Wednesday, March 01, 2006

My Big Adventure in the City

Well I survived my visit to the city, but realized I hate commuting, cell phones and crowds. My country life and age are showing. I was up at 2:45am, far from wide eyed and bushy tailed, but I needed at least a little time for make-up. An hour in disabled time gets you, a little make-up, your clothes put on with wedgie, by a hurried husband and no coffee, so I can hold my pee for two hours. I did not get to sleep until 9:00pm the night before because my routine was changed. I normally fall asleep first with the tv on due to my drugs, but Dave decided to turn the tv off so we could fall asleep early. Very bad idea! Dave must have that RLS (restless leg syndrome) because for an hour every five minutes his legs were moving. Thank goodness I’m usually asleep first or I’d be in another room each night. I swear he gets more exercise in that hour than he would get in a run around the block. I think it’s why he can’t fall asleep right away.

The drive went well because I slept through most of it. I know, a lousy copilot, but no coffee and the heater got to me. I kept thinking where did all these cars come from and do they all have these horrible hours. I’m thinking one more check mark on the "disable perk" side of my chart. Great parking alone was just not doing it for me anymore. My daughter was in the Jack in the crack parking lot ON TIME. Monumental for Shell to be up at five, because with her job she went to bed right before I got up. I was disappointed she brought her boyfriend with her, but I’m flexible and there was a reason.

Let me start this next part by saying my daughter drives like a raging maniac. She has this VERY old Honda Civic that feels like your butt’s riding an inch from the street, your face is in the windshield and it’s a stick. In the city there are cars darting in and out, people stopping to turn and everyone is speeding. I was a mess! I now need a Loreal touch-up. We get to Starbucks in record time, they bought me a white chocolate mocha, my favorite treat, I wore most of it just getting out of the parking lot with her driving (Jake had to hold mine due to my speed racer). We get to her first apartment with walker, coffee and extreme relief of still being alive. When I see them approach a very huge steep set of stairs. They kept the mountain climbing information off the itinerary on purpose, but my face gave them the Kodak moment of the day. I made it up the stairs because I just had to see it. It was a nice place, but it was full of cast off junk. The mom in me did my best impression of "it’s so cosy." Hey, she’s not living with her alcoholic father, this place was a palace to me. The rolling tool box as a dresser was kind of cute!

We went to I-Hop, my favorite place, we don’t have one in the country. We then went to a movie, but to me you would need a road map and guide to find your flick. It was HUGE! We took these pictures there and saw "Eight Below." My new favorite movie, just bring tissues and expect to look like crap the rest of the day. Jake then headed off to work and Michelle and I picked up a housewarming gift to make her first place a home. Yes, more mountain climbing, in the rain no less, back to the apartment. We made it cosier and had a good heart to heart. She let me know she brought Jake along because she wants me to get to know him better, I guess they are getting serious. She wants to leave the state, which I think is a must if she wants to go back to school. The cost of living here is too high. I saw cell phones in most cars, the restaurant, the movie and walking in the store. My daughter was the worst offender. It rang all day . . . Geesh! She took me back to meet Dave and we did kisses and hugs for a long time. The timing with her PMS worked out well. It turned out to be a great day!


Tabor said...

I can remember when my interior decorating on a newly-wed budget was an me at least. I am sure to parents it looked pretty much like make-do or Tuesday's trailer trash sale. But that decorating was the most fun, because it demanded my creativity and inspiration. It wasn't something out of a magazine. So glad your time with your daughter was just right...prescious time.

tara dawn said...

I'm so glad you had a nice day with Michelle, though it definitely sounds tiring. I am sure you slept well afterwards:)
By the way, this song "Because of You" is one of my favorites...touches me so deeply, too deeply on some days.
I'm stuck in bed sick at the moment, but as soon as I'm back on my feet, I'll be sending you a little something...special surprise:)
Sending my love,
Tara Dawn

Bedazzzled1 said...

I will read this entry shortly, but I wanted to tell you I will gladly send you the song, What It's Like if you wish. I don't have an email address for you to automatically send it! (Oh, I see you have Because of You as your song in here...I LOVE that song!) Let me know if you'd like me to forward the song. ::hugs::

ann marie simard said...

Hi Tammy and thanks for your warm welcome to Write Words! Nice that you have been reading my writing. Now it's reciprocal!

We have a lot in common. I have MS, I know it is not ALS, but the same family so to speak. I have RLS too and have to take parkinson's meds for that. I have found more health and the ability to walk well recently. Writing helps, multitasking helps, even coffee to fight Tegretol side effects.

Sorry, I did not come here to whine but to say HI! Nice to meet you!

Ann Marie

Bedazzzled1 said...

You sure can tell a story and have the reader feel as though she is part of it. I was cracking up from your descriptions. What a fun and funny day you had. Sure seems like your daughter is typically a kid of this day and age.

I am happy you had a nice time.

::big hugs::

emmapeelDallas said...

I'm so glad you had a great day with Michelle. She sounds like she's getting her act together, and that's great!



betty said...

you had me in stitches describing your chaotic ride with Michelle. Hoping you did get to enjoy some of that Starbucks coffee and it wasn't all wasted on your clothing. I have heard Eight Below is a good sad movie. All in all, seems like a good adventurous day!


V said...

I`m glad you had such a sharing day with Michelle!

Chris said...

I love your satire, so funny. And your humorous way of telling this story was great!

I LOVE IHOP too. Hmmmm maybe I'll head that way before it gets crowded:)

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ckays1967 said...

Don't you love movies that you know are going to be tear jerkers???

I can't wait!!

I am so glad you had a good day with Michelle although I keep seeing the baby picture of her in my mind.

Chin up, you did the stairs!

I avoid them at all costs.