Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Here's Goin' Crazy With You, Man

1.  I swear to you, I'm going bloody crazy.  For some reason, I have no idea what the date is.  And when I say that, I'm not just a week or so off, I'm months off.  I've been after Husband since last week to get his car's state inspection done because it expired today.  Then, on the way to work, I was looking at my own, thinking about how grateful I was that I had all the way until October before I had to cough up the cash to get it done.  The more I stared, the more I thought something was off.  Turns out my inspection expired October 2011.  It didn't even occur to me.  Then, a friend told me she was going to graduate from college in December and I thought, "That soon?!  Didn't you just start?  How can you only have two months left?"  Apparently my brain is stuck back in mid-2011.

2.  What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you?  My stomach had been feeling kind of iffy all morning, so when I arrived at my client's house, I asked (for the very first time) to use her bathroom.  I couldn't find the light.  So, I went in the dark.  And I was siiiiiick.  When I finished my business, I tried to flush the toilet and guess what?  Just guess.  No water.  Yeah.  The city was doing some work down the street and they didn't know when they would turn the water back on.  Let it suffice to say that it didn't come back on before my client's mother entered the bathroom.  It's not like I could blame it on my client - she's wheelchair bound.  I almost cried, I was so horrified.

3.  You know the most important thing I learned this week?  If you think you have nothing and are really, really down in the dumps, it's not hard to find someone with even less than you have.  When you hear their stories and look through their cupboards to literally find nothing, it makes you feel like an ungrateful wretch.  And richer than you ever thought possible. Just as a side note, the person I was talking to is disabled and lives on government support.  For her food stamp allotment, she gets $111/month.  She has to feed two people on that.  That's like $1.85/person/day.  How can she be expected to live?  People spend three times that on their morning coffee.

4.  I'm reading a book series by Robin Hobb.  It's pretty good.

5.  Husband taught Carolyn that she has to show us what she wants now.  She grasped that concept pretty quickly - about every three minutes or so, she's grabbing our hands and trying to drag us into the kitchen for bites of cheese.  She'll stand in front of the refrigerator saying, "A bite, a bite, a bite?!" until you think you'll go mad from hearing it.

1 comment:

Rondi said...

When my parents lived in New Jersey in Senior Citizen house viillage, they knew of people who actually ate cat and dog food because they didn't get enough government assistance. And those dear people payed all their taxes in their lifetimes. Go figure.