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But It Definitely Wasn’t So Good

It wasn’t the worst day ever–I would never say that, because on the spectrum of bad days, this one ranks pretty low–but it wasn’t exactly one that we’d like to repeat again anytime soon. I mean. Ever. David was due back in from Connecticut late Thursday night. I worried about him driving–the temperatures were hovering in the single digits, and there was a continuous, fierce wind blowing that was making those temperatures feel like something more in the negative 20s. It was cold in our house–I had the thermostat set at 74, the gas fireplace roaring, and yet we shivered. I checked the thermostat–still 74, it read, though it certainly didn’t feel like t-shirt weather within the four walls of our new-to-us home. I told the kids we were going to skip their baths and showers that night–the bathroom was too cold, and I figured I’d have time in the morning to do it since their school was already on a delay. I tucked the kids into bed. I shivered. I could hear the gas…

Hell on Wheels

It was so hot. My mom and I had planned to take Saoirse and the mighty Quinn to a local wildlife park Monday.  It’s one of those places that prides itself on its showcase of herds of imported animals, mainly from Africa (because it’s not torture enough for us Yankee humans to endure these Pennsylvania winters…), and along with a petting zoo and reptile house, its main attraction are these safari vehicles (sawed-in-half school buses painted in camouflage.  Genius, I say) that tour the grounds.  Since I seemed to have thrown all of my ethics regarding animal welfare out the same window I tossed my vow to never own an SUV, I thought it might be fun. It was really hot. I had a doctor’s appointment that morning that ran late (yes, I’m alive and well.  Thanks for your concern, though!) that morning, so we decided to venture out after the afternoon naps.  Because absolutely nothing screams “good time” more than an hour’s ride at 4 in the afternoon in the middle of a 98-degree July day on an open bus covered in vinyl…