Saturday, December 26, 2009

I USED to consider myself a pretty handy person

I did in fact graduate from college with a degree in Industrial Design, I can use power tools, I can build models and toys. Why then am I suddenly confounded with locking my keys in the trunk?

Backstory -
for the 3rd week in a row we decided to go to the Deerfield Beach Island, previous two weekends we arrived too late for the boat, today we were 10 minutes early. I repacked my purse essentials (wallet, visine drops, toothbrush kit ((for braces)), snacks for mom and baby along with change of diaper equipment) and then dropped purse into the trunk and locked it. Upon unloading baby from her carseat the realization that keys were attached to purse set in.

Logically I know the seat can be pulled down to enter the trunk from the inside but it doesn't work, there's no strap sticking out saying pull this, no clever lever to pull, NOTHTING, so I do what any stranded woman with child must do - ask a man with 3 kids nearby to help. He also can't figure it out and doesn't want to miss his boat ride to the island so after 8 minutes of trying leaves. I check to see if the owners manual is in the glovebox and it's GONE! I pull out the carseat, trying to remember exactly how husband had attached all the straps, and then yank really hard on every part of the seat. Nothing gives. Finally in desperation call insurance and yes they cover reimbursement so I call a locksmith.

The locksmith also cannot figure out how to move the seats and is left with drilling out the trunk lock. This means taking a big old drill and just jamming it into your lock and drilling it out until there's a big old HOLE! $150.00 later and I desparately hope the insurance really will cover this.

The entire hour we waited for the locksmith and for mom to shake the back seats, then clean them and try to reach husband futily and repeatedly the baby happily padded around the park entrance, she doesn't know what's up. She still got her hour of play so once the locksmith left I attempted to reload the carseat into the car to leave. Confusion sets in, I can't figure out how to attach the locking device into the car. I finally reach husband at work and beg emergency help and he can't walk me through it, I swear something is broken becuase the locking devices will NOT click into the spots he swears are there! So I had to rely on the old seatbelt wrapped around whatever plastic hole is available on the carseat and slink home with my tail between my legs.

Someone owes me a major demonstration on exactly how to install a carseat and how to pull the stupid seat down. Furthermore I'd like a demo on how to change a tire.

PS - Husband came home to demonstrate the trunk opens into the car but not from backseat into car. Well that makes no sense.

4 comments:

Julia said...

thanks for stopping by!! your girl is beautiful! Merry Christmas and have a wonderful new year! Oh, and since you're new to my blog, i (along with another blogger) am having lots of cool stuff coming up in january and february (giveaways and great posts!!)

Rachel Cotterill said...

Oh no! At least you got home safely.

Rachel M. said...

Thank you Julia! I'll stay tuned in jan and feb for the cool stuff!

Hi Rachel - that's right, I did get home safely and stayed there for the rest of the day!!!

Suburban Turmoil said...

What. A. Day. I think I would've gone home and crawled right back into bed, baby and all!