Lately I have been having non-working days where I have no choice but to get everything done. I am looking forward to some down time this weekend, but until then, I forage on.
Our fridge stopped working last weekend. It's been making sad futile noises for a week now, so I was not surprised to find melted ice cubes in the freezer. We made do with a cooler on the deck (it's a high of 30, low of 10 here right now) but that's less than ideal. It keeps the milk from spoiling but wrecks the texture of the lunch meat.
This morning, after I sent the kids and A off to school/work, I went to the scratch and dent store where I had bought our non-working fridge almost exactly ten years ago. I followed the exact same procedure: scouted out the black/stainless fridges (there were four) and chose the one with the dent that would be covered by my calendar. When they asked when I'd like it delivered, I requested meekly, "Today?" and held my breath. By supreme coincidence, they were delivering an appliance to our neighbor at 10 am and could they drop off my fridge at 11, LESS THAN THREE HOURS FROM THEN? HELL YES. Sorry, I just couldn't believe my luck. Woo!
I picked up our wet dry vacuum (loose gasket) from the vacuum repair shop and the cat meds from the vet, then zipped back home to push the fridge out of the way and clean the wall and floor. I finished just in time to make my class at the Y. I got my butt kicked and was pulling into my driveway as the delivery guys finished with my neighbor and waved to me. Timing, baby.
I spent the next two hours throwing out the spoiled food, moving all the magnets/pictures to the new fridge, and figuring out what I needed to replace. I went grocery shopping and then to World Market for coffee syrup. They are having a "Moving! Everything Must Go!" sale, so the coffee syrup was almost gone. I picked up C from school and we got cat/dog food and looked at the animals to kill time while E and L were at Girls on the Run. We went back to get them a little early and she read her book to me as I knitted. E and L came out brimming with excitement that they had run half a mile today (cute!) and we picked up pizza on the way home.
We got home, ate, and I unloaded the groceries and put everything away. C colored while E and L did their homework and thankfully needed minimal supervision from me today. I packed lunches for tomorrow, bathed everyone, and put away laundry with L's help and encouragement. (Me, despairingly:"I don't WANT to put away laundry AGAIN." Her, comfortingly:"It's okay, Mom. I'll help!" and she did most of it.) I read stories and Harry Potter and tucked them all in. Now I am done and going to bed. 5:30 comes early.