I took our old car in to be serviced today, we needed it in decent shape for driving to Sydney on the weekend. They found some specific things wrong and gave me a price I was willing to pay, with some misgivings. I left it with them and did the 20 minute walk home. I was feeling better than yesterday after the hot towel head wrap thing, but still found the walk a bit of a challenge.
Then the dealership called and our new car was available today, not Tuesday! In time for the drive to Sydney tomorrow, excellent. So I walked up there, further away than the repair place, I didn't time it but at least 30 minutes maybe 40 at my dragging speed. The car was sitting out front (I knew it by the license plate number) and looked very snazzy, I went in to do the paperwork. Only to find that there was a problem and I couldn't have it until Tuesday after all! After the long walk, too! I was exhausted and quite depressed. I was going to have to ask someone to drive me home, maybe in the new car I wasn't allowed to keep yet.
But the two salesmen I was dealing with hustled around and made phone calls and found a way to let me have it today. They actually did quite a lot to make it work. I took it out for a drive with the salesman and he showed me all the bells and whistles (it may not be this year's model, but it is a lot fancier than our ancient bomb!), then I finally got our new baby home just before the kids got back from school.
Quite pretty, isn't she? The kids were very excited.
Shortly after that the car repair people rang to say the old car was ready to be picked up. Another walk, this time with the kids zooming ahead on their scooters. By the time we got there we didn't have time to take it home and swap with the new car, had to drive straight to ballet in the old one.
Tim won't get to see it in daylight until tomorrow, but we'll get lots of driving in this weekend. And maybe work out a way to reduce the volume of the voice of the GPS directions.
I did over 10,000 steps today, far more than I've been doing lately. Physically and emotionally exhausting day.