Today started off with a series of unfortunate events. Or do I mean a comedy of errors? I am not sure which.
Claire was up in the middle of the night coughing and feverish, and this morning I decided to keep her home. She crawled into bed with me and went back to sleep, and at around 7:30 she woke back up and said, "But what about N?"
N. is her best friend. We were supposed to pick her up this morning on our way to school.
So I yelled "Yikes!" and threw on some clothes, asked Bob (who was getting ready to leave for work) to wait 10 minutes until I could get back home, jammed a baseball hat on my head, and went flying down the street to pick up N. and take her to school. (It is a pleasure to do this. She is a delightful little girl.)
But somehow I started daydreaming, and before I knew it, I was at the school. Without N. Just me in the car.
So I zoomed back around and got her, dropped her at school, made it home, and released Bob to go to work.
Then I turned around and spilt an entire cup of coffee on the living room rug, and I cleaned that up best I could and then walked into our bedroom, where I discovered the dog was busy throwing up on our bed. (That has never happened before.) So I stripped the bed and got the sheets washing,
Then I remembered that I hadn't texted Becky (who was teaching Bible study this morning) to tell her I wouldn't be there because Claire was home, so I sent a text at about 9:25 (Bible study starts at 9:30) and I am hoping she got it in time.
Then I called Claire's doctor to see if I could get her in today. The only appointment the doctor's office had was twenty minutes from when I called, and the doctor's office is about 20 minutes away, so Claire quickly threw clothes on, brushed teeth, etc., and we zoomed over to the doctor's, and then waited almost an hour until we were seen. (Our appointment was for 9:50, we got there at 9:50, and we saw the doctor at 10:45.)
Claire took a peak flow test and got a 160 when she's supposed to have a 320, so they gave her a breathing treatment. When it was over, the nurse said the doctor would be in in ten or fifteen minutes to see if it had worked. They apparently forgot we were in there waiting, and I fell asleep and Claire read her book. Fifty minutes later I went out in the hallway and just happened to see her doctor, who seemed to remember us, vaguely, and came in.
The doctor had sent a prescription for an inhaler and some other stuff to our pharmacy, so we stopped to get it on the way home. The pharmacist said they hadn't received the prescription. So I called the doctor's office and was on hold for fifteen minutes, and then finally got someone, and she re-phoned the prescription in.
When I went to pick up the medicine again, I found out that the reason they hadn't given it to us the first time was because the pharmacist had misunderstood the name.
It wasn't that bad though, really. These are minor inconveniences in the overall scheme of life. :) And I bought Claire a Shamrock Shake from McDonald's (across the street from the pharmacy) while we were waiting, and she told me this great joke I hadn't heard before while we were hanging out:
Claire: How can you tell if an elephant is sitting in front of you at the movies?
Me: I don't know. How?
Claire: You can't see the screen.
So now we're home, and Claire is sitting in her bed reading National Geographic Kids, and I am sitting in the chair in her room, and it is quite pleasant. We are hiding in here with the dog and the cat, too, because the contractors are here paving our front porch with brick. They had to jackhammer the front step first, and that part was loud. But it is going to be so nice when it's done. I am very thankful for that, and not having to paint that old porch every year.
Here is a verse I really like:
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.