Tuesday, May 09, 2006

A Rather Lengthy Update

Tuesday, May 9, 2006
Today at work we met with a man about ordering bookcovers to go into the public schools advertising our university. This man had a very interesting comb-over that would have made Donald Trump look twice. Felt good during the meeting when I asked some technical questions and he said to me, "You've done this before, haven't you?" Well, I have indeed seen a few brochures and et ceteras through the printing process!

On a personal note, the young widow previously mentioned in this update emailed me that she was having a tough day. I felt honored that she felt comfortable enough to reach out. I offered some encouragement such as it was. And now I'm sitting here thinking that it is also a milestone in my own journey. That I have gotten past enough of it that I can perhaps help someone else like all those kind widows who have been there for me. Most especially JoanT. She gave me insight that other people, especially those who had never been there, didn't have or avoided giving me. Her advice really helped me prepare for inevitable things that were to come my way during my months of grieving. Thanks, JoanT!

Monday, May 8, 2006
Came back to work and found out our receptionist had quit. No notice or anything! She didn't even call, but faxed her resignation letter in. Last time I took off, someone turned in their resignation. We've been kidding that I shouldn't take off anymore because we are just about a skeleton crew already and can't afford to lose anyone else! Had a nice lunch with a colleague, Dana.

Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7, 2006
I didn't do too much of anything. I did go to town Saturday and buy some Alieve because I was really sore after all the work I did cleaning out the shed. I know, I'm a lightweight when it comes to manual labor these days. Played with the cat and gave him a bath. And other general running around right there in my little town. Didn't go anywhere for the weekend.

Friday, May 5, 2006
Took another vacation day. Today, I tackled the shed. Wasn't as bad as when I tried back in December and found all of those "Congratulations on your Marriage" cards and momentos and just crumpled into an emotional mess. This time there were more first anniversary things and the buffer of more time having passed. But mostly what I took out were a lot of melted paperbacks from when the roof leaked. Many, many sci-fi books of Gene's. Didn't get through the entire shed, but did make a good dent in it.

Thursday, May 4, 2006
Today would have been Gene's 50th birthday. I just took a vacation day and stayed home. It wasn't too bad. Kind of like a weekend day. Had a good cry in the morning, but the rest of the day wasn't too rough. Just kind of melancholy.

Weekends are much harder without the distraction of work. On a Friday afternoon when everyone is standing near the door jingling their keys waiting for the clock to get to 5:00 -- I just don't share their enthusiasm anymore. Sigh.

Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Another work-a-day day. Typed up about fifteen driver permit requests so that people in our department can be approved to drive our departmental vehicles. If they've been good, that is!

Tuesday, May 2, 2006
This morning, a group of us from work attended a memorial service for a young man we knew. In addition to working on campus himself, he was the son-in-law of a recently retired member of our department. It is actually the first funeral I have attended since Gene died. I made it through fairly well. Of course, you might know that the thing that really got to me was a gifted pianist who played so beautifully I could not hold back the tears. Very moving. I miss hearing Gene play.

This young man was in his early 40's. He and his wife, who I have known through her mother for more than a decade and who also works on campus, have a beautiful two year old daughter. My heart aches for her and for what it is worth, I have offered to listen if she needs to talk.

Later in the work day, I sat in on an appeals committee listening to people make a plea to be admitted into the university even though they don't meet the requirements for some reason. The most compelling was the young man who was working in a convenience store and was shot five times during a robbery. The particular school he was attending did not offer an option of incomplete, so since he was in the hospital for a prolonged stay, he ended up with F's for the semester. And yes, the committee admitted him.

I slipped away from Appeals for a while to attend the monthly meeting of the building committee that I am on. Watching the process of a multi-million dollar building go up has been interesting to say the least. A real lesson in project management.

Monday, May 1, 2006
Just a work day. But did have a nice lunch with a colleague, Joellen.

Sunday, April 30, 2006
Sunday, I went to church with Dad and Martha. Then in the afternoon, Martha and I went to a tour of homes in a nearby town. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon with my big sister. We had a good time.

We saw several houses but one of the main attractions was an apartment building built back in the gangster days. There's even a vault room in the building they say. But we got to see inside of one of the apartments. How did they get that baby grand piano in there?

Second floor of the apartment building.

The apartment courtyard.

Martha window shopping at neighboring shops.

Saturday, April 29, 2006
Saturday, stayed around home and I think this is the day when I watched a movie that I really enjoyed. It was from a Ray Bradbury short story which I sure Gene would have read before. He'd read all those R Bradbury stories that had been made into movies like "Fahrenheit 451," "The Illustrated Man," and "The Martian Chronicles."

But I enjoyed this movie more than any others I've seen lately. It is A Sound of Thunder LINK. Okay, it got some lousy reviews I guess. But I love most any movie about time-travel anyway and I got caught up in the suspense!

Friday, April 28, 2006
Kristen came by to visit. We went to lunch and she told me all about her exciting career in law enforcement! Seriously!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Administrative Professional's Day. My first time in decades not to be an administrative professional. I guess this year I'm in line to get a Boss's Day card?

Sunday-Tuesday, April 23-25, 2006
Coworkers and I went to a conference on the coast. Valuable information was gained and much fun was had.

Waiting on co-workers.

After sessions all day, we're ready to go eat!
There's an ocean behind us by the way.
R to L: Jesse, Susie, Jacob, me, Andres.

Jacob's meal.

Friday, April 21, 2006
Re came to visit us at work. She worked here when I started. She's went on to live in other states and raise a family. Glad she's back in the great state of Texas where she belongs. Her high school aged daughter was actually on campus this weekend to win her UIL event! Always good to see old friends and reminisce.

Me and Re!


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