ready to pounce & request food to feed Boris (that is what we have now named his tapeworm!). Younger child hasn’t eaten all of his so I just hand elder child the food bag & tell him to vacuum up whatever he wants from there. Younger child then gets the third degree on the way home for not eating his lunch – AGAIN!!

16.15 – The same routine before field hockey applied but was just easier with just one child. Hubby arrives home & I leave to pick up elder child from Track & Field practice.

16.40 – Elder child informs me on the way home that the track meet tomorrow does not have transport to the field – I have to take him & his first event is at 9am. He is supposed to be there 45 minutes before… I am officially Wonder Woman as I will need to be in 2 places at once! I completely lose it in the car because this is the first that this has been mentioned – also my fault for not reading the email in full too but that’s a separate rant altogether.

17.00 – I have been given half an hours grace because he discovers that his first event is not until 9.30. We make an agreement that from now on he needs to check with us before signing up for these events – especially if there is no transport… yeah right, & I will bump into Henry Cavill tomorrow while looking fabulous after having my hair done!

18.00 – Friends again we play our guitars together…

19.00 – Now that I’m feeling much better I really need a glass of wine!