Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday I'm trying-my-best-to-be-in-love!

This week has been a bruiser.  I couldn't be more welcoming of Friday, as I can't wait for this dang week to be over so that it can't do anymore damage.  Here are some out-takes from the week:

1. As you know, my dear friends' little brother, Adam, died.  Adam was the brother of Abe (my high school boyfriend/first love) and Marie (who is still a very close friend of mine).  Their whole family means so much to me, as I spent a lot of time with Adam, Lucas, and Marie growing up.  It was so special to be a part of their upbringing; they were Abe's little siblings, and therefore like mine, too.  We spent summers at the pool together, took trips to Florida, and all went camping at the lake.  All of them are so dear.  I can't stop looking at old pictures and just being so sad that Adam is gone.

His memorial is tomorrow, in Georgia, and it's eating me up that I can't go.

8/24/83 -- 10/17/10

Adam, Marie, Abe, Lucas

2. Summer's daddy is so sick.  She is in Louisiana by his side, and she is being very tough, but I know how hard it is for her to watch him suffer.  The doctors have said that he has possibly a month, but probably just days, to live.  And as most of you know, Summer has been through enough sadness this year (much less, this month).

3. A few months ago, my wallet was stolen from my office at Balboa.  I think some kid came in the back door (through the counseling office) and took it right out of my purse.  While I couldn't care less about the $20, the license/insurance card/debit cards/etc. etc. have been such a nightmare to replace.

Yesterday I went to the DMV to try to replace my license so that I will be able to rent a car at the New Orleans airport on Sunday and drive to Morgan City to be with Summer.  Thanks to several parking tickets (believe me: they are unavoidable if you live in San Francisco!), renewal registration fees, late fees (couldn't replace registration before replacing license), replacement license fee, etc. . . I wrote the biggest check I have ever written in my life.  And it was to the California DMV.  This was after I burst into tears at the counter because the man "helping" was so mean and insensitive.  I can't say how much I had to pay because my mama reads this and she is bound to give me a talkin' to if I give her any ammunition, but let's just say it was in the four digits.  

4. Eric went missing!  I could not get in touch with him Wednesday or yesterday by phone, which was enough to make me panic.  But then, I got a text message from someone at his job saying he hadn't shown up to work--no call or anything--and then I went straight into frenzy mode.  I couldn't stop crying, looked up San Francisco County and Contra Costa County obituaries (I couldn't help it; I'm anxious by nature and I had death on the brain this week), and was one step away from calling jails and hospitals when I FINALLY heard from him . . . he'd gotten stuck at his buddy's house in SF, after leaving his phone and keys at another friend's house, blahblahblah . . . needless to say, he is alive, and I have calmed down, but I might still do bodily harm to him after causing me that much stress.

Enough of that.  As of now, I'm preparing lesson plans for the sub next week (I get nervous leaving my little monsters in someone else's hands!) and getting ready to babysit all day long tomorrow.  All before going to the airport Sunday morning. Ay yay yay.

But in the spirit of positivity:

1. Eric is alive.

2. I get to see Summer on Sunday.

3. Halloween candy is in stores.

4. Judebug is cute.

Okay that's all I got.  Happy Friday!  The next time you hear from me, I might be in New Orleans, so hopefully I'll be more . . . chipper. ;)


Rach said...

I'm sorry that you've had a rough week! Hopefully seeing your friend this weekend will make you feel better. Will definitely keep Summer and Adam's families in my thoughts.

Have a great weekend and a safe flight!

Katy Mary said...

Sounds like you really had a rough week Girl. I'm so sorry to hear about Adam, and your wallet and everything else. I hope your weekend is much better than this week!

Marcie said...

What a week! Seeing those photos of Adam breaks my heart. I will say a prayer for his soul and his dear family tonight.


FourJedis said...

