Daily Archives: March 8, 2010

Dear KoD,

I am going to tell you three little words that every man likes to hear. You. Were. Right. Yesterday evening I didn’t feel so well, scratchy throat, blocked sinuses, and I was cold, oh so cold. You brought me Advil and took my temperature. You tucked a blanket around me while I watched TV. You told me I should think about postponing my drive back.

I awoke this morning feeling really cruddy. You took my temp again, but thankfully, it was normal, no fever. I took some cold medicine and told you repeatedly “I will be fine”. You wanted me to stay another day, to rest up and feel better, before driving home. I should have listened.

BH nothing bad happened on the way home, and I did arrive safely, but there was a period of about an hour when I really had to concentrate harder on the road, because I wasn’t seeing too clearly. I had developed a fever, as soon as I realized it I took Advil, but while I was waiting for it to kick in, the road tried to play tricks on me. I was going to pull over to the side, but was worried that I would fall asleep at the side of the road for hours and not be home for the kids after school. The worst of it passed, and I was safe.

I should have listened to you. I was worried about getting the car back on time to the rental company. I could have just called them and paid for an extra day, as you had suggested. I was worried about the kids – but if I really needed them to they could have stayed with their dad an extra day. I just don’t like changing plans mid-stream. I missed the kids – I wanted to see them.  But they would have been fine without me for another day if it had been necessary.

You told me you would have waited on me hand and foot if I had stayed, until I felt better. That sounded so special and awesome, but it would have made it even harder for me to leave the next day. Truth is, sweetie, I never want to leave you. It will be 18 days until we see each other again. 18 long days without seeing your awesome smile or the twinkle in your eye. Having you pamper me for an extra “found” day would have eventually made the pain of separation worse. So I applied my stiff upper lip, and soldiered on. But I wish I hadn’t.

But rest assured, KoD, that your step-sons are taking good care of me. Our eldest prince has put on his chef’s hat and is cooking supper. The others are busy hugging me and asking me if I am ok a bajillion times. So far I have been brought tea, and juice, and milk and cookies and a lego construction project. Squiggy even offered to unpack for me (so long as he didn’t have to do the underthings…lol).

It is so hard to decide the right thing to do. I am a mother first and foremost. But my position as wife is just as important. And if I don’t take good enough care of myself my ability to perform either role will be severely compromised. I was not raised to put myself first. But there are times I need to learn to be a little selfish. I think this was one of them.

Thanks for putting up with me, Dude. For letting me be the ME I need to be, even though it exasperates you sometimes, I’m sure.

Just do me one favour? Next time I am being stubborn, remind me that you are usually right, and that I even documented your rightitude this time?? Thanks.

Your QoH

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Speak up, you never know what’ll happen.

Last week I rented a car, so that I could drive down to see my KoD and get back, and not have to shlepp on the bus which would hurt my back and totally annoy me (although the blog posts I would get out of it might have been worth it). Why did I have to rent a car? Because the Canadian border people won’t let me drive my new Town and Country into Canada. And also because the car I borrowed kind of ….died. Yeah. Anyhow….

So I really wanted to rent a car with cruise control, but they aren’t in my price bracket. I rented the smallest car available. It was just me travelling, and I don’t need a lot of space. I had researched online all the various different companies and looked for the latest deals, but I ended up going with Enterprise who I have rented from before. The branch I rent from has given me stellar customer service. Every single time.

I showed up there, we took care of the paperwork, and I just casually asked how much extra it would be to rent the PT Cruiser. I had always wanted to drive one of them. They told me they wouldn’t charge me any extra and that they had one available. (That’s like a double upgrade). FTW!! (For the win!). I drove off the lot with a huge grin on my face.

Got to the parking garage at my apartment building and needed to open the window to insert my key so the garage door would open. Where the heck is the button to open the window? I examined the entire side of the door getting very frustrated. Finally I opened the car door, turned the key and entered. Once parked I set about solving the mystery of the unopenable windows. I have driven many cars over the years but this was the first time I had ever found the window opener buttons on the centre part of the dashboard. Who puts them there??!!

This car was the most comfortable car I have ever driven on the highway other than my Town and Country (she has seat warmers. Yes, my car is a girl. Make of that what you will). However soon after I started off I noticed there was a lingering odour of cigarette smoke, and all of Enterprise’s cars are supposed to be smoking-free zones. After an hour I had a headache from it.

So when I returned the car this afternoon, I mentioned it to the manager. I was very polite – told him I had a great time with the car, but there was one little problem. I told him about the smoke, he was concerned. He asked me how I would like to be compensated. Now, I didn’t want to be greedy, but I also wanted a decent gesture. Most Canadian rental companies charge you a daily fee if you are planning on driving into the States. It’s just over 5 dollars. I don’t know why this fee exists, but its policy. I had had the car for 4 days, that fee for me was 20 bucks and change. I asked for him to knock this charge off the final fee. He agreed immediately, and he gave me a coupon for a free upgrade the next time I rent from them. I guess I was being reasonable in what I asked for.

I made sure to tell the manager that the service I received from his team is always exemplary and that they are polite and helpful. I have rented from this branch three times already and I know that I will go back there next time. I always thought you had to get stroppy with people for them to give you freebies or money off of a bill. But I guess I learnt that you really don’t. I was all sweetness and light. But I am glad that when renting the car and upgrading to the PT Cruiser and when complaining about the smoke that I stood up for myself and spoke my mind. And that I did it politely.

(I must say that there is a snarky voice inside my head saying that if I would have been belligerent maybe they would have given me more of a reduction. But I am not listening to that voice. I will just swallow a snarkitol and that voice will recede. Truth is, I wasn’t looking to get $$ off, just wanted to make an observation so that they can fumigate the car. The $$ off was a bonus).

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