Camel’s Toe and Angst…All Before 9 a.m.!

Okay, so today I’m meant to be food shopping, but it only took one glance out the window this morning, and I thought, quite honestly, eff that. It’s one of those days where it’s raining AND there’s a gusty, bugger of a wind blowing. This is not good. The one day I decide to do my hair “properly”—you know, hair straighteners, a bit of hairspray (yeah, I’m stuck in the eighties)—it’s going to get messed up.

“Oh, well,” I said to myself and proceeded to put on my exercise attire (see THIS post for more information as to why the general term “jogging bottoms” has been referred to in such a manner). I realised, once I pulled them up and it appeared my feet should really be asking the hems to join them for afternoon tea, that I’d SHRUNK my bottoms in the dryer. Not only was I now wearing ankle swingers, I had the dreaded camel’s toe (or is it foot? I always get that wrong).

So, with the shortage of time, I told myself that wearing the bottoms on my hips was a good idea. The toe would be eradicated, and because they were worn on the hips, I could tell myself I was trendy and feel all manner of fabulousness because of it.

Off we go, out into that bastard weather. Bear in mind I have an umbrella in one hand and a heavy book bag, lunch bag, keys, and a sports water bottle in the other. Actually, I held the bottle by sticking my finger through this small plastic loop on the lid. It’s cold out there, and my finger started going numb…

While walking to the main road, highly conscious that I might well have an animal’s foot in place of my lady garden, trying to battle the winds with an umbrella that kept turning inside out—to the point the fabric was ripped off one of the metal prong ends—I spotted a double decker bus. Just in time, I told Smallest to “Get back! Quick!” before the bus trundled past and sploshed water all over us. Catastrophe averted, we then waited for what seemed the world and his wife to pass us in their cars, and I’ll confess I muttered an exasperated For fuck’s SAKE! We crossed the road and found that despite the weather, people were dawdling. Right. So I’m fighting with my umbrella, Smallest is trying and failing to ride her bike to school for any significant stretch of path, and all the while I’m thinking: Camel’s toe. Camel’s toe. Camel’s toe…

By the time we reached the school, my finger—you remember me mentioning that?—resembled a frozen pretzel and I had a bit of trouble getting it out of the plastic loop. A particularly feisty gust of wind decided to batter my hair-do to death and rip yet another bit of my umbrella off a prong, and amazingly, I was still smiling!

I managed to get home in one piece, but I’m telling you, I don’t relish going back out there this afternoon to pick Smallest up. Straight after school ends I have a parents’ evening appointment, so won’t get home until after four, but hey, I have the next six hours to myself. Peace. No stress. So, I’m off to write for a bit then mess about on Photoshop.

Whatever you’re doing, have a great day, and watch out for shrinking exercise attire and camel’s toes!


13 responses

  1. The trials and tribulations of daily life. Camel’s toe. God. It’s cold here, but at least it’s not raining. I will move out a bit later than I usually do this morning. And I’m so grateful for that reprieve. Maybe the sun will actually be up. But if I see a hint of camel’s toe, I’m going to play turtle and go back into my shell. C can stay out of school. lol Ain’t messin’ with camel’s toe this morning. FFS–NO.

    November 8, 2010 at 10:28 am



      November 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm

  2. Terez

    Wow, I hope your “me time” goes better. I still need to get to the gym myself.

    November 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    • It went lovely thanks, Terez. I have one hour left before everyone starts arriving home.


      November 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm

  3. What a bad day!
    And—ugh—camel’s toe!
    Although I DID like the picture of the camel tatoo! LOl…

    Hope the day improves!

    November 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    • Yeah, I liked that too, Carol. I chose that over some rather unsightly images…eww.


      November 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm

  4. Up at six AM. Went out to sit in the car with grandchild waiting for a bus that showed up very, very late. Cold and breezy this morning.

    Editing today until the group comes home this afternoon. THEN evening chaos until bedtime.

    Might spend some time planning our trip to Texas. Might not.

    November 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    • I’ve got an understanding about evening chaos until bedtime! I’m nearing that time myself. Not long and it’s time to collect Smallest from school. Then it’s the teacher/parent meeting, then cooking dinner. Then I can sit down and do a bit more computer stuff.


      November 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm

  5. Oh, dear lord! Not a camel’s toe.
    Woke up to a mixture of rain/sleet/freezing rain and gusting wind on this wonderful Monday morning. God I love Mondays. Not!
    Here at work all day, then home to make supper and hopefully get some time to go over more edits. YAY!

    November 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    • Oooh, I hope the work day goes well, deary.


      November 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

  6. Oh! And ya want to know what song keeps running over and over again in my head? That stupid little duck Tess sent us singing “Imma gonna kick sombody’s ass.”
    Yup, that’s the one. And it’s exactly how I feel this morning, but I really didn’t need that reinforcement.
    Thanks, Tess!

    November 8, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    • Hahahah! I’ve yet to watch that. I saved the email in my “stuff” folder and forgot all about it. Oops!


      November 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm

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