Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I Think I Should Build an Ark

Two and a half weeks ago, I got a call from Daniel that the ceiling in the guest room had collapsed and water was everywhere. JOY!

Fast forward to last night. My bro in law is in town so he decided to pull up the flooring under the sink where the flood started. That is where we discovered that the flood was not just the dishwasher. Its a mess. My home owners is paying out for the damage but still. I hate water damage.

In other news the kitchen remodel is moving forward. The cabinets are ordered, the flooring is picked out. I looked at granite yesterday and I think I decided on which one to buy. I have the refridgerator sitting at Lowes waiting for delivery and I need to go look at the other applicances.

I just can't wait for June!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Middle Age?!

Only in your middle ages do you buy lacy underwear and IcyHot packs in the same transaction. Yes, I've come to that point in my life. I had to run a few errands for work which put me at an unnamed Big Box store. I happened to see some really cute underwear on sale and since I'm cheap in that area of apparel I decided to get some. Then I needed to get an Ace for my knee. I really messed it up in the run last Sat. I found IcyHot wraps and decided to try that instead. Then I contemplated the contents of my purchase. Odd.

When I was in high school we used to go to the store and buy the most odd combination of stuff we could think of just to see if the cashier would notice or comment. Back in my days of gay and reckless abandonment I would have never considered such a purchase. I just wonder what the cashier thought.

Oh, I didn't find the work item I needed so that was indeed my total purchase.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


The past few months I have been consumed with "The Conference" Every year I chair the local perinatal conference and its a big event but I've done it long enough I like to think that my committee and I have it down. This year was different. On October 26th I got a call (well two calls but I digress) The related call was from the UBC president who said "we can get Nils Bergman here in March do you want to combine conferences?" I said yes, I do but I have to get back with you because my mom called (other call) and my dad is at Huntsman Cancer with dehydration. I need to check on him. But lets meet next Th to plan. Of course that other call was far worse than anyone expected, dad died and his viewing was "next Thursday" So we post-poned the meeting for a few weeks. Thus we lost two weeks in the beginning and four weeks in the end for planning (we usually have the conference in April). Then I lost my secretary (blessing in disguise) So with a new assistant, joining committees and a fast turn around, we did it! We usually host 60-90 people and this year there were 230 attendees. We were at a new venue and we had breakout sessions. There was a lot to consider so I worked 10-12 hr days a lot for the past month. And then I took 4 days off work. I'm a total public health geek, but I not only got to pick Dr. Bergman up from the airport and help him get settled but he gave me a gift from South Africa and a huge hug when he left. Wow! We all have our moments of glory.

My sister is in town- she helped with my committee and attended the conference. Then she forgot to leave. So I am totally enjoying having her and a my niece to entertain me until her husband drives out in a few days. We laugh and drink wine and its awesome. But I am also a bad mom. I haven't done laundry and have been a total slacker on helping Keegan with his homework. Did I mention I don't like his teacher and so maybe its some kind of subliminal passive aggressiveness. I know he is a tricky child and that he has a hard time sitting still. Believe me I do know. and I also know that he has the most tender heart and great sense of humor when you look past the constant motion. She asked at parent teacher conferences if he had something going on in his life because he had been harder to deal with that week. When I said, I am working 12 hr days and we had to put our dog down she said "you can't go around making excuses for him." Excuse me?! You asked I didn't offer that info until you asked. I do believe those things would affect a highly sensitive kid so shut it! I didn't really say that out loud.

On another note, I am not making a job move. I'm both relieved and bummed. When the peds manager quit, my boss told me to apply for his job. I did even though I love what I do. Then the other director never even called me for an interview before hiring TJ. Really?! Everyone I work with who knew about it was shocked that she didn't even call me and that she hired someone that none of us care for. But oh well, I love what I do and I think I'll settle in to some catching up instead of jumping into a new position. Plus I am presenting at UPHA and I have to write a position paper for ICEA. Its not like I'm bored or anything.

My final big event for the last week was St. Patty's. Yes, I am an Irish Girl, short, red headed and fiery just the way they make 'em. I ran the Leprechaun Lope with my sister. Damn that was a hard course and I don't know my time because it seems there was a timing chip error. So somewhere between 35-37 min. Which is slow for me but my sciatica, periformus and knee were all bothering me. Plus did I mention the first 3/4 was uphill and I mean a steep grade. I busted the downhill for the last 1/4 but I had to walk parts of it. Its the first of the season so I'll do better at the Girl Scout Cookie Chaser next month.

