Sunday, August 26, 2007

What a week

Oh. my. word.

It has been quite a week. Throughout it we have received many blessings, but I hope we don't have another like it for a very long time.

I've already told you about our trip to Urgent Care last Sunday (blessing: that it was just an ear infection, and did not require x-rays or IVs), and Hubby's return (blessing: self-explanatory).

What I didn't tell you about Monday was that I managed to lock myself out of the house. Which munchkin in the living room, by himself. It was so much fun watching him climb things through the front window. Thankfully it didn't take me long to get back inside, but of course my worst case scenario brain imagined having to break a window to get to my child who had fallen off the dining room table. (He's recently started climbing, well, everything).

The low point of the week was Wednesday afternoon. The car in front of us had to stop suddenly, and while Hubby was able to stop with no problem, the person behind us wasn't. We were able to pull the car to the side of the road, and heard some grinding noises, but thought that was because we were driving over the debris.

When we got out of the car we found out that no one was hurt, and that both cars were still driveable (or so we thought). Munchkin didn't even cry, except a short scream right when we were hit, but was probably more in reaction to my scream than anything else. He was completely fine and more than happy to get out of the car and walk around while we waited on the police.

While we were waiting, I pulled the registration and insurance information out of the glove compartment. While I was double checking to be sure we had everything I realized our insurance cards had expired last month (I really need to clean out my email, I know there is a message from the insurance company reminding me of this). Luckily we were just down the street from the UPS store, so 5 minutes and 22 cents later I had printed our updated cards, just in time for the police to arrive. I love USAA.

An hour later (!), when the policeman was done writing up his report, we got in the car to leave and found out our car wasn't driveable. Apparently he had hit us harder than we thought, and had knocked the muffler loose. So we pulled back to the side of the road, and called to start the insurance claim and get Roadside Assistance to come tow the car.

After finding out it would be an hour before the tow truck could get there, we called a friend to come get hubby and munchkin. Munchkin was hot, hungry, and tired and needed to get home. So H. came and got them and took them home, while I stayed to wait for the tow truck. (H. is the wonderful friend who brought us McDonald's to urgent care at the beginning of the summer, and her husband mowed the lawn for me all summer while hubby was gone. We owe them BIG).

After seeing munchkin and hubby off I called hubby's professor to see if he would be willing to come get me and take me home. Thankfully he was able to do that, so hubby wouldn't have to put munchkin back in the car to come back downtown. Three and a half hours after the accident we finally got everyone home.

First blessing: no one was hurt. Second blessing: our two sets of wonderful friends who were willing to come pick us up and drive us home, about a sixty mile round trip for each. Third: we were able to print our insurance cards saving us a ticket. Fourth: the insurance company arranged and paid for both the tow truck and rental car after only one phone call. Fifth: our car can be fixed; the other guy may not be so lucky.

We were very, very blessed during this accident. It has been a HUGE inconvenience for us and some of our friends, but it that's all it has been, so we are counting ourselves lucky.

We've had some other minor issues this week, mostly with munchkin approaching two. He got a talking to in Kohl's yesterday morning about being careful and gentle with people after he hit me in the face. Next I had to take him out of Publix for throwing a fit because his daddy broke his cookie in half. And yes, we left the store without the cookie. This wasn't the first time he's been removed from a situation for misbehaving, and I'm sure it won't be the last. I just hope it stays the exception rather than becoming the rule.

One last story, to end things on a lighter note:
Yesterday we noticed that the water dispenser on the refrigerator wasn't working, and that we were running low on ice. Today the freezer starts making this banging noise. After some exploring, we discovered that the plastic cup that directs the water to the ice maker and water dispenser was full and frozen solid. How did we fix it?

Blow dryer

Meat fork

And yes, we did get it fixed (we think).

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

We made it

Nine weeks and three days ago I got a sleepy little boy out of bed at 5:00 in the morning to take his daddy to the airport.

Last night I got a sleepy little boy out of bed at 10:15 to go pick his daddy up from the airport.

And yes, I know it's crazy to have a 19 month old at the airport at that time of night, but it was such a sweet moment, watching him run to his daddy in his magic dragon pjs (so cute!), that I'm glad I took him.

And just to add to the symmetry of Hubby's departure and return, munchkin and I spent Sunday afternoon at Urgent Care. He woke up from his nap crying and felt very warm. After our last experience with an out-of-nowhere fever on a Sunday afternoon, we headed for Urgent Care as soon as I saw his temp was over 101. Do not collect $200, do not call the favorite nurse, do not wait to see if the Tylenol brings it down, just get in the car and go. Thankfully, this trip only involved a routine exam and a diagnosis of an ear infection in his left ear.

Our last weekend without hubby just couldn't be boring, could it?

Now, if we only had more than two days to prepare for the fall semester, I might get a minute to decompress....

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Is it fall yet?

It's 9:30 at night and the temperature in my bedroom is 80 degrees. The air conditioner just can't keep up even though it hasn't cut off in two days.

I can't wait to see the power bill for this month. sigh

As I'm trying to explain to my husband that this is more than just normal August hot, he decides to share that he was freezing the other night in his un-air conditioned bedroom just from having the window cracked.

Plus, as we were talking yesterday morning he was telling me it was only 52 degrees at 8 am. It was already past 90 here.

Lucky for him he was out of reach.

So, when does fall start? I'm tired of this hot thing.

And yes, I would like some cheese with my whine, thank you for asking ;0)