Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The long and short of it.

So, i asked myself as i took Miss Lizzie's dog for a walk, how did i get into this situation?

It's one of those stories.  You know the kind, where you just aren't sure where to start, or if you should.

For any who don't know, Miss Lizzie is a young woman, about 11 years older than Bigger Girl, who has "problems."  (Read, on disability for PTSD due to being molested as a child, ADHD, OCD, Borderline Personality,  scoliosis, kyphosis, bulging discs in her neck, impinged nerves in both elbows and wrists which cause chronic pain -- added together, there's always something wrong.)

She lived with us for a short time while trying to get herself together enough to get her own apartment.  She now has that, but with Miss Lizzie, the sailing is never smooth.

Yesterday, she was trying to get to an appointment with a new pain management doctor, because she wants to get a referral to someone who can do surgery on her impinged nerves, once she gets over the eye infection she currently has, and the infection in her feet, whatever that is.  The infectious disease specialist hasn't figured that one out yet.  As i said, it's never easy for her.

Anyway, she had a flat tire, and Bigger Girl was having finals.  So i picked her up, got her to the appointment, then took her to the BigBoxStore to get her prescriptions.

That can't go smoothly, either.  One script her Medicare wouldn't pay for, and it's going to take a few days to see if Medicaid will pick it up.  The other, that pharmacy was out of it.

By the time i had picked her up, gotten her to the appointment, and then back around to the store, it was way too late to cook dinner anyway, so it was rotisserie chicken, potato wedges, and a veggie tray, which i dropped off on the way to another pharmacy, that way the troops could eat.

When i finally got her back to her place, helped her put her groceries away, threw her garbage out, and walked her poor dog who practically had his legs crossed by this time, she said, "You know, it's been a long short day!  Or maybe a short long day.  You know what I mean, right?  One of those days where it's a long day, but you don't get anything much done that you had wanted to get done."

That is precisely what the day was -- a long day, with a lot done, but not the stuff you wanted.

Today, Bigger Girl has time to help Miss Lizzie deal with her car.  From now on, on the days when everything happens and nothing planned gets done, i'm going to remember that line.  It's a long short day.

Today is

Arlington National Cemetary Day -- US (the first serviceman to be interred here was Private William Henry Christman, on this date in 1964

Bun Bung Fai (Rocket Festival) -- Yasothon, Thailand (through the 14th, teams compete to build the highest flier, with no regard for safety!)

Celtic Tree Month Huath (hawthorn) commences

Fairy King and Queen Jumping Competition -- Fairy Calendar

Frog Jumping Day -- original date for celebrating Twain's short story

Garland Day -- Abbotsbury, Dorset, England

King Norodom Sihamoni's Birthday -- Cambodia

Lemuralia -- Ancient Roman Empire (third day)

Leprechaun Day -- spread around the internet, presumably by the little people themselves, as since St. Patrick gets a day, so should they!

National Apple Pie Day

National Fruit Cocktail Day

St Julian of Norwich's Day (Author of what is believed to be the first book written by a woman in the English language, Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love, around 1393)

St. Servatus' Day (3rd Ice Saint, Patron for success; against foot problems, lameness, leg problems, mice, rats, rheumatism, vermin)

Birthday Today:

Debby Ryan, 1993
Robert Pattinson, 1986
Samantha Morton, 1977
Darius Rucker, 1966
Stephen Colbert, 1964
Julianne Phillips, 1962
Dennis Rodman, 1961
Frances Barber, 1957
Stevie Wonder, 1950
Bobby Valentine, 1950
Franklyn Ajaye, 1949
Tim Pigott-Smith, 1946
Mary Wells, 1943
Ritchie Valens, 1941
Harvey Keitel, 1939
Beatrice Arthur, 1923
Joe Louis, 1914
Arthur Sullivan, 1842
Maria Theresa, 1717

Debuting/Premiering Today;

Let It Be(Film), 1970
"Paint It Black"(Single release), 1966
"The Pajama Game"(Musical), 1954
Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra (Bloch concerto), 1917
"Apollo et Hyacinthus"(opera, Mozart K 38), 1767

Today in History:

The forces of Mary, Queen of Scots, are defeated by a confederacy of Scottish Protestants under James Stewart, Earl of Moray, her half-brother, 1568
A major earthquake in Santiago, Chile, kills 1/3 of the population, 1643
Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England  with eleven ships full of convicts (First Fleet) to establish a penal colony in Australia, 1787
Ecuador  gains its independence from Gran Colombia, 1830
The first performance of Finland's national anthem, 1848
Queen Victoria declares Britain neutral in the US Civil War, 1861
The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia, 1861
Thomas Edison performs the first test of his electric railway, 1880
The Royal Flying Corps (now the Royal Air Force) is established in the United Kingdom, 1912
Igor Sikorsky becomes the first man to pilot a four-engine aircraft, 1913
The first commercial FM radio station in the United States (WDRC-FM) is launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut, 1939
Winston Churchill makes his "blood, toil, tears, and sweat" speech to the House of Commons, 1940
The trade mark Velcro is registered, 1958
The Free Speech Movement is born at UC Berkeley, 1960
Dr. Zakir Hussain becomes the third President  of India and the first Muslim President of Indian Union, 1967
Large groups of students occupy Tiananmen Square and begin a hunger strike, 1989
Johnny Carson makes his last television appearance on Late Show with David Letterman, 1994
A 33 years old British mother, Alison Hargreaves, became the first woman to conquer Everest without oxygen or the help of sherpas, 1995
Star Trek: Enterprise broadcasts its final show in the U.S., 2005
Construction of the Calafat-Vidin Bridge between Romania and Bulgaria begins, 2007
In Belize, a construction company requiring road fill gravel destroys a 2,300 year-old Mayan pyramid, 2013


  1. and it is ALL a tremendous mitzvah.

  2. Well, people like you are gems in the neighborhood. Make sure you leave time for yourself, your family and your blog.

  3. I've known people like her. Bless her heart. Things are NEVER easy. NEVER!

    I love your new saying though and it's spot on.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

  4. I like that, a long short day. You are very kind to have helped her out so much. Good things return to those who help.

  5. How great of you to help this unfortunate soul. Heaven points.

  6. It's sad how hard it is to navigate the health system in this country, especially for those who use it the most. Good on ya for helping your friend out.

  7. It must be so hard to cope when the world throws so many obstacles in the way. If only everyone who needed one had a helping angel like you! I like your new 'long short day' expression.

  8. Thanks for helping Lizzie. I hope she catches more breaks in life.

  9. There was a lot of stuff in this, but the short of it is: I have the same birthday as Robert Pattinson!!! LOL
    I guess I am Team Edward. :)

    but I expect like your long day, not much will come of that. haha