Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Price of Gas


Typical morning. Sienna had her first day of smart kid school and had to be at the bus stop at the school before 8:45. Normally that would be fine but my kids are still on Arizona time and have been playing "rag doll" for the last three days, forcing me to dress and feed their limp little bodies each morning. We hurried out the door only to find she had forgotten her precious papers and we had to go home and get them. When we got back to school the second time it was 8:40. That's when she realized she didn't have her backpack on. How does that happen? She takes after her dad. ANYWAY, we rush back the second time breaking all sorts of laws/land-speed records and got her back just in time to find out smart kid school was cancelled that day. Ha ha. By now my out of gas van is realllly out of gas but I figure the gym is on the way to the gas station, so I might as well stop there first. (I knew my van was really out of gas yesterday, but I like to live on the edge.) They kicked me out after I was just gettin' into my groove because Preslie has what they like to call "green boogers". They frown upon that. So we head off to the gas station and of course run out of gas. I get Miss P out of the car and walk up a long, long driveway to a house that is probably 200 years old. I knock on the door and it creaks open revealing a cobweb encrusted chandelier in front of a large staircase. All of my years of yelling at scary movies on my tv had prepared me for this moment and I knew just what to do. I didn't give my weapon and flashlight to preslie and go inside. I turned and ran away. When I got back to the car, I got the stroller and headed towards the gas station. We sang as we walked and walked and walked AND walked. I took my baby T-rex inside, bought a gas can and filled it up. On the way back to the car I flagged down a police officer and he said he couldn't help me because he has no car seat. I am barely able to carry the gas can and push the stroller through the dirt. Spirit of the law anyone? Oh well. I convince him to at least deliver the gas can. He comes back and asked me if the van with the expired tags was the right one. I told him to go ahead and give the lady who ran out of gas, survived a haunted mansion, pushed her baby two miles in the dirt in a broken stroller a ticket. "Do it", I said, "It'll make you feel great". He laughed and drove away. Phew. I got back to my car, filled her up and started to drive away. In my rear view mirror I saw my stroller still on the side of the road with my debit card in it. Ha ha. If I was intelligent, my life would be way boring. The end.

PS it is the one year anniversary of things and I have much to say. Later, I promise. (how presumptuous! You guys are all sitting by your computers - refresh! refresh! refresh! When will she ever write more about herself?? Hurry!)

8 comments:

Melanie said...

Great story. In years past you might have called me and told me about it but now, like all other Shelby fans, I just sit and wait for news. When is your scan this month??

shel7by said...

if I had a phone with which to call you, i could've avoided most the story.

MH72 said...

1 year, wow. Must also be nearly one year ago since I found your blog then...
This story (not the one year story - but the gas story) is just too funny... Did you get a ticket?

Kathy Nevin said...

This story is too funny! Are you saving these kinds of stories so you can write a book? Illustrated, of course. Can I get on the pre-order list for it?

Natalie said...

Thank you too.

Such a funny story! Ryan got a ticket on Saturday night for not using his blinker. Crayton was suret that he was going to the slammer. Probably because the officer told Ryan about 4 times that he could put him in jail for not having his I.D. on him. Slow night in Surprise...

Adrienne said...

My mom and I both agree that having a child get kicked out of the gym for green boogers is so much more embarrassing than having a child getting kicked out of junior high for being a terror to society

Cheryl said...

ahh, the life of shelby. my stomach hurts now. i can't believe you got to see a real life haunted mansion. i wonder what it'd be like at halloween.

mookie mama said...

found you off of TAMN's blog, and am now staying up way too late reading about your journey. i laughed out loud at the last paragraph here, so i wanted to say congrats on being funny. :)