labor

Happy Labor Day to all! I hope you have enjoyed the day with family and friends and…for those of you that can eat…good food. It feels like it has been forever since we last spoke. Where did we end up last time? Hell, let’s just do a recap of the week.

Monday was the first day of school. It feels like much longer than a week ago. That was the day Jake went to tech school but forgot his paperwork and his change of clothes for actual school and I met him in a gas station parking lot on his way from point A to point B. I gave him his signed paperwork and his clothes and like a normal 16 year old boy, he proceeded to change his clothes in the middle of the parking lot. Oh well. Mission accomplished.

Tuesday was Tyler’s turn. He forgot his work shirt at his dad’s house. When I asked him where it was and if it was clean, he replied, “in my room and maybe…lol”. In other words, who the hell knows where it is and you can bet your ass it’s not clean. I went to his dad’s house, found several unclean shirts and proceeded to do several loads of laundry. Wasn’t what I had planned for the day, laundry at the ex’s, but I will always do what is best for the kids. Granted I had just gotten out of bed when he texted me in the morning and off I went. Not really thinking ahead that I would have to drop off his work shirt at the school office looking like a crazed lunatic with a cockatoo perched on her head. That’s me. Just smile and act sane, nod and say have a nice day.

Wednesday, hmmm…what happened on Wednesday? Oh that’s the day I played plumber. I had a small drip in the upstairs bathroom sink. I went to Home Depot, bought the appropriate tools for the job and came home and fixed it. Yea right! It was not that easy! I went to Home Depot like 3 times and had to disassemble and reassemble the same thing about 6 times because I kept doing it wrong. I finally figured it out. I felt pretty good about myself as I stood up, hiked up my big girl panties (don’t want to leave the bathroom area with plumber’s crack) and went about my day. All is fixed…or is it. Dum dum dummmm…..

Thursday was my caretaker day. Kelsey had all 4 of her impacted wisdom teeth removed. Poor girl, she looked so sad but handled it like a champ. She rested a lot throughout the day. She was an easy patient. I got a call around 5 pm from Tyler that his car had broken down on an extremely busy road in the middle of an extremely busy intersection, and of course at rush hour. I called AAA and started the trek to get him. In the meantime, a few guys from a garage close by pushed him out of the intersection and into their parking lot. Convenient yes. But I really appreciated them getting him out of harms way.Kelsey and I brought him home and tried to make the best out of the night. He had to work the next day so he took my car.

Friday was a real kicker! Day started early with Tyler leaving at 6:30 am to go to work. Around noonish, I was in the downstairs bathroom and I noticed a bubble in the paint on the ceiling of the bathroom. This can only mean one thing…water leak. I am trying to think of where it can be coming from when I remember a few days back when I did my fancy plumbing repairs…oh shit! Up the steps I go! With one swipe, rip everything (cleaners, mouthwash, etc) from under the sink and find that the hot water valve is dripping…bad. Oh frig! I think to myself, maybe it just needs to be tightened, righty tighty, lefty loosy. whatever the hell that means. I was tightening it (or so I thought) when the valve shot off the pipe and steaming hot water was shooting straight out full power. I panicked, I cursed A LOT! I went to the basement to turn off the main water line. By this point there was about an inch of water all over the bathroom floor, with almost every towel from the linen closet now lining the floor. At about this point, I hear a lot of action downstairs. Turns out the water was also flowing through the ceiling into my laundry room and the downstairs bathroom. Not sure flowing is the right word, kind of like a torrential downpour inside my house. My clothes are soaked, every towel and rug is soaked and I am beyond frustrated. I waved the white flag, turned in my plumbers crack and called a real plumber. He came within 30 minutes and had it all fixed up. And of course, found out my main water valve is about to snap, that’s getting fixed on Tuesday. That excitement was followed by many loads of laundry. Good times! Oh wait,there’s more. My throat clearing and coughing got continuously worse through all of this to the point that I needed to go to urgent care on Friday night around 7 pm. Yup, bronchitis! A few more scripts added to the mountain and stating to feel better now.

Saturday morning brought a call from the garage about Tyler’s car. It would be done that afternoon. Good news! Bad news…it will be $634! Of course it will. But, at least it will be done. Tyler went out with some friends that night but Kelsey didn’t feel up to it. We took her out to dinner and she ordered soft food. She had to be sick of scrambled eggs, jello, pudding and broth. While we were sitting in the restaurant, I noticed my tube seemed wet. I thought my tea must have dripped on it. I dried it off and once again it was wet. I wasn’t dripping on it, my tube had cracked. It had to be replaced. Of course it did. So off to the hospital we went. They were unable to replace it that night because there wasn’t a doctor in Interventional Radiology to do it so they sent us with gauze pads, silk tape and told us to duct tape it. He actually said “Duct tape fixes everything”. Scary to hear an ER doc say that. Makes me glad I didn’t need anything more critical.

Sunday morning we went back to the hospital for my new tube, We got there at 8 as instructed and I was on a gurney in the hall outside of radiology until 10:30 am. I slept the entire time. Poor Tim, not so much. I think he just paced. I was finally taken in and had my new tube placed and was home by 12:30. Everyone was home that night so the day turned out to be a good one!

Today had been a day of rest for me, well after I make breakfast. I woke up to Jake at my door telling me we have a problem. The way this week has been, not what you want to wake up and hear. The problem was that I was asleep and he, Tyler and Kelsey were awake and wanted breakfast. Up and at ’em…bacon and pancakes for all. I love my kids! I took a long nap today. It was peaceful and felt so good.

I ask you…is it just me, or is my life just a tad on the crazy side? Wishing everyone a great week! See you next Monday!

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