Tuesday, September 27, 2011
On a brighter note, this weekend when I was out with the ladies I told them about my crazy mis-adventure to the Dermatologist to have a skin cancer exam and they said there is a Dermatology Center 75 miles in the other direction, but that they also have a doctor who comes to our local clinic once and a while. I called the local clinic who referred me to their main office. I called and TOLD THEM WHERE I LIVED and asked when they were coming over again, and she said he is coming over this Friday and still had an afternoon appointment. So there I go, I am still going to see a Dermatologist, go me!
And...Dustin emailed the CO job and asked if they had made a selection yet and they said they are wrapping up reference checks this week, so we are still waiting. This is good as we were thinking they were probably already done and waiting on the candidates to accept their offers, but nope, we are still in the running! Dustin looked at some of the real estate there tonight and one of the houses that we loved was reduced another $14,000 so that is awesome if we do get it.
Last night we booked our reservations for our annual anniversary vacation celebration in two weeks. We were holding out to see if we heard anything back about the Colorado job, because if we got it we would go and house hunt, but we have not so we decided to go to San Diego, California. I have been there for work and loved it, but I didn't get to do any of the sight seeing stuff. Last year we went to northern California for our trip and it rained the whole time. Even so we took Austin to the beach for the first time and he was in love, so cross your fingers that the weather is good for us in San Diego and Austin can play at the beach and maybe go swimming too. We booked a Homewood Suites by Hilton in Del Mar. It has a kitchenette and a separate bedroom, so we thought it would be more comfortable for the three of us.
We will drive there on Friday, then stay until nap time on Monday at which time we will drive half way home to Primm, NV where we booked a room. They have a buffalo shaped pool, so that should be pretty fun for Austin. We were thinking on Saturday, my 33rd birthday, we would go to the beach and relax. Sunday we would like to do Sea World. We were thinking of doing another attraction Monday morning, but they are pretty expensive for only a half day so we may just go back to the beach. I am so ready for a vacation!!!
Monday, September 26, 2011
On the shopping front I got some new Clinique mascara, some fun new things to wear for my anniversary next weekend, and some kitchen supplies including some new cooling racks, a grill rack to do fish/veggies/shrimp and a bagette loaf pan.
Dinner was AMAZING! I have had Japanese a few times and only ever had one other good experience with it. I really need to stick to the Tapan/Hibachi (I'm not really sure what the difference is?) style because that is what I have enjoyed the most. We all got some sort of appetizer and I picked California rolls, I know pretty plain, but they were very yummy and I am not into the raw sushi. Then it came with salad and soup and for the main course I got Hibachi combo of steak and shrimp. The shrimp were actually pretty boring, but the steak was melt in your mouth incredible. One of the girls I was with was very daring and into sushi and she got this catepillar roll:
The last time we did one of these outings we saw Bridesmaids, which I absolutely loved. I wish I could say the same about I Don't Know How She Does It, but even though it had funny moments, it was just way too real and the whole purpose was to reflect on the role of working mothers and how they have to juggle their lives and deal with society's pressures and stereotypes. I actually teared up three times during the movie and cried afterwards. We all talked about it after and it hit home differently for each of us. Four of the five in our group are working Mommy's and one stay-at-home. It's such a hard struggle to decide to go back to work or stay at home and find balance and sanity in either. Some days I think I would love to stay home, but then I also love my work and love that Austin has been learning so much at the Learning Center. The one line I loved the most in the movie, she says she loves having a two year old boy because he makes her feel like a celebrity in a world with no critics, I TOTALLY AGREE!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Last week was the first week of the challenge, but I fell flat on my face and only picked 5 of the winners. This week the gift certificate is for Subway and here are my pics:
So far we have been playing for 4-5 years and never won anything. Several times my husband and I tied the winner and gotten our names in the paper, but the tiebreaker is to pick the combined scores of all 10 games, and thus far we have never won the tiebreaker. This week I picked 408 as my tiebreaker.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
To start off the day I have to back up to this weekend where on Sunday I went with the boys to the Forest Service horse barn to feed Dustin's work horses and let Austin play while Dustin unpacked some gear from his pack trip. Instead of putting on shoes I just slipped on a pair of sandals and thought nothing of it. We got over there and Austin was enjoying playing in the horse trailer and I was standing by there keeping an eye on him. I saw there was an ant hill not far from the trailer, but I wasn't standing right by it, so not to concerned. Then all of sudden I got that intense burning sensation on the bottom of my left foot and sure enough, a red fire ant bit me right in the middle of the bottom of my foot. I was in bad pain so we went home where I iced it and put cortisone cream on it. Monday it was crazy itchy all day and I continued to ice/cream it. Yesterday I woke up a little when I heard Dustin start his truck. He left early because he was going to take the horses out to pack out some of his co-workers. Normally I would just happily dose back off, but in my half awakened state I scratched the ant bite with the toe nails of my right foot and got it all inflamed and itchy again, so no going back to sleep. Then Austin woke up early too so we were off and running.
