Today's one of those "glass is half full" days. It's May Day, a national holiday. The weather is GORGEOUS; it truly couldn't be a more perfect spring day.
But both of the girls are still sick, in no way well enough to leave the house and do anything...
I also still needed to make my weekly trip to stock up on groceries at Auchon, the discount French grocery store where shopping is a bit of a contact sport.
On top of that, I had to track down the special intestinal care cat food the doctors prescribed for Lyalya—and it took an hour and a half to finally get some!
The icing on the cake is that the burn on my hand is infected, so I had to go to the doctor's to get it checked out.
But you know what?
Most Muscovites have left town for the three-day weekend, so the roads were nearly empty! No traffic! The grocery store wasn't crowded, I had no trouble finding parking spots, and I didn't have to wait at all to see a doctor. I was also delighted to discover that a Starbucks has just opened in the complex where I go to that grocery store.
So sure, it took me five hours to get all of that stuff done—but I had no stress on the road, no cop stopped me to extort money (that usually happens on holiday weekends), and I had a latte in hand. The girls are bickering and they got into stuff while unsupervised when I was gone... But it's not getting to me since I know I have Monday off from work due to the three-day-weekend.
(It's understandable that they're testy; they've been cooped up home sick for a week and a half... And I didn't leave them home alone; their dad was here asleep. He, um, still hasn't gotten up and it's 5:40 p.m.... But he did have multiple all-nighters at work in the past few weeks).