I've been intensely lucky lately. Fate has been looking out for me.
Exhibit A: I was driving with Lauren and we were stopped at a red light. It was late at night and no one was around, and I stopped to light a cigarette. The light turned green, but my cigarette hadn't caught fire yet, so I waited a few extra seconds before stepping on the gas...and a car came blowing through a red light at at least 80 MPH and cut me off. If I had gone exactly when the light turned green, I would have been very sorry.
Exhibit B: Only a day or two later, I was driving to work with Aaron and we were stopped at a red light. The light turned green and I was about to go, except there was a little fruit fly that was trying to get in my window so I waved it off. A second later, just as I was stepping on the gas, a car came flying down the road in front of me. We don't even know where they came from (as far as we could tell, they were going the wrong way down a one way street) and they definitely would have hit me.
Exhibits C and D: I was making a long, late night trip through CT in some really dense fog, when a deer crossed the road in front of me. I didn't see it until I was nearly on top of it, but luckily it was in the next lane over so I was in the clear. But I couldn't help thinking...If I had left just a few seconds earlier...! Similarly, I was driving to pick up Lauren when a deer apparently decided to be really stupid and just darted in front of me and then continued to run IN my lane. I barely had enough time to slam on my brakes.
YEP. That's a tornado. It blew through ALL the towns that surround me and did really extensive damage in the city I work in. It blew right by my office building and everything. About 95% of the cars that park in my parking lot had their windows blown out due to the pressure and flying debris. BUT, this all happened on a Wednesday. MY DAY OFF. So I somehow miraculously escaped all of it. (Except I was very worried when I couldn't reach Lauren or Mary for hours!) All my friends are fine, although Katie's mom was trapped in a store for hours, and a tree fell on the home of another friend.
So, while I am intensely grateful for who or whatever is looking out for me these days, I'm also just really bummed today. I am missing people that I have no business missing, stressed out looking for a new job and crossing my fingers I can make July's rent payment by some miracle. (Our pay is being drastically reduced at work, to the point where even if I can find a minimum wage job near my home, it will be a step up.)
In my ongoing quest to make life "just be easy for once", I am failing so far. But I hope whatever force is keeping me from getting sucked up by twisters has saved just a little good news to throw my way soon. I could use it.