Sunday, June 24, 2007

E.R. in the E.R.

Come on, you've gotta admit that's clever! Well, maybe I should explain first.

On Wednesday night, I was steaming some vegetables to have for dinner that night. I was trying to use the lid of the pot to help strain out the water, and I thought I'd let most of the steam out already, but as I tipped the pot and lifted the lid, all of the steam came in direct contact with my left thumb. I managed to hold onto the pot while screaming in pain, and immediately applied cold water for the rest of the evening. I kept expecting it to kind of "stop hurting so much" after a while, as most burns do, but it didn't. It kept getting later and I kept applying cold, and it felt just fine, but any time I removed the source of the cold, within 15 seconds I was in unbearable pain. I knew there was no way I'd be able to sleep, so I sucked it up and went to the E.R. Get it now? My initials, the emergency room - just forget it.

Anyway, after two hours of waiting, the doc took a look at it, smeared some cream on there, bandaged it up and sent me on my way. The stuff worked miracles, because I haven't felt it since about 20 minutes after putting it on. It never blistered, and feels just fine now. Anyway, that was a little adventure and a valuable lesson about the temperature of boiling water and skin contact. "Consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds" Judges 19:20.

But the big news here is that I started my job this week! I'm glad the first week is over, because that's always the hardest. Day one was mostly paperwork and lots of meetings and introductions. It helped that I volunteered there, because I remembered most of the students' names, so that made it easier. The rest of the week was work, work, and more work. I get my own office, which is a first ever, I love my boss and coworkers, and I have fun with the students. What I'm most excited about is that there's a lot of variety in the work. We work alongside the men, teaching them skills in carpentry, gardening, landscaping, janitorial, food service, and other areas, and we also put together these "kits" for schools or other organizations with activities to help them learn teamwork and trust and stuff. So there's a lot of variety, but that's also one down side - I don't really know what to expect yet. Any day I could be doing just about anything.

Another big plus is that it's about 50-70% casual, because we spend a lot of our time outside. We've got meetings every day, but most of our stuff is hands-on, which I like.

I've also been recruited to help teach a Tae-kwon-do class, as well as be on the research team, which will all be lots of fun! So there's a lot going on, and I'm very excited to learn the ropes a little better.

Kira taught in Relief Society today on a talk given by Elder Faust (on "forgiveness") in this last General Conference. She did a lot of preparation and perspiration, and it sounded like it went very well. She'd love a phone call if you want the details on that. She's just a little worried because the presidency has had their eye on her for a while now and this might give them some ideas.

Nursery was hard without her. Don't ask.

We've both been feeling Avey moving around a lot lately (well, she more than I). She's growing all the time, and Kira's tummy is attempting to make way. Sometimes she'll be in with a client, trying to listen calmly, and she'll get an elbow in the kidney or something. Still, she tries to remain collected and ignore the little person living and jumping around inside of her and be professional.

The heat's been getting worse, and is hard enough on me, so I have a hard time imagining how Kira's doing. We went swimming yesterday for a while and that did us both wonders, but the life lesson we regretted to remember was that we eventually have to get out of the pool. Such is life. More to come...

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Saturday, Bloody Saturday

That's a parody of a U2 song, for those of you who are horribly uncultured.

Anyway, let's start with Saturday. This was supposed to be the hottest day of the month, and believe you me, it did not disappoint. The high got up to 97, and we were feeling every bit of it. I spent the morning and a good part of the afternoon helping my brother's mother-in-law pack all of her things up in a moving truck to get her on her way to them. It wasn't too bad; she was very organized and prepared for me, but the truck company added on at least 45 minutes to our labors, and the hardest part of the whole thing was the heat. Once I got home, I was feeling the effects- all I wanted to do was sleep.

Instead, we went grocery shopping and then babysat that night. Babysitting was actually just fine, though. This is the family with three daughters, but one went with the parents and one was already asleep when we arrived. The third played "shopping" with Kira and charged her $90 for a box of half-eaten granola bars, etc. But Kira gladly paid, repeating the process several times in a row. As soon as she was down, we watched an old comedy from the library (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Michael Cain and Steve Martin). It was pretty good.

And that was Saturday. Otherwise, this week has been full of packing and organizing (or disorganizing) for our move in September. Here are a couple of pictures to show you what I've done to our office:

Pretty sweet, huh?