After that we went to the parade- not because I like parades but because Mom does. She was reminiscing about how she had likely only missed 6 parades since the first one in 1979 smart mouth me said "I've probably only been to 6 since 1979." After that we went to Mass (Sat evening which is weird to me) since it was being said for Pappa. And finally my favorite part corned beef and cabbage. Oh I could just eat and eat and eat. I kept myself pretty much under control. But then just because some of the fam was going to missed the church sponsored corned beef, we did a repeat on Sunday at my house. Oh I love that stuff.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Heart Break Again

We got Lucky dog in 2001. He was the first dog I ever owned. He is the one who took me from being a cat person to a dog person. He was a Jack Russel Terrier and a lover. He would hug like no dog ever hugged. I would wrap his paws around my neck and hug him in tight. He liked to sing. Whenever he heard a harmonica or piano he would sing. Its really hard to have kids in theater and music when you have a dog who sings (howls) everytime they practice.

A couple of weeks he went downhill fast. I thought he had cancer but he had heart failure. Today we made the decision to let him rest in peace. No more pain. But now my heart is broken.

Worry Wart!

I wonder if you ever quit worrying about your kids? Wait, let me answer that, no. I never told my dad when I was going cross country skiing because he was terrified of avalanches. It didn't matter taht I ski groomed trails a places that close when the danger is high, he would still say, "Elizabeth, the avalnache danger is high today. I don't want to get a call." Reminding him that was the back country and that I had a greater risk of dying driving up the canyon did no good. He worried. And everytime one of us was heading home after a long trip, he stayed up until he got a call that everyone was safe and tucked into bed.

So yesterday I was the worry wart. Kate got a part as an extra on a set. She's been an extra in a few independent films but never a real live movie. Its some made for television thing and Tori Spelling said she was cute!!!!!!! But I digress. On Wednesday, all was smoothe. I dropped her off at the bus stop and she found the call location, got signed in and I picked her up at 7 Pm. (I really wish we weren't learning a lesson about crashing our car cause I am getting tired of driving) Friday was not so easy. They didn't call with the time or location. I checked the web page and it still said she was booked so I went with better safe than sorry (which made me sorry) Despite the fact that I could have slept a bit later that day, we got up a the crack of dawn and left the house before 7 to get Keegan to childcare (no school day) and get her to the mall where they were shooting. All the trucks were there, the set was still up, and no one was there. So we drove to the extra shuttle stop and found out that they were picking people up about 8. Rather than waiting in the cold, I told her I would just take her back to the mall and we could wait. Wait is what we did. At 820 I told her I had to get to work and could she see if the extra room was open. It was-phew. I left her and she called a bit later to tell me call time was 930- Bummer! Then she called at 10ish to tell me she wasn't on the list of Extras but that they were going to fit her in if they had room. Then I heard nothing until 3 when she said they would be done about 930-10.

At 930, I hadn't heard from her. So I kept reading my Jennifer Weiner on my Kindle Fire. Then it was 10, then 1030. Nothin. I couldn't read becasue I kept thinking the worst. I couldn't sleep becasue I would have to go get her. I asked Brian if I should just drive down there. He of course wasn't helpful. I tried to read again but what if her phone had died and her friend Kristin had left and she didn't dare ask anyone if she could borrow a phone so she was sitting on the street corner in the cold hoping I would come get her. I know, irrational, she can be flakey and she doesn't always like to talk to people but she would ask to borrow a phone. Back to the book. What if she went outside to see if I was there and got locked out?! UGH! Be rational! What if she decided to take Trax and then found out it was so late the transfer bus was no longer running and she was stuck somewhere in Salt Lake with a dead phone?! Not all that unrational because she only had one "bar" when I dropped her off.

I nudged Brian- "what should I do?" He grunted something. So I got mad-"why are you so unconcerned?!" "I'm driving down there!!!!" He said, well take your Kindle in case you have to sit. Really?! That is all he can think?! Our oldest child and only girl could be somewhere in the city at night wandering around aimlessly and all he has to say is take your Kindle!

I got in the car and not 2 seconds later my cell rang. "Hi mom, we are done, it should take about 30 minutes to finish the paperwork" I worried for nothing. I drove down and got to the mall just as she finished her paperwork. We drove home while she told me all about her brush with fame that Tori smiled at her and told the director "that one is really cute" and someone named Tia (I need to read pop magazines more) was really sweet and nervous to do her scene in front of the Extras. Then she took my car to go sleep at her friend's house. She is almost 20 years old. I know, by 20 I lived in my own apartment, I worked full time (at that very mall) and I never checked in with my parents. Oh wait, I still checked in with pappa when we got home from Captiol Reef a mere 3 weeks before he died. I guess we never stop worrying.