Then I realize that I forgot to move over Austin's car seat from Dustin's truck so I can transport all three boys to the Learning Center. Since we were up early this was ok so we load up and run over the horse barn, grab the car seat and head home. We got the boys and I delivered everyone to the Learning Center and headed to work. In all the busy-ness though I never took the time to eat breakfast, so all I had until lunch time was a snack sized bag of peanut M&M's out of the Tribal Chairman's candy dish at work.
I scheduled a dermatologist appointment for around lunch time so I checked out and headed to Page which is about 75 miles+. I planned out my drive to give me 15 minutes of flex time, figuring that they like you to get there a little early anyway to fill out paperwork. On my way I got stopped at a road construction site and I waited, and I waited, and I waited...for 30 stinkin' minutes!!! I can understand them holding up traffic for 10-15 minutes, but seriously 30 minutes! So now I'm 15 minutes late for sure and in a dash to get there.
So at this point I have to give a little more background, I looked up this dermatologist on my insurance providers website and did a 100 mile radius search knowing there would not be one here. It pulled up this doctor and gave an address in Page that I knew roughly was in the vicinity of the hospital which is where the two other clinics are and an opthomology practice. I called the number listed with the address and made the appointment, and to my surprise they had more than one doctor. (in hind sight I should have seen this as a red flag) I asked if this was at the clinic and she said their address which was on Turquoise Drive instead of Navajo Drive like the website said. So I Mapquested it and it generally came up with how to get to Turquoise Drive, in PAGE, but did not list the specific address, which is actually common around here because of the remoteness, our home address does not register on Mapquest either. So I find this Turquoise Drive in Page and it's about a two block stretch in the middle of a trailer park. In a panick, and already 15 minutes late, I took a spin around the hospital/clinic vicinity thinking maybe there was another leg of Turquoise and came up with nothing. I stopped in at the Urgent Care Clinic to see if they knew where it might be and she didn't have a clue. I showed her the phone number and she said "Oh, that's a Flagstaff number". She said once in a great while a dermatologist visits Page, but they would see patients at the hospital which was the Navajo address.
So now totally frustrated I head out realizing this trip was a total waste. I was heading back down the hill out of Page and I hear a noise like something hitting the frame of my car and then hear a thunking noise and realize my car is leaning to the right. I pull off and find that my right front tire is flat as a pancake. I also failed to mention previously that over the weekend I misplaced my cell phone and looked for it a little, but hadn't yet found it. So here I am stuck in Page, no cell phone, it's well in the 90's, I know no one there, and even if I had a phone, Dustin was out in the wilderness with the horses=no cell reception either. I dig out the owner's manual and start trying to teach myself how to change a flat tire. I made it as far and getting the jack and tools out and lowered the spare tire. I could not figure out how to release the tire and of course was completely stressed, frazzled, hungry, itchy foot and hot.
