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The Ice Rink

Skating GeeseI was late leaving for work this morning due to the phone ringing and putting me off schedule.  As I left the house I was dreading trying to open my car door due to it’s tendency to freeze shut and I didn’t want another near miss like I had on Monday. I also remembered to check why I was getting strange noises from my tyres as I arrived home last night.  I found that so much compacted snow had built up between the tyre and the mudguard it was making a scraping sound and I needed to chip it off before I could drive off.

The snow has compacted really badly on the roads on my estate leaving it very much like an ice rink, so I had to drive very carefully as I left for work this morning. The main roads however where mostly clear but I am sure that there would have been patches of black ice so due care and attention was needed.  So why do other people drive recklessly in less than ideal conditions? And why is it always me the gets the car behind me trying to get into my car boot?  When I stopped at the junction I noticed it was a lady driver happily driving along talking on her mobile phone.  I had the urge to get out of the car and tell her off (most unlike me), I put that down to the fact I don’t do mornings well.

The car park was lethal.  I had the choice of parking my car in the sun a long way away from the building and risk breaking my neck on the car park which hadn’t been gritted or park in the shade nearer to the building and risk the door icing over later.  I chose the latter so I didn’t have far to walk across the ice.

When I got to my desk my colleagues were busily planning a birthday celebratory meal for one of the girls in the office and everybody who sits near me is attending.  I seem not to have been invited, maybe it is because I am on a different section, or maybe it was something I said or perhaps I have managed to do my very clever turning invisible trick again… :-/

16 Comments CherryPie on Jan 7th 2010

16 Responses to “The Ice Rink”

  1. I tool a day off myself. The streets are like rinks too and trhe last thing I need is to knacker my leg agin!

  2. jameshigham says:

    Probably better off not being invited though it’s not nice. The icy conditions are still difficult, aren’t they? I nearly went flat on my face again a few times. More coming, it seems. :)

    • CherryPie says:

      I am not actually upset (maybe a bit disappointed), she hasn’t really thought through what she is doing and would be mortified if she realised. There is some mileage (not malicious) to be had on it later in the year ;-)

      I am glad you stayed upright we don’t want any bruises or broken bones. My nearest escape was on Dec 23rd when I tried and failed to get the lake photo.

      I hope we do get some more snow :-)

  3. Claudia says:

    I can’t understand anyone not asking you to a Birthday Party. For your company, and your great talent for photos. We would have seen the cake with lit candles today. Consider yourself invited to all my next birthday parties (in September). Get your trips organised soon, CherryPie. I don’t have too many years left! Hope the ice rink melts overnight. All the best!:)

    • CherryPie says:

      I would love to attend your Birthday Party :-) But I am sure you have many more Birthday years left for further opportunities :-)

      I think the ice rink is here for a few more days. I am just hoping the the boot hugging idiots have Fridays off ;-)

  4. Denise says:

    Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Tis cold here too with more snow on its way!

    (As for office stuff hun, women can be bitches!)

  5. Phidelm says:

    Good description of just how hazardous getting to work can be in such conditions. I remember ‘em well. Hope you continue to cope as well as this.
    And if you’re not at that party – well, who is ;-) ?

  6. Ellee says:

    I’d invite you to my birthday party if you lived near, that’s for sure.

  7. Linda says:

    Girls in offices. I’m glad I left all that behind years ago. It was worse when I worked in a three woman office and one went to lunch or was off for some reason. You can imagine what happened! Yep, claws out!

    Sure your work mates are not like that though.

    • CherryPie says:

      It is mostly women in my office, but I work on a section that is all men apart from me. When the girls start with the claws I just switch off, I am not into that sort of thing at all. Thankfully none of the girls that sit near me behave like that.

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