Let me give you a glimpse of my last week or so.
Two weeks ago we brought our dog Buddy in for his annual exam. Since moving down here, he's lost weight, we walk at least once, if not twice a day, etc. He's like a puppy (albeit an almost 12 year old one). We comment all the time about how he benefited most from moving here - he's got a new lease on life. The new vet decided to do some blood work, simply because of his age and to get some baseline numbers. We got a call the next day that he's experiencing kidney failure. As the words were trying to be processed, we were handed 5 new medicines, an order form for new food, scheduling dates for follow up blood draws and told that he only has a few months. Our life kind of halted... we thought that he just gained a few years. So we're being tested with that.
Or should I say Thursday afternoon. You see, I got to the airport in ATL around 7:15 for my 8:40 flight. Security was long, but the lines were moving. I went through security and was "randomly" selected for another scan. That always happens to me - it seems their random machines aren't so random. The TSA guy swiped my right hand with some gauze thing and put it in a machine. Alarms went off. He looks at me and says "I didn't change my gloves so let me do it again with new gloves on". Okay. They swiped my other hand and nothing happened. The TSA guy looked perplexed and asked his supervisor what he should do. They told me that I needed to be patted down in a back room. I waited for two women (one to pat and one to witness) and we went to a private room, you know... because I look super dangerous in my running skirt and teeshirt. They did a thorough pat down and the woman did another swipe thingy, this time of her glove after she patted me down. The alarms went off again. The two women whispered and the "patter" left. The other girl asked what kind of lotion I used and said that they had to call the bomb squad up to search my stuff. Fan.Freaking.Tastic. At this point, it's nearly 8:20. And for some reason they couldn't figure out how to call the gate to tell them I'm here but just being held up. So here I am, in the ATL airport which was busy as could be with the bomb squad searching my stuff (although, it should be noted that they never searched my purse... just my suitcase). They didn't find anything (obviously) and sent me on my way with the advice of "you better run because you're probably going to miss your flight". Awesome, thanks. I ran to my gate and missed my flight by about 3 minutes. That was 8:43 and the next flight left at 2:35. Yippie... 5.5+ hours of free time in the airport. No better way to spend my day! I'm telling you... I'm being tested.
I finally did get to NC. I had a great visit, albeit emotional, with my grandparents. They were happy, and loving and that's the way I will remember them. I was part of their sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, I got to take pictures and videos of them, I got to be with my family, etc. It was good. It was hard.
After a long, emotional weekend, I arrived home yesterday at 7:45am. Tom was waiting for me and I just crumbled. I think exhaustion had gotten the best of me. By the time we got home, I had decided I wanted to hop on my bike (because really, I'm never too tired to ride). We got out around 25 miles and both were kind of "eh" about the ride. That happens a lot lately. We decided to turn around and come home. Around 35 miles into our trip, we turned a busy intersection and Tom hit what he's calling "road furniture" - a huge hard white half basketball size piece of plastic that the great people of Atlanta think is going to corral traffic. I saw it coming and couldn't get the words out fast enough. Up he went, flying through the air. His bike smacked first, then his body, followed by a