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Probably not the worst day possible - Karen's Musings
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Probably not the worst day possible
I'd hate to say the day can't get any worse, because, well, that would mean that the universe would find a way. But today is definitely up there with my list of not-so-great days.

First, I woke up feeling worse than I felt yesterday, so I called out of work. Again. Blah. Then Julian threw a raging fit about not getting to stay home with Eema which made me feel like the world's worst parent. He apparently was happy enough once he got to school, so I'll write that one off as a wash.

Then Seth's brother called to say that their grandmother died last night. Not exactly the news I wanted to call my husband with, but not entirely unexpected either. I spent some time looking into how to get Seth to Massena, NY (34 miles from Ottawa, just to give you an idea of how ridiculously far upstate it is) in time for a funeral on Sunday, time as yet unknown. Why are they waiting until Sunday? I don't know. But Seth's father's family isn't remotely religious, so we'll just go with that one. Back to my point... how do I get Seth to Massena NY by Sunday, say, mid-morning at the latest? Glad you asked. If he flies, he'd have to leave tonight or early tomorrow morning, fly into Syracuse, stay there for Shabbos and drive the three hours to Massena Saturday night or Sunday morning. The other option is to drive from here to Massena. Through all of upstate NY in late January. Not a great set of options. Mapquest claims it's a nine hour drive. I suspect that's an optimistic estimate, by at least a couple hours.

While I was trying to work this out, I started getting nauseated and dizzy so I decided to go downstairs for a bit. I was on the phone with psu_jedi and I made a detour into the laundry room figuring I could toss in a load of laundry before laying down, since Seth's been so great about keeping up with the laundry. Hah!

Hey, did you know that when a Costco-sized bottle of clear laundry detergent spills all over the linoleum floor in the dark laundry room that it gets to be quite slippery, yet invisible? Yeah. Um. I didn't know that before, but I sure do now. As does psu_jedi, since she heard my scream as the phone went flying and I landed on my tailbone and clocked my head on the sticky, yet slippery, floor. I was fine, but it took a while to figure out how to get up without slipping again and causing more damage. Oh, and when I fell, an old pot with potting soil (but no plant) in it fell over into the big gooey mess of laundry detergent, just to make things more fun.

Oh, by the way, did you know it's very difficult to wash laundry detergent off yourself after you've been marinating in it whilst strategizing a way to get up without permanently damaging yourself? Yeah. Um. it is rather difficult. Eh. I was due for a shower anyway.

Eventually I determined that the only way this was going to work was for Seth to drive to Massena overnight Saturday night. Which means we'll both be going, so that I can do the bulk of the driving, so he's not completely wrecked on Sunday. Then after the funeral, we'll turn right back around and drive back. Whoopie! Ugh.

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marag From: marag Date: January 18th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh ugh. This means I have to stop whining about our 4 1/2 hour drive to Westchester, then.

Good luck with the drive and be careful!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 18th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
You don't have to stop whining about it. 4 1/2 hours is still sucky.
From: gingy Date: January 18th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a pretty crappy day. Sorry to hear about Seth's grandma.

I'm pretty sure Massena is only around 9 hours; Montreal is only something like 11 from here, Toronto is 10. Mapquest also goes by the speed limit, which I know Seth certainly doesn't drive.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 18th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Montreal is 47 miles away from Massena, which would make Massena about an hour closer than Montreal, so Massena would be more like 10 hours from here based on your calculations.

I actually do believe that Mapquest is correct based on speed limit. But: A. I'll be doing as much of the driving as I can manage rather than Seth, because I want Seth to be okay on Sunday for the funeral, and B. it's driving through most of Upstate New York in the middle of winter. 9 hours sounds like it could be reasonable IF there's no traffic and NO SNOW and NO ICE on any roads. I'm not counting on that.
fuzzface00 From: fuzzface00 Date: January 18th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
From here to Montreal can be done on Interstate class highway. The last hour(+) to Massena from either Watertown or Plattsburgh is on US Highway. Usually that you want to do the speed limit for.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 18th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
faboo. Now I just need to stock up on caffeine and sleep a lot on Saturday...
malkaesther From: malkaesther Date: January 18th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
So far I don't think NY has gotten much snow so its possible little traffic given the hours you are traveling.
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: January 19th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mapquest also goes by the speed limit,

But it doesn't take into account construction, accidents, weather, or other factors that can slow you down either.
arosoff From: arosoff Date: January 18th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are not the world's worst parent!

