Not to keep posting photos of my 7 Days run, but this photo pretty much sums up what is going on in my life right now. Just… ugh.
For one thing, we’d just filled up the gas tank at $4.05. That’s the best price on the island, fortunately, and it hadn’t even been raised because it’s Friday. Stop & Shop was running $4.14 with their club card (5¢ off the regular price), and Shell was $4.11. So $4.05 was pretty good. That was still $60 worth of gas, and we weren’t even on empty.
Yes, yes, Europe has higher prices, try paying $11 a gallon like they do in Europe, yadda yadda, etc and so on. I get that. I totally understand that. However, my impression of Europe is you can actually get around without a car, and without spending your entire life on mass transit. You can get from Newport to Providence for a mere $1.50 on the bus, but it takes two hours to get there. Two hours to go about thirty miles. I could drive up to Providence, run a few errands, and get home in the time it takes just to get there on the bus.
Anyhow. Enough about that.
It’s just been one of those days where nothing’s gone right. Sadly enough, the two bright spots in my day were when I got to chat with Grace’s preschool teacher (whom I adore) as I picked her up, and when I was out washing the minivan and my neighbor came over to say hi. Three of us women ended up standing outside for a good hour just babbling about what’s going on.
The rest of the day was just a mass of various frustrations. I did manage to get three loads of laundry washed and folded in preparation for our trip tomorrow.
Oh, yes. This will be my last update until probably Monday. Tomorrow we head to Long Island for a family reunion on my father-in-law’s side. None of the family have met me, let alone Grace, so we’re sort of obligated to go.
It doesn’t help my anxiety that I am going to know nobody but Kurt, Grace, and my parents-in-law at this shin-dig. I don’t know how many people are going to be there, but I am guessing quite a few. My father-in-law is the youngest of five children, and while some of his sisters won’t be able to make it due to distance, there are still plenty of his family (and my mother-in-law’s as well) left on Long Island. There could be a hundred people there! I don’t know.
I have no idea what the internet situation is going to be. I am counting on being away from the internet for the weekend since it’s just a weekend. I’m sure I can handle being away for that long.
This also means I won’t be commenting on all your blogs either.
Don’t miss my extraordinarily long-winded comments too much, okay?
About my friend who was in the hospital — she’s home now, resting quietly. We visited her today, and I found a lovely bouquet over at Stop & Shop to bring to her.
The doctors never did figure out what was wrong with her. Initially she was hospitalized because she couldn’t stand upright without vomiting. Many, many tests were run on her, trying to figure out what was wrong. Kidney stones, pregnancy, even gall bladder issues were all ruled out. The doctors were giving her pain meds as often as she wanted them, and apparently she woke up in the middle of the night and asked for more meds. But the narcotics ended up depressing her respiratory system, so that’s why she quit breathing. The next couple of days were spent in the ICU recovering.
So now she’s home, and she’s still in a lot of pain. Apparently the doctors cannot figure out whether it’s muscular pain or bone pain, so they can’t pinpoint the source. I feel so badly for her because she’s in such pain, and she can’t really do anything. Fortunately her sister-in-law has come to stay for the week to help take care of her son, but I don’t know what’s going to happen when she has to go home again.
Just please keep praying for her, or whatever it is you’re doing. I figure mass quantities of good thoughts couldn’t hurt!!!