TGIF! I could not write this with any more enthusiasm.
Well, maybe I could. T! G! I! F!
It has been a ridiculous week. I had a variety of plans that included workouts, grabbing coffee with friends, some space make-overs in the apartment. Instead, I felt like I was in the middle of an I Love Lucy (and I do love Lucy) episode, day after day after day.
I found myself at home on Tuesday morning with a sick Victoria. Her illness was a blessing because 1) it meant that I was at home, in the apartment rather than anywhere else, and 2) I had her 2 extra hands when it started raining in our apartment and we needed to run from room to room with buckets and towels to catch the water.
It appears there was a flood in the apartment upstairs, and it was coming down into our apartment through cracks, crevices and ceiling tiles. There was no major damage, just enough water to require workmen to be in my home on and off from 7:30 am thru 11:30 pm for the last 3 days.
Since there were so many bodies working in my kitchen, I grabbed convenient snacks here and there. One of my treats was a beautiful container of juicy, ripe cantaloupe. It was conveniently pre-cut in the grocery store. When I read all the news reports the following day about deaths linked to cantaloupe. The sticker on the container says USA, yet I have no idea exactly which state this luscious melon was shipped in from. So, if I die in the next 4-8 weeks of Listeria, it is recorded here that I ate copius quantities of contaminated fruit on September 27th.
And while we are discussing illness, my dear daughter who helped save our furniture from ruins, wins the good-sport-of-the-week award. Monday night she was kind of sneezy and stuffy. Tuesday it appeared that she was getting a cold. By Wednesday her occasional sneezes were multiplying rapidly. So rapidly that we were looking at almost a sneeze a minute. It is now Friday. This morning we recorded 12 sneezes in 5 minutes. She is exhausted. Her nasal cavities are irritated and swollen. She has tried over-the-counter meds, Doctor prescribed meds and internet tricks with very little success. She is still able to laugh about the whole situation and we are researching possible world records.
And the runner-up for the good-sport-of the-week award goes to Harry. This boy has been on the working out with the swim team and playing soccer since he was 3. Since the soccer season does not begin here until November, he decided to play basketball. With ZERO practice or instruction, his team started playing games this week. His strengths include hustling, being tall and quickly grasping the concepts of offense and defense. His weaknesses would be any and all involvement with the ball. As the boy dribbles down the court, it appears more like he’s being pulled along by an out-of-control dog. The best part of it all? He loves it, and considers himself to be “really, really good.” I LOVE his self-confidence.
Without dragging this on much longer, I will highlight a few other fun moment of the last few days.
- I was at a friend’s home for lunch and a big, giant painting fell on my head. A mix of shock, and embarrassment was instant, the sore lump arrived later. I am thankful that it was not mounted in glass and that my big, hard head did not make a hole in her painting.
- In all of the construction in my kitchen, the washer was somehow re-hooked to the wrong water pipes. I did 3 loads of wash in HOT water before I realized. If any of my clothes don’t fit this weekend, shrinkage will be to blame.
- My trip to see a Pulmonologist this week involved visits to 2 wrong medical buildings (including 2 wrong parking garages, which I hate being in even more than I hate being in doctor’s offices) and a final result of an allergy medication and an inhaler – both of which I specifically asked for in JUNE when this whole coughing issue arose. I wonder how much $ could be saved in the health care world if doctors would just read through a patient’s file rather than ordering tests and specialists.
- Somehow, in a month that involved 2 days without electricity, our Electricity bill managed to increase by $300. Yes, we are talking almost $800 a month for a tiny 3 bedroom apartment. It appears that utility companies can increase their charges at will. Nice. Any bets on next month’s bill?
And here we are on Friday. There is no specific rest for the weary. Before Monday closes in we still have 2 basketball games, 1 cross-country meet, Sunday school, church, and a desperately needed trip to the grocery store. But it does mark the end of the school week and leads to two days that perhaps I can sleep past 5:30 am.
I will celebrate my survival of this week with an adult dinner out tonight. I will be coated in bug spray at this lovely restaurant on the beach. With the week I have had, I am sure to be bitten by a mosquito laced with Dengue Fever. As I relax with good friends, excellent food and a glass of wine. I will make a toast: to days free of sneezes and full of coordination; when nothing falls from above and all roads lead to exactly where you wish to be.