Then my guardian angel showed up. This nice young Navajo man in a minivan pulls up and gets out. He is wearing a business shirt and slacks, so I was surprised that he stopped. He told me to go ahead and ease it up into the parking lot into the flattest place possible, did I mention that I was driving down a hill when this happened?, while he changed into jeans and a t-shirt. He came over and went right to work on putting my spare tire on. I chatted with him and found out that he came to Page from Phoenix, depending on where at in Phoenix it would be nearly 300 miles, that day for a job interview at the power plant on the other side of town which he just finished and decided to drive around town to see the sights before heading home. He used to work in a tire shop before getting laid off and totally knew what he was doing. When he finished he even followed me over to the Walmart Tire Center to make sure I made it safely. I had $21 on me and offered that I could write him a check for more. He said he would not take it, that I should pay it forward. When he left me off at Walmart I again offered to buy him lunch and he refused, what a compassionate person!!! So in addition to helping someone else in the near future, I have been praying for Ron that he gets the job that he was applying for.
I leave my car at the tire center and go get lunch and do some shopping. When I went back to check on it he said he found the puncture and it was way too damaged to repair, so I would need a new tire. Since they were $132 a pop, and I figured I should replace two of them instead of just the one, I asked him if he thought my spare would make it the 75 miles home. We had a real tire for a spare and he said it was in great condition and would be fine, but if some other road hazard damaged one of my tires I would be stuck in the desert without a spare or a cell phone. I decided to give it a try since I wanted Dustin to make the call. I headed home and made it back just in time for 30 minutes of work and then time to pick up Austin.
I got home and told Dustin about my day and busted into tears. I was actually proud of myself for holding out for so long and staying strong through the adversity. He took us out to dinner so I didn't have to cook and was so sympathetic and sweet. He felt bad that he wasn't there for me, or that we never thought to have me learn to replace a tire before.
I did the insurance provider search again today and if you expand it to 200 miles this doctor comes up listed in Flagstaff with that same phone number. I keep thinking about whether or not to call and let them know, or to call the insurance provider and complain, or was it completely my fault. It seems like to me if they list a phone number it should be given with the corresponding address and if there is an alternate site, they should note that you have to call their primary office to make the appointment. But then again, this is probably a rare occurrence, so would they care anyway. When I got home they had not called to leave a message, so I don't know if they will go ahead and charge me for the appointment or not. On top of everything else I'm disappointed that I did not get my skin cancer screening either.
I usually go to bed at 10:30-11pm, but last night I was ready for bed at 9:00pm. I slept until 6:00am and woke up feeling refreshed. I hope this little gray cloud I have had over my head the last few weeks goes away soon!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
- I really feel like I need to get my blogging on. I got a comment this weekend from kbreints at A Little Crazy and a Lot of Love that she just posted her 1,481 post. I figured this was among all three of her blogs as she also has one to showcase her awesome photography, Bird's Eye View, and Portal to the Past which is a collection of beautiful photos that her Grandmother Inez took many years ago. But NOPE, she confirmed that all 1,481 came from A Little Crazy and she has been blogging there for only four years! I have been blogging for about two now (I looked it up, my first post on blogger was September 18, 2009, happy almost 2nd blogiversary to me!) and I have a whopping 243 posts total, like I said blog on Sarann!
- So we did not go to the bowling party last weekend, it was just too far. We opted to stay home and watch the TV debut of the Wyoming Cowboys, and it was a good football game.
