June 14, 2012

I just snuck in the house...

I had a night off - our Smarter Driver Challenge landed in Toronto today, where we'll spend the next three nights doing media stuff and the Eco Wheels Show in the Distillery District on Saturday. Come down! Meet us!

Anyway, tonight was a quiet night, so when we landed I grabbed a car (thanks, Lindsey!) and hightailed it for home. The trek west has been awesome, but a different bed every night means the thought of your own is like candy. I'd told the boys I'd probably be trying to stop in at some point, but I wasn't sure what day. What better way to see what your little darlings are up to while you're away then pulling in the driveway unannounced?

You know what the little buggers had been up to? Cleaning. The place is cleaner than it has been in months. Dastardly kids.

I got a note from Christer my second night away that they'd had to take Maggie the Cat to the hospital. She was breathing funny. Maggie never, ever gets sick. I was in Halifax trying to plot my run home. For a cat. Pammy and Christer got her to the vet, got her meds, and have gotten them into her. She looks great. I still think it was retaliation for me leaving. She hates me.

Anyhoo. I'm doing laundry, leaving a suitcase full of stuff behind (I've accepted it's easier just wearing the same grungy jeans every day) and turfing through my inbox. Oh, and reading your comments. All of you.


I can hear you, even when I'm away.

EDIT: Oh yeah, I also came in and realized all the windows were open. I started to freak, then Pammy said "the air conditioning isn't on". I fell over with a thud.  


Anonymous PJ said...

Cleaning? Rotten little buggers! Obviously you haven't brought them up right. They should be throwing pizza boxes around and leaving beer.... I mean pop... bottles for you to trip over.

Good on them for the cat care. Very Responsible. Now if they could only leave more of a mess.

I'm sure whatzizname of the 11 kids won't mind your grungy jeans. Have you snapped and made any kamikazee driving maneuvers yet?

So you can hear us. What were we supposed to do while waiting for you to grace us with your presence again? Hum?

June 14, 2012 4:53 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

No kamikazee moves. This is actually pretty cool. Yeah, there's a learning curve, but once you accept some basic stuff, it's pretty neat.

I know if I wanted to, I could double the mileage I get on my vehicle. Double. It's awesome. When I'm done this gig, I'm going to do a test with my own car to prove it.

Of course getting Christopher, who shares my car, to play along will be another story.

June 14, 2012 6:24 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

please do share. I think I'm pretty good at squeezing out the most mileage from my Astra (rolling stops and running red lights doesn't count, right?) but I don't doubt that I could improve on it. Getting a standard transmission is worth at least 10%, I'm sure. In Europe 90% of all cars are standard. It's just.... standard.

Bet the boys ask for something big. Nobody, and I repeat NOBODY cleans for free.

coesnsf 13... WHAT?!?!

June 14, 2012 7:27 PM  
Anonymous jmd said...

How old is Maggie the cat?

June 14, 2012 8:00 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

11. Spring chicken. SPRING CHICKEN.

June 14, 2012 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Padraig said...

Wearing the same grungy jeans every day should at least assure you of attention when you get to the end of the trip. And lots of room. Especially from Maggie the Cat.

June 14, 2012 10:14 PM  
Anonymous jmd said...

Maggie IS a spring chicken - my cat Shep lived to be 20.

June 15, 2012 3:25 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

It's usually the ones that annoy you the most that stick around the longest.

My wife tells me the same is true of husbands. We celebrate 24 years of bliss this November. I have no idea what she's talking about.

June 15, 2012 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Roz said...

Conversation with Christopher Day 3:

Me: Hey, what're you doing?
Him: Not much.
Me: Did you eat?
Him: Yeah.
Me: What?
Him: Crusty bread and stuff.
Me: Not pizza?
Him: Nope.
Me: Are you killing your brother?
Him: Nope.
Him: Do you miss my mom or something?
Me: Why?
Him: Coz this is three times longer than our normal conversations. I figger you're missing my mom and you want me to fill in.
Me: Well, sorta.
Him: Leave me alone.
Me: Tell me you love me first.
Him: I LOVE YOU (in his big man voice)
Me: OK. see ya.

June 15, 2012 9:13 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

As you can all see, I am not required around here, at all. Roz can now blog. This is brilliant.

A friend of mine called last night, a little upset and looking for advice. Christer said I was busy, but he could talk to her. They've met, but only a handful of times.

He talked to her for twenty minutes, giving her advice and encouraging her to tell him what the problem was.

I talked to her later. "He's really good; I can't believe I just started telling him. And he had good advice!"

