Actually, the word I really wanted to describe this week is the one than summarises the week when the flippin' car broke done making everything very difficult to organise and leaving us having to make the decision as to whether we scrap the car or pay silly money to get it fixed. Trouble is I couldn't find a single word for that so carless will have to suffice.
Driving back from Condé at the weekend the car was juddering intermittently coupled with the red STOP light coming on. It got me home but died on the way to the garage. It is quite possible that the parts needed to fix it will cost more than the value of the car so we are off to the garage this morning to discus options with the mechanic.
Simon needs the 4x4 for work so it has meant a lot of shifting things around, asking other people to give me and the boys lifts, cancelling things, getting the boys to cycle/walk to and from the bus stop and Simon finishing early to collect Tom from his saxophone lesson. Next week SImon is away for some of the time and both boys have school trips where we are supposed to get them places other than school before the bus. Luckily other parents have come to the rescue and I think we can get them to all the right places at the right times.
Whilst having no car is an absolute pain in the whatsit I am grateful for 2 small mercies. This is the same car that I was driving round England recently and I am only too grateful it didn't break down there. This does not in any way compensate for the our current carless state but
Update - the mechanic turned out not to know what he was doing and after a lot of hassle and many euros down the drain we have now had to scrap the car. Breaking down outside his garage was NOT a small mercy. More details are here and I would recommend you read this if ever you have a car whose injectors are not working.
Have you any car-related or small mercies stories you'd like to tell? Please do share.