Well, when I woke up this morning, I was sorry. I had nausea and stomach cramps from sun poisoning, which of course means that it would have been better for me to stay asleep! It was frustrating because I was so careful about staying in the shade yesterday, yet I still got a sunburn and sun poisoning too.
I can hardly remember the days when the sun was my friend. My kids have grown up thinking that swimming just doesn’t happen between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. unless it’s very heavily overcast. Over the years, I’ve learned to adapt my behavior so as to avoid feeling like I felt today, so I’m always kind of outraged when my precautions don’t work. Thank goodness it has been a mild case–in addition to the stomach symptoms I had some fever and chills this afternoon, but the monster headache which normally joins the party never showed up, and for that I am very grateful, believe me.
I would like to say that the sun poisoning was the only problem with the day, but I’d be lying. Last night when I was getting the last of Lina’s boxes ready to mail, I ran out of packing tape, and this morning I didn’t have time to make a separate trip to buy some, so I bundled the boxes into the back of the van along with the microscope, bundled Jasper into the van along with all the supplies we’d need for the day, and took off for Dollar General.
When I pulled my purse out of my big blue plastic basket (where I had all my stuff), it was wet. Really wet. As I dashed into the store I told Jasper to check and see if my water bottle had somehow leaked.
I got the packing tape and some gluten-free snacks for my lunch, and then stood behind the van taping and addressing boxes. While I was doing this I found out that my water bottle was fine, but that Lucy’s water bottle, which had been tossed into my basket without my knowledge, had leaked all over everything. My Kindle was wet. My book was wet. My knitting and yarn were wet. My notebook with my tutoring materials was wet. All my tissues had disintegrated. There was half an inch of water in the bottom of the basket. It was pretty demoralizing.
I had Jasper pour the water out and put the basket upside down to drain. Then it was off to the post office, where for the second day in a row my (perfectly good) credit card was declined. The poor clerk ran it twice both days and was very sympathetic, but of course I had to use my debit card instead.
I was still pretty damp when I got up to Robin’s place, thanks to my purse dripping all over me at the store and the post office. Sitting down to tutor was actually a welcome relief.
As I pulled out of Robin’s driveway to head up to the farm, I saw to my dismay that both of my gas tanks were on empty. I stopped to fill up at a gas station on the way, only to have my (perfectly good) debit card declined, which meant I had to go inside and prepay and that made us late. Grrr!
The girls had their lab and I had my nap on the couch. At least today I had the excuse of being sick with sun poisoning! Lucy felt like she had got some good pictures so that is good.
The final straw was arriving home and finding out that Walter’s contract was truly lost. Initially, it was clear that the contract had been terminated due to a dispute between the owner of the company and Walter’s business partner. The owner didn’t want to punish Walter for something that wasn’t his fault, so he asked him to submit a bid to do the cleaning on his own (not as part of the cleaning company’s business). It sounded like he really wanted to work it out so that Walter could keep cleaning there, and we were pretty optimistic that it would work out, but today Walter was notified that after Monday the contract is over.
I’m glad I haven’t been worrying about it, because that would have been pointless, but at the same time it’s kind of hard not to start worrying now. This is going to seriously impact our standard of living and our budget for the final quarter of this year. I guess now we need to pray for a new contract . . .
And finally, just when I thought the day had spent its malice, Jasper needed me to help him review his questions for the Bible quiz tomorrow. I was more than happy to do it. The only problem was that I could not find the book with all the questions and answers. I thought I knew exactly where it was. It wasn’t there. I looked other places. I tore my bedroom apart, rifled through the living room, the dining room, and my desk. It got later and later. I sent Jasper to take his shower and kept looking. I felt like the worse parent on earth. I wanted to crawl in a hole and weep. After everything else that happened today, how could I fail at finding a stupid book?
I took a deep breath and prayed a short, desperate prayer. “Lord, please help me find that book. Show me where it is.” I walked back into the living room (which I had already searched). I saw two books upside down over near the TV. I picked up the first one and underneath it was THE book I needed. Well that was a quick answer to prayer! Jasper went to bed late, but we did go through all of his questions and I think he’ll do just fine. Whew!
Tomorrow’s going to be crazy, but that’s okay because Flynn is coming!