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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Busy Week

What a busy week - lots of weddings and other stuff going on!
Monday I had a dentist appointment in the morning and a Dr. appointment with Jill's doctor in the afternoon. Dad came and picked me up and we went to see Dr. Burtenshaw without Jill so we could discuss the MRI she had plus her prognosis. Basically Dad and I are getting tired of Dr's that can't tell us anything...but I guess there isn't a cut and dried diagnosis and each patient progresses with their dementia a little differently.

There were no noticeable problems with her brain - some shrinkage and a few damaged spots that go along with the dementia but nothing that stands out as far as the tremors are concerned. No strokes, no major damaged areas, no blockages. We went over to Rocky Mtn Care Center afterwards to see Jill and she was sound sound asleep so we left her sleeping and headed home.
Her nurse cornered me and said she needed to talk to me. She wanted me to make an appointment with her neurologist because the tremors are getting so bad that she can't even hold a drink in her hand. They have discontinued the Seraquil thinking that was causing them but they are still there - even when she is sound asleep. She is also awake and wandering all night long and sleeping all day. I told her we had just been in to see the neurologist three weeks ago but I would call and take her back in since they've quit given her Seraquil and she is still having the tremors. She gave me a whole list of problems to tell the Dr. about.

That evening Ed and I went for a free ride on the new frontrunner. It is a beautiful train and hopefully will be very popular with the commuters. It moves fast and stops quickly and is a very smooth ride. I was hoping to see just exactly where the stops are but it was running about an hour late that night and by the time we got on it was dark. It was amazing how many people they can shove onto that train too - lots of standing room!!

Tuesday I went walking with Cheryl and got to see the three new baby swans. There had been five on Monday according to Cheryl but evidently the seagulls got to a couple of them. They are just darling fluffballs of gray feathers. Their parents are the black swans that live there at the park. They will have red beaks. After my walk I headed up to HAFB for my annual diabetes bloodwork - they got enough blood from me to keep the vampires in their basement fed for a few days!! Then I headed South to Lehi to play with Benji, visit with Melinda and cuddle Simon. We had a good visit and I headed back to "Layton about 8 pm that night. I really enjoy being able to go down and help out once a week.

Wednesday I went for my morning walk and then just kind of shuffled the rest of the