What a disasterous week!
Having spent the weekend in Wales, I drove back to London on Sunday and started to feel ill with a really sore throat about half way back. When driving for 4-5 hours, that's really not fun. We stopped at a services and I grabbed some medication from the shop which made me feel a bit better and I managed to make it all the way back to London.
Monday morning and I was supposed to be starting my new job - but I was too ill to go in! What a start to the week and to the job! My throat was dire for 3 days but by Wednesday evening, and several doses of anti-biotics, I was feeling much better. Thank goodness as there was some serious partying to be done on Wednesday evening with my partner at the SFX Magazine Christmas Party. What a great time that was ... I'll write more on that another time.
By Thursday morning, I was feeling much better and left home early to drive to work. This was a particularly bad move. On this morning the weather was awful and part way there I ended up in the mother of all traffic jams that I later learnt was caused by three separate accidents. I was stuck in a one mile stretch for over an hour. As a result of this my car over-heated and decided in its wisdom to drain the battery completely flat . I was in a middle lane - and so caused more obstruction and delays for the cars around and behind me ... and the battery was so empty that my emergency lights wouldn't even work!!
I got out of the car and stood in the rain looking blonde and helpless until a truck driver and a biker (thanks guys!!!) stopped and pushed my car over to the side of the road. There followed an hour and three quarters of waiting for the AA to arrive so I could get to work. My alternator had given up the ghost, and it cost more than I earned last week to put it right. Very annoying and inconvenient! I suspect that this day may go down in history as one of the worst travel stories in my repetoire.
But enough of disasters! Things have been going well since, and with Christmas now just around the corner - where does the time go?! - I'm now in frantic present-buying and preparing mode for the holidays.