December 10, 2017 § Leave a comment
Yesterday, we embarked on a quick overnight trip adventure to Louisiana via Salt Lake City International Airport. It was work related, so we got through TSA and looked for our gate, only to find that our flight had been canceled due to snow in New Orleans. WHAT?! My sister just returned from a trip there and said it snows every 20 years or so. There were no flights to that airport until Sunday, so our trip was postponed until Tuesday. It eventually fell to me to find out how to get ourselves there. I am not joking when I say that I was on this very phone for over an hour and a half trying to get our flight fixed up for another day. There were so many people that had to reschedule that all the ticket agents were working double time!
As Eric napped in the seating across the airport from me, I gave up standing and sat on the floor under the phone.
I got bored and began drawing cartoons.
We are pioneers-the first to fly armed on an extradition. No one from our office was familiar with LEOFA and avoided it because it was “a hassle”. It certainly felt like a hassle when we were trying to make sure all was in order, but when we got right down to it, it’s been rather easy and convenient. Airport police helped us get where we needed to be, so now we know for next week. We’ve certainly learned alot from what we are now calling a “Practice Run”. It was an enjoyable learning experience and our day was really good all around. We are up to speed for the first part, so now boarding the plane, meeting those that we have to during the flight, and actually flying back with the prisoner will be interesting.
I’ve been on two out of state extraditions. When they are long trips and deal with female prisoners, I get to go. I hope one of them goes to Hawaii someday.
November 12, 2017 § Leave a comment
Before I woke up this morning, I had a dream that two of my co-workers and I were working at Wal-Mart. Not with a blue Associate vest, but still in my current Corrections job with the Presentence inmate housing dorm in a Wal-Mart.
Thankfully, this is a dream that I KNOW will never come true! Can’t figure out what possessed me to have that dream. So, I woke up and went back to sleep only to have a dream that the female block was housed there, too! My voice was gone and I couldn’t stop people from entering the dayrooms, leaving doors open and bringing inmates beer. I don’t want to work at Wal-Mart. I should get overtime…
…and possibly a therapist!
November 2, 2017 § Leave a comment
Autumn is my favorite time of year. There is a definite feeling and emotion to this time of year for me, but this year, as seems to be theme OF THE ENTIRE YEAR, it has been so hectic and held very little time for reflection or “me time”. I know I am not alone, most of those I have talked to have complained that there has been so little time this year to do what we’ve wanted to do.
Halloween this year was a bust! Costumed kids start around early here, and I was working until after dark. I believe that Eric is allergic to handing out candy, so he also took his preventive measures and stayed at work almost as long as I did. He got his stuff taken care of, and then bought pizza for jail and dispatch staff. Nice Halloween treat! As I drove through the towns on the way home, there was not a car on the streets, no kids going door to door…kind of spooky in itself. It was only 8:30 p.m. So, I had NO kids at my door. I am sure that we had alot of them, beginning at 4 p.m. That’s too early, but, with the predatory wildlife that has been seen around town in the last month (bear and Mtn Lion), I think that’s a good excuse to start during daylight! Mojjo didn’t get his yearly quota of visiting with the neighborhood kids, and I have a sizable amount of candy in the freezer. Samhain (Halloween) is my holiday and it is the most wonderful time of the year…sorry, Christmas!
I recharge being alone. Most of my favorite memories include just me doing whatever it is that rejuvenated my spirit. In the last few years, this solitude has become a necessity rather than priority (maybe it’s my work environment). So, summer and fall this year, has been jam packed with people! I like people. I am one. But, I like being with people on my terms. I know that I will be ‘people-ing” at work with many different personalities and am prepared to do this. Luckily, I work with people who are also introverted (or seem to be) and value the same as I. On the other hand, People-surprises at my door- not so much. Especially with some who can’t understand social cues and know it’s time to leave. By nature, I am not a blunt individual, but there are those times when those cues don’t work, and I just have to start walking to the door. Surprisingly, they follow, but linger for more talking about themselves. When the door finally closes, I am exhausted!
