Thursday, 13 December 2012

Comedy of Errors

This picture might look all serene and 'Christmassy' but looks can be deceiving.

A couple of weeks ago I poured myself a glass of (very cheap but very tasty) Cabernet Merlot and sat down at my desk to do a little spot of bookbinding, while my daughter took over the cooking duties for the evening. Hmmmm........what luxury.  This was short lived however as I knocked my glass flying with the first enthusiastic sweep of my brand spanking new red bookbinding thread.  The wine shot straight across the desk and made a beeline into the side air vent of my closed laptop.  The computer technician told me my computer was 'fried'.  
"What exactly is 'fried?" I said, trying to remain grown up and calm. we are.......nearly three weeks disconnected, two thousand unexpected dollars, one new laptop.......(and I was going to say 'and a partiridge in a pear tree').

After that great expense and as I seem to be such a 'dab hand' at credit card swiping just before Christmas, I thought I might as well make a good job of it and treat myself to a cordless whipper-snipper (complete with bonus blower vac). Then I won't have to ask my husband, who works away most of the time, to do the yard as soon as he gets home for Christmas. I can do it myself.  Good idea - why not!  I'm a healthy intelligent woman who is becoming fitter by the day - I can do it with the right tools and a 'go-get-em' attitude.  So first thing this morning I set to getting the job done.  Here it is nearly 2pm and so far I've slammed my finger in the metal lid of the toolbox while looking for a phillips head screwdriver,  accidentally turned on the Thermomix in the kitchen with the handle of the whipper-snipper while trying to attach the grass shield to the other end, dropped the battery pack on the dog while holding the box up to the kitchen window to read the miniscule writing, and blown half the Christmas decorations off the tree while inserting the battery into the blower vac to see if it was was.

I haven't been anywhere near the yard.

So this picture belies what actually happened in there today.  Now I'm going to leave those innocent looking garden appliances alone until I have someone available to call an ambulance if need be.


Anonymous said...

hahahahaha! That is such a funny story Fran! LMFAO as the yunguns say! sue x

Fran Ponta said...

I'm on to it now. I blew all the dog biscuits out of the bowl, and my lawn edges now have a crewcut. It's sooooo much fun!

Cynthia said...

Stories are always so funny after the fact aren't they? I'm sure there was a lot of screaming and yelling going on, yes? I did a similar thing with a glass of wine except that my wine spill over the keyboard. After my initial visual shock, my quick response of turning the keyboard upside down saved the day. However, DH had a few choice words but is also a computer tech and very sweetly cleaned the very sticky mess. Someone should seriously write a book on the adventures of Christmas trees and yard 'tools'. Thanks for the chuckles. I found you through MAM's TTV online class. Nice to meet you.

Fran Ponta said...

Yes sometimes I can see these things happening with a familiar feeling of 'dread' in the back of my brain.....and I think to myself "Oh what now?" Ha ha! Nice to meet you too Cynthia.