Today was an ordinary day on the outside.
The Monday alarm went off at the same time a thunderstorm rolled in, so I rolled over and went back to sleep.
Once at work, I struggled through my to-do list and, as usual, it became obvious that I would end my day with 80% of the tasks marked "waiting".
Irritated, I left work early, to run an errand. I will get back to the errand in a moment.
Once the errand was complete, I headed home, worked out, showered and was in my pajamas by 5:30pm. Jeff was starting dinner, Jack was out with a friend, and Max was....
Well...Max was fighting off the 2 "allergy pills" that Jeff gave him. Turns out they weren't allergy pills, at least not the usual go-about-your-business-and-feel-better pills, but the nobody-read-the-label-knock-you-out-bc-max-can't-even-do-one-Benadryl pills.
I sat in my rocker and stared at the rush hour traffic floating by my house. I am sitting here now.
I struggle to edit my thoughts enough to make this an interesting read. So much LIFE has happened in the past 20 years that led to today's errand. Each one could be its very own post, if not its own book.
I choose one short moment.
An afternoon in the summer of 2011....
Our air conditioner went out in the heat of the Memphis summer. Barely living check-to-check, and up to our ears in debt, we did without air for 2 weeks.
One afternoon, I was lying flat on the hardwood living room floor in a sports bra and shorts, and deciding to become a nudest.
It was too hot to cry. It was too hot to care. It was too hot to....be.
I was done.
It was time to get a job.
How could I continue to be the mom I wanted to be?
How could I continue to homeschool?
How could I go back to work?
I somehow did all 3.
I don't do it as well as I would like, but today's errand was worth the past 3 years of migraines, sleep deprivation, Jeff working away from home, not-so-clean house, to-do lists undone, weekends of lesson plans and grading....
Today, I went to the bank and paid off our last bit of debt.
For the first time in 20 years, we are debt free and our evening rolls on without fireworks, parades, or horns.
And without that heavy feeling....
Thanks to Jeff! His mad budget skills got us here.
I would be home in 2 hours, if it weren't for all the "wide load"s traveling I40, with me.
A long silo (can't imagine how it gets on and off the interstate ramps)
Two long crane lattice booms
I finally hit a break in traffic so I set my cruise control at 5 over the speed limit and turned up my I Tunes: Carli Simon, Your So Vain.
I looked toward the east bound traffic across the median and noticed some smoke trailing behind a semi...
in a matter of seconds-
The truck cab stopped
The trailer swung ahead and flipped the entire semi truck on its side, blocking the entire eastbound side of the interstate
A tire flew out from under the trailer
Hit the middle of the median and bounced straight for my car
I grabbed the steering wheel
The tire rolled in front of me, rolled between my car and the car that was slightly diagonally in front and to the left
I drove white knuckled, butt clenched, and bug eyed for the next few miles.
My body began to relax slightly and traffic began to slow because of another "wide load".
This was becoming the longest 2 hour drive home.
Traffic began to jam as a result of not being able to pass this "wide load" that I had not been able to see...
I finally got a glimpse between truck trailers and could not imagine what it might be.
I slowly tailed the tall semi in front of me.
I smelled stank and pushed the air recycle button. The air began to clear and my thoughts searched for the source of the garden smell.....
Something was hitting my windshield.
I took off my sunglasses and leaned forward, focusing on the debris hitting my windshield. Is that....huh....that looks like shh....
....my eyes adjusted to long distance focus and noticed a large animal moving at the top of the semi trailer.
I saw the girafcow...
Or a double decker cow transporter...
But I am going with the tall girafcow...
It stuck its head out the top and sniffed the air.
"Yes, your crap is hitting my windshield"
The traffic began to pass the odd "wide load". I moved around the girafcow trailer and saw it...
A REAL UFO....
My 2 hour trip turned into 2 1/2 hours.
Suddenly the sky formed a dark blue gray cloud shelf shooting lightening to the ground. It was several miles ahead of me so I enjoyed the changing sky.
The sky went black
The rain poured
The wind blew me off course
The water started to rise on the road
The traffic came to a complete stop
.....and golf ball sized hail pelted my car
Gripping the steering wheel tight and stiffening my back and shoulders, I began to laugh...
This has been the most bizarre road trip!
as suddenly as it started
With black skies behind and light ahead, I entered Memphis
And the bizarre that is a comforting familiarity
The twerking, singing guy- sing/reading a newspaper
But not before the VW in front of me came to a complete stop at the I40/240/Sam Cooper fly over....she took the wrong exit and decided to think about it....at a complete stop....on Sam Cooper Blvd...
I ran errands around Memphis for a few hours.
when I finally stopped to grab dinner, Max called. He needed to be picked up from church. He wasn't feeling well.
9pm- finally relaxing