Saturday, August 25, 2007
I stayed home from work that morning to meet with our Credentialed Teaching Supevisor from Horizon Charter School. The school year has begun. Benjamin is the last one in Horizon as Andrew graduated last year. I was afraid our CTS would want to drop us, because he lives in the foothills some good drive away. It is ok when he comes down to visit multiple student families, but less enticing to make the drive for one student. Fortunately, he not only has other students in the Sacramento area, he has a new multiple student family fairly close to us. Besides, he said he wouldn't drop one of his students. Anyway, I wanted/needed to be there for the initial meeting of the year. Most of the time, he and Ben will meet without me. I think Andrew and Joseph will be here for "two deep" or we might arrange another meeting place - maybe even have Ben go to that other family's house or the library if it is open at a good time. And I don't have any misgivings about him. AND Anna is always here. But, I digress, as so often. We met. Discussed Ben's courses and assignments, how many chapters in how much time, stuff like that.
School business done, all three boys and I went to Scout Shop to get resource material to help my new Senior Patrol Leader. $50. Some of the books will also help me as Committee Chair. Since all I hear is how poor the ward and especially Scouts are, I will probably eat the expense and keep the books. If so, I should turn in the receipt and make note of the contribution so the powers that be can have a better idea of what it take$ to run a troop. This is something my Scoutmaster and I have been talking about. We swallow too many small expenses - he certainly does not turn in all his gas receipts! And yet when we ask for anything, we get this pathetic song and dance. sigh But, I didn't start out to gripe, so on with my day.
Scout shopping done, we took the car back to my park and ride, hopped Light Rail and headed downtown. Just for curiosity sake and because we had decided to go to lunch before finally showing up at work, we rode to the end of the line, Sacramento Valley Station, or something like that. Not that exciting, but for some reason I had been curious ever since I started riding in. From there we walked to Roundtable Pizza in Old Sacramento. All you can eat pizza and salad. Fun. I cannot remember the last time the boys ate out.
Eventually, we went to work. Yes, the boys came. I loved having them there. Wish I could do it way more often! I had hoped they would map my labyrinth of an office for me, but that didn't get very far. (Coworkers like the idea, too) They did help put together some training notebooks. Dull work. My coworkers who are on that were so glad of the help, but there is still plenty more!! I also logged them in on a spare computer and let them play a bit.
My boss said they are welcome anytime. Lots of coworkers complimented me on them.(Handsome, helpful, pleasant) Boss said when they come, I can take a long lunch to take them to Roundtable again (it takes most of my half hour lunch to walk there), since they help out when they are there. I told her that they wanted to know if I would get overtime if they worked. I said no, but maybe I could get a long lunch. She was good with that.
I had thought about having them come in yesterday, before I remembered that Andrew and Ben were heading off to Youth Conference. I haven't seen them since before work and won't see them until late this evening. It seems like a long time,
Of course, I did think that them being gone meant computer time for me, but I got home to find Joseph on the computer (usually he uses an even older one put together from hand-me-downs). Can't complain. He was looking for pictures for Andrew's Eagle notebook. And, I am on now, just finished some banking duties. But I have a "million" non-computer things to do and I go babysit for the rest of the day in less than 2 hours. Not many of the million will get done.
My favorite aunt's signature says "PRIORITIZE/SIMPLIFY/ORGANIZE" Good advice. Difficult for me to follow, however. Not one of my best talents.
Off to do what I can....
I hardly ever do "thankfuls" anymore - always short of time. But I feel them!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Last night, after Troop Committee Meeting, Glen informed me that as of 9:23 that morning our divorce is final. He was in court. I have not heard from my lawyer in months. It doesn't really matter, I guess. I had long since signed a form agreeing that we had agreed on the conditions and didn't need to go to court. Apparently Glen's lawyer informed him that way would take much longer and going to court would facilitate the matter. My lawyer has not been returning my email. He is probably in Mexico again. But the deed is done. It is over, except "as long as there are children, no divorce is ever final."
I thought I would feel something. Relief, freedom, sadness, something. I don't feel much though. (except a little disappointment and frustration with Mr. Shyster) I guess because I went through all the emotions previously and this is just the formality.
Now I need to find out what business I need to take care of. Insurance, etc.
The boys and I celebrated by eating some old ice cream sandwiches left in the freezer since April Conference. (not good for the blood sugar)
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
- Ralph W. Sockman
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
corner. I am at the front desk, not a proper cubicle. Instead of a
five foot wall, there is a counter in front of my desk. Whereas you
cannot see other workers or their work station until you actually
approach their cubicle, my computer screen is visible from the hall
outside our office door, although I cannot see the people until they
come in and are nearly at the counter. Good thing I try to be a good
worker and honest with my time and the supervisors seem to be
reasonable people. It does mean that I sometimes feel a little bit
self-conscious when I use the computer during my break, but
apparently, if you generally do your job, they assume that if it is
not business, it is your break. So far, it works.
Friday was S'Mores day. So, before going home, I purchased supplies.
The boys and I set up a little fold up grill I got from Avon, read HP7
while the charcoal did its thing, and enjoyed S'Mores. That was so
fun, that Saturday evening we fired it up again and did hamburgers and
more S'Mores. We enjoyed one of the favorite things about camping
without having to take time to go anywhere or sleep on the ground.
Everytime we realize that we needed something, we just ran in the
house and got it. Good preparation in case we ever do want to take
our little bbq camping or even to the park.