- For quite some time now I have thought that I should finally get brave and go see a dermatologist and have a skin cancer screening done. I got burnt a lot as a kid and fake-baked in college. I have been passing the buck and read a while ago that it's becoming more and more difficult to see a dermatologist because there aren't enough to go around. It was easier for me to shrug it off as I won't be able to get in for months anyway. So today I got a health email that I subscribe to from WebMD and it was about detecting skin cancer and got me all worked up. I have one dark mole on right ankle that worries me. The darkness is the only thing that fits the melanoma profile, but still it was enough to make me search out dermatologist providers. The one that popped up is in Page, AZ which is where the bowling alley is, so 75 miles away. I called expecting them to say they wouldn't be able to see me until sometime next year, but guess what...they had three open appointments next Tuesday, and it's even a lady doctor! So no more excuses, I'm going to get checked out.
- Yes I know how dumb fake-baking is now, but dang I looked good all tan!
- Still no word on the job yet- patience, patience, patience...ok I'm good!
- Austin is counting to ten now completely on his own with no help, it is so cool! The other day he counted to ten and then repeatedly said something like "fourteen" over and over and over like he thinks all the teen numbers just sound the same.
- Oh, the twin babies are here, born 9-10-11 and doing great for 34 weeks. One was just over five pounds and the other was just under, so pretty big for so early. Names are Lucy and Aaron.
- This morning I was running a tad on the late side and the kids that I drive to school got here a tad on the early side, so I didn't quite have Austin dressed when they got here. I went and opened the door and the older boy came running into Austin's room. I told him to tell his Mom to come in and she came all the way to the bedroom too, which you have to pass through my kitchen to get there. Dustin is out in the field so last night I had to do all the Austin parenting myself and by the time I got him in bed my Mom called and I talked to her until after 10:00pm. Then I was too tired to clean the kitchen so there was all the dirty dishes in the sink and on the island I still had the pear peels and chopped tomatoes from dinner that I had not composted yet. I realized when I came out with the boys that my friend got to see all that... oh well. I honestly don't know how single parents or military parents do it when their spouse is deployed. I am ready for Dustin to be home!
- Tonight was Mommy-Son date night. When we got to Pizza Hut I heard a little voice say "is that Austin" and I looked and it was one of his old daycare girlfriends on a Daddy-Daughter date. When they were leaving I heard the Pizza Hut guy say "tell your daughter to keep reading those books" so I thought maybe they were cashing in a Book It certificate. That is such a cool program and I really commend Pizza Hut for participating in that program. I have many found memories of getting to endulge in pizza with my Book It certificates.
- I just yawned, so I guess I should quit rambling on and get to bed so I don't have another late morning.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
My friend Wendy's water broke last night, she is the one pregnant with twins after four rounds of IVF. She had to be medivaced from where she lives to Ankorage for an NICU since they are at 34 weeks. They made it there safe and sound and are in the process of delivering those sweet babies!!!
It's Ag Day at CSU. They just whaloped University of Northern Colorado and I watched it on TV. I so wish I could have been at CSU though as they have a big luncheon festival where they feature foods grown in Colorado. They have roast beef, BBQ pork, grilled lamb wraps, potatoes, corn, apples and melon. When we live closer I will so have to try to make it to Ag Day again. It's awsome that we are 2-0, Go Rams!
We may go to a bowling birthday party tonight, but we will have to drive 75 miles to the bowling alley if we go, so we are torn right now. I am leaning towards going, but we shall see.
