Today was one of those days when stupid stuff kept going wrong. Like my 5 year-old accidentally knocked over her lamp this morning and it went crashing to the ground, breaking into tiny pieces.
And somehow, I had not allotted time for “lamp clean-up” as part of our morning schedule.
And then we were late for school.
And then I lost my new Mac lip gloss after it took me forever to order it online.
And then naturally I started worrying about the 1918 flu epidemic.
When all this flu blah blah blah started, I was laid back mom, trying not to get wrapped up in the hysteria and then about 4 seconds later, I was frantic.
Must find flu shots for my family.
I called my children’s pediatrician. No flu shots until late October or early November.
I called our pediatrician from the city. Same story.
I called my local internist. No flu shots.
My former internist from the city. Out of luck.
I felt like I had been sucked back into the eighties in a desperate search for Cabbage Patch dolls.
Then I called the pharmacies. CVS had flu shots for anyone 9 years-old and up. Just a normal flu shot, not the H1N1 vaccine which is responsible for all this madness. And nothing for young kids. But I decided to take what I could get.
So I showed up today at CVS and there were 60 or 70 people ahead of me in line. There was nothing to do but wait endlessly in the hopes of eventually getting stabbed with a needle.
I called my husband.
“Save me,” I said.
“I’m sorry. Try to enjoy the alone time. At least you don’t have the girls pulling at you or fighting over something.”
Yes. Alone time. Standing between the Purell and the “Strap Perfect Bra Strap Solution”, I tried to embrace the blissful solitude.
And after 2 hours of waiting (yes, seriously), it was done. I had gotten one of the coveted flu shots. And I felt momentarily cool like I had just snagged the Hermes red Birkin handbag on “Sex and the City.”
And for NYC area readers, I’m giving away 4 tickets to the Big Apple Circus. For more details and to enter, leave a comment at the end of Monday’s post. Good luck ladies!