Just had a right good servicing

April 17, 2007

Oo-eerr missus!

Of course, I’m talking about the car 😉

It was a couple of months overdue for the service because I wanted a better deal than that offered by the main dealers here in Sheffield. Talk about daylight robbery, £350 for a service, thats one price of owning a Saab I suppose. Actually, we had a letter from Saab the other day advising of a recall due to some fuel pump retaining lug problem. I dont mind the main dealer doing this though since its free!

So, I found a nice independent Saab garage, recommended by people on the Sheffield forums and took it there. a much more reasonable £170, thank you. I asked him to have a look at the roof too, remember how I “broke” it a couple of weeks ago?

When I went to pick it up, although he had found the fault on the roof, he hadnt had time to fix it after doing the service. I’m taking it back on Thursday and the good news is that its a pin in the linkage that has sheared. Sort of like a mechanical fuse from how he explained it, and it shouldnt cost much more than an hours labour to repair.

Hurrah! We really need a fully functioning roof now that the weather is turning nicer.

And once its fixed I promise I wont try to use the car as a van again.


Rested, relaxed and back to work, Hrmph!

April 9, 2007

We got back from Lanzarote yesterday afternoon, feeling all relaxed, the only downside is that we are both working today*.

This morning, waking up at 06:20 was a bit of a wrench, though not as much as it was for Paul. When we are away, my body clock wakes me at roughly the same time as home. So I get up and mooch around, go for breakfast, usually sitting at the breakfast table with a book and several cuppa’s**. Then at a decent time for Paul, around 10:00, I go back to the room with a Croissant and a large chocolat au lait or similar. He loves his bed that boy does.

Anyway, we stayed in Costa Teguise at the Ficus Apartmentos on an All-Inclusive basis***. No grumbles about the hotel at all, food**** was varied and there was always something to eat. The Weather was varied, some cloudy days but overall it was mostly sunny, and believe me on those cloudy days you really feel how hot it is, when the Sun emerges it feels like someone has turned up the gas!

The entertainment was ok, the “animation” team were from the UK so there was none of those incomprehensible games that pass for entertainment in Hotels in mainland Spain 🙂 Sadly, I was unable to win one of the prized “Superstar” T-Shirts, despite learning the oath I needed to make at the winners ceremony each evening. Since I learnt it I’m going to say anyway, now repeat after me…..

“I do solemnly swear, I will wear, my Superstar T-shirt around the pool, and in doing so I will look kewl!”
“The entertainment at the Ficus rawks!, and on the way home I will tick the excellent box!!”

When we arrived we were all like, lets go and see this and that, do trips and stuff. Then, as the first week went on, this enthusiasm waned a little and we were content to just lie around relaxing. At the start of the second week we tried to hire a car, yes that right “we tried” unsuccesfully, to hire a small car for a couple of days. I’ve never known anything like it, all the car hire offices (and there were loads) were staffed by people employed only for the purpose of explaining “we have no cars today, come tomorrow.” What kind of car hire industry is that? One without cars, or the ability to book ahead, because they dont know if they will have any cars tomorrow or the next day. After 3 days we gave up.

Lets see, what else? Oh yeah, the flight home had the most kids on it that I’ve ever seen. An Easter thing I suppose. I ended up sitting next to 2 under-10’s, whose Parents and 3 year old sister were seated in front. The elder kids were no trouble, the little one kept coming around and trying to squeeze through to her sster in the window-seat. she was a cutie though so I put up with her gracefully, even when she appeared with a crayon and paper and asked me to draw something for her! Paul was fuming at this point as he pointed out that I was babysitting the kids and the Parents were having a whale of a time. When I had a look and confirmed that they had already downed a whole bottle of Champagne, I stopped playing. Really, the nerve, I bet they couldnt believe their luck!

We were back home by about 19:00, so plenty of time to catch up on Corrie, Betty Suarez and those Housewives that we all love so much. Interestingly, it was more about the husbands of Wisteria Lane, which was a nice change.

To round off our holiday mood, we ordered in, Chinese food, and stuffed our faces, yum yum!

I’ve got some nice photos, I’ll post some to Flickr soon and link them from here.


* Only thinking of the Bank Holiday overtime is keeping me going!

** I’m back on the Coffee btw, but I’m drinking de-caf now.

*** I sound like one of those travel-TV-holiday-shop presenters off SKY

**** Though I am grumbling about the 8lbs of excess belly I checked in for the return flight.

One of those days.

March 19, 2007

Ever have one of those days?

I had one yesterday, in review, it was like this.

Went to garage to fill up with fuel. While checking tyre pressures at the free air thingy, a sleety snow storm starts and freezes me to the bone.

Went to visit Mother and took big bunch of Flowers, box of Thorntons and a Mothers Day card. After 1/2 an hour with Mum, I had to get out, she drives me crazy sometimes. Long story, but recently things are getting worse, now she has discovered the Church and I’m afraid its going to be all down hill from here.

Went to visit Sister and Nephews, highlight of day, little Joe is a smasher and growing up so fast.

Sister gave me a large compost bin that she didnt need and I decided to put it in back of car to take it home. Took roof down and sat the bin on the back seats. Put roof back up without checking clearances properly. One crunch later and I’ve damaged the roof or the tonneau cover or something, whatever it is, you have to “help” the roof going up and down.

Paul worked all day on overtime, bit of extra cash towards holidays, probably will cost more to fix the car than he earned 😦

Wish I hadnt got out of bed!

Global Warming or Cyclical Weather Variation?

February 1, 2007

My money is on the cyclical thingy, I mean what do we really know? We’ve not even been around that long, have we? Apparently we’re just coming out of an Ice Age anyway 😉

What I do know, is that it’s the 1st of February and driving home from work this afternoon, the car display said 17 degrees celcius.

Put in in your diaries, 1st Feb 2007, first day of the year with the roof down on the car!

Global warming? bring it on!

Testing Times

January 9, 2007

I took the car for the MOT yesterday. No problems, it sailed through, as I expected. Paul wasn’t so confident but he has said that every year, I think he expects it to fail so when it passes it’s a bonus.

Anyway, I pulled up at the garage and after taking the car key off my keyring, I used it to lock the glovebox. Obviously I wanted to secure all my precious CD’s. I went inside and handed over the key and was told to return in 45 mins. It was only as I was walking down the road that I realised that DOH! with the key they could open the glovebox 🙄 so why had I locked it?