I am writing from the state of New York. That's right, Internet, I am mini-vacationing. I have come here to visit my dear friend Julie and her husband Sherwin. They are SO much fun. I have had a great time here, and am sad to leave. But, alas, I cannot stay forever. I DO have a life back home...really, I do.
Since I have been here, I have discovered much. Firstly, I have weird luck.
Let me explain.
This past Friday, Julie had a work luncheon and had to go in for, oh.... 'bout 2 hours. So being the thoughtful friend that she is, she took me to a local mall to shop( I LOVE TO SHOP) while I waited. It was, as stated previously, around lunch time, so I went to the food court. (side note: this is kinda 2 stories in one)I DO NOT like to eat by myself. Maybe it is because I am such a people person, maybe I just dislike my own company, whichever it is...I still hate it. So,being the thoughtful wife I am, I called Andy. HIS PHONE WAS OFF!!!! OFF!!! Andy never turns his phone off. NEVER. Then I think...Andy is having a problem with his phone, I wonder if he knows...I MUST TELL HIM. So I send him a text message to his work email. 2 min later I get am auto-reply email saying "Andrew Chastain is out of the office Friday Feb. 27th. I will not be back until Monday March 2nd." Um, that is weird. He never told me he was taking off today...What is he doing? So I went to my logical next best bet...the guy who saw Andy last. Richard. So I call up Richard.
Me: hey Richard, where is my husband?
Richard: I have no idea.
Me: I do not believe you. You sound like you are not telling the truth.
Richard: I am being honest I have no idea where Andy is.
Me: Richard, you are not telling me the truth, but I see I am getting nowhere here,so we will talk about this later.
I try to call Andy again...phone off
Now being truly alone, and being ticked off at Richard,I finish my lunch....alone, and begin to walk the mall. I walk down one side, go into a few shops. I get to the middle of the mall. Here there is a Starbucks, with couches and chairs all around...filled with people ( this is important)
All of a sudden, I get smacked on the back of my head. HARD. Before I can figure out what happened about 3 people come over and ask if I am OK. I say, Sure, but what happened?
A 6 foot metal bar fell from the ceiling and hit me on the head. Pain, shock, a bump, and plaster down my shirt....ahh the shopping experience.
So I give a report to the security guy... "I am fine. No, really. No I am not bleeding. No I do not want to see a Dr. Yes, I know I am pregnant. No I am not from here. Yes I am refusing medical attention. No. Yes. I AM FINE. thank you"
I then scoop my dignity off the ground and walk away with my newly smashed head held high. As soon as I get around the corner...I call Andy. PHONE OFF!
I call Richard. He picks up, and hangs up. DEATH TO RICHARD! I call again. He picks up, and hangs up. HE WILL PAY!
I call my sister. Ask if she knows where Andy is....Nope. Oh yeah, the mall ceiling fell on my head" Cari, do you think you could have a concussion? I never thought of that... Did I do the right thing turning down the Dr.? Who do I ask....
Andy? UMMM (if you have been following at all) NO!
I think, my mom, (cringe inside, because I know she will flip out and demand I go to the hospital....OK, I will call and be breezy, I will be flippant...SHE IS NOT THERE!!!
So I called Barb. She was there, gave me some good advise, told me Andy would surface at some point. made sure I was OK and let me go (slightly reluctantly) I will have you know I told Barb that Andy was up to something fishy. He is either doing something for me at home, or flying here.
So alone again. I went back to the place of the incident and sat down at the Starbucks to work on my bible study. Barb calls to check on me. I am fine. Andy FINALLY CALLS. He is very rushed and not listening....Finally I say. THE CEILING FELL ON MY HEAD! silence
Andy "what?" I told my story. I let him know I was fine. I asked where he was...
Andy: At a meeting.
What about the auto-reply?
Andy: Well, that is not right.
I think to myself, HE HAS TO SET THE AUTO REPLY HIMSELF! He has told me about it....I KNOW! I LISTEN!!
Andy: I gotta go, love you!
Bye. Where is he....my head hurts....what is he up to.
Julie gets there, I tell her what happened. She sees the ceiling, mouth hanging open, head shaking..."I leave you for 2 hours!" I tell her about Andy. She seems oddly unworried.
Turns out, when we get back to Julie and Sherwin's place...Andy is there. I love the man more that I can say. But the one time I need to reach him....
Richard we will talk when I get home.