Monday, October 31, 2011

Another Day of Cleaning and Time to Go Home

It is amazing what we accomplished in the last two days.  Things are put away, laundry is done, groceries are bought and things are looking good.

The weather today was great but first thing we were good cleaning bees and got back to being busy cleaning and organizing while waiting for the best guy in the world to come by with a car and take us to Target.  We bought all kinds of necessary things including a zillion hangars. But the big thrill for this small town girl was the shopping cart escalator.  Really?  That's what I said when I asked Emily how we got upstairs with the shopping cart.  Here is the proof.  Yes, I don't know anyone here so why not take a picture?
Once back "home" we were right back at it and I got to assemble a bunch of crates - oh joy - I am so good at anything mechanical.  Several swears later it was done.  Em wanted to go to Pilates again thank goodness so I got another run in, this time on a stunningly gorgeous day. What a great day for MCM especially after yesterday.  I took the same run since I love it and it was the right amount of time.  The Lincoln Memorial was much more crowded than yesterday.

I was happy with my run.  I feel like I have been talking a lot about how I like the run once I am done but the runs I have had here I have loved while I have been running.  Maybe loved is a stretch for yesterday but Friday and today were great. They felt good and I just had such joy during the runs.

New day new place

I didn't get a run in this morning - Em and I went for a quick breakfast instead.  But the taxi drove along my run route.  (  I have my own run route in DC. I love it. I love knowing where I am a lot of the time!)
Now I'm waiting at the airport after having both my bags thoroughly searched.  They didn't like the tube of Nunn hiding in my bag!  But I'll forgive them because they now have free Internet at National Airport!  I won't be sitting here long  before I have to board to fly to NYC to sit for a much longer time where the Internet isn't free.  A direct flight would have gotten me home so much quicker but getting here and back a harder way hands down beat not coming.   I'm glad I could come help Emily.  I don't think - truthfully - she could have done it without me. There was a lot of moving and lifting that you just can't do with crutches.  I don't see friends hanging in for the whole weekend needed.  I HATED leaving this morning - would like to stay for the whole month she is on crutches. I did get one more load of laundry done and folded - a simple task that is not so simple right now.  I wanted to buy her a 12 pack of diet coke as she was craving it and it is too much to carry (you think) but I ran out of time.  I needed to get to the airport for the extended bag search.  I got a text from her that she dropped her breakfast on the Metro floor. Sucky things happening continue on.  But there are good things too.  Tonight she is meeting a good friend for supper. Tomorrow night she is doing something awesome sponsored by Lululemon.  We both had gift cards to Lulu and stopped there last night after working out.  I may have gotten two new things.  

One thing I know - I will look at anyone on crutches with new eyes and try to think of what I can do even in a small way to help.  

16 comments:

Lisa said...

it's great that you could go help her out when she needed it.

i've never seen a shopping cart escalator either!

Marlene said...

Glad you had a nice weekend with EM and did everything you could to help - she is lucky to have you! Sounds like she has great friends so she will be okay. Try not to worry. :)

I would have taken a picture of that shopper cart escalator too! We don't have those here.

Fran said...

Glad that you could help Emily out this weekend. But I'm left with a question: didn't she have a boyfriend? If so, where is he, shouldn't he be helping her out? Just wondering.

Karen said...

So glad you had a nice weekend with Em. Sorry it could not have been longer. I have never been on crutches myself but my husband has a time or two. No fun - I do not envy Miss Emily right now...

Kate said...

A friend of mine broke her ankle a few years ago, and she had a hilarious story about trying to get across her kitchen with a glass of wine and crutches, but I'm sure it was much funnier in retrospect than it was at the time. That's a good point of view about doing what you can to help someone on crutches. I'm going to do the same.

I love it when a run goes well during the run. Such a great feeling! Have a good trip home, sorry it had to be so short, but it sounds like you being there made a big difference.

misszippy said...

Sounds to me like you were super mama this weekend and really got her set up. Hopefully her time on crutches will be really, really short and you won't have to worry anymore!

Jamoosh said...

If I send you a picture of me on crutches will you do my laundry?

Char said...

The difference 24 hrs can make! What a gorgeous day. And that trolley elevator - I'm in total awe. What a great idea.

Ah Ah Alaska said...

Really, no joke, a shopping cart escalator? I don't know which impresses me more, that or a Target with two floors (I'm also in a very small town and the nearest Target is about 135 miles away, sob, sob).
Glad you got to help Em out. Crutches would totally suck this time of year, or anytime of year, for that matter.

Jennifer said...

A shopping cart escalator! OMG how cool. When I go to DC it's for the museums, now I have to go and make sure I see that.

When I was on crutches I employed a backpack in my house, I would load up my tea in a jar (jars became the necessary way to carry all liquids) and my books and anything else I needed and carry things around from room to room. You're such a great mom, I know it must be hard to leave.

lindsay said...

crutches are not easy! i remember how sore my armpits would get when i was on them (for sprained ankles and such in middle school). good reminder to help out a little more for others on crutches!

Jill said...

I am obviously way behind on the blog, so sorry. So Emily is injured again? Argh!! You are such a great momma to go to DC to help her....you know me, I'd do the same thing :). Nothing worse than our kids suffering.

I've never see the cart escalators here in Denver Target's either. That's pretty cool!!

Hope Emily is back up to speed soon!

Kate said...

Next up is that stupid 30k trail race. Well, that's the next challenge. This weekend is a 5 mile trail race, which should be fun, too. :)

Kandi said...

How awesome was the weather for MCM? It's cool that you got to run near the race and see all the spectators! It was very packed along the course and so fun to run!

Anne said...

I'm glad you were able to be there to help Emily...I so understand about wishing you could stay there for a month! It's nice that you could at least go.

I'm also thrilled that you are back to running...and yay for enjoyable runs :)

Things are going well on my end...lots of plans and I finally feel like I've recuperated from my marathon. I really do hope we manage to meet up at a race some time in 2012.

Take care of yourself and I also will try and do what I can to help anyone with crutches.

Dash said...

I missed that you were here! But it sounds like you were busy helping Emily out! You are an awesome mom!