Posted by: thatjen | June 23, 2008

Cars 2, Vacation 0

Urgh. Now we have a flat. Not only do we have a flat, but I’m pretty sure it’s the tire we had to replace a few months ago (when we discovered that our lovely, affordable, decent-mileage, 6-seater-but-not-a-minivan has ludicrously expensive tires). They’ve been rotated, so I am not 100% sure, but about 98%. Anyway, earlier in the week, Cait noticed that it had picked up a screw in this tire, so before we left I took it by our mechanic, who pulled the screw and said it hadn’t punctured all the way through. He put some goop on it and it didn’t bubble so no air was escaping. And I made sure to tell him we were driving 600+ miles in the next few days.

So now we wait for the roadside people to come and change the tire. (Yes, we can change a tire but you know, 1. we pay for the roadside assistance, 2. this is supposed to be a vacation, 3. we’re indoors with a sleeping child and Internet access, 4. it’s raining and 5. does there need to be a 5? Oh, yeah, the lug nuts on these wheels are a total bitch to unscrew, as we learned last time.) Then it’s off to the tire store, hopefully to have it plugged rather than to buy another new tire or two.

And there IS NO SUCH THING as a vacation with a 2 year old. Grandma’s house is like one big booby trap and we spend all our time keeping her out of stuff. Plus, she’s terrified of the big, lovable dog who would love to play with her.

On the other hand, we aren’t working, we have tons of relatives around dying to see us, and there are fireworks in our future. It ain’t all bad.

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  1. “And there IS NO SUCH THING as a vacation with a 2 year old. Grandma’s house is like one big booby trap and we spend all our time keeping her out of stuff.”
    Amen. Last year, even when they were not yet 2, I refused to go anywhere for any length of time for that reason exactly.
    Sorry you have a flat. We had one recently too. Ain’t roadside assistance great?

  2. I remember being on a big group vacation when I was a kid (big – 9 or 10) and overhearing another mom there getting after her little kid about something. It wasn’t a big deal something, but I remember thinking, “Ooohhhh. You don’t get a break from being a parent. Huh.” In light of that, don’t ever change your own damn tire.


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