Tuesday 20 May 2008

Race for Life, bumped bumper and phobic dog

I gather that our company has arranged for us all to wear matching pink t-shirts for Race for Life. I wouldn't mind if they were the same ones that we were given for another charity thing (can't remember for the life of me what it was but it was September-ish last year) however, I'm reliably informed (by a slight colleague) that the t-shirts are great and ... wait for it... slimfit ones. WHAT!!!! Do I look like someone who would chose to wear a slimfit t-shirt? For those of you who haven't had the pleasure(!) of seeing me in the flesh, I can honestly tell you right here and now that no, I am not. Well, I was once, but certainly not now.

I had every intention of losing a stone through all the training I was going to do for Race for Life but I wonder if you'll be surprised to hear that I've done only the teensiest bit. Well, my new office is further to walk from my parking space so I consider that extra exercise.

Talking of my parking space, I sauntered to my car yesterday when a man leaped out in front of me and told me that a woman had reversed into my car. I said an expletive and he recoiled in surprise, I obviously don't look like I use them, I suppose. Anyway, he also said that she was about to drive off until he told her that he thought she should at least leave me a note with her phone number. I checked the piece of paper under the windscreen wiper and she had in fact left her number. Insurance broker contacted, woman duly tracked down. Unfortunately, I have to go back to her tomorrow for her full details as she isn't english speaking, well, she can say sorry but didnt understand what I was saying when I asked for her details.

I shall give her another chance to figure out what I meant by her surname, address and policy number etc but if I have any further problems I shall cart along a workmate who also speaks Portuguese and sort the matter out. I am not easily deterred especially when it's my car that needs fixing.

Update on spider: The coast seems to be clear and I think I killed the swine stone dead with my bug spray. Annieye suggested letting Grumpy deal with the spider, which is a perfectly good idea. Unfortunately about two years ago I happened to see a spider race across the lounge floor quickly followed by Grumpy who had a wonderful second and a half play with it before I managed to find my vocal cords and scream like Jamie Lee Curtis in the original Halloween movie. The poor dog nearly had a heart attack and has since then been as terrified of the eight-legged monsters as I am. I know, I know. Poor little thing (the dog not the spider).


Yvonne said...

I didn't know dogs picked up on their owners' fears - interesting! I really hope your car is sorted out very soon.

Lane Mathias said...

Slim fit t-shirts? Certainly not for jogging in!

Hope you get the insurance sorted out. Good job that man was there and I think your expletive was quite deserved considering:-)

Poor Grumpy. I can quite sympathise. I hope the beastie spider is gone for good:-) I hate them!

elizabeth said...

I can so say I know how you feel re: spider. Poor poor you. I don't do well with the creepy critters. Don't think I ever will.

Sorry about your car ;O(

Perhaps you could throw the spider at her?

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

yvonne - thanks, it's a pain and extra running around that I could do without, but I suppose it could be far worse.

Lane - I know, what were they thinking? Slimfit indeed.

I shall go and see the girl again today and take it from there.

elizabeth - what a good idea, if only I had the nerve to pick one up!

Carol said...

Oh Debs, I can empathise with the slim fit T-shirt. Chris's company has a trip planned so we can all bond with each other (I don't know why I get dragged into it - I don't work there....and it's three days....THREE!!). I've been told that I have to wear a company t-shirt along with everyone else....I am a woman and I'm not Thai....their large looks like slim fit on me!!! AND, to add insult to injury, I have to pay for the bloody thing!!! (Harumph!!)

C x

Jenny Beattie said...

Oh dear. Poor Grumpy, but I did laugh out loud at him being infected by your terrors. I'm still chuckling.

Chris Stovell said...

Still laughing at Grumpy. Very annoying about the car 'though. Hope it gets sorted.

Karen said...

Molly-dog barks a good bark, but she's more scared of creepy-crawlies than we are!

Hope your car nightmare gets sorted soon - bloomin' nuisance when things like that happen.

Anonymous said...

Id look hideous in a skinny fit t shirt!!! omg! the baggier the better these days.
Our cat Trilby managed to find a huge rat scurrying across the garden!!! thankfully he killed it but D had the horrible job of picking it up...(before W found it!)

HelenMWalters said...

Oh dear - to more or less all of that post!

Phillipa said...

Debs - good luck with Race for Life. I did one a few years ago and it was great fun and moving at the same time. The T shirts are lovely too.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

carol and chris - ooh three days, I do sympathise and you have the pleasure of paying for yours too. I would hate all that bonding stuff. Poor you.

jj - I know, poor dog. I really should at least pretend in front of him that I'm not so terrified. Wimp.

chrish - poor little thing. The car is slowly being sorted, I think and at least I now have her details.

karen - Molly looks gorgeous in her photo, I bet she's a wonderful dog and a great character.

motherx - clever Trilby, maybe we could borrow her for a bit. Mind you, poor D that's not such a fun job.

helenmh - I know, it was a bit 'oh dear' wasn't it?

phillipa - thanks, it will be fun but as you say, it's also rather moving too.

Marcie Steele said...

Hi Debs, good luck with the Race for Life. I did it too, very emotional but very rewarding.

And oh dear poor Grumpy. I believe you need to buy him some pink ear muffs to go with your t-shirt. That way if you see a spider when you are wearing it... xx

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

l-plate author - thank you, I have to admit I'm looking forward to it.

Excellent idea and an excuse to go shopping!

DJ Kirkby said...

I will be doing the Race for life too. I enjoy it every year, though some of the stuff written on the back cards are pretty moving and I feel a bit weepy by the end.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

dj kirkby - I know what you mean. I've done it most years too, although I had a bad knee last year so had to give it a miss.