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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Busy Busy Busy

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I have been swamped.

Relay for Life was wonderful but a long night. I worked the advocacy booth until 10:30 and walked during the luminaria ceremony. Then I had to walk the track from 1:00 am to 2:00 am. Then I slept for a few hours. Back up at 6:00 to help with the pancake breakfast etc. Walk again from 9-10 and then start cleaning up. I was home and napping by 1:30 or so. It has taken me all week to get my energy back.

The Beach Party at the Reef was also a great success. My "sister" and her siblings did a wonderful job and there was a great turn out.

I am trying to get through reading my 8 grants for the peer review in Washington, DC in a few weeks. I still have to do my write-ups and scoring on them as well. They are very interesting but very technical so it can be difficult to absorb it all.

In addition to all the advocacy activities I have been doing, the rest of my life it also crazy.

Our agency is moving into a new building this weekend and there have been a few bumps in the process for our department. (Our files will have to stay in the old building for several more weeks while we wait for the new filing system to arrive and be installed in the new building. We will have to travel back and forth to get files. At least it is only a few miles away.) I will be glad to get settled into the new building. Of course they tell me my new desk won't be there until Thursday so I won't be able to unpack for awhile.

My youngest son has left on a trip with his grandparents. He is such a great helper around the house so we end up having to take care of things he normally might do. Taking care of the dog is the biggest thing. Demanding little dustmop!!!! At least our little girl is helping out with dog as much as she can.

And finally my biggest stressor right now. My son is getting baptized into the Mormon church today in Salt Lake (where is father is.) Although I knew he was going to get baptized this summer I was only given 6 days notice of the date. I couldn't arrange to get there. I have to work this weekend for the move, I couldn't find a family member to stay with on such short notice, arrange travel etc. They refused to move the date. I am just crushed. My ex-husband says it is the missionaries and the bishops saying it has to be RIGHT NOW! They have already waited a year to see how he would do being up here with a nonLDS household and they waited so I would be healthy enough to attend etc. Now they are totally blowing me off. I would never try to stop his baptism. This is his choice but I think I have a right to be there. I would like to have a way to make them reset the date so I can be there. I can say what little respect I had for my ex is gone. Who knows what he is telling his family and the church about why I am not there. I have also lost my respect for the church. I am not LDS but most of my family is. It is not for me, but I would never stop my son if he feels it is right for him. But any church that would force a child to get baptized when his parents aren't there are not looking out for his best interests - in my opinion. Sorry to rant but this has been very hurtful to me and I feel like I am being swept under the carpet and the fact that I am his mother doesn't matter! Sigh...


Amber said...

Jen, Sorry you will miss your son's disappointing. Good luck with your move at work!

kannie said...

Glad the advocacy work has been going well! :-) Hope the move went smoothly this weekend, too (and that it continues to do so)!

And I'm so sorry to hear about the situation with your son's baptism... I don't know what I could say that would be helpful, (and I've been thinking for days), but I'm sorry. :-( Way for some inconsiderate fool to ruin a number of things about the occasion. I hope the rest of things go more smoothly.

At any rate, hope life settles down a bit for you! I understand the technical difficulty with the grant apps - after enough years out of the academic loop, though, my brain simply melts down when I get to something that's past a certain point of technicality! Kudos to you for getting through it! ;-) (And HUGE kudos for functioning all night at the Relay for Life!!! That's absolutely remarkable!!!)