Boy, getting back to real life after nine days of vacation seriously sucks, doesn’t it. Appointments, errands, the food – oh the food from New York – and just daily life in general is a shock after having so much excitement and leisure time off.
But we are alive and enjoying it! Here’s what happened in my life so far this week.
Don’t you love the Kroger fuel points for discounted gas? I shop at Kroger because I love their sales, and Friday freebies! And they turn around and reward me for it by giving me a discount on my gas. Woo-hoo! This started out at $1.93 a gallon and with my $0.50 off I paid $1.43 a gallon. Win, win.
Oh New York pizza, how we miss you. Everyone at our house was so, so disappointed to not have access to 937 choices of New York pizza. Denton refused to even eat it, and he had Popeye’s chicken and mashed potatoes instead. Insert sad horn sounds from The Price is Right.
On a more upbeat note, Liv and I saw this on Friday. I love people who use ingenuity to get things done!
I also took Liv to one of my haunts, a Goodwill Outlet Store. Keep in mind when Hayden goes with me on my thrifty foray’s, he refuses to go into this store. Liv had the same reaction, but for a different reason. Hayden doesn’t like the tight space with the frantic, end of the world feeling that the shoppers give him. Liv almost had a meltdown over the state of the book section.
In this outlet they put EVERYTHING in giant bins. These are the things that have been for sale at local Goodwill’s and didn’t sell. Some of the patrons – and I use that word very, very loosely – are less than respectful to the merchandise or other shoppers to say the least. Every single time I’ve been in this store, I see throwers. You know who I’m talking about. They are shoving, pushing, and literally throwing everything in their path. Sometimes people included.
Liv just couldn’t take it. She asked to leave immediately. It just hurt her to see books treated so callously. She loves going to thrift stores with me, but she said after we left there, please Mom, don’t ever make me go in that store again. A promise easily kept.
Earlier this week I needed to run into our local Wal-mart. What should have taken me 10 minutes tops, turned into almost two hours. Our Wal-mart has one entrance. Across railroad tracks. At a red-light.
I quickly ran in and grabbed the stuff I needed, hoping to beat the rain. That was a big failure. I had no more than grabbed my last item when I heard the deluge start. I checked out and slogged my way to my car, when I heard an enormous boom and a flash of lightning. This is normal during a severe thunderstorm, so I proceeded to leave the shopping center.
I got in line, and noticed the traffic backing up around me. A tree had fallen straight across the two lane road right behind the stop-light. Stopping all traffic completely. Keep in mind that there are three restaurants, a liquor store, and four other shops not including the Wal-mart in this spot.
Who planned this out? One way in and one way out? This is insanity. It took them an additional hour and twenty minutes to get a crew down there to chop up the tree and load it into a dump truck before we could all get out. Crazy town! I called Denton at one point and said he should bring his own chainsaw down and take care of it. I felt sure that things would have happened way faster that way!
Lastly, Liv and I met with the Oral Surgeon who is going to remove her wisdom teeth. Because, after putting $6,000.00 into her teeth we definitely don’t want them being shifted around by teeth she doesn’t actually need.
He decided to just do the lower teeth for now and monitor the upper teeth because they haven’t descended enough to make him happy. They are also resting on the roots of her back molars right now. Liv was fine with it.
Also because of her food allergies, he said he didn’t want to turn her into a test case, so he isn’t going to put her to sleep. The IV medication they use for that is soy based, and even though she isn’t allergic to soy anymore, he wants to be absolutely certain she won’t have a reaction, so he’s going to use Nitrous Oxcide and numb her locally. She was perfectly content with this choice. She is the child who had to have a baby tooth pulled, which shattered and subsequently sat through 2 1/2 hours of teeth shard removal at the dentist a few years ago. She is a trooper.
That’s what happened with us this week. What’s happening in your world?