My mobile phone was ringing.
I glanced at the number - a local one, I didn't recognise it.
'What the hell,' I thought. 'It could be someone calling with a book deal.'
'Good morning, Shannon,' the voice said. 'This is Dave from Subaru calling. Do you recall buying a Forester from us in 2010.'
Uh yes, I recall spending tens of thousands of dollars. I recall kidnapping the sales guy and driving him all the way to my home, and then making him wait while my husband and I tried to fit car seats in the back.
I recall making him follow us back to the showroom in my husbands car, while my (then) three year old sat in the backseat offering her opinion about the new car. I recall her saying it wasn't as cool as her friend's ginormous, 4WD with built-in DVD players in the head rests.
I recall sitting for an hour with a newborn in the sales office as they tried to sell me insurance, and paint protection, and fabric protection and other things all useless against the onslaught of small children.
'Yes,' I said politely. 'I recall.'
'We have realised that we do not have an email address for you, and we would like to send you information regarding your warranty, servicing and specials. Do you consent?'
It took you two and half years to realise this?
'Uh, listen, my inbox is already full of junk... I mean, I get a lot of emails, how often would I be receiving stuff from you?'
'Oh hardly ever. Weekly, no monthly. Not often, I promise.'
You promise? Who is this? The work experience kid?
'I'm also calling to let you know that we are having a big sale at the moment of our floor stock. We are actually losing money on our wholesale prices.'
Yes, and I am a size 8.
'Well, actually we might be looking for a seven seater,' I told him. 'Can you tell me the arrangement of anchor points in your models and how the backseat is accessed?'
'Well, um I would need to look at the brochure...' he said.
'You go do that,' I told him cheerily, beginning to enjoy myself.
'Also, while you are there, can you tell me how much space there is between the back row of seats and the back of the car? What safety features are there for small kids sitting in the boot?'
There were muffled noises as he madly flicked pages of his brochure.
'Well, umm, you'd have to come and have a look...'
I nattered on to him about my kids and the difficulties of fitting in three car seats, and the fact that I would love to separate them so they stopped poking each other in the face, but before I even got to my joke about wanting a London taxi cab (with the screen between the front and back seats) he interrupted me.
'Well, I have to go, thankyou for your time. Goodbye.'
And he hung up.
He didn't even get my email address.