A Difficult Week
It’s been a difficult week. A number of things went wrong in quick succession that have left me a little out-of-sorts. Firstly, my favourite jeans died. You know, that perfect pair you’ve had for years, that fit perfectly and that, between the patches and the fading, are like a diary of your life. If those jeans could talk, what a story they’d have to tell. They’ve been patched and repatched and now the material is so worn that the patches won’t hold. I have to accept that they are no more. I would love to go out and buy an identical pair, but given that they’re nearly 10 years old it’s unlikely they’re still available. Which brings me to problem No. 2 – shopping.
I hate clothes shopping. I must have been away the day they were handing out the shopping gene because it missed me completely. I have a bohemian style and like unfussy, unpretentious clothes. I like bold colours, simple cuts and natural materials. My clothes need to be practical, functional and comfortable. So all in all, the exact opposite of most of the clothes available for girls. I often look at the men’s section and lament the simplicity – straight cut jeans, chunky jumpers and an endless selection of cotton t-shirts. Dutifully, I went jeans shopping. After eight stores and twenty pairs of jeans I gave up and went to the Farmers’ market for some veg therapy.
Next on my list of mishaps was a run-in with some snow. I’ve been enjoying the snowy landscapes and colourful skies around our village lately and have been trying to take as many photos as I can while it lasts. Last year we got very little snow and I fear the snow will suddenly melt and we’ll be back to greyness. I really wanted to capture some deer with a snowy backdrop, so one afternoon when conditions looked perfect, I set off down towards the forest to see if I could spot any. They’re mustn’t have been much traffic down the lane that day because the deer were actually standing on the road. Unfortunately, they ran into the forest when they saw the car. I guess I should have taken the lack of traffic as a sign that perhaps road conditions were not good, but I was on a mission and I persevered. All was fine until I got to the end of the road and had to turn to come back. This involved a three-point turn through a gateway and down a small incline. I reversed through the gap in one smooth movement – and then I got stuck.
After a few minutes of futile efforts to get back onto the road, I rang Arūnas for advice. “Keep reversing back and driving forward until you get out”, he says calmly, like this is all normal. Reverse back? Deeper into the snow? Really? Reluctantly I took his advice and, as anticipated (by me), got even more stuck. Now what? “Try driving forward”, he suggests. Genius – now why hadn’t I thought of that? I revved the engine and got screamed at down the phone. “Gently! Gently!” Gently. Right. This might take a while. For a solid 30 minutes I jumped in and out of the car, kicking clumps of snow from under the wheels before trying again to drive out. I was determined not to panic, so I deliberately made myself laugh when I was kicking the snow, like it was all a big game. If anyone had seen me they would have thought I was a lunatic. Eventually, after I’d cleared the entire gateway of snow with my boot, I managed to drive out. Phew!
The final blow came later in the week when my laptop upped and died. It had been on the blink for some time, working progressively slower and slower and requiring rebooting quite often. Then it started to make a loud whirring sound, like the blades of a helicopter. I was waiting for it to lift off my knees and fly out the window. Thankfully, I had the foresight to back up all my data to an external drive. One afternoon as I was mid task it just switched itself off and that was that. I have since bought a new one, but it came without Windows (it was much cheaper that way) and I am still waiting for my online order of Windows to be delivered. So I am laptopless. It’s a very peculiar feeling. I do so much on my laptop every day – more than I realised. Not being able to pop it open whenever I need it is strangely disorienting. I have an iPad that I can use for social media, so at least I can keep in touch with the world. And I can do a certain amount on the new laptop using the Linux software it came with. It’s unfamiliar, though, and everything seems to take longer than it should. Hopefully the postman will arrive with my new software soon.
I took a ton of beautiful photos the day I got stuck in the snow. I had remained optimistic that I would spot some deer, and did manage to capture one hiding at the edge of the forest. I had processed two (quickly and imperfectly) to share on Facebook and I’ve included them here. As soon as I’m back up and running I’ll share some others.