Friday, January 28, 2005

Your inconvenience is not my emergency

While I was in the midst of a work crisis yesterday, I got a phone call from my niece, Jessica. My sister, Donna, was experiencing vertigo again and needed medicine. She shouldn't drive when she's having that problem. The pharmacy at Wal-Mart closes at 7 p.m. and the phone call was around 6:15 p.m.

So, I rushed what I was doing, asked someone else to help and rushed over to pick up Jessica. On the way to Wal-Mart, she told me that her sister, Suzanna, was supposed to pick up the medicine before her drill team practice from 6 to 8 p.m. Suzanna blew it off, saying she would go after practice. I don't know if she was planning to break into the pharmacy (joke) or what. Donna is supposed to tell her doctor today if the medicine is working. It's kind of hard to do that if she doesn't have the medicine.

Now, considering all the times I picked Suzanna up from work before she got her car, even a couple of times that Kent drove into Fort Dodge from Otho to pick her up because her mom was working and Suzanna would have had to walk from her work to her mom's work late at night ... well, the words "incredibly selfish" pop into my head.

Suzanna, your inconvenience is not my emergency. I was working. I had to leave work and run Jessica around and I didn't have time to have my own supper until after I got home - after 11 p.m. Instead of supper, I had some pretzels and a Reese's miniature.Thanks for the consideration you give your family. I'm sure we'll be able to repay you someday.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Happy Birthday to me ...

Well, actually, my birthday was Monday, but since Kent hasn't yet baked the promised cake, it's not over yet. ;)

Sunday night, Amanda stepped on a toothpick (probably left by one of Cayla's crafty projects) and it broke off in her foot. I called the managed health care office to see if we can change doctors, the doctor's office listed on her medical card and our doctor's office. I was told a) I missed a deadline but they would see what they can do, b) call our doctor's office, and c) take her to the emergency room because they don't have the equipment to remove the object. So, I took her to the ER.

A podiatrist removed the splinter, which was just a teeny, tiny thing. I'll be taking her to his office today so he can check for infection. After the ER, we went to Kum & Go and used a bunch of the coupons that were part of the company Christmas gift at my work. Then I went to the post office and took her home. She hasn't been back to school because I kept her home Tuesday - couldn't keep a bandaid on - and school was cancelled yesterday because of the weather.

Cayla had art class on Tuesday, she was upset when I picked her up. I asked the teacher if it was related to Cayla's "raging perfectionism," and she agreed. I totally understand this. There are many times when if I can't do something right, I won't do it at all (or put it off until I can, which is why I haven't scrapbooked in years!). I call my problem "procrastinating perfectionism," or putting things off until I can do them right.

Now it's time to get ready for work (with less than 4 hours of sleep) and doctor's appointment for Amanda. Fun. ;)

Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Brrrr ... Grrrr

Shovel, shovel, shovel, pant, pant, pant, pant, pant, pant, pant, pant, pant.

That was me when I got home from work and couldn't get the car into the driveway until I had shoveled it. There were three people at home and one was an adult, but nobody could shovel the driveway. Too bad all their arms are broken. What's that you say? Their arms aren't broken? Well, maybe we should do something about that.

Reportedly, Fort Dodge got 7-9 inches of snow and it hasn't stopped yet. Parts of Hwy 169 were just fine to drive on, while other parts were really bad. It took me at least 20 minutes to make the short drive from Fort Dodge to Otho, about the same time I spent shoveling an area about 10 feet wide by 25 feet long and 8 inches deep. Somebody else can figure the volume or cubic footage or whatever out for me - I'm too tired.

Sunday, January 2, 2005

Sunday on ice

We (a great deal of Iowa) were treated to freezing rain for much of yesterday. So, apparently (based on a phone call from Mom) we're only having Sacrament meeting today. I have some business with the bishop, so I'll be there. I don't feel prepared for my Sunday School lesson, so I feel a mixture of relief and disappointment. Relief because I was concerned about giving the lesson and disappointment because in a strange way, I was looking forward to the lesson.

Updates: On Dec. 19, my car decided that "Drive" wasn't going to work, so I ended up driving home from church in second gear. From Fort Dodge to Otho, on P59. I would pull over and let long strings of cars go by, then start driving again. Got home safely, if a bit scared. It wasn't until the following Thursday that we were able to add transmission fluid, so I drove Kent's car - the 1993 Ford Escort wagon. (Manual transmission - ugh)

So, Kent put transmission fluid in the car and tried it out. It would go forward, but not in reverse. We figured that meant either a) an expensive transmission fix or b) something not so expensive, but we could never trust the car again. So, we junked it. The car took its last drive last Monday, to the junkyard. We got $40 for it because we kept the battery. Otherwise, we would have gotten $50. We took the battery back to the place where we bought it in November and they gave us back the money (in store credit). That was fine with us. ;)

And, I'm buying Donna's Chevy Lumina sedan. It needed a new starter, and that's been fixed, at my expense. It also needs something done about the windshield wipers, which don't work properly. They go out, but don't come back. The one on the passenger side goes so far that it goes on the side by the door. So, I'll have to get that fixed before too long. It probably needs new tires, too, but I'm hoping that can wait a month or so.

Well, it's time to get ready for church. See ya later. ;)