Sunday, 12 January 2014


I am thinking that the Miracle Girl and I have more in common than I would like to admit. It's like Sports Day - give her a perfectly good flat race and she's in her element - point her in the right direction and shout go, and she's off like a ... I was going to say ferret, not sure why! ... let's go with gazelle, much more graceful image ... hurtling headlong towards the finish line. But then, the flat race is always followed by the obstacle race ... never her forte, engaging brain and legs at the same time! She's still pretty quick, but you can see her thinking why? Why mess up a perfectly good race with ... stuff!?

I have to admit, at this precise moment, I agree with her. I was thinking about hurdle races, who came  up with that idea ...? Let's just chuck a wooden fence every 10/20m to add to the fun! Paff!! It's like life, who needs the complications, why can't it all be a nice grassy, green flat race - I'm thinking I don't need mountains to climb, rivers to ford, chasms to cross - I just want my nice grassy plateau - excitement is overrated!

So why am I rambling on about hurdles and ferrets and grassy plateaus? The campervan  - it doesn't seem to be getting any closer, no sooner do I think we may be getting somewhere in the ongoing battle to conquer our finances than some other emergency pops up and sucks up everything!

Hurdles, you see.

This week, a week of hurdles ... First there was my phone, apparently it is not my excessive storage of stuff on it that is causing problems, oh no: it is a "software" problem. Fixing it involves sending it away and updating it with all the latest software, which will take 10 - 14 days, and which will also wipe all my contacts, apps, navigation routes, etc, etc. On the plus side they think my Christmas photos will still be there when I put the memory card back in. Okay, not good, in fact damned annoying, but that's what you get when you rely on the Technofairies of Doom.  Then there was the car - it started making a noise during the holidays, which got progressively worse, until it turned into a continuous howl ... apparently this is a very expensive noise - a very, very expensive noise - which involves copious time in the garage to fix. We live opposite the garage, they are very lovely people - Heatons Bridge Garage, would link but no website, but another very nice people recommendation. More reliance on technology that rises up to scupper you ... They say it comes in threes, the tin opener broke - really hoping that's the third - had enough now!!

So, hurdles, had enough of jumping - a bit of grassy plateau, please ...

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