I've also been busy organizing baby clothes. We have been overwhelmed with adorable little girl's clothes in the past couple of weeks, coming mainly from my Aunt Summer and from Kira's parents (they raised 4 daughters). We were a little worried about the clothes from Kira's parents, because their youngest is 18 now, so the clothes are about that old as well, but we were pleasantly surprised to find some great stuff in there. Kira even has several memories connected to some of the old blankets and other items. The only downside is that Avey now has more clothes than I have ever owned in my life, and she's not even born yet. Needless to say, I'm extremely jealous of her, as you can see in this picture:
Maybe I can justify buying some new clothes for me for my job though...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Better Late Than Never

I am employed! Miracles do happen!
Thank you all for your prayers and support over the past few months, because it appears that it has all paid off finally. I got a call today a little after 5pm, offering me a job as a vocational case manager - that basically means I help people in need gain skills and good work ethic so they can make a living for themselves. I got hired at a school for men with learning disabilities here in town. It's the place I volunteered a couple of years ago and Kira did an internship there while she was working on her Master's. I went in for the fourth time this week for a second interview for that part-time position I mentioned in an earlier post, but it turns out that it will be full-time after all! They had me work with one of their residents for about an hour and watched how I interacted with him and then we talked about it afterwards.
It's a beautiful campus, and all of the people seem really nice. I start work on Monday, so it'll be full of paperwork and learning people's names, etc.
Anyway, happy, happy day!
More updates to come...

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Various Updates

I'll separate these into categories for ease.

1. Job stuff - I went in for that supposed third interview the other day, and here's the scoop; apparently there was a split decision right down the middle between some guy and me. I don't know who made the initial decision, but they chose the other guy. So why bring me in for another interview? Well, the main guy in charge of the interviews said that he was very impressed with me and knew that a position would be opening in August, so he wanted to have me meet a couple of guys in charge of another department and see if he could convince them to come up with something part-time until August. The interview went really well, but they didn't sound like they were in too much of a hurry to start their hiring process for another couple of weeks. Kira's company has frozen all of its positions for the time being while the budget people work out their stuff, so that is on hold until July. The State of Utah should be setting up second interviews for their stuff in a couple of weeks as well, so this is where I play the waiting game. Needless to say, I am getting very frustrated.

2. Baby Stuff - We had another appointment with the midwife on Thursday and everything looks just fine and on schedule. Little Avey has been doing somersaults (that's really how it's spelled?) and cartwheels or something, because Kira has been feeling her move more and more all the time. Her movements are still a bit subtle for me, but I have felt two kicks distinctly this past week. Weird!

Kira is showing quite a bit more, depending on whom you ask. At work this week, a coworker told her how much more pregnant she's been looking lately, but then three minutes later, another person commented on how she doesn't look like she's showing as much now. It feels obvious to her though, as her guts are shoved up into her diaphragm and she can't sit down for too long. You be the judge though.

Um, well, I guess that's about it. So only two categories this week - consider yourselves lucky! More updates to come...

Sunday, June 3, 2007

I've been tagged!

Well, our "good" friends the Bishops have tagged us. As I understand it, that means I have to share 8 things about myself that few know. So let's give this a whirl...

1. I HATE ONIONS!!! Although I try to vocalize this wherever I go, whomever I'm with, whatever I'm eating, it still tends to surprise people.

2. I'm the baker in the family. The word is getting out on this one, but it still is an interesting aspect of our marriage. I do all the baking, and Kira and I share in most of the rest of the cooking (or used to before she was pregnant).

3. As a little kid I would twirl my hair around my finger as I went to sleep until it got all snagged in knots and then I would "comb" out the knots with my finger and start all over again. I think it was just a form of stimulation for my brain. I think it also explains a lot why I'm balding in those same areas.

4. I lived in Colorado since 1991 (minus my mission) and then in Utah since 2005, and yet have never once been snow skiing.

5. I have not read one Harry Potter book. I have to be careful telling this to too many people or the wrong crowd, but there it is. I think it's mostly the rebel in me, resisting anything that "everybody's" doing. I will read them eventually, but not until long after all the hype has died down. Please don't hate me...

6. I'm really excited to have tea time with little Avey, and to do her hair for church every week, and bake cookies and brownies together. I'm really a hopeless romantic in a lot of ways.

7. I am extremely ticklish, and have been for all of my life. When I was a kid, my family would pin me down and tickle me until I peed my pants (I can't believe I'm posting this on the Internet). To this day, any contact with my tummy or ribs all the way up to my underarms sends me into a giggle-fit.

8. I pretty much have to have music playing no matter what I'm doing; dishes, homework, cleaning, reading, writing, cooking, whatever. It soothes me, and keeps me sane. Kira is not like this at all and is used to silence when working but luckily, it doesn't bother her to have music playing either.