I had plans today for this blog, plans for posts about nieces and family visits and running and humidity.
But then I stepped outside. I crossed the street to our mailbox, opened it up, and hit the motherlode.
Oh, you thought "motherlode" referred to silver or gold or some other precious metal? Nay, friends, this is a motherlode:
A gift card to the grocery store that opened right about a week ago right here in Brave New World, Iowa. Now, our town is sufficiently small enough that we did not previously have a grocery store, but when it was announced around a year ago that Fareway was coming to town, well, the community just about lost its collective mind. You have no idea. People could not have been more excited if the President himself had decided to build a vacation home in our town- you know, to take advantage of the many amenities we have to offer, like, um... mile upon mile of corn fields, and... plenty of hog farms. It's a glamorous life we live around here, now with A GROCERY STORE! (You know those overly excited people I mentioned? I was undoubtedly one of them.) And now they're sending out gift cards?! Come on down, Mr. President: The corn is ripe and the bacon is plentiful. Amen.
A Breck's Wholesale Catalog, because do you know how many tulip bulbs I plant each fall? Neither do I, but the number is generally in the hundreds, because I can be the tiniest bit obsessive about some things, and tulips are most definitely one of those things. I've always been satisfied with the bulbs I get from Breck's- good-sized and healthy- and I haven't been able to find better prices yet anywhere else. This year I've got my eye on the Salmon Impression Tulip and World Impression Tulip. Their Anemone blanda mixture is also enticing, although I have a tough time spending my spring flower budget on anything other than tulips. Only three months until bulb planting, squeeee!
THIRD AND FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY
The sight of this package executed the twisted feat of filling me with tempered excitement and riddling me with anxiety, because apparently when my hopes begin to lift and float up where they don't belong, I get nervous.
Okay, so you know how Atticus has night terrors? Horrifying, screaming, out-of-control, unconscious episodes that have perforated around 80%-90% of the last four years' of our family's nights? Remember how we've tried everything? Remember the mountains of advice we've received from people (people: doctors, nurses, teachers, friends, family, strangers, google), how we've tried and tried and tried different things, but thus far our family has proven the depressing info you find in just about all of the medical literature: That there's nothing you can really do except stay calm (you know, FOR YEARS) until they grow out of it?
Well, this box contains the newest thing we're trying, "thing" being the Lully. My mom- who, bless her, has trolled the internet and special subscription-only medical databases and gone to sleep disorder seminars at her school nurse conferences, all trying to help us- she heard about the Lully via npr (who else hears or reads those three little letters and thinks, "Me! I'll try it! My hand is up, up, up!"), where their tech section did an article on this brand-spanking-new product, this pod-thing that you put under the afflicted child's mattress, sync up the associated app, and over a period of four weeks the Lully vibrates during a specific part of El Screamo's sleep cycle, not enough to wake them fully, just enough to disrupt and ward off the oncoming sleep disturbance.
The scary part is that this product did crazy-good during its testing and beta trials. Hope is a fragile thing, and at this point it's near-exhausting to feel it stir its brittle limbs, ready to once again haul itself up and try, try again. You'd think that at this point nothing would be capable of raising it, but my hope is evidently like a dust bowl farm, hard-scrabble and dry but still there, waiting for the (most likely nonexistent) rain. I haven't even been able to summon the courage to open the box, but once we get this thing out and ready, you can most likely expect Lully News to dominate the posts around here for some time to come.
Unless it doesn't work at all for Atticus. Which it probably won't. (Unless it does!)