This week has been a long one! Or at least, it seemed like that. Not being able to sleep well tends to have that effect. In any case, I hope you all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend!
The biggest thing I am being grateful for this week is my grandma’s health. About two weeks ago, she had a really bad stomach virus (apparently it was going around), and she didn’t eat for two days. She slowly got better, but then had a little relapse this past Wednesday.
My mom Skyped me to tell me and I immediately started worrying. Everything seemed to happen after we left! I didn’t mention it because it wasn’t a huge deal (thankfully), but my grandma was also in a small car accident before Mother’s Day. She has quite a lead foot and not much patience. From what I heard, she was trying to go around someone who was turning left, and when she went to go around him, someone hit her, which caused her to hit the turning car.
Not good, but no one was hurt. She hadn’t told anyone about the stomach virus, either, so no one was checking in on her. She is so stubborn like that. If R and I had still been up there, we would have known as we visited her every Sunday.
I hate feeling helpless down here, so I was very glad that she sounded ten times better when I called her on Thursday. She had gone to the doctor and her blood work came back fine, except that her electrolytes were a bit low. She stays away from salt due to high cholesterol.
Needless to say, that’s one less thing to worry about! My grandma is actually coming to visit in July, and I’m hoping that won’t change. She kept resisting for some reason, so I figured it would make her feel better if she flew with us when we came back from the wedding. This way, she will only have to fly back home herself.
Getting her down here is still on my mind, though. I realize it’s slightly selfish, because if she was closer to my parents, we wouldn’t have to worry as much. Putting myself in her shoes, I can see how moving would be really overwhelming (heck, it was for us!), plus there’s the issue of her doctors being where she is.
She is 83 now, and we like to say we don’t see her slowing down anytime soon, but I would be lying if I said these two happenings didn’t scare me a little!
R and I went to the Meetup gathering last night, and it was slightly crazy! There were around 150 people that had accepted the invitation, and we figured it might be too loud to really get to talk to people. It was held at The Whisky River here in Charlotte, which is actually owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. We were excited to get the chance to meet new people and simultaneously explore a bit of the city center.
So how did it go? Well, as we had slightly expected, it was too loud, and everyone was already in their little groups, talking with each other. It largely seemed as though it was a singles event – there weren’t many couples there that we saw. So after talking to maybe two people, we decided to leave.
We had only paid $6 for parking, but we wanted to make the most out of being in the city center, so we wandered around for a bit. We were actually at the EpiCenter, which is like an outdoor mall. There’s mostly places to eat, but it was really neat.
I spotted a frozen yogurt place and we went in to get a little treat. I don’t even remember the last time we had it! R knows it’s a guilty pleasure of mine. It was $7 for the both of us (we split to make it cheaper), and it was delicious!
So, lesson learned: look for other meetup groups that don’t involve needing to shout to talk to people, and Charlotte at night is really cool. Nothing like NYC, that’s for sure.
Our AC isn’t working again
You might have also seen on Twitter yesterday that our AC broke, once again! I seriously could not (didn’t want to) believe it. I knew the “solution” they came up with last time was um…not going to be very effective.
They basically told us we needed to keep the slatted door open, because they thought the air might be restricted inside. Okay, so why did they bother with this design in the first place? Why isn’t anyone else having these issues? Just seemed weird. We were also advised to keep the blinds shut. Really? Not my sunlight, too!
The kicker was, this advice was coming from someone that worked in another apartment complex. Yep, that’s right, not even from our own. Apparently they can’t find decent employees?
I do have to say I am grateful they’re at least coming out. R hadn’t told me this previously, but when he had called up last time to check to see if they had received our maintenance request, the person on the phone was very nasty. We had put in our request on a Friday, and they thought R was implying someone should have fixed it over the weekend. “Nobody comes out on the weekends,” was their response. R wasn’t even asking about that!!
Well that was a lie! They do come out on the weekends. Guys, we’ve only been here two months. How am I supposed to take this crap for a year?! This is why I was afraid to live in an apartment complex. R and I have already agreed we are moving into a house rental next time around. Hopefully with a decent landlord.
In any case, we were told the guy would be here today, but ironically, R saw him at the clubhouse when he got home from work. In about 15 minutes, there was a knock on our door. This put a damper on our plans, as the meetup started at 7, but it also allowed R to go to work today to squeeze in some extra hours. So I guess it worked out for the best!
He will be coming back Monday; in the meantime he gave us a temporary solution should the AC break before that (and he did “fix” it). He’ll be opening up the unit this time to hopefully get to the bottom of things. I cannot believe it will have taken FIVE tries to fix this issue.
What are you guys grateful for this week? Do you try and make the best out of bad situations? Any plans for Father’s Day next weekend? I feel like it was just Mother’s Day!