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Here’s to hoping you guys had a better week than I did.
Tuesday night AJ was in a car accident. It had just started raining and apparently the stretch of interstate he was on coming home from work got slick fast. Next thing he knew, the truck was flipped over and two good samaritans were helping him get out.
This is how it looked when he got out. Scary, right?
He was alright but banged up and sore so we spent the night in the Emergency Room. After a few scans to ensure he was legit ok, we finally rolled into bed about 4am. The doctor said he was lucky to have walked away and that he was one blessed dude. There was nothing wrong with him save sore muscles and a tiny scratch on his finger. Praise God, Hallelujer🙌 (you have to hear that in my best Madea voice).
Poor baby truck is pretty totalled. Here’s a picture for reference.
Yeah, it’s a goner. But this cardboard soup cup survived.
Anyway, we finally find a car that we are interested in but had to wait until Saturday for the dealer to get it in for us to see. We buy it Saturday night and we’re all excited as you usually are when you get something nice and new…but Sunday morning this nice new car we just bought…won’t start.
We try jumping it off and you’ll never guess what happened. The jumper cables started sparking like crazy, smoke starts coming off of the cables and the coating around the wires of the jumper cables…melts! And the car still won’t start.
Needless to say, by this point I’m furious. Surviving with one car when both people work is a nightmare. Getting into an accident and losing the good car that you have, is a nightmare. Buying a car that stops working the next morning, well that’s just Murphy’s law apparently. Smoking cables is just the icing on top. But wait! There’s more!
So it turned out that the car wouldn’t start because the battery was dead and the jumper cables were smoking because the battery was DEAD. Silly me thought “I should clean the corrosion off of the battery cables” and went to blow it away…with my eyes open…didn’t end well. My sister is a nurse; you can imagine the strange questions she gets. Her response back to me started, “Oh Boy…” Oh, Boy is right.
PSA: Never attempt to blow away battery corrosion with your eyes open. Better yet, just wear safety goggles. I mean, just always wear safety goggles. Especially if you are impulsive like I am and never know when you are going to find yourself about to do something stupid without realizing it’s stupid until after you’ve already done it and you have the red, irritated eye to mock you.
ANYWAY, with it being such a mother flippin’ crappy week, I’ve realized a few things have kept my sanity semi intact. The first is walking. I was trapped at home and had to find a way to get AJ’s medicine from the pharmacy and decided there was no other option than to just walk there. It’s only 3-4 miles round trip. So I walked.
At some point on the walk back home, I realized that I wasn’t as frustrated as I had been. I calmed down. Then at another point before finally making it back home I realized that I had blisters on the bottom of both feet, but I guess that’s beside the point. The moral of this story is that, despite the blister pain, emotionally I was in a much better space.
The other thing that has really saved me this week has been my weighted blanket. I bought it a few weeks ago to see if it helped with anxiety and sleep, both of which are ongoing issues for me. At first, I was disappointed because I was expecting it to be as heavy as Zeus is when he lays on my diaphragm and prevents me from breathing but also makes me calm down…possibly from lack of airflow to my brain but hey, it feels better, right?
That was an unrealistic expectation considering this blanket weighs 15 pounds and Zeus weighs 60 but once I let go of that ridiculous idea, I realized that this blanket feels like you are being held. It feels like a hug. When you’re anxious and stressed the gentle weight of it is soothing. In all of the chaos and fear that has surrounded this week, in the midst of the frustration and the worry, I’ve used it to calm myself.
After researching for a while and having a heart attack at the prices, I finally settled on the Good Knight Weighted Blanket. It comes in 3 weights (FYI you want to choose one that is at least 10% of your body weight) and it’s cheaper than other’s I’ve seen. Plus, I’ve been really pleased with the quality.
It’s not Xanax. It’s not going to put you out of your mind. It’s not like that. It’s more like an arm around your shoulders that comforts you. It’s hard to explain, but it’s been a lifesaver this week. AJ’s been struggling with some restless leg issues recently and I was really surprised to find that the blanket has also helped calm that.
And sleeeeeeeeeeeeep. Yes, it’s been helpful in keeping me asleep. It takes some time to adjust to the extra weight when you sleep with it but now that I have I won’t even try to sleep without it.
Between my 3-4 mile walk and my weighted blanket, I fully expect to sleep like the dead tonight. HALLELUJER!🙌
But first…a cute video of the crazies to brighten up your day. Spoiler alert: when playing, little guy always wins. He’s the real lionheart😆