Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Keys, Coupons, and Snow

I borrowed a car from my sister's boyfriend. Sissy's car is down and will not be ready until the weekend. IF the necessary parts can be found. My Dodge is on it's way to the auction lot. My replacement car is in the process of being transferred from another state. If I like this vehicle, a Toyota Rav4, I will be purchasing it. It will take 1 to 2 weeks for the new car to arrive. So I have NO working car of my own right now.

That's fine. It was very generous of "L" to loan me his favorite vehicle. When he turned the car over to me, he was even considerate enough to show me where everything is and how everything works in his car.

Last night was a school night. When I get to school, I gather up my notebook, textbook, and various other crap that I can't remember right now. I go to the classroom to drop off my stuff and then head to the computer lab. Midway to the computer lab, I had a strange thought. "Where are the car keys?". I start digging through my purse and can't find them. I go back to the classroom to see if I have left them there. Nope. No keys. I walk back out to the car and peer in the passenger side window, where I see the keys dangling from the ignition. And the car is locked. And I don't happen to have an extra set handy. And I am in "the big city" (Nashville) where I don't happen to know any of the local locksmiths.

Great. "L" lets me borrow his car and I lock the keys in it . The very first day I drive the car! Joy happy days. Luckily the security guard was nice enough to get a phone book and call a locksmith for me.

To the best of my recollection, I have NEVER locked my keys in the car. It would happen when I am driving a car that belongs to someone else. There was this one time when Sissy was about three, we went to the carwash to vacuum out my car. While I was cleaning the car, Sissy threw my keys in the dirty, disgusting, carwash trash can. Which I had to fish out. With my bare hands. I didn't happen to have any gloves handy.

In other news.........Sissy was making fun of me because I am on this money saving kick. I clipped coupons this weekend, and used some of them tonight at the grocery store. I was pleasantly surprised to find coupons for stuff that I actually buy. I was bragging to her that I saved 76 cents on paper towels. She laughed at me and said, "What are you going to buy with your 76 cents? A pack of gum?". I told her that it may not seem like much now, but over the course of a year I could save 100 bucks. I also told her that when I used that money to treat myself to a nice dinner or something, that SHE is not invited. What a traitor.

In other, other news.......it's snowing here. Not much right now, but by four in the morning, we could see accumulations of up to 1 inch. That's right. It's not a typo, 1 inch. With a blizzard such as this, school will probably be shutdown. (I am not kidding). Here in the south, we do things a little differently. Here are some rules for snowy weather in the south:

1. If there is a chance of snow, you should immediately drive to the grocery store in a panic and purchase milk and bread. (I don't understand the concept behind this rule, yet this is what happens. Everyone runs out to buy milk and bread)

2. As mentioned above, you can count on the schools closing down, no matter the expected accumulation amount.

3. This is a very important rule, which should not be overlooked-Don't try to drive anywhere. While your driving skills in the snow are probably far superior, you can count on there being plenty of people on the roads who have NO IDEA how to drive in snow. It' s not our fault, we just don't get enough snow here for ANYONE to really know how to drive properly in the snow.

4. Discuss the snow and cold weather with everyone you come in contact with. You should say things like, "I can't believe how cold it is, just yesterday it was 50 degrees". You should also relay a story about how when you were a kid, there was big snow storm and you had to walk to school.

In keeping with rule #4, I will now relay a true story. In 1987, Greensboro, NC was hit with a foot of snow and sleet. A cold front came in and the temperatures stayed low. School was closed for two weeks. Two weeks. Our city did not have plowing trucks. We were poor and didn't have sleds, so we used my mother's baking sheets and trash can lids as sleds.

5. Peer out your window or door every few minutes to see if it is still snowing, and whether or not it's actually sticking to the ground or roads.

6. Assume that school will be closed and let your kids stay up late. This way, if school is not closed, they will be extra cranky the following morning.

7. Post pictures of the snow on your blog proving that you are indeed a blogging nut.


Jen4 @ Amazing Trips said...

Oh, how I miss looking out my window and seeing snow fall. AND even better, waking up in the morning and hearing that school is canceled!!

Susiewearsthepants said...

Glad you stopped by for a visit. I read your blog every day!