If you have 4 wheel Drive use it and Gummies: Denied!

It’s been an interesting week.  I started back to school which was fun.  Except Wednesday morning.  That was not so fun.

We had snow forecasted for Wednesday.  But they didn’t forecast for much and they kept kind of changing when it was supposed to start.  I don’t think anyone anticipated rush hour to be the time it would begin.

So I had to be at school at 8am.  There was not much snow falling here when I left.  The Jeep is a real bear to get into four wheel drive.  I can not do it, and it takes David a little time.  So I was in a hurry, and we decided I’d be ok.

And I was – for awhile.  The snow wasn’t bad up where we lived, but the farther south I drove, the harder the snow began to fall.  It really started to come down and it was accumulating on the roads.

Traffic was terrible too.  Moving slow and so backed up.  I got to the part of the route where I climb some big ole hills.  The Jeep didn’t want to climb them.  It was terrible.  I was going forward very very very slowly because the Jeep couldn’t get traction.  At the same time, I was fishtailing around.  It’s a wonder that I didn’t hit anyone.  No one honked at me though!  However, they were probably thinking, “this person is in  a Jeep.  It clearly says 4×4 on the side.  What the heck?” (or possibly stronger language than heck.)

I was trying to stay calm.  I thought I would try to get the Jeep into four wheel drive.  At the same time, I was looking for the next opportunity to turn around and go back home.  I just was not going to make it.  There was a bigger hill coming.

I got the opportunity to turn into a neighborhood.  At the same time, I noticed that I’d gotten the Jeep into Part Time four wheel drive.  Now to me that has always sounded like “the Jeep adjusts as needed depending on conditions”.  I know that’s ridiculous, but that’s what I think of.  Wrong.  I called David and he told me that I could not go over 20 miles an hour or the “transmission would fall out of the Jeep onto the road”.  I guess that might have been an exaggeration, but I am very literal minded sometimes, and it’s an image I could not get out of my head.

However, now I could also, as David said, “Drive through a field”.  No more slipping and sliding and I made my way home – very slowly – on some bad roads.  But then as I approached home, the roads became merely wet.  However, I could not go over 20 miles an hour (there was no chance of me getting the Jeep back out of four wheel drive). So now I was the crazy driver in the right lane barely moving. People were passing me like crazy.  That was almost as bad as slipping and sliding.  No one honked, oh wait, I think one person did.  Oh well, they were entitled.

I finally made it home.  Jelly legs and all.  I recovered for a little while.  David put the Jeep into four wheel drive for me, and off I went.  This time it was much easier.  I had to cancel my first class, but I made it for the next two.

The moral to the story: If you have 4 wheel drive:  USE IT!

The other night we took Davey to a family night at his school.  Two people, who call themselves Playground Theatre, performed.  I wish I had video of Davey watching this.  They were really funny – with that humor that the little ones love.  Kind of slapstick and very silly.  Davey laughed and laughed and laughed.  He laughed from the top of his head to the tips of his toes.  He fell over laughing.  It was so fun to watch.

I’ve not been knitting too much this week.  I’m working on the hat that I want to finish.  I am going to get the opportunity to do another test knit for a book that will be coming out.  This project is going to be worsted weight mittens in stranded  colorwork or fair isle.  I am looking forward to starting those.

And finally.  I’ve had a cold for about a week.  It’s not been a horrible cold as far as colds go.  I thought it was going away, but then it came back with a vengeance.  Achy and a little fever.  Sometimes that means sinus infection but sometimes it’s just viral.  So anyway.  I’m ok.  David told Davey that I was a little sick and so he should help me today because David has class.  (That sounds funny.  He is a classy dude, but I meant that he had to go teach today!).

Davey is the best helper.  There are several rules he has told me that I should follow:

1.  Move slowly.  Take your time.

2.  Wash your hands a lot.

3.  Don’t touch rubber (I don’t understand this, but so far it has not been much of an issue.)

He just asked me if he could have some gummy bear fruit snack things.  He told me though that I can’t have any because, “Mommy, you are kind of sick.  You can’t have any gummies because you need to eat healthy things”.  He gave me one of his and said that was all I could have.

He brought me his bear Squeakie to keep me company.

He also brought me Smurfs.

I am in good hands.

 

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3 thoughts on “If you have 4 wheel Drive use it and Gummies: Denied!

  1. hope you are feeling better. also hope the full time job is going well. i was late my first day of work (shocking right?). it was so foggy i missed my exit to BART and it took me 20 min to get back on track. i forgot my phone too! clearly i don’t function well at 530 am. they didn’t seem to mind though. are u guys still thinking of getting a new car? i saw a land rover car in san fran. it was pretty cool. probably a mortgage payment though 🙂 looks like you are surrounded in purple today. tell davey i said he is an excellent nurse.

  2. Are you feeling better? My husband was sick for Christmas and I had the evil sinus infection for New Year’s.

    I have a feeling Colorado winters are going to give you lots more practice with the 4 wheel drive. Better safe than sorry, right?

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