Holy crapsticks it’s March. Where did January and February go? (SPOILER ALERT: THIS IS A LONG POST. So if you don’t want to read it all it’s OK, I’ll understand).
I know I’ve been a bit, a tad, a smidgen absent still. I really am sorry about that and am going to try and be better about keeping up on my blog, among other things, like myself, eating right and exercising. I haven’t been keeping up on those things too well. There has been a lot going on at work that has been sucking everything out of me. I come home dead tired and then have to go back to work at night to do a meeting. I spent a month going through the hiring process to replace my amazing Deputy Clerk who is retiring. In fact, my new Deputy Clerks starts tomorrow. I haven’t been handling Ellen’s departure very well emotionally. Monday was supposed to be our last full day together in the office which didn’t happen. I had already had one meltdown at work in the bathroom at work. I had another one at my doctor’s appointment around lunch time and then I had another appointment later that afternoon which didn’t go so well but I’ll get to that in a little bit. Ellen has been the best Deputy Clerk I’ve ever had. Anything I need she gets or does for me as my employee and as a friend. I also consider her as another one of my many moms. She’s my employee, friend, confidant, dog watcher and dentist dropper-offer. The closer it gets to her leaving the more weepy I get. In fact Saturday of this week was the first day I didn’t cry when someone asked me about Ellen leaving. I guess that’s progress.
On top of getting ready for Ellen to retire and hing a new Deputy Clerk, I’ve been preparing for the local primary election for Mayor in which there were four people running for Mayor since our current Mayor is retiring. The top two vote-getters are going through to the April election, which is on April Fool’s Day. The April election is already heating up and there are still 30 days to go until Election Day. I’m not sure how much more crap is going to explode between now and April 1.
On top of all of that I’ve been dealing with dental issues. Remember the crown I had put on in November due to the cracked filling? Yeah, well that bitch has been giving me problems ever since. I’ve been having sensitivity and pain ever since which my dentist determined the nerve is angry and bruised. I had a 2nd dental appointment scheduled to have two more crowns replaced; the silver ones, one on both sides of my mouth which have been there since I was a kid. I had to reschedule that appointment three times for various reasons of my own and the dentist’s. I finally was able to keep my appointment this past Tuesday but first, I had to go in the day before to see what we were going to do about my “angry, bruised” nerve. Dr. Lemke determined the nerve was dying and it had to go. I asked Dr. Lemke what that meant and what he was going to do to get rid of it to which he replied “you don’t want to know”. Good answer, he was right, I don’t want to know. After the determination I went up to the front to talk to the financial lady and I told the hygienist bringing up front that I didn’t wnat to talk to her because what’s the point. Tomorrow’s work is going to max out my dental insurance and I’ll have to pay out of pocket so why talk about it? I then told her I was already having a bad day, had two meltdowns earlier in the day and didn’t need or want a third. I told the lady if I had to talk about this today they were going to have a crier on their hands.
So I head into June’s office and before I could say “I don’t want to talk about this right now, I’m having a very bad day, just do what you have to do tomorrow since I’ll already be here and sedated” she opens her mouth and tells me I need to sign the financial form for the additional $1,300 for tomorrow’s surprise root canal. As she’s saying that I’m slightly loudly saying “YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TELL ME”. Cue the tears and the sobs. She didn’t get to explain anything to me because I was having a meltdown at her desk. In my defense, I freaking warned them not to tell me. Tell me the day after the procedure when I’m on painkillers and that news is easier to take. I signed her stupid paperwork through my tears and left the office. I sat in my car and sobbed for about 20 minutes. And by sob I mean the kind of cry a 2 year old had when you won’t buy them a toy. The “can’t catch your breath sucking in your bottom lip multiple times” kind of cry. It had to come out sooner or later and I’m glad it happened where no one saw me. I gotta say I felt better after getting that out.
