16 January 2011

Part 2

Howdy from me to you. What a day! I didn't get dressed till noon, and was back in my pajamas by 6 PM. The in-between was very busy. My sister, mother and I went to Teppanyaki Grill and Buffet for lunch. I looked it up...I didn't realize it was a chain restaurant. The last time I went was on a Saturday with my mom and Rob. I didn't realize that Sundays are dinner prices, and there were at least 100 people waiting in line! Dad paid for lunch, though he doesn't know it. We got in pretty quickly. I think it was because we were moved to an area with a chair where my mom could sit, and we got to the front of the line. I don't think I ate too much, but it will be my only meal of the day. I'm still full.

We went to the hospital afterward. I didn't realize my father was in the intermediate critical care unit. I thought he was just waiting for his physical therapy tomorrow and then would be transferred to a nearby rehab center for a short stint. He'll be transferred to Washington Hospital Center tomorrow. He has a few infections and other stuff. Heart stuff. I don't like hospitals. I spent most of my time in the doorway of his large, well-monitored room. I was nervous. I probably used half a container of antibacterial cleanser. Thanks for your concern for my family. I don't want to make medical issues the focus of my blog. Comment on the fun stuff, OK? I'm trying for fun.

Now for some random stuff...

One of my clients brings me a decaf, skim mocha latte from McDonald's every time she comes. I love that she does that! I sent her a thank-you note once, and told her how much I appreciated it, but that she didn't have to feel obligated to do it every time. She brings it every time. I'm so glad she does.

One of my clients was talking to another regular client when I walked over. I asked how they knew each other. They said they were beauty salon BFF's. I loved that. They know each other from contact in the salon, mostly when they get their nails done.

Yesterday at Starbucks I noticed how pretty the teenage girl at the front of the line was. She was ordering for herself and her parents. When she was done she turned around to the woman behind her and said, I'd like to buy your drink...what are you having? And she paid for the woman's latte. It warmed my heart.

The restaurant we went to was next to a grocery store that I've never been in, Aldi's. This sign caught my eye. What a great idea!


I had to wait forever for a parking spot after dropping my mom and sister at the restaurant. I was waiting for someone unloading groceries. It seemed like forever till she was back from returning her cart. After a while I repeated to myself, "patience, virtue, patience, virtue, etc.." It worked.

No one mentioned that it was my face on the Snuggi box from one of my previous posts. I wonder if anyone noticed.

I saved the best for last. I made an appointment at the Apple store last night. I was hoping they would take 'pity' on me and replace my phone. I told my story, truthfully. They looked up my record and said they could replace it, sort of a first-time forgiveness thing. I had tears of thankfulness in my eyes for this generous deed. I picked out a new screen protector and had them put it on. No bubbles. It's a HD screen cover made for the retina display of the iPhone4, and I don't love it, but I will certainly live with it. And I will be oh, so careful in the future.

I'm set to spend my second night with my mom. I'm kind of enjoying it. And she's so happy that I'm here.

End of long, long ramble. That was my thing or two I had to say.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I noticed your Snuggie photo! Very Clever!
~ Peggy B.

Cheryl said...

I was pretty proud that I figured out how to do it :) The actual face looked photo-shopped in too.

michiganme said...

I noticed your face on the Snuggie box then wondered why the back of your hands were so hairy :)

Lena said...

I noticed, too! Forgot to mention it.

We have Aldi up here. They have some really good deals.

Glad you were able to take care of your phone. I know that made u happy!

What a nice customer you have to bring you a latte everytime. you deserve it!

Mary said...

I did notice the Snuggie picture. I thought it was a neat idea.

The 25 cent shopping cart deposit was something I had completely forgotten about. When I spent time in Alexandria, VA, kids would hang out in parking lots and offer to return the cart for you. I usually let them - of course they got the 25 cent return but it was OK.

I hope your father improves quickly. Enjoy the time with your mother. You are a wonderful daughter.

KathyA said...

I noticed your photos on that cover -- sorry I didn't comment on it!
Why are they transferring your dad to WHC? Is it because of the infections?
I'd heard of Aldi's -- can't remember where.

When we were in France years ago, we noted that all the grocery stores there charge for carts, but I don't think one gets their money back.

JTS said...

I'm so happy you were granted a new iphone. All bloopers in life should come with one more chance, wouldn't that be nice?! I was charmed by the girl who purchased coffee for the customer behind her, random acts of kindness are still happening in the world!

Cheryl said...

It's so fun to get comments. Even if two of them are from me :)

Leann said...

The shopping cart idea is a good one. It would save the shopping cart clutter in the lots for sure.

I hope all is well in your world and that your father gets better quickly. It is difficult to watch ones parents health diminish.

Hope you have an awesome Monday!

azjuleseleven said...

I just love that the girl in line bought a stranger her coffee. That was lovely. I think I'll make that gesture somewhere this week. Spread the good feelings around.

Hope you get some rest.

Jamie said...

I love your daily writings. I did notice your face but didn't comment apparently. You always do such creative stuff like that, I think I take it for granted. I think you are the greatest daughter to stay with your mom like you are...that is hard to do, I know. I haven't shopped at Aldi for a long time but I used to love it. The quarter for a cart thing is good, but a pain in the butt when you don't have a quarter on you. Have a very happy Monday, Cheryl. Big hugs. :)

Anonymous said...

I remember many sleepovers in your room. I was at your house when we heard about Jim Morrison's death. How about our fight over the Ken doll shoe? You put it in your mouth so I couldnt get it! The Chaquita banana song. I remember all of us, Ilene, you, me, Lisa and probably Steven, in our PJs singing up up and away and age of aquarious. Coupon clipping. Your friend (Natalie?)down the street. The old dark blue car- it bothered all of you but I didnt mind it! How about the song my dad wrote- 'Laura Tillie Rose, how I love that name'. I have such fond memories of sleepovers your house!!! We lived far apart but our parents managed to get us together often. Cuz Jilly

Happyone :-) said...

Always nice to see someone being nice. :-) The girl and the Apple store!
I too noticed your picture on the box.

beachgirl said...

Your very busy girl. Stop and get a good cup of coffee. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family thru your journey.

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