Hi Siblings!! Wow...today was INSANE. The grocery store around the corner from us is turning into a different chain, and today was their last day of being open before closing for 2 weeks and opening as the new store. So they had 50% off of EVERYTHING. And I didn't know it, but they opened an hour early. So I get there with the kids right at 8:00 and it was PACKED and not a basket or shopping cart to be found. So we waited by the cart return...but nothing was coming back...finally, some guy brings his cart back and I'm ready, standing right there, and some lady shouts from across the square and asks him for the cart...he was 10 feet away from me, she can see me standing there waiting patiently....as can the man. If it would have been ME, I would have told her no, that these other people were first, but he just turned around and walked off to where she was standing. I ended up having to just follow someone with a full cart to their car and wait until they had unloaded. Then as I was walking back from the parking lot to the store, someone tried to take the cart out of my hands and she says "I'd like this cart please" and I said "sorry...I just got it myself and I haven't been in the store yet." But if you didn't basically accost people, you couldn't get your hands on a cart. So we get inside and it's a ZOO...you could hardly maneuver through the aisles, people were just standing in the middle of aisles and not going anywhere, taking their time and not moving to the side as they browsed so that other people could get through. They were pushing even small children over in their attempts to get where they wanted to go. Then the people who were in line to check out wouldn't let anyone past them, even to get to the next aisle, because they were afraid that you would try to cut in front, and there WERE a lot of people just cutting in front wherever they could. But the lines to check out went all the way to the back of the store. I was trying to get around a corner to get to the last aisle and couldn't get through, so I just went around back and got in the line...and stood there a good 45 minutes before it went anywhere. This one woman in a wheelchair asked to get past me, so I moved aside, she goes past and continues shopping...then 30 minutes later she tries to get in line in front of me. She KNOWS I've been in the line for at least 30 minutes and she thinks she can just bypass everyone so she doesn't have to wait. And the shelves were practically empty. I had a list of things to stock up on, like dishwasher blocks, baking supplies, juice...I had like...10 things on my list and the only thing they weren't out of was soup...they had 2 cans. So I bought them. I also grabbed the last few bottles of sprite zero, the last couple of jars of half-fat mayo, and the last few cans of tuna...all for my husband. Well..we'll all use the sprite and the kids will use the mayo, too, though I don't. But almost everything was gone. It was so crazy! I almost gave up and just left the store. They had security there to make sure no one could leave without paying. I decided I had already been waiting for a while, I didn't want it to be a complete waste of time, so I stuck it out. Hubs would have probably never even gone in. He doesn't have anywhere NEAR the patience I have. But I was SOOOO glad to be out of there!!! And tonight I will have my reward for patience by going out to eat with the other first sopranos. A nice evening of good food and fun, kid free. After swimming lessons.
Yesterday Bug had the first 2 of her 9 cavities filled. She was a total super star! She didn't even flinch at the needle. Her poor little face was lopsided for most of the day from the anesthetic. But she was such a trooper!
Then in the afternoon we went to physical therapy for MM. I found the whole process fascinating. Last year he had to be checked out, too, but he wasn't behind enough to get it covered. But now his teachers asked again because it's affecting his writing. And because I was worried about his swimming, bike riding, etc I asked him to check that, too. It turns out he can move each limb pretty well on it's own, but if they have to move independently of each other, he can't do it. So swimming, where you are kicking with the legs and doing something different with your arms, is REALLY hard for him. He can't make them do something different. And riding a bike is the same...steer with the hands and pedal with the legs...and then also brake with the hands...he can't do everything at the same time and he ends up falling over even with training wheels. And he doesn't have the movement in his wrist to guide a pencil. He uses his whole arm, so he can't make small motions. Nor can he move his fingers independently. He uses two hands to do things most people do one handed. So physical therapy it is! Kind of neat, though...I made a comment about how interesting I found it all and he said I can come with MM to appointments and watch if I wanted. Most kids just get taken out of the class...he goes to the school, takes certain kids out and works with them, then brings them back. But he said we can just as easily do it after school so I can come watch and also learn things to do with him at home. I guess not many parents want to take the time to take their kids to therapy or to work with them themselves...they just want him to fix the problem with no inconvenience to them. Kind of sad, but it works out for me.
So...that's my week so far. What is everyone else up to?
Sean, hope you are feeling better. Tea with some lemon and honey in it should help. The lemon will cut through the gunk in your throat and the honey will soothe. Honey is also a natural antibiotic, so it can help prevent it turning into a bacterial infection if you are prone to sinus infections. Yogurt is also a natural antibiotic and usually feels pretty good on the throat, though if your sinuses react to dairy, it can sometimes cause more phlegm to build up.
Lynne, how did work go? Did you get things done?
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