So that Monday besides being the day bunny_hugger returned home was also the day my mother was released from the hospital. This wouldn't require too much a diversion from my ordinary drive home. For that matter, it let me return some library books to my alma mater, where I had this curious exchange: the front desk told me the circulation desk was closed but I could put books in the drop slot. They were closing in 15 minutes; it was Spring Break, after all. They have one of those self-check-out systems, though, so I asked if I could check books out myself. The clerk told me they were closing in 15 minutes. I could certainly find something worth reading in under 15 minutes, but I gathered that I couldn't top that mismatch between question and answer, so let it go.
I wasn't able to go to the parking garage because they were full up, but one of the parking meters beside the entrance was free, and even had nearly a full hour left. In her room, my mother was awake, alert, and rather impatient to go. We talked about the scarce developments since yesterday, and figured out what all to take and what to leave (in a moment which would delight my father's mother, my mother took home a wealth of sugar-substitute packets), and waited some more, and some more. Finally she went to ask what was holding up the actual release order. The nurse's station hadn't seen me come in --- my mother's room was just about next to the elevator up there --- so they were waiting for me. Ah.
While my mother worked out the last paperwork I was sent down, with my mother's credit card in my hoodie pocket and her new prescription in hand, to the Walgreen's in the building to get her prescription filled. After much investigation they figured out they didn't have that particular medication. We considered the Walgreen's near our home, a good plan which didn't work since they didn't have it either. Well, how about the CVS right near our home? They worked hard at their computers but couldn't get contact information for that store since apparently the Walgreen's computers are blocked from the CVS web site. Tch.
Through all this we spent enough time that my mother got her paperwork all finished and she joined the crowd trying to find anywhere in the state which might have the medication she needed. Happily there was a Walgreen's near the hospital and not much of a diversion at all, so, we went there. I managed to hit the curb with my rear tire while coming in, but, they had her prescription, and didn't even need my mother's credit card for a co-payment (or ``payment''), so both she and I completely forgot about the credit card until a couple days later when I washed my hoodie. The card dropped out of the washer quite neat and clean, with her signature on back wiped off. But the card looks to be in good order anyway, and my mother's not worse off either.
Trivia: The mannequin ``Ivan Ivanovich'' and the dog Zvezdochka (Little Star) flew Korabl-Sputnik 5 on 25 March 1961. Source: Animals In Space: From Research Rockets To The Space Shuttle, Colin Burgess, Chris Dubbs.
Currently Reading: In The Land Of Invented Languages: Esperanto Rock Stars, Klingon Poets, Loglan Lovers, and the Mad Dreamers Who Tried To Build A Perfect Language, Arika Okrent. katrus, you want this book.
PS: Disputed Cards, a little moment of things from the teaching of probability and how it set off a family squabble (not my family).