Monday, January 19, 2009

At Your Service

I originally was going to title this post "Mary Poppins and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day(s)," but I'm trying to focus on the positive. Let's just say that in the last 4 days, everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong. Some highlights (just to name a few):
1. On Friday afternoon, waiting with my children for 2 hours at the pharmacy while my insurance company tried to fix a clerical error they made a few months ago that does not allow us to get prescriptions filled. Due to the long holiday weekend, the issue is still unresolved and we're still waiting to get Una's prescription. Luckily we're no longer forced to wait at the pharmacy. Even more luckily, it's not some urgent medication, like insulin, that she needs.
2. Making not one, but two trips to the car repair place to fix a problem that wasn't fixed properly the first time. Since Bert's not around this required the use of two different friends who helped me transport the cars (thank you D and K).
3. Hitting black ice on the freeway and spinning completely out of control into another lane entirely. Both the car and I emerged unscathed (but just barely). I narrowly missed getting hit by a large 4 wheel drive truck and a semi. Luckily I was alone and did not have my kids in the back seat. I can only imagine how traumatizing that would be for them.
And people, those are just a few of the highlights. It's been a constant stream of misfortune here at the Poppins household since Thursday afternoon. But as I said, I'm keeping this positive, so back to the "At Your Service" Post.
Today is national service day. I hope this isn't the first time you're hearing about it. Since Bert's out of town and I've got sole custody of the kids until he gets back later this week (much later, unfortunately), I haven't been able to go anywhere to do a service project out in the community. I have yet to find a terrific community service project to do with two kids in tow. Some places require that children be at least 16 years of age and other places wouldn't really be a suitable environment for Una and Duet. I did notice that a lot of organizations in my area are holding food and clothing drives for the needy, so I decided to participate that way. Una helped me choose some clothing and canned goods to donate and off we went. No, we weren't out there mingling with others in our community, but considering the two limitations I have, I think we've done pretty well for ourselves.
Join in the fun. The day's not over yet. Happy serving!


Aubrey said...

Col and I took the girls to a service project at Martin Luther King Jr. High School (fitting, eh?). It was for all ages and was really fun for the kids. Three cheers for a service day!

Maren Hansen said...

I remember looking every time we moved to find some sort of shelter or I and A could serve at. She was particularly hip on the idea of an animal shelter. There has been NOWHERE that I've lived that would allow me to bring anyone younger than 12, and most places said 16. Sad, eh?

Mrs Furious said...

Yikes I'm glad you didn't get hurt!!!! I hit black ice once and it was traumatizing!

amydear said...

Three cheers for the good attitude! Sorry for the misfortunes. I just did a hat/scarf/glove drive with the gals from church. We got a ton of knitted and crocheted hats! We're taking them to a local shelter on Wednesday. We have a goal to do a family service project once a month. I'm really enjoying getting out in the community. Have a great day tomorrow. Can't wait to hear your report.

Angie said...

Wow, I'm sorry that things have been so crazy for you guys. Sounds like when Bert gets back you need a girls night out. Hopefully things will turn around and I am so happy that you can away from the black ice incident unscathed.

Steve and Kenna said...

Happy to hear you are ok. Good thing the kidos were not with you.

Mary Poppins said...

aubrey--service for kids! col struck gold!

maren--i've had no luck either. maybe next year i'll try to organize something myself.

mrs. f--i'm sorry you had to go through that too. traumatic, indeed.

amydear--good for you! i want to hear about some of your monthly family service project ideas.

angie--so ready. let's do it.

kenna--thanks. it's truly a miracle i'm alive.