Drive, drive, drive, drive, drive.
That is all I do. Really. All. I. Do.
Last week, I told y'all about Jimmy's lengthy hospital stay, and mentioned Jude's morning summer school, and afternoon Junior Lifeguards. Well...this whole thing turned into a massive logistical nightmare, which I'm still in the middle of.
The hospital is 4.2 miles from our house, summer school is 2.7, and Junior Lifeguards is at the beach, 17 miles away. But you all have to remember that these aren't regular miles, they are Los Angeles miles, so you have to factor in traffic. Much traffic. Endless, and I mean that, truly never ending, traffic. So the 2.7 miles to summer school takes at least 20 minutes, and the 17 miles to the beach takes between 1 to 2 hours. The other key location to factor in is the drop off for the carpool to Junior Lifeguards which is in the West Adams area, 4.6 miles/30 minutes away. So even when I don't have to drive to the beach, I still have to drive there. I also feel that I should add that with this unbelievable traffic, you don't simply drive. You maneuver and you avoid and you rethink. You slam on your brakes over and over and sit and sit going nowhere, feeling that your brain might explode if. You. Don't. Moooove.
"But why did you still have to drive carpool when your husband was in the hospital?" you ask. Well the problem is that there are only three kids in our carpool, and one of the families was having a similar problem to ours - the grandfather is in the middle of dying of cancer, and they were overwhelmed with moving him to LA and to a hospice situation. The dad of the third family REALLY saved the day by picking up most of the driving, and he picked up two of my driving days so I could take care of Jimmy/hospital business, but I just couldn't stick him with any more of the driving. And frankly...I really wanted to get the hell out of that damned hospital. So I drove.
Here are some recent sample days...
On the day that Jimmy was admitted to the hospital, I drove the following...
From our house to drop Jude at summer school, then back to our house to pick up Jimmy to take him to his doctors, where I left him while I drove back to summer school to pick up Jude. I then drove him to the carpool dropoff, where we realized we had forgotten his uniform, then had to drive home to get it, then I had to drive him all the way to the beach, then back to the doctors office, to pick up Jimmy and take him to the hospital and have him admitted. I then had to drive back to the carpool meeting place to pick up Jude and then home. A total of...calculating...65.4 miles. Like the stress of the husband in the hospital thing wasn't enough.
On the day after Jimmy got home from the hospital, I drove the following...
From our house to summer school From summer school to an audition in Santa Monica. From Santa Monica back to summer school for pick up. To the carpool meeting place. To the beach. Back to Hollywood for a second audition. Back to the beach to pick up the boys. Back to the carpool drop off. Back home. A total of...98.7 miles. I kid you not.
The day before yesterday, I drove the following...
From our house to summer school. From summer school to our house to pick up Jimmy, I then took him to a follow up doctors appointment. Back to our house after the appointment, dropped Jimmy, then back to summer school to pick up Jude. Then to the carpool pick up, then out to the beach, but not just the regular beach, a special surfing beach up the coast from Malibu. I hung out there until they were ready to come home, drove back to the carpool drop off and then home. The drive back from Malibu at the end of the day took...brace yourselves...TWO AND A HALF HOURS. Bumper to bumper. A grand total of...93 miles.
Are you exhausted yet? Do you have a cramp in your butt and a shooting pain up the left side of your body from the car seat?
A few saving graces to all this driving.
- Prius uses virtually no gas.
- Drive thru Starbucks.
- This is the view when I get to the beach...
Okay, despite that picture, my blood pressure just shot up thinking about all that driving. Tomorrow should be an easy day. Only about 44 miles. I'm going to go have a glass of wine and rest up. Wish me luck.