Saturday, January 26, 2008

The People I Know

I've just sat down to write because it feels like it's time to write again. I don't really have any story in particular to relate or any funny antidote to tell. I don't have any specific spiritually uplifting moment that I have the stamina or time to detail in this blog tonight; it just feels like it's time to blog again. Maybe it's because I get some kind of therapeutic fulfillment every time I do- and somehow I've come to recognize that. It may also have something to do with the unexplainable rush I get each time I see a new comment posted from one of my few but faithful blog followers. Either way, I've just written a good sized paragraph with nothing really to say.

There really is some sort of fulfillment that we get just by being noticed. Whether or not I get comments on what I post, I'm going to feel just fine about myself. But recognition, even in the most inconsequential forms, does something to people. It makes you feel alive. I get that sensation each time I feel my phone vibrate, every time I see that I have several new emails (most of which turn out to be information on law schools or forwards from friends that promise me a miracle if I only send it out to at least twenty people), and I feel it every time I hear my name called out when I'm spotted by a friend.

If I'm not alone in enjoying these minor occurrences of recognition, then I have the opportunity every day to make the people around me feel good, simply by recognizing them, subtly reminding them that I do appreciate knowing them because the people I know just happen to be pretty fantastic. In this blog world these people include Jodi who I could sit with and talk to for hours without ever getting bored. Or Laura who I remember meeting at the old white institute building five years ago when she was there practising the piano one day and I've admired both her and her husband ever since. Or Heather Twistysocks who makes me want to be a better person every day just because I know her and see how good a person can be. Or Nancy who I could laugh with all day over one joke told over and over again. Or Alyssa who I think I'm able to relate to on so many levels, and yet still find myself wanting so many of the qualities she possesses. Or Krishelle who I communicate with just about every waking second of the day because I start to have panic attacks if I don't hear from her for about 10 minutes. Or my parents who I respect more than anyone that I've ever met and who I can wait to see every time I go home. Or Lynn who has a contagious optimism about her that still affects me although I haven't seen her for more than six months. Or Andrea who has been a consistently good friend to me for so long (and who brought me "Red, White, and Blaine"). Or Jacob who makes me feel like a million dollars because he laughs hysterically and sincerely at every joke I make. And there are so many more people I could note here but it's almost 2:00AM and I've got to go to bed.

I know some great people.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Funny Kids

I sure love these kids . . . they sure require a lot of energy.

I found out that my sister Krisanda needed someone to watch her three kids on Saturday morning for about six hours and I volunteered thinking it would be pretty fun. I hoped the kids would all be asleep for about half of it but they were already up and active by the time I arrived at 7:30AM. Following is a schedule of my next six hours.

7:30-8:00 JJ rolled around yelling out nonsense while Kaylee and Kamree sang every primary song they've ever heard at the top of their lungs.

8:00-8:30 We ate breakfast (half of it ended up on the floor).

About 8:31 Kaylee tells me that she is going to help me "because you're new and you don't really know where stuff is."

8:31-8:45 The girls get dressed and not quite yet potty-trained Kamree insists on wearing her Care Bear underwear instead of diapers (my obliging was the 2nd biggest mistake of the day).
8:45-9:15 I fix the girls hair while they do mine (which was nothing more than running a brush roughly over the top of my head over and over until my scalp was raw.

9:16 I ask four year old Kaylee what these two kids were doing (referring to her younger brother and sister who were running around the room screaming) to which she responds quite dramatically, "they're not kids! (pause) They're family!"

9:17-9:40 Kaylee and I play Shoots and Ladders while Kamree and JJ effectively scatter the contents of Candy Land across the room.

9:40 Kaylee starts begging me to put on "Baby Mozart" which is a video for babies.

9:40-10:00 I make several phone calls to try to figure out how the heck to use the VCR.

10:00-10:15 "Baby Mozart." And JJ begins his nap.


10:15-10:30 Kaylee and Kamree pull out every dvd in the house and throw them on the floor, finally deciding to replace "Baby Mozart" with Walt Disney's "Cinderella."

10:30-10:42 Kaylee asks if we can replace "Cinderella" with "Cinderella III" which I didn't believe existed until Kaylee pulled it out.

10:43-11:30 "Cinderella III" begins and turns out to be about as good as it sounds.

11:30 JJ wakes up from his nap.

11:30-12:00 I determine by the smell that JJ needs a diaper change which Kaylee, who had been so helpful all day so far, immediately said in anticipation to my question, "I don't change diapers." She did however get them for me, as well as wet wipes which tragically and shockingly turned out to be completely dry when I reached for them during the traumatic experience while literally gagging and screaming "I can't finish! I can't finish!" Kaylee did try to help me by holding JJ's baby blanket up to my nose but eventually bailed as soon as the diaper was opened. Right in the middle of the worst part Kamree started to say like a broken record "I need go potty. I need go potty." I told Kamree to wait a minute (this was the biggest mistake of the day). It turns out that waiting a minute was not an option and the couch that Kamree had been sitting on turned out to be the victim in the situation. Due to the chaos of the diaper changing experience, "Cinderella III" had somehow gone back to the beginning.

12:00-1:00 At the objections of a four and three year old I am not allowed to forward the film to where we left off and we are forced to watch it again.

1:00-1:20 Kamree and JJ take every ornament off the Christmas tree that they can reach and create piles that they end up launching at each other pretty aggressively until I put a stop to it.

1:20-1:30 We argue about what to cook for lunch until Jeff comes home to relieve me.

Again, I love those kids. I hope to never change a diaper like that again.