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The Triumph of Our Tired Eyes

Yesterday was full of strange and off-putting frustrations.

We realized there was a pigeon trapped in the attic. After someone had been paid to clear out the pigeons and seal the attic off. Apparently they sealed one in. Poor thing was stuck up there for nearly a week.

Yesterday I received not one but two phone calls from the little man’s school. The first was to let me know they’d lost some crucial paperwork that I’d filled out and turned in weeks ago. And yay, now I get to do it all over again! The second call was even worse. I was informed that my dear sweet child had been jabbed in the eye - with a pencil! Thankfully it was the eraser end rather than the pointy tip. And his face was, get this, “protected” by a piece of paper he happened to be holding up at the time. I feel like sending him back to school today in protective eyewear and full body armor. Armor not made of paper. Well, maybe if it was cardboard.

My car search seems to have stalled out. The credit union told me they’d have two guys on the case, doing the footwork so I wouldn’t have to. And I did hear from one of them. On Tuesday. Nothing since. So I guess it’s up to me. I used to be a VW girl, but I’m thinking I should do the right thing and go with a reliable used Toyota or Honda. Though I am powerfully intrigued by the 2002 or 2003 Mazda Protege5. Yes, the sportwagon. It’s sweet! Any opinions out there about this?

Oh, and speaking of VWs…my crazy friend Dave is flying down to St. Louis, to buy a Jetta and drive it back up to Minnesota (because it’s diesel and he’s all about the bio-diesel). Though the idea of a road trip right about now is seriously tempting. At least it’s nearly the weekend. And I do have plans within plans.

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  1. Absolutely fabulous paintings! Definitely sounds like a frustrating day for you. Acht. Bureaucracy! :)


    Thailand Gal

    Friday, November 10, 2006 at 5:47 pm | Permalink
  2. Lily wrote:

    I purchased a Protege5 in 2002, and I definitely think it’s the best car I’ve ever had. The gas milage is really decent, it has a backseat that you can actually seat full-sized adults in, and as a bonus, it’s got a really cute sportscar look to it. The article you linked to seemed to think it suffered in comparison to the others in terms of cargo room, but I’ve fit a 6 person dining table in the back of mine (legs removed), and still was able to close the hatch (it was tight though); and when you need more room than that, the roof rack is actually pretty sturdy. This car rocks so hard that when my best friend decided to become one of the “car driving masses” last year, she even went out and found a 2002 of her very own :)

    Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 11:02 am | Permalink
  3. Thanks Thailand Gal. Just another day in the life :-)

    Ooh, Lily, I’m glad to hear it. I’m hoping to test drive one today, to see what I think of it. But those are some of the things I’m intrigued by - especially that it doesn’t look like a standard wagon, but you can still haul stuff around in it.

    Sunday, November 12, 2006 at 9:05 am | Permalink
  4. shokufeh wrote:

    I’ve been coveting a Mazda Protege5 for several years now.

    Monday, November 13, 2006 at 5:53 pm | Permalink
  5. A-Wix wrote:

    I hear the Protege5’s are nice too. I have a 2003 Toyota Matrix that I love to pieces, and I can’t blame you for diggin’ on the sport wagon. It’s uber-useful.

    Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 12:26 pm | Permalink
  6. So far so good, I am loving my Mazda!

    Monday, November 20, 2006 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

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