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People, it has been a week. And it's not even Friday.

Starting LAST Friday...

-we drove through that crazy fucking Ring of Fire Derecho (best name ever y/y?) and are very VERY lucky nothing larger than rocks or hail hit our windshield, as there were trees flying around, and we needed an entire new windshield as it was
-relatedly, for the first time in... ever, we were the first people with power back (usually we are the first out, last back. I consider this payback for 5 years of PEPCO-related asshatery)
-however, there is still a GIANT FUCKING TREE blocking half of our circle, so people can only come around from the right, not the left, but I can't really bring myself to care all that much, since it ~only~ landed on a lamppost and a car, and didn't take out any power lines
-(also, the other GIANT FUCKING TREE that had cut off access from the right - Friday when we got home we had to park and walk through the storm to get home - has been cleaned up. in part by a tiny old asian man with a knife. he was freaking hard core.)
-Saturday it took us nearly an hour and a half to find an open gas station AND obtain gas, so it's awfully good we have AAA, who brought us two gallons, or we would've run out of gas long before we were able to get more
-Then we drove up to PA/NJ, while slowly watching the cracks in our windshield grow ever larger (from about 3" and about 5" to about 11" and about 9", by the end of the trip). 
-And then go to Wall*mart, aka hell on earth, to get some clothes, since even if we'd had time, energy and, well, power, we weren't allowed to do laundry on Friday night or Saturday morning
-After which, we got to go to my aunt and uncle's house for my cousin's graduation party. 
-Yes, THAT aunt and uncle. (happy to add you to filter if you can't see it; I haven't updated filters in a million years. but really, it was disgusting and bad and you probably don't need to see it. Was going to post the DW equivalent link, but apparently my journal only imported back to somewhere in 2009? Weird. *pokes*
-um. It wasn't as bad as I thought or feared it would be? It was actually kind of good? In that way that's for the best, but really freaks you out at the same time.
-Including talking with one of cousin's cousins (her father's side) who was a giant prat as a child, and still was, when with his siblings, but on his own was really nice and talkative and that was just plain WEIRD
-ANYWAY. Sunday was just a great big THING, including lots of panic from work because
-O HAI new boss (executive director) started on Sunday! Just after giant freaking storm! and had no email access or anything and had no idea what to do!
-and so I spent 3.5 hours in a car on Sunday night, rescuing housemate from airport, and dealing with work stuff, and having not eaten dinner
-at which point I find out that my good friend's husband has died
-but I still need to work
-and Beeb's first day of school was supposed to be Monday
-only it wasn't because we had no power at work, 
-it was Tuesday, but she wasn't there because we had my friend's husband's funeral to go to
-and then I DID go to work, where there was - and still is - no internet
-so we don't have any today, even though they called me and told me it was back up yesterday
-which sucks only in small part because it's our new fiscal year and we have, oh, 10s of thousands of dollars of credit cards we have to run, which we can't do without internet
-and then today WAS Beeb's first day of school, which went pretty well and she was awesome and didn't cry and didn't want to go home when I went to get her (they ramp up to full days for new kids), which was both amazing (we're raising a strong, independent girl), and a bit sad (it would be nice to feel wanted!)
-and work was frustrating because we still can't do much WORK at work without internet, and new boss is, well, new, and so still learning things, and there's been a lot of "so... this is how [x] happens, only I can't show you until the internet is back"
-and also the office manager has been on a cruise all week, and the other admin in the office both likes to take responsibility and also stresses out really quickly, so needless to say SHE'S BEEN REALLY REALLY STRESSED
-and then I get to go sit Shiva with my friend tonight or Sunday

Tomorrow is Friday. 

Maybe I'll get to take a breath? 

I would like to thank J for helping us get through this week. Also my meds. Times A MILLION. Because holy crap, people
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