Good luck driving to Massena. They're usually good about keeping major roads clear (my sister went to Syracuse, so I have a bit of experience with driving upstate). I don't know which route you're taking (Massena is the butt-end of nowhere) but if you go via I-81 it should be clear. NYSDOT are fast with the gritters. Carly used to drive home that way (through PA) in the middle of winter, no problems. North of Syracuse I don't know so well, but it does skirt the Adirondacks so you should miss the worst of it. The snow in a lot of interior upstate isn't that bad; it's just very cold and very grey.
fuzzface00 From: fuzzface00 Date: January 18th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I spent two years in Potsdam, which is about 10 miles from Massena. NYSDOT are fanatical about clearing the roads (although sometimes it is only down to hardpack) up north. Unless the weather is bad, I-81 and US 11 are usually fine. The route through the mountains (Albany-Saranac Lake-Potsdam) is usually fine as well.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 18th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
awesome. Good to know. Thanks.
fuzzface00 From: fuzzface00 Date: January 18th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi, my name is fuzzface00 and I used to live near Massena, NY.

Go to US Air, the destination airport is "MSS". They can get him there on Saturday from Washington National.

Let me know if you need anything else, my knowledge of the area is a bit old but likely still usable...

As for driving, I would argue that nine hours is optimistic. It took about six from "downstate" NY to that area. We are a lot farther away than that.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 18th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, they can get him there on Saturday, but he can't travel on Saturday. He can't travel between Sundown Friday and Sundown Saturday. That was the problem (I should have been more explicit). So we'll drive through the night, which won't be pleasant, but we'll have plenty of time. Bleh.

Thanks so much for your call and your offer of help. I'll point Seth your direction if he's got any questions about the area. Hopefully roads won't be icy and it will all work out.
batya_d From: batya_d Date: January 18th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
ugh. That detergent incident is so... ugh. {{{HUGS}}}}
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 18th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
and ouchy!
indigodove From: indigodove Date: January 18th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry to hear about Seth's grandmother. I'll say a prayer for all of you.

Sorry you're having a rotten day, too.
From: have_inner_lady Date: January 18th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Condolences to you and Seth, and I hope the awfulness is over for a very long while.
either_or From: either_or Date: January 18th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
man...that is a crappy day. even just the falling would've ruined my day, and then you had all this other stuff going on, too. i'm sorry!
magid From: magid Date: January 18th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Any one of those would make a pretty horrible day (well, maybe not Julian's fit, in and of itself...). I'm so sorry it all concatenated at once.

*hugs of sympathy*
malkaesther From: malkaesther Date: January 18th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ugh what a day. May you be feeling better soon and the trip be uneventful.
happyduck1979 From: happyduck1979 Date: January 18th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: January 18th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Esther Chaya and the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day. I think tonight you should eat something really yummy, take a bubble bath and then go to bed early. You deserve it!

I'm so sorry to hear about Seth's grandma and how stressed-out and sick you've been. It never rains - it pours! Is there anything I can do? Let me know.

Feel free to vent!

From: cecerose Date: January 19th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Girl, you deserve a refund for this day.

I'm sorry to hear about Seth's grandmother, my condolences to you both. And my sympathies on the drive. eep!

As for the detergent... that really, really sucks. =0(
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: January 19th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)

My condolences to Seth.

Sorry to hear about your bad day.

mortuus From: mortuus Date: January 19th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope things improve for you. *hugs*

I cringed as I read about the detergent and slipping and the potting soil. I can so see that happening to me.
gnomi From: gnomi Date: January 19th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Hugs and sympathy to both of you.
mabfan From: mabfan Date: January 19th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
What she said.
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: January 19th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you see this link I posted for you here? Those are primarily inflatable jumpy things (and what size/model you get depends a lot on where you'll put it - indoors, outdoors, etc.). You can also search for "ball pits", but I figured that wasn't something I wanted to google from work. G-d only knows what kinds of results I'd get...
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