Have a great rest of the weekend!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
- Have I mentioned we are looking for a job??? Over a year ago we sat down and developed a list of potential places that we would eventually like to live that have Forest Service Offices. We started keeping an eye out for a job in any of those towns. I really thought we wouldn't see anything for a while, but right away there was a job in Rifle, CO. We applied... they hired someone from within their own office. Then a job in Grand Junction, CO came open and we applied. They hired a guy who took a grade demotion for the job. Then there was job in Newcastle, WY. We applied... they said they received 12 highly qualified applications, six of which were at the level of the job looking to lateral into it which is what my husband is doing, they hired someone else. Then a job came open in WY which is in a town about 20ish miles from Brandi, but I don't want to disclose her location. We GOT AN INTERVIEW!!! BUT, then the dear Forest Service implements a (supposedly) 30 day hiring pause due to Congressional budget constraint concerns. We got confirmation that this job was effected by it. So we waited, and waited. In the mean time a job opened up in Canon City, CO with the NRCS, we applied... were not selected. Did I mention we were still waiting on the job in WY? Then a BLM job came open in CO, in a very sweet location to remain undisclosed for the time being. We applied and GOT AN INTERVIEW! That was two weeks ago and they told Dustin they hoped to have the announcements made by mid-September. Yes I did say announcementS, one guy retired and another moved on so they are hiring TWO positions. In the mean time the Forest Service is still in their hiring pause with no end in site, but we did hear back from the District Ranger that they (upper level Forest Service) discovered there was an error with the computer hiring program and that while everything was actually fine with the WY job, because there were errors in the way other similar jobs that were posted that they were going to scrap all jobs announced during that time and start from scratch. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? My husband may have actually been selected for that job, yes-they said they already made the decision and sent it in where it got held up, but we will never know, and it doesn't matter because they are starting over, UGH!!! And as far as I know the hiring pause is still in effect anyway, thank you very much Tea Party (insert sarcasm in case you weren't able to detect it from my comment)! So by the end of next week we should know about the CO BLM job, and in the mean time we are on pins and needles!
- Ok, so that first bullet was a dousy, but I'm not going to shorten it or edit it. If you made it through the whole thing you deserve an award! You now see why it's taken me a while to be able to write about it.
- Our house is on the market with a Realtor. My husband had a co-worker ask about seeing it, so it is our first hit. The market is usually slow here during good times, and we all know our economy is in the crapper, so who knows how long it will take to sell, or if we will lose our tails on it. On one hand I want it to sell soon so can buy a house when we move, but on the other hand, until we move I don't want to sell it because I don't want to deal with renting here again.
- I think everyone I know and their cousin is preggers. There are going to be so many babies in my life soon! Let's see- two of my sorority alumni sisters are expecting, one with twin boy and girl who has a scheduled delivery date of Oct. 5 unless she goes into labor sooner, one just found out she is having a boy this morning and is due in January, my friend Brandi is expecting and due sometime next spring, two of my husband's co-workers- one mystery baby due any day and one just newly pregnant by IVF, my husband's fraternity roommate and his wife are expecting and due next spring after they lost their 7 week old preemie son last year, and several ladies I met through WebMD pregnancy/parenting boards are expecting again. One of the WebMD lady's oldest son is just a month or two older than Austin and she is about 29 weeks along with her third son, good gravy she is a good Mom! I just hope to join them very soon, but that is on hold pending the outcome of bullet #1, but seriously if one more person announces a pregnancy my head may explode, LOL! I ordered gifts for the sorority girls yesterday and they are SO CUTE! I almost ordered a fourth one to hang on for our next, but I did not since I don't want to jinx our efforts. I don't know if either check my blog so I'm keeping it a secret.
- We are trying to figure out what to do to celebrate our anniversary which is October 1. Again it's all riding on bullet #1. If we don't get the job we want to go to San Diego. If we do get the job we will go to CO to do some house hunting and maybe, just maybe we will recruit a family member to take Austin for the night so we can have some alone time. Dustin asked what I want for a gift and I said if we don't get the job I would like a Canon SLR camera, but that it would have to be my anniversary, birthday and Christmas gift and he thought it was a great idea.
- I'm excited that I have been so into blogging lately. I have posted more blogs so far this year than I did all of last year. The 21 day summer challenge really helped bump up my number.
- I went to TRX this morning, go me!!! I would love to lose 5lbs by my birthday next month. I am trying to avoid going to the convenience store at work and loading up on junk snack food. I bought rice cakes and mixed nuts to munch on at my desk and am trying really hard to avoid soda, but oh how I love my Mountain Dew!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
We had a really great Labor Day weekend. On Saturday we of course watched FOOTBALL!!! Oh how I love opening weekend, especially since it was a W-W-W weekend in our home: Iowa CSU and Wyoming
Then on Sunday we headed to the forest for one last camping escapade for the summer. We cheated and went to a lodge for dinner, it was so nice to not have to drag all the camping cookware with us.
