The weekend started off well, with skipping Parkrun because everyone wanted a lie-in followed by preparation for Humuhumu's first ever sleepover. Her friend Dimples* and brother Dribbly* came for an afternoon playdate, followed by pizza for dinner and strawberry jelly for pudding. Dribbly went home with their parents. Humuhumu and Dimples watched Frozen together whilst dressed as Rapunzel and Elsa respectively. I was astonished to discover that Humuhumu, who watched with an almost ferocious concentration and entirely ignored Dimples' running commentary, has almost the whole film memorised. Not just the songs but the dialogue as well. The viewing was followed by a colouring session in the Elsa colouring book. Humuhumu strenuously objected to my idea that we should disassemble the colouring book so they could work simultaneously and instead they patiently took turns for half an hour until we declared it to be bedtime and they curled up together in the spare room bed.

I read a number of stories, but Dimples was way too excited for sleep. She routinely stays awake longer than Humuhumu, who is firmly attached to an 11-hour snooze every night. We heard quiet talking and sneaking into Humuhumu's room to fetch cuddly toys. After putting my foot down for the last time at 9:30 PM, I waited in our bedroom until the whispering died off. They were sound asleep within ten minutes.

Both girls were up by 7:15 the next morning. Dimples was a font of chat as she ate her crumpet with Nutella, whilst Humuhumu looked pale and distant, though happy. Dimples' mum came to pick her up with many thanks, and then we got ready for gymnastics.

It was badge week at gymnastics and Humuhumu earned her first Fundamental Movements badge. We put the certificate on the wall next to the bed, and she's currently deciding where she'd like to sew on the badge. We don't have a special gym bag for her yet, but it would seem wise to acquire one at this juncture.

Gymnastics ends in the middle of lunchtime, so I put the children in the car with their snacks to tide them over until we got home. About a mile and a half down the road, I suddenly felt something go wrong with the car. It felt like I'd abruptly shifted from fourth into neutral, though of course I had done no such thing. There was, unusually, a car behind me, so I put on my hazards, downshifted to second (not that it made any difference) and coasted into a layby next to a gate featuring a large hand-painted "BULL IN FIELD" sign, where the car promptly died. And wouldn't restart.

Did I mention it was snowing? And distinctly below freezing outside?

I took deep breaths. I rang the bloke, because I couldn't find my RAC (roadside assistance) membership card. The bloke texted me the necessary information. Some people on horseback went by and kindly told me the name of the lane we were in, as even though I drive the route every other week, I didn't know that particular one as it has no sign. I rang the RAC and ascertained that it was going to take at least two hours for them to get to us.

I took some more deep breaths and rang the bloke again. We agreed that him getting in a taxi to swap places with us was a good idea, as Humuhumu was very upset about the broken car and being hungry and cold. (Keiki went to sleep, being blissfully untroubled by any emotional attachment to the car.)

Our knight in shining silver Peugeot turned up with his woolly jumper, book, and crisps. We gratefully clambered into the functioning car and went home, where we all had hot chocolate with marshmallows in. And a good thing too, because it took the RAC nearly three hours to get to the bloke.

The RAC mechanic diagnosed the car as terminal. Our usual garage seems more hopeful. Fingers crossed we don't have to say goodbye to Sophie (our much-loved Citroën) just yet.

* Names have been changed.

On a more soothing note, here are two photos.

Keiki and Humuhumu wrapped up in a fuzzy grey blanket, pretending to sleep on the kitchen floor.

Longcat Telstar is astonished at his own length.
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From: [personal profile] gwendraith

Glad that Humuhumu's first ever sleepover went well. She must have been so excited about it :)

Pita about the car :( Hope she's fixable.
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From: [personal profile] sunflowerinrain

I changed to GreenFlag some years ago after waiting several hours for RAC. Until recently GreenFlag guaranteed a response time of one hour (don't know if that's changed), and you can tell the agent "lone woman with small children". Admiral also give priority to lone females and people with children in the car. I'm surprised that RAC is no longer doing it.
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline

Well done for getting through the car thing!

And aww, Humuhumu and Dimples sound adorable.
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From: [personal profile] lurkingcat

Humuhumu's first sleepover sounds adorable. I love the blanket snake picture too :)

I really hope the car is fixable.
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From: [personal profile] serene

Excellent crisis management! Glad everyone is safe.
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From: [personal profile] pbristow

A clear example of "that which does not kill me makes me just have to take an occasional ibuprofen for the rest of my life." =;o}

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From: [personal profile] omnipotent

Dimples sounds so energetic! Humuhumu's ability to deal with a different personality from hers is impressive. Humuhumu sounds like such a sweet, precocious child.

I'm glad Dimples enjoyed her stay with ya'll.

11-hour snooze


That's scary. I'm relieved you were able to stop safely. It sounds like you handled a stressful turn of events remarkably well, especially with Humuhumu being unpset.

Awww, Keiki and Humuhumu are too cute!

LOL at Telstar! He is so cute!
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From: [personal profile] pbristow

Well done on surviving Unexpected!ArcticExpotition. The phrase "a knight in shining silver Peugeot" has now entered my vocabulary, and shall remain.

Humuhumu's 11-hour snoozes: Long sleeps confirm busy brain. [NODS] Sounds like there's a real memory machine ticking away up there. How many times has she watched Frozen now? (I want to compare it with the half-dozen or so times it took me to memorise entire Doctor Who episodes week by week, as a 10-year-old.)

My prediction: Future pub-quiz champion of the world. =:o}

It looks like Keiki hasn't quite mastered the "pretending to sleep" game yet. =:o} But has mastered the "snoozing through a crisis" technique, so that balances out in the "skills needed to survive an action movie plot" stakes.

And aww... Super-long Telstar! =:oo
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From: [personal profile] lark_ascends

The sleepover sounds wonderful.

Yay for Humuhumu and gymnastics!

Boo on the car!!!
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From: [personal profile] silveradept

Wow, that seems quite the adventure. Sleepovers and breakdowns and gymnastics patches makes for a busy few days.