Wow what a doozy! You know there was a full moon last night, right? I joked with some friends about how awful yesterday was and said, "There's probably a full moon." Then when I left for work at 6 this a.m. I looked in the sky and understood it all and laughed. Hang in there - the week is almost over. :) Enjoy every moment of the weekend, celebrate the lives of those who aren't here anymore, celebrate your health, the smile on the faces of children, and say something kind to a stranger. You'll feel better in no time!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Wow, sounds like a tought week :( I'm so sorry for your loss and I hope Summer's last moments with her father are happy ones. And I don't know Eric but reading this post my heart was racing. Glad he's OK!

I recently lost my wallet and my phone (my fault, I was wasted) and my phone never reappeared. After I cancelled all of my cards and got a new liscense - finally updating my we16-year-old weigh (WTF did I do that for?!) I got a call from a post office 50 miles away saying my wallet had turned up. I never got a new phone bc AT&T wants to charge $500 to replace the oldest iPhone model. Point after that long story is...I feel your pain!

Have a great trip to NO! Can't wait to see pics :)

this free bird said...

Oh Claire. What a sucky week. Your dmv stuff on fb almost had me in my car and on the way to help...hang in there. And poor Summer and her dad - that is heartbreaking.

Thinking of you,

Pat said...

Oh, Claire! Sorry you've had such a bummer of a week! By the way, four digit fine???? Be glad that I'm not your mother (just kidding!)
Love you,

Kara said...

Ooof, sounds like you had an absolutely awful week. I am so sorry. I hope it only goes up from here. Lots of love <3

Meghan said...

Aww, lady! I hope your weekend is much happier than the week. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. And please give Summer a big hug for me! You are a wonderful friend!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I have no words. You and Adam's family and Summer and her father are all in my prayers. The DMV will not be. Safe travels.

Annie Cristina said...

I'm so sorry that things are so stressful at the moment. I'll be sure to keep you, Adam and his family, as well as Summer and hers in my thoughts & prayers. *hug*

bklyn76 said...

i'm so sorry you had such a terrible week. you are such a good friend to go be with summer.

judebug is too much! i can't take those cheeks without yearning for another little bebe! indy seems so *old* compared to that bundle of cuteness!

Gracie said...

Oh this has been a tough week for your. I think you are a fantastic friend and at least you are trying to see the positive in this hard week.

I hope things get so much better for you! And your are soo sweet! I received your beautiful card this week and I love it!! Thank you! x

P.S. Babies are the best!

Phoenix Peacock said...

oh claire, what a rough week. I don't even have the words to say ... but I wish we could sit down over wine, tissues, and hugs.

ag. said...

Gosh, it sounds like it's been a rough time for you. I'm glad you can still think of things that you love, that's what will get you through the tough times! Keep smiling!

AmericanBridget (Jones) said...

You have had a rough week! Keep your head up and think positive. And yes, I've spent hours at the SF DMV (off Fell St) and it is NOT a great place to have to twiddle away hours waiting from them to call your number. I miss that city! Hang in their kid!

Caroline said...

Sending you much love!!

La Dolfina said...

My first time here and I feel so bad for you. It's got to get better from here. The Giants pulled it off last night so maybe having them in the World Series will provide a non-stop party in your city by the bay! That should lift your spirits. When you are ready to go to your first estate sale email me and I'll take you :)
Have a safe trip!!

Down and Out Chic said...

oh claire, i'm so sorry about this hard week and for the loss and illness that your friend's families are experiencing. hang in there dear. i'd give you a giant hug and a beer if i could. maybe someday soon!

Micaela said...

so much sadness :( i love you and am SO THANKFUL for your big heart.

and for joys like judebug and our friendship. i love you!

heather yalin said...

Sending you lots of love and light, dearest Claire! I have you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Jude said...

I am so sorry to hear and also sending lots of good vibes your way! I know what it's like to have lost a dear loved one recently. Take good care of yourself - wishing you a good, hopeful week.

bananas. said...

ugh i'm so sorry you had to deal with the CA DMV. it's the worst...and seriously ruins any day :(

hope you made it safely to NOLA. send summer my love.

Faiza said...

so wish i could give you a hug and share my french fries with you this week.

hope your travels were safe this weekend.

though you can't be there for marie and her family, summer is blessed that you will be able to give her a big hug.

wishing the world had many more claire kiefers....