Thank you, Lord, for the beautiful weather. But the rest of the day has been pretty crappy. I wasn’t supposed to have a photo session this morning because I didn’t have a babysitter for Parker, but it was so gorgeous outside that I convinced P to let me drop him off at the drop-in childcare place so I could go take pictures for an hour. Well, my two-year-old client decided that he was in no mood for pictures, so we had to cut his session short, and I even refunded their session fee (that’s the first time that I’ve ever had to do that). Then I picked up the boy, paid the childcare place, and we headed down to Hobby Lobby to get a frame assembled that one of my clients had ordered. Get this. The guy at Hobby Lobby broke the corner of the frame off while he was putting the back on… no kidding. So now I have to go back to the frame company and see if they can give me a deal on a new one. After Hobby Lobby, we had to run to Costco for a few things. I figured we would pick up a piece of pizza for lunch on the way out (it was almost noon by this time). You guessed it, the food service at Costco was closed for remodeling.
After we finished running all of our errands, Parker and I were both starving and I really had to go to the bathroom. However, I decided I’d rather hold it until I got home than drag him into a public restroom. And the ONE time in my life that I fought the urge to drive through a fast-food restaurant… we started on the ramp to the interstate and got a FLAT TIRE. There we were. Tired and hungry, with no food in the car. Stuck on the interstate ramp. And I had to pee.
I searched that vehicle up and down for an old baggie of Cheerios or a stale goldfish. I found nothin’.
Parker and I would first like to thank USAA for their roadside assistance program. We would also like to thank the five total strangers who stopped to check on us during the 90 minutes that we were watiing for the roadside assistance to show up. Finally, we would like to thank the people who make Pez candy, for without it in my camera bag, we would have wasted away.
Tomorrow will be better, right? Otherwise, I’m just going to stay in bed.
Parker couldn’t wait to tell Torin all about our flat tire when she got off the bus this afternoon. As soon has he told the story about our flat tire, Torin said, “Well, GUESS WHAT… the FIRE TRUCK came to our school and we had to stay outside all morning and we were so good that Miss Pullen gave us each THREE PENNIES when we got back inside!!!”
The fire truck beats the tow truck, so I think Torin wins.
(Note: I verified Torin’s story with another parent, and it was accurate. Apparently there was a brush fire behind Torin’s school this morning and the school’s ventilation system was sucking all the smoke in, so the fire alarms went off and the kids did indeed spend the morning outside sitting on the ground.)