I won't lie: I did not handle the earlier part of today well. It started out as one of those days where everything I touched, planned, fixed and/or adjusted would not work out.
There was the ongoing saga of trying to transfer prescriptions to Walgreens, thanks to my insurance no longer working with CVS. I've been at this a week already and well ... let's just say I'll be badgering doctors for new prescriptions for my family tomorrow, and they won't be getting filled at Walgreens. At least I was polite when I told them they suck--not even using the word 'suck.' Hey, there's enough hostility in the world. Still, lucky for them, their incompetence was only the first thing to annoy me today!
I had to pull weeds out of flowerbeds that should not have made their way through the sheeting below the mulch. Since my thumbs are far more interested in hitting the space bar than they are attempting to be green, this did not help my mood. I'm also not a perfect landscaping type person, so having to wrestle with nature to get it behave when I don't think it needs to do so in the first place, it frustrating. The story on why I need to do so is longer than my long day, so I'll spare you.
It didn't end there. A sticky spot on the carpet that would not come out soon followed. There was the fight with my mother over politics. (She started it.) Didn't notice my gas tank practically empty--perfect when running late. The 'Fall leaves' scent in the wax warmer I set going to put me in a happier mood made me queasy. So when I realized I had run out of milk for my mid-day coffee, I pulled out the mug that matched my personality of the moment: a crab.
About an hour later, I unexpectedly wound up on a phone call with the friend who gave me that mug and voila! My whole day turned around. Nothing like a good buddy with a great sense of humor and a sympathetic ear to open your heart and your mind. Afterwards, I said 'yes' to a board game with the kids, did some design and writing work to help hubby on a project, made pasta primavera, found the right stuff to get the stain out of the carpet and ... found a review on my newly released novel! (I am so excited! It sounds like the reader reallllly liked Galen!)
Looking back on the day, it's hard to believe the earlier part of it was today--it seems so long ago. Luckily the bad morphed into the good. Nope ... nothing like a friend to add a little light to a dreary day and turn it all around. By the time the tornado threat and warning to take shelter started blaring over the radio and TV this evening, I was cool as a cucumber, sheltering in the bathroom with the kids while all my daughter's native friends laughed at us on social media for being paranoid. Sure, laugh at the Northeasterners. Let's see those girls handle the subway rush hour in Manhattan. :)