I didn't want to interrupt my bookkeeping and bill paying duties, but
I did. We went to the Elder's Quorum Social Saturday – BBQ Tri-tip!,
Potluck and for the brave, a 4'x18' pool. Ben and Andrew went in. Tom
and another dad took their kids in the pool. I enjoyed visiting with
some sisters I don't usually talk to. It was a good social, somewhat
sparsely attended, but then it didn't get too crowded and we all had
as much meat as we wanted, plus the people who donated money for meat
even got to take some home.
Nearly forgot to tell you about Anna at the dog park. We met Debi and
Chloe at the dog park Saturday morning. At one point, Chloe went up
to another black Lab looking type dog to say "Hi". The dog turned on
her and attacked her! Surprising me, Anna went after the other dog
and made it let go of Chloe! Good dog, Anna! But! They broke apart
briefly and Anna went at the other dog again. I had a bit of trouble
pulling her off! It was not really serious – nobody drew blood – but
Anna was NOT playing, she was attacking. So, was Anna a good dog for
protecting Chloe or a bad dog for fighting?? I leashed her up for a
bit for a time out. The other guy left with his dogs and I really was
pleased she stood up for Chloe, so I let her loose after awhile.
She has twice before surprised me at the dog park by being overly
possessive of a toy, so I keep try to keep a close eye on her when
there are other dogs around, especially if she has a toy. Both those
times, being aggressive stopped her playtime for the day.
What do you think? Good dog or naughty dog?
Gold fish break is over.
Friday, August 10, 2007
What babies really need is for the family to talk to them. What a surprise.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Check it out, keep the kids safe.
Governor Proclaims “State Park Ranger Day”
State Parks’ Director Cites All Park Employees as Deserving of Recognition
SACRAMENTO -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed July 31 as “California State Park Ranger Day.” In conjunction with this proclamation, state and national park rangers are today celebrating the first-ever “World Ranger Day” in San Francisco.
In the Proclamation, the Governor said “California is blessed to be the home of a fantastic state park system, containing more than 270 natural places and cultural heritage sites. By overseeing 1.5 million acres of mountains, beaches, deserts and nearly every other kind of terrain imaginable, our 400 State Park Rangers have a tremendous responsibility. I encourage all Californians to join me in paying tribute to the men and women who preserve our state’s natural and cultural treasures. We owe them, as well as all other employees of the Department of Parks and Recreation, a debt of gratitude for their hard work and devotion to our state.”
“We have a ranger force that is especially dedicated to our mission,” said State Parks’ Director Ruth Coleman. “In addition, as the Governor pointed out, recognition needs to be extended to all employees of the Department. No one group can make this the best State park system in the nation. It is a team effort and all those who work with tireless dedication to preserve and protect our resources and enhance the experience of our visitors must be recognized and complimented for their exceptional service.”
Recognizing California’s park ranger force is being done in conjunction with “World Ranger Day”, which is also July 31, but being celebrated today with events at the Maritime National Historical Park in San Francisco from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. California State Park employees will be participating, setting up display booths which will contain exhibits on State parks’ history, programs, volunteers, cooperating associations, park information, patrol vehicles and equipment, and more.”
As the Governor noted, all employees of the Department should be recognized for their work and dedication. To name just a few of the many employee jobs, California State Parks has Interpreters, Maintenance Workers, Historians, Lifeguards, Archeologists, Engineers, Landscape Technicians, Heavy Equipment Operators, Accounting Clerks, Budget Analysts, Park and Recreation Specialists and more.
“All of these people contribute immeasurably to the high quality of programs and places within our system,” said Director Coleman, “and we eagerly recognize them as part of the Governor’s Proclamation.”
wondering why he had to go through the trial, torment, and
crucifixion. If it was in the Garden of Gethsemane that He took upon
Himself all our sins, sorrows, pains, ailments, etc, why did He have
to endure the rest of it, too? Someone told me that compared to
Gethsemane; it was not nearly so bad. Granted, but it was no big
relief either. It was horrible! I know He had to die, but there are
many ways to accomplish that without additional suffering.
Recently, in Sunday School we watched a video depicting the last days
of Jesus' life. When they depicted His suffering in Gethsemane, it
was touching, sad, and meaningful. Some of us were moved to tears.
But when they got to the whipping, the crown of thorns, and especially
the nails, there was serious flinching all around, with many people in
tears and averting their faces. I don't think many people can
actually bear to look at the screen once they get out the nails. We
wince at the sound of the pounding and cannot bear to look – even
though I am pretty sure that the video doesn't show the pounding in of
the nails. Who among us knows? Not me. Why the stronger reaction
for that part than the garden?
I have thought and thought, and have come up with my theory.
I think that Christ knew that many of us can identify more intensely
with the sacrifice in allowing Himself to be crucified. We understand
that the atonement in the Garden was deeper and beyond any human
capacity to bear, but we viscerally comprehend the pain of the
crucifixion more. Even though we have not experienced anything like
it, our bodies recognize that kind of suffering very well.
I think He wanted us to know how much He loves us and how much He was
willing to take on for us. He wanted us to know our worth to Him. He
also wanted to give us good warning of how we will suffer if we do not
accept His atoning gift through repentance.
I think he went through that extra physical suffering as a big visual
aid to make sure we understand His sacrifice and love.
I also find myself wondering how people could do such things to any
one or any living thing, but for that I have no answer.