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Fun with TomTom and Jane

My husband got one of those nifty navigation nerdules.  He’s in heaven.  And I have to admit I’m glad he got it because it really is pretty handy and helpful.  I drove two and a half hours to Chattanooga to pick up this Carr:

 

 

 

Isn’t she cute?

 

Anyhow, on the ride down, the TomTom was very helpful; my driving companion was “Jane” who has a very classy British accent and told me exactly when to turn, where to turn, when to get over to the left lane and confirm when I was to continue forward to get onto the ‘motorway’.  Except she says it “Mow-teh-way”.  We only got into a fight once, and that was when I had to pull off to get gas and bottled water.  She got a little snippy with me and kept telling me, “Tuhrn around as soon as pah-sibble and head back teh-wahrds the mow-teh-way”.   I had to keep snapping back, in my own British accent “No, Jane, I need petrol, stop being so deucedly bossy”.  We made up, though; we’re cool now.

 

Me and Geoff the Great will be dropping back the Carr on Sunday, and at that point we’ll be swapping that Carr for a new car.  Is that not brilliantly exciting?  I can’t wait to drive around as a big family all together in one vehicle again.  I still can’t believe our friends are just GIVING us their Suburban.

 

In the meantime I am gearing up for the rest of Emmiko’s little friends to come over for a birthday sleep over.  They are all sleeping outside in the tent which will make things remarkably less noisy.  I’m a great fan of less noisy. 

 

And, this was a surprise, when we were driving home from Chattanooga, Ryann called me about a very mysterious package addressed to Emmiko which had been delivered by UPS from a music store in Ca.

 

 

 

Is it not beautiful?  It had no card, but it didn’t take long to figure out from whence it came.  My dad sure knows how to get a household worked into a frenzy.  Emmiko is very excited – she has wanted to learn the violin for a long time.  I was content to let her just work on clapping or snapping.  Snapping and clapping is much cheaper, plus it’s easier to learn.  Last night she told me that she was gonna learn the violin really fast and then start playing songs with me (on guitar) and Ryann (on piano).  I will not be afraid of turning into the Partridge Family.