Things have been kinda suckish around here for the last week or so. I've been trying to trudge through these obstacles without completely losing my mind. So,in order to maintain my own sanity, it boiled down to daily survival. If it wasn't air, water and (sometimes) food, then I let it go. Well, I took care of the kids, too...when my brain wasn't exploding.
To help you understand what we've gone through, here's just a hint of the things that happened in less than a week:
1 - My hubby applied for a job in Australia a few months ago, then landed two interviews in the last month, was essentially a shoe-in...only to find out last week that someone else was selected for the position. This was the opportunity of a lifetime for him...and would have been a dream come true for me. But, alas, it wasn't mean to be. *cries a little*
2 - That same day only a few hours later, one of the agents I've been working with for over a year on two manuscripts, sent me the dreaded email. After all that time and revision, the agent was going to pass. Something about the agent decided not to take on anymore clients..."It's not you, it's me."...but honestly, I didn't hear much after I saw the word, NO.
3 - The very next day, my car broke down.
4 - Two days after that, Hubby's car broke down.
And this is a story by itself!
Kind stranger towed car to nearest parking lot. Hubby then called tow truck - only to find that 200 ft away there was a garage. Mechanic coasted car to garage. Mechanic couldn't locate problem said it would take 8 hours to diagnose problem - at a mere labor cost of $100 an hour.
Deciding this mechanic must be a crook, we called our trusted mechanic who had our car towed to his shop. Only to learn 8 hours later, after completely disassembling the engine, that he couldn't find the problem either.
We decide to call car dealer, just for giggles and grins. Maybe they've seen our mysterious engine problem before.
BINGO! The computer on our vehicle had been recalled! So the car dealer would cover our towing expenses and do the repair for free. After 4 days without a vehicle, we had our car back in one hour! WOOT!
Of course the trusted mechanic had spent about 3-4 hours of labor on our vehicle trying to diagnose the problem, as well as taking apart and reassembling the engine. Thankfully he only charged us for one hour of labor!
It was really a good thing that our situation was turning around, because I couldn't have handled anything more after all that.
Then it continued to get better....
My daughter came home from school and announced she was cast as the understudy for the role of Little Kangaroo in her school's production of Seussical the Musical! This was probably the brightest part of my entire day! Seeing her happy and beaming was the best thing I could have asked for.
I really hope last week is behind me and that the better things this week will be a sign of what's to come. Someday maybe I'll even be able to laugh about it. Not there yet....but someday!
So as you can imagine, it's been quite the week. And one I won't soon forget - for better or worse.