Today, I am about to teach a class with a couple of other people. One of them, I adore. I consider him one of the best people I know. His humor is infectious and he is an uplifting person to be around. When he worked directly with me, he would always find a new video to show me that would make me cry. It wasn’t his intention, but the content (typically music) would inevitably trigger something in me. The other person arranges for the class and gets people on the roster. I appreciate that, because I have never been that kind of person. Her way is very socially energetic, controlling, undermining, back-stabbing and narcissistic. Sad that I can’t find even a nice thing to say. I believe I have worked with every personality type, but don’t recall having worked with this kind before. I can’t explain it, but I struggle with her. For some reason, she get’s really impatient and visibly annoyed when I am teaching. I am more than comfortable teaching the physical defense techniques. Teaching this class stresses me out for a week or two before it even starts, so today, I am trying to find my happy place.
This year has been about decluttering my life, my time and my house. Toxic people have been eliminated over the years, as well as time suckers, Facebook, organizations and social groups are in the works. The importance of community/social groups has faded over the years. I’ve been involved in the Search and Rescue for 26 years, and I am finding that it’s run its course for me. I was the one that broke up the “good ‘ol boy’s club” back in August 1991. When I was admitted, five of the old timers resigned. Funny! So, I’ve been every position in that group (except for Quartermaster), yes, even a Commander Pro-Tem at times when I was the Captain. I wouldn’t want to be elected Commander. Right now, I am the Treasurer. When I was Captain, I decided that when it wasn’t fun anymore and found reasons not to respond to a call-out, it would be time to leave. I am in the process again of deciding when to call it quits. This next year seems to be the right time. It’s been a rewarding experience, but time to move on.
October 5, 2017 § Leave a comment
The Jeep’s first fall trip to the hills.
Adelaide Campground is a favorite spot, and this day, there were about 15 wild turkeys roaming around. I tried to sneak up on them and they kept moving, the hens keeping up with the males. Zoom lenses were okay, but man those birds can move!
September 21, 2017 § Leave a comment
I was driving to St. George last weekend and just before I got on the freeway, there was a lone tiny puppy wandering around and not a sole to be seen. The little guy was happy to see me and ran up to me with his tail wagging. Wondering who in the world would just leave him, I stopped and loved on him for a while and made phone calls as to who might take him in. Don’t want to think of what would have happened to him it we hadn’t come along. Don’t worry, some one loves him!
Another hour, and my hubby would have adopted him. Too cute! Sad that someone left him there. “Milo” has a new home and is doing very well with some other animal and people friends. Such a sweetie!
September 18, 2017 § Leave a comment
Another high school Senior photo session, and I wonder (again) how did he grow up so fast?! This young man is enormous in stature, 6’4″ I believe and the mass to make you feel pretty small, but so protected and loved. A talented and kind hearted person, he is loved by all! Fun to be around and I’m proud to call him one of mine (in a round about way)
He plays the drums and draws his own comics. His characters, “The Kooky Bunch,” are unique and lovable. He makes a weekly comic for his brother on a mission in the Philippines. His dream is to become a professional in the world of animation.
I was left to my own devices at my Pharmasister’s house while they were in church, so I took pictures of things and pets in the house. They really aren’t sure who this guys is, since there were two of them and one died (they looked identical). He posed, I snapped.
I plugged in the plasma ball…
…and ate some candy while I looked at a cool book on the shelf.
When they came home, family photos were in order, and then we went out to Tuachan for Senior Pix!
Eric found a new friend that just freaks me out! AAAAAAH!
I told him if he smiled he would get ice cream, but his new friend wasn’t allowed in the car.
August 25, 2017 § Leave a comment
Eric caught a little lizard while out in the desert with the work crew. He told me to be careful because he was so tiny and he’d probably get squished by the orange or apple in the bag. I was so careful, and looked all over the bag for him, but didn’t see him…at first. Seems he found a way to stay safe inside the bag.
He was stuck to that tape so much I was afraid I’d hurt him, but was soon free to run around outside. Eric said his first stop was at the closest ant hill for a snack, and then he was gone!