Have you ever had a day you would like to stop, rewind and start over? This has been one of those weekends...difficult being an understatement...and when I say difficult, I mean to say almost everything seemed to go amiss from the beginning. We were directed to the wrong slip at the Water Taxi and ended up clear in Imperial Port and had to criss-cross our way back home, there was the deeply felt loss of my treasured Droid X cell phone which fell from my lap at the movie theater while I was trying to arrange my legs, then we had the dismal realization that my phone was the 'only' phone on our plan Verizon inadvertently dropped the insurance on so it cannot be replaced, a monkey wrench was thrown into dinner when we discovered the family-size container of hamburger meat froze into one big lump which now cannot be separated so we'll have to have a party to use it now (not exactly the most tragic incident but it was a problem none-the-less) and to top it all off, we have rain....rain on the Forth of July weekend. What will come of all the fireworks we were so looking forward to seeing from the perch on our 36th floor home overlooking the Hudson and Manhattan? What I say???
Josh had the suggestion that we should take a family walk tonight and show the children the lighthouse at Newport but after our alarmingly less-than-successful outings this weekend, I petitioned for us to stay put and make homemade pizzas. The idea was a hit and we are tucked comfortably away in our home safely away from the armed guards dotted throughout the city this weekend, the loud tourist that are making a menace of themselves as they celebrate and the rain which could fall at any moment. Josh even found a movie for us to enjoy tonight so maybe our weekend will be in some small way redeemed.
We started this morning rather late after being out until nearly three in the morning searching for my lost Droid which I am pretty sure slipped from my lap in the theater while trying to arrange my legs before we left. I really loved my Droid and it contained a lot of important information like my medication information and the alarms which were set for my pain meds. The phone didn't contain any detrimental or damaging information which could hurt us but the lost will be greatly felt especially since it isn't under our protection plan thanks to Verizon dropping the insurance when we transferred the phone from Josh's line to mine. As a practice, we always purchase Josh the upgraded phone and I take his. It works well and keeps him on the cutting-edge since he needs it for work and gives me a nice phone that I won't have to set-up or have a learning curve to use. The problem come when you change phones numbers. The aren't good about telling you that you have to request the insurance be switched to the new line, even if you are owners of both. This is something we have learned the hard way...verify your insurance on every statement.
My poor husband darted off the Path when we realized my Droid was missing and retraced our steps back the theatre early in the morning, then went through the entire theatre with the cleaning staff and manager as they were trying to close to see if it was still there somewhere. I think everyone was of the opinion that it was picked-up without good intentions. Josh called Verizon and reported the phone as lost/stolen immediately but Verizon turned off our daughters phone which was not a Droid or my phone number leaving my smart phone activated all night in nefarious hands with access to my on-line information, well, at least until we rushed home to reset my passwords. In retrospect, I doubt the person who now has my phone had any real interest in my information but more likely they went to pawn it as quickly as possible before we had a chance to brick it, as they had to know we would do. Josh came back to the Path station, where the children and I waited for him by the guard, completely exhausted. Josh wanted us to go back to Jersey City but I couldn't leave him so we waited but I must admit, my husband was none too happy with my decision and it took some apologizing for not doing what I was asked to do before he calmed down. I hate being away from my husband...
So, we spent until after 5am trying to lock everything down and then began again in the morning. At present I am back to my old standard maroon LG phone which I immediately paired with my bluetooth and am back in business, without all the bells and whistles and pre-set alarms but at least able to keep in contact with my precious family. What I am going to do without instant weather, search a word in my treatments, Kindle books, a very bright flashlight, Google Talk, Droid eBay, pre-set alarms for my medication, timers for my treatments, sticky notes for jotting down notes and the ever important, can't do without, barcode reader...
The bright side of it is Josh is going to get an upgrade to his present Droid and I will take his hand-me-downs. I really like it doing it that way. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to have his old phone so when he decides what his next phone will be, we will purchase his new toy and I will be fully operational once again with my husband's old phone.
Just an added note, our Forth of July weekend splurge was to see Transformers 3. Despite some of the less than positive reviews, I found it to be fairly interesting. I don't mind the Transformer movies since there is usually very little blood. Somehow I can take the death of a mechanical robot a little better than the death of a person on screen. I have a family who loves Science Fiction so I have learned to enjoy them a bit myself. I would rather go and close my eyes through the parts I don't like than to be left home and miss the site of my family enjoying themselves. Samuel was so excited about the prospect of seeing the long awaited Transformer 3 movie, he was almost uncontrollable on the way over.
Staying in today was a good idea I think. This evening we made our special homemade pizzas with the crisp gluten-free crust. Josh made our famous Taco Pizza complete with refried beans and hamburger smothered in Ranch Dressing, something you have to try before you declare it disgusting. I'm not sure it is something you find a lot around here but it's a staple in the mid-west. For me, I have something far simpler, Portabella mushrooms, onions, yellow peppers and garlic with a very little amount of Monterey Jack cheese, all organic and extremely low salt, s of course.
My knitting is gently tugging at me so I can finish my much needed black socks. If I concentrate, I might even complete them to wear tomorrow. So, on to my knitting and some relaxation...
May God Bless and Keep You in His Grace,