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Is this some kind of reverse karma?

So, I got into Atlanta last night on my accidental first class ticket (such a nice way to fly, especially when you don't mean to). Went right through customs and security with no difficulties, my aunt picked me up pretty much right as I stepped out of baggage claim, I went to her house and hugged my puppy dog, and then got a latte at Starbucks. All in all, a pretty good travel day. Today I slept late at my aunt's and headed home this afternoon. It's about a 2 hour drive, depending on traffic, and it went remarkably smoothly. Then I got home. 

When I put my key in the lock it just kept turning and turning without ever unlocking. Thankfully, I had the other front door (it's an eccentric old house) rekeyed to match the main door when I locked myself out before and, thankfully, the key worked in that door today. Unfortunately, I can't lock the door from the inside because it doesn't close right. So I have to go in this funny door that sits at an odd angle at the front corner of the house, then go through to the main door to go back out to shut the funny door. Whatever, it's cool.

But when I got in the house I noticed this odd smell, like something might have died. It appeared to be emanating from the kitchen. I felt a bit like John Watson when I opened the fridge, except I might have perfered the human body parts to the mélange of decomposing organic matter and more varieties of mold in greater quantities than I ever care to see again. Apparently the bloody thing quit working fairly soon after my departure. I can't even begin to describe the horrors contained within the freezer. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to face ice cream again. And the stench... My God, it is putrid. Thankfully, trash pickup is tomorrow so the erstwhile contents of my fridge will be carted away before the neighbors have to suffer along with me. I attacked it with the cleaning supplies I had on hand which was 1/4 bottle Pine-Sol, vinegar, and Lysol. Eventually, I decided that there is no way I'm going to be able to countenance putting food in there again so I got my keys and went to Lowes. Since my washer and dryer are well into their second decade of service and do on occasion make rather disheartening noises, I was not anticipating a refrigerator to be my next major purchase. But, I bit the bullet and the men will cart the foul machine away tomorrow.

The contents of my office are still in my dining room while the roof is in flux. My luggage, 72 lbs of dirty clothes, is still in the trunk of my car. A month's worth of mail was dropped on my doorstep this evening. A colony of ants is apparently attempting to annex my bathtub, if the large spider in the shower window doesn't stake a claim first. My dog has a bald patch on her butt and sores that may or may not be secondary to an allergic reaction to the canned cat food she consistently pilfered while staying with my aunt. I'm hoping it'll resolve and we can avoid the vet, but who knows. I gotta pay my bills, and do my taxes, and get started on credentialing for my fellowship that starts this summer, and finish my stupid research project (okay, start my stupid research project), and get ready for my family medicine boards next month...

You can't make shit like this up. I still haven't decided whether this turn of events calls for tears or laughter. I do know that I'm a bit overwhelmed at the moment and would very much like to be treating malaria and intestinal worms a little further south right about now. My mama says that you have to eat an elephant one bite at a time, but right now the prospect makes me a bit nauseated...  But the sky was blue today, it's cool outside, the Lenten roses and camellias are blooming, and it will be very nice to sleep in my own bed tonight.  *sigh*  Tomorrow is another day. 


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Feb. 28th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
First, welcome home!

Second, OMG, what died in your frig? Sounds like it kaput while you were gone.

You know what's in order? A little R&R. Rest up, hon, and forget about bad karma.
Feb. 28th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
Thanks. Back in good ol' SC.

The fridge was definitely DOA. Some of the mold was producing sulfur...

Imma try real hard. Thanks again, dear!
Feb. 28th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
I recommend laughter and a good shot of something alcoholic. *hugs*
Feb. 28th, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
Did you know that wine corks mold? I mean, the mold literally eats it away. *shivers* Such a shame. But laughter I can do. It's pretty ridiculous. :-)
Feb. 28th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Good God. I'm sorry luv, but all I could do during this whole thing was Laugh. You poor thing..
Feb. 28th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
Laugh on. It's really the best response, I think. :-)
Feb. 28th, 2012 03:35 am (UTC)
{{HUGS}} My goodness gracious! After something like this, my mama would say, "If it ain't rainin' it's pourin'." I'm so, so glad to hear you're safely home, but oh dear, I wish you'd had a much nicer, stress-free homecoming! Good luck with all those upcoming research and work challenges and make sure you're taking very good care of yourself throughout all the overwhelming-ness of everything. {{More Hugs}} for good measure.
Feb. 28th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
I could definitely some hugs right about now, so yours are much appreciated. :-)
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
Welcome home!
Sleep Well, and try not to be eaten by the contents of the fridge as they make their way back into the house, wondering why you kicked them out of their cozy little fridge.
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
I'll keep the door locked. ;-)
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Feb. 28th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dearheart. It's such a daunting prospect, and my procrastination tendencies itch like my mosquito bites... I step at a time and quit scratching! :-P
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Mar. 1st, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes. The situation does seem a bit surreal...trying to keep smiling! :-)
Feb. 28th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear.


Tomorrow, indeed. You'll get there.
Mar. 1st, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Breathing is good...
Feb. 29th, 2012 05:43 am (UTC)
Oh,ouch. Not comparable to your horror, but on Saturday I flipped a Frozen Custard Sundae over in the rental car and created a fine example of centrifugal force--coated my glasses, matted my hair, dripping over the stereo (hopefully no one wanted to use the CD player), over my shoe, the floor, some on the ceiling. All I had to clean up with a packet of handy wipes and a purse package of Klennex.

And yeah, you just have to say, "Well, that just happened" and laugh or you'll cry for awhile.
Mar. 1st, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Oh no! At least we still have our sense of humor. Take care, dear!
Feb. 29th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
It appears that you're right on top of it and taking steps, though. You'll get through this with astounding competence.
Mar. 1st, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
I appreciate your vote of confidence!
Mar. 1st, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
My first thought was,what the F**K... How dreadful to come back to all that shit...but it isn't is it? You have your health and a vocation and your dog! Everything else is incidental! I might have been tempted to cry...but really I think I would have ended up laughing at how ludicrous it all was!!

Wecome home!
Mar. 1st, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It is pretty surreal... :-)
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Mar. 1st, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And you're right. I'm glad I didn't have to go back into work til today. I really appreciate your sympathy and the snuggles! *hugs*
Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:55 am (UTC)
Oh man.

Welcome back!!

I'm so sorry about your fridge, though. What a welcome home gift.
Mar. 9th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Thanks. It's been so strange... Hope y'all are doing well!
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