So Tuesday morning arrives, I take my sedation pills, Ellen picks me up at home and drops me off at the dentist. I don’t remember much from that day, which is the point, but what I do know is I was sedated from 7am to 1pm, they had to re-sedate me a couple of times. That’s not normal and that certainly wasn’t the plan. Two crowns were supposed to be replaced right? Yeah, that didn’t happen. At all. Instead the dying nerve tooth had a root canal, the smaller tooth in front of that had a crown put on (not in the plan) and then the crown on the right side which was in worse shape than the left side ALSO had to have a last minute root canal done on it. Something about another dying nerve, decay, something bleeding out, I don’t really know. Joyce is my dentist picker-upper. Poor Joyce. I think she said she showed up at the dentist three times, and was turned away the first two times because more stuff kept going wrong and I wasn’t done. She had to reschedule a couple of meetings because of me. Thank you Joyce! Joyce suggested that now Ellen is retired, Ellen can pick me up from the dentist and Joyce will drop me off at 7am. :) All I do know is, so much shit didn’t go according to plan that they couldn’t finish all the work since I was under for so long, so now I have to go back in April to have the two root canals finished. SOMEONE PLEASE FUCKING SHOOT ME. So not only did I have an extra $1,300 I learned about Monday, now there was at least another $1,800 added to my bill because of the 2nd root canal and unexpected crown put on. WTF. On the bright side I got bottle of Vicodin and a dentist excuse to stay home from work the next day and boy did I need it. Also, I also have great upstairs neighbors, a mom and 3 boys, who took MDog off my hands for a few hours so I could get some rest. Debbie left work in the middle of the afternoon to go to Walgreen’s to pick up my pain pills and Jamie brought me a chocolate shake at 8pm which was the only thing I ate that day. So in one day I had five excellent people help me out. I hope you all are reading this because on April 8 you’ll all have to do it again. :) I love you guys.
So it’s Sunday night and I’m watching the Oscars with Molly on my lap. Tomorrow is a new day and one that starts with a new person in the office. I’m nervous and excited. I hope she likes us and the City.
Now I have a couple of funny things to tell you which happened later in the week. So the week started out pretty shitty and ended on a funny note. First, I got a new couch at a furniture store’s going out of business sale about a week ago. I got a really good deal and ended up getting a leather recliner couch. I didn’t think anything of it with the dog trying to jump up on the couch. I sad down and called her up. Molly jumped up on the couch cushion, slid into the back of the couch and bounced off the couch. Holy shit that was funny. I soooo wish I had recorded that. I bet it would have went viral and then I could have been on the Today Show and met Matt Lauer. I couldn’t stop laughing at her. She knew I was laughing at her too so she wouldn’t jump up on the couch again until I put a blanket on it. As soon as I did that she was fine.
Then, I was hostessing Friday night at the restaurant I work at and the bar manager’s family was in which included his adorable niece and nephew. His nephew is maybe two years old? I’m not sure but he is the cutest thing ever. He was sitting on the dad’s lap on his right leg. His dad’s right arm was wrapped around the little boy and the dad was using that right hand to scoop up fajita fixings into a shell in his left hand. Just as he scooped the final bit of fajita stuff into the tortilla shell, the little boy…get this…omg this is too funny…and I found it extra funny because I don’t have kids…..ok, so just as he scooped the final bit of fajita stuff into the tortilla shell, the little boy SNEEZES right.into.the.fajita. OMG. I laughed so freaking hard. The dad stops, says “really? oh well, i’m hungry, folds is up and EATS THE FAJITA HIS KID JUST SNEEZED ON. OMG that’s gross. After I stopped laughing I told him he is a die hard true parent if you eat the food your kid just sneezed on. I looked at the little boy and said “well played little man, well played”. A few minutes later he asked me to box up his food and I said “sure and I promise not to sneeze on it”. We had a good laugh over that.
I wrapped up the weekend spending Sunday with two super clerk friends, helping one of them out at her work sorting through the City’s records deciding what to purge and keep to prepare her for moving into a new City Hall building. This is the second time we’ve done this and we need one more day to finish up. I find spending my Sunday this way is FUN! I love throwing shit out. It’s a great feeling. We had a great time, all three of us were wearing the same shirt and black pants, I love it that we matched!! We’ve had a lot of laughs working on this project. So Sunday started out pretty great so let’s hope the trend continues throughout the week. I almost forgot. I got my ass back on the treadmill today. :)
Speaking of laughs, the Oscars are almost over and Ellen DeGenerous is GREAT as host. Ordering pizza and the selfie which crashed Twitter was awesome. I hope you all have been doing great in there in WordPress land and I promise not to be a stranger anymore.
What have you been up to?