Ari, on the other hand, won't even take a message, much less give a damn.

June 15, 2012 9:26 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Smart kid!

June 16, 2012 8:38 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

I'll bet the boys will be so sad to see you hit the road again.

Oh... and don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out.

June 17, 2012 8:34 AM  
Anonymous PJ said...

So is she on the road again? Are free to start making fun again? Are we in charge of the aylum again? Haven't heard Roz chime in so we are free! Freee! Ahahaha!

18 startcom is my non robot word. Is that some kind of message?

June 17, 2012 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Roz said...

I talked to Lorraine. She's doing well. Having a good time. Coming back on Saturday. Yeah!

(leaving again on Tuesday - not so Yeah!)

June 21, 2012 9:34 AM  
Blogger DJW said...

The house was clean?

Methinks Pammy was afoot.


June 21, 2012 6:50 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Roz... you miss your sister?!?!?

June 22, 2012 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 200 Windstar has been prounounced dead. Running like a top but rusted through so bad that they were scared it was going to fall off the hoist. I knew this day was coming but still feel sad and now have to get on my horse and find a replacement vehicle.
Have read through Consumer reports and the Toyota Rav4 and Highlander and being praised as amazing vehilces (so is the Honda CRV, but I won't buy one of those)
So folks on Lorraine Land....any thoughts or suggestions?
I dont' want to buy new, the premium is so high, but maybe a 2009 or 10.
Have only ever bought two vehicles in my life. Brand new '87 Mustang that lasted 13 years and my beloved '00 Windstar that has served me so well.
So many choices out there....where to begin?
Bring it on.

June 22, 2012 9:28 AM  
Anonymous jmd said...

Hyundai Tuscon here. No complaints at all.

June 22, 2012 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Roz said...

Ommeeozzie: you bet I do. Can you tell? I sent her an email blabbing on the way I normally do thinking she may not get it but she did - AND READ IT ALOUD TO EVERYONE! thanks Lorraine.

I (we) drive a 2002 Rav 4 and Love It. It still looks like brand new, gets great mileage (even though I only have about 70,000 km on it- yes, i'm not my sister) It hasn't cost much in upkeep (touch wood) and Lorraine calls it "the highchair" - bitch) But even she doesn't mind driving it. Had a Chevy Blazer before this vehicle and BLECCHHH! Nothing but rust from the get go (even with their undercoating deal which they didn't honour). Never got the Rav 4 undercoated as it was leased and sounded like a scam anyway and no issues.

But, that's just my opinion.

June 22, 2012 11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have tried the RAV and really liked it but then drove a Highlander and fell in love. It is bigger than I need, the RAV is much more sensible, but then again, I should get what I like best, shouldn't I?

June 22, 2012 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Roz said...

I loved the highlander too but have found the Rav has tons of room - holds more than the Blazer which had a truck chassis. We only have two people so we pop out the back seats and have a load of cargo space. Alternatively, the two back seats roll flat too. Would seriously consider another Rav - love it that much. Holds it's value too.

Did I say I love my car?

June 22, 2012 9:35 PM  
Anonymous PJ said...

Wow! Look at you, Roz! Not only keeping the blog going but car reviews as well. Gee, we don't really need Lorraine around here now do we?

Umm, by the way, when is she due back?

June 23, 2012 4:15 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

If you had a 200 windstar it´s no wonder it rusted out. A 1812-year-old car is pretty likely to look a little tattered around the ears (I think that math is right... I´m in Santiago Chile, and just finished a bunch of Pisco Sours and my math brain is fighting with a dog that tried to bite my left foot.)

Ford is giving employee pricing right now and the new Escape is a pretty cool looking little number. Ford has come a long, long way in the last couple of years. But if you want used (which employee pricing can overcome) then you´ll pay a premium for Toyota and Honda but you really do get what you pay for.

Good luck.

June 23, 2012 11:19 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

We gave up our 2nd Windstar last year and got a Rendezvous.
Very comfortable,smooth ride and lots of goodies. MDB loves it!
Only issue we've found is a wonky speedometer.

June 24, 2012 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Roz said...

C-B. You're mean calling his road toaster an 1812. Have another Pisco sour. What is a Pisco sour? Ford huh? Behave Rosalyn. If you can't say something nice, say nothing.

PJ -She's back apparently but haven't talked to her since Friday night (Vancouver). I'm sure she's skulking around here somewhere. It's just a matter of time. She's probably breaking her clothes in half and doing laundry.

June 24, 2012 9:49 AM  

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