When we got home on Monday we planned to go swimming, but it was a cooler rainy day so we hung out at home. Dustin is in the process of replacing the rain gutters on this house so we worked on that while Austin helped.
Friday, September 2, 2011
1. Shoes in the house - yay or nay?
We mostly kick them off, both for comfort and because we have goat head stickers in our yard so kicking off your shoes helps avoid tracking them in. I do however think it's rude to make company take off their shoes, so if I have invited someone over I put my shoes on so they feel comfortable leaving theirs on.
Flip flops! Slippers are for night and thongs are panties.
I used this one in a different context last week, but the Nine Inch Nails song "Closer". Although I don't like the lyrics, I really like the way the song sounds, but when you have listened to it over the years like I have, I do know the lyrics.
4. What is the best quality to have in a friend?
This is a tough one because my friends are great and have many important qualities. I guess I would have to pick loyalty, I love to know that I have friends through good and bad times.
5. Do you know what you want for Christmas?
My anniversary and birthday are before Christmas, so I have a wish list in my head, but all the things are too expensive so I won't really ask for them. I would love a new camera, a really nice SLR. I have a 35mm Canon so if I got a digital Canon SLR, the lenses would be compatible. The cheapest one is over $500 though. I would also love a new sewing machine. There is absolutely nothing wrong with my current one, it's just a base model so I would love a fancier one that does cool things like embroidery. A realistic thing that I would like is a juicer. So if I am asked that is what I will request.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
After TRX we went back to the office and one of my coworkers, C, was walking out in the parking lot with tears in her eyes. Her Mom was recently diagnosed with cancer and they found it in several different places. I was affraid that she had passed on, but C said that she had spoken with her Dad and the Mom was just getting really weak and deteriorating fast. We went with C and sat down at a picnic bench and talked to her. It brought back so many memories of when I lost my Dad in 2008. Her Mom also just turned 70 and was also a lifetime smoker who tried to quit, but just could not kick the habit. It is hard to know what to say to someone who is grieving like that. I found when I was in her shoes that I appreciated people who were sincere and realistic so that is how I spoke to her. What I mean by that is I didn't try to sugar coat the situation by talking like there was hope and that she would make it. I think it was ok, but you just never know. One of the things she even said was she had started to think about the funeral and what she would want to say about her Mother, so I know that she is to that point and not in denial. She was planning to go the three hours to see her in the morning, but I told her I thought she should go ASAP, that I had a hard time making that call too, but don't regret for a second that last bit of time I got to spend with my Dad.
So then we found out about the search and rescue operation. Another one of my co-workers who is in charge of roads maintenance was out yesterday working on the road that goes up the mountain on the reservation getting it ready for hunting season. In that area the wind blows hard and it is adjacent to a sand dunes so during the summer the road becomes impassible because of the sand. When the monsoon rains come they pack down the sands and then the road has to be fixed to be passable in the winter. Well no one realized at the end of the day that D had not reported back in. The family called in and reported him missing so they went to find him. Apparently he got the road grader stuck in the sand (we haven't had a good monsoon this year) and tried to hike down the mountain. He did this a lot when he was a younger man so gave it no thought. He however got to a ravine and could not physically get himself out so hunkered down for the night. They were able to find him, but had to get a helicopter to lift him out because he was dehydrated. He is also diabetic, but I'm not sure if he was having complications from that too, but I would imagine so after going for the night with no water and food.
So anyway, that was my bit of craziness for the day. Since I was thinking of my Dad, and I have been scanning old negatives I thought I would share one of my family from 2002 at our family reunion. My other brother and his three kids were unable to make it that year, so it's not all of us, but still a fun picture.