She is a sneaky little bitch, my Sophie.
She is 12 years old Jeep Cherokee and she has some miles on her. Like me, she has a very delicate system. She also has a few quirks, one of which is showing me who is in charge by not starting when I have a very busy day planned.
Today we took the kids up to school. On the way back down, I stopped to get a couple of drinks for the office. I got back into the car and she wouldn't turn over. No click, click, click, no nothing. I take out the key and flip it around and insert it with the flip side facing forward, nothing happens. I try both sides of the key again, this time with my foot pressing in on the brake, nothing happens, I try both sides of the key again, pressing my foot on the brake and turning the steering wheel, nothing happens.
I am trying to figure out why today? She knows it is a Wednesday morning which means I can get to work early and get a couple hours in before I have to open the door. She knows this and today she decides I need to get stuck in the Safeway parking lot in the mountains in flip flops, brrrrr.
Then it hits me, she knows it is Day 3 of Deepak & Oprah's newest 21 Day Meditation. I am already two days behind on my meditation.
I tell her that if she will turn over and let me get rolling again, that I promise to listen to Day 1 on our drive back into town, nothing happens. I ask her again, sweetly repeating the key flipping, brake pressing, steering wheel turning routine and still nothing happens.
Jason is down in town dropping off his kids to school so if he has to come fetch us, he is 40 minutes from getting to me. "Fine" I scream, "I will put the damn meditation on." As it turns out, that would be easier said than done as the phone that is already set up to connect to the online mediation has 10 percent battery life on it. I grabbed my other phone and tried to log on. Of course I cannot remember my password and it won't let me log in using Facebook, so I have to reset my password.
I try not to mutter out loud so I don't piss her off more, but I am irritated at having to create yet another password that I won't be able to remember next month. Finally I get logged in and start my freakin meditation.
Exhale, inhale, exhale, centering thought, "My life moves forward through desire.", mantra Eecha Shakti Namah. Eecha Shakti Namah. Eecha Shakti freakin Namah.
Exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, blah, blah, blah.
Then my shoulders relax, and the breathing relaxes too. Exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, calm. I really enjoy meditating. I enjoy the quiet and calm. Quiet and calm is very lacking in my life.
Exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, peace...
Then I peek and see if she is looking and I take the keys and try the key flipping, brake pressing, steering wheel turning routine and she starts!!!!!
Using only the one open eye, I put her in reverse and ease out of my parking space. I start calmly chanting, Eecha Shakti Namah, over and over. I keep inhaling and exhaling steadily and we pull back onto the highway. I finish Day 1 of 21 day mediation.
I made it to work. I am saddened that I cannot call Click and Clack and describe this situation to them so they can diagnose my sweet girl.
Now to tackle my busy day.