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A long, strange day...

Monday, April 22, 2013

My day started normal with a dog walk. Cooper wasn't moving very fast, but we managed to walk 5.8 miles in just under 2 hours. But then normal stopped. When Coop and I got home I had a message from my elderly friend that I help out sometimes. It seems his friend is dying (a really nice woman), and the nurse at the hospital said that if he wanted to see her before she passed that he better visit today. He wanted to know if I could drive him to go see her. So, I got on the phone and tracked down my dad to see if I could borrow his truck for the afternoon. My dad was already at work, but agreed to bring the truck key to me outside (for some reason they don't allow dogs in the building). Coop and I walked over and got the key, then went to pick up my friend, Peter. On the way to pick him up I realized I had forgotten my wallet at home, so after picking up Peter we had to stop back at my place so I could grab my wallet. Managed that. Dropped the dog off with my mom and the nieces. Drove out to the hospital where his friend is. She is definitely on her way out. She hasn't eaten in days, and is on oxygen etc. After we left the hospital we stopped at Burger King. I was starving by then so I got a Whopper Jr. Dropped Peter at home, did a little shopping (strawberries and artichokes were on sale), then headed out to pick up my dog from the farm. Got most of the way there and got rerouted due to a major fire just down the road from my parents' house. Had to take the back roads to finally reach their house. Grabbed the dog. Then I had to go back on the little back roads to get back around the fire. I think I saw trucks and tankers from at least 5 fire departments already on scene, and I heard sirens approaching, so I don't know how many ended up on scene. Anyway... got home, unpacked the groceries, and my dad called to let me know he was done a little early. So, Coop and I set off to pick up my dad, but we got delayed by rescue trucks and police cars in the parking lot of my apartment building. Turns out there was an unattended death down on the ground floor. It happens. There are a lot of elderly residents in the building. Finally picked up my dad's truck, and decided to walk the dog home. Got home just in time to witness the funeral home workers bringing out the body. Then, I was taking out the garbage and one of my neighbors asked me if I was sick, and that was why I had lost so much weight. And to top it all off it is TOM, and I have cramps, bloating and a headache. I think, at this point, I deserve a beer. It just happens I have one bottle of Killian's Red in the fridge. I am going to kick back, read a book, snuggle with the dog and drink that sucker (and yes, I will track it!)!!

Needless to say I did not get to the gym today. Tomorrow is another day, though if the weather is this lovely again tomorrow I might run outside instead. Whatever. I will deal with tomorrow when it gets here.
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    What a day! I hope the cramps, headache, bloating disappear quickly! I hate that time of the month.
    1731 days ago
    It sounds like an emotionally exhausting day. I hope today was better.
    1732 days ago
    Not a strange day- a good deed day!
    1732 days ago
    That is a strange day! Hope you enjoyed your beer. You deserved it! :)
    1732 days ago
    Chandra- What a Day!--normal is a word tha I wish could be deleted- what does it really mean anyway? today definitely rates as anything but. you did get some fitness in (not much by your standards) but your heart got a workout on a whole different level- your compassion for Peter and willingness to help him get to say goodbye to his friend even if it meant letting go of your plans. I'm sure the stress of finding all those emergency response teams so close to your parents farm had your heart pumping too- and not letting it get to you that detours might not have fit your plans. the shock of finding your apartment lot filled with first responders- sorry about your neighbour passing btw-- you may not have known the person more than"hi" at the mailbox, or maybe better than that. and then the wellmeaning nosy neighbour comment "are you sick?" rather blunt, but hey , they noticed, and the question shows some level of concern that you are okay- given the death on the first floor, could understand how they would want to make sure you were okay-- ironic though, that someone who is exuding good health could make someone worry l ike that. Enjoy a restful eveniong and a good sleep. tomorrow is full of new adventures- and maybe even the gym emoticon
    1732 days ago
    Sounds like one of those days you say "Life Happens". It's good you can help out your friend. You did get a good walk in and that does make a big difference. Hope tomorrow goes smoother for you.
    1732 days ago
    Thank you so much for doing all the you do, and for helping out Peter. You totally rock. And after all that running around, I don't thing missing the gym one day is going to hurt you at all, nor the Killians. I hardly ever work out when aunt Flo is in town and kicking me in the stomach, I so understand that. You rock and you'll get there.
    1732 days ago
    It was good of you to help out where needed. And I agree with just calling this a rest day. You deserved the beer. Hope it was as good as you hoped!
    1732 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Life happened. So you didnt make it to the gym. You were able to help a friend at an impt time. File,it under a rest day
    1732 days ago
    1733 days ago
    *sigh* I get that question, have you been sick a lot. I'm sorry somebody said that to you.
    1733 days ago
  • GEMSTONE1952
    I agree, you had quite a day! You earned that R & R! emoticon
    1733 days ago
    My, you have had quite a day! Don't worry about not getting to the gym; you did lots of walking and thats got to count.

    Now it is time to kick back and relax a little. You've earned it. emoticon
    1733 days ago
    What a crazy day! You get brownie points for doing such wonderful things for people.

    You are a lovely person.
    1733 days ago
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