I'm not even going to bother telling you how busy I am and what I've been up to; you know. I don't want to let this space and y'all go though, so I'm just going to do a slice-of-life story.
Jury Duty. Nobody likes it, but you have to go. So, of course last week was getting prepared so if I did get picked . . . Tuesday is first day of a new mod, so LOTS of prep. And two classes. Oy. But I got ready.
Last year (yes, just last year!) I did this and rode in with my friend, Heidi Brown the attorney (I also have Heidi Brown the teacher) who works near the courthouse. I got released pretty early though and if I hadn't bummed a ride home from a woman I recognized from around "The Ranch," I would have been stuck for a good while. So I decided to drive myself this year and, in the interests of killing two birds with one stone, getting both exercise and cheap all-day parking, park a mile away and walk. I even wore my oh-so-comfortable, black, Born, wedge-heeled sandals (may they rest in peace) because they are dressy enough to wear to court (I feel you should not shlep to jury duty), but still walkable.
I am sure you can see where this is going. About one block in, the thong thingy broke. That combined that with the fact that even WITH a GPS I went in the wrong direction at one point (my directional deficit is so pronounced as to be a disability) made for a VERY long walk that was both decent exercise and led to some stoplight-waiting-conversations about how I looked young to have had a hip replacement.
I had lunch plans with Heidi who thankfully offered me what she described as "ugly mules in a size-too-large." Sold! I added two blocks to my hobble to her office by once again taking a wrong turn. Seems like I should have realized I wanted the blue dot to be getting closer to the red dot rather than further away, doesn't it?
The mules were serviceable and a good reason for choosing function over form, which made the walk to the cute little cafe with the delicious quiche actually enjoyable. After FINALLY getting released (it should not have been such an annoyance that the wi-fi reset hourly, but it was). Also, I saw this Deputy being very respectful as he dealt with this clearly mentally ill man--though the man did have some spot on complaints about racist police departments. I do think this deputy was a good guy, though--he had a very calming, de-escalating demeanor.
I finally got released at 2:15 and In a miraculous turn of events, I not only found my car, but the Ross downtown that I'd made note of in the morning. 15 minutes later I had four potential shoe replacements and an adorable crocheted blouse, all for $97.
So that was jury duty.
I could use some good juju for this cutie.
We seem to have had a recurrence of the Evan's Syndrome she had four years ago. This time we knew her wobbliness was serious and Mr. Fix-it took her in first thing this morning as soon as we noticed. They've started her on steroids and she'll go back in a couple of days for bloodwork. We are prepared this time that we might have to make a tough decision, but it's still sad. She responded well to medication last time, so fingers crossed.
That's the snapshot from today--now off to visit you all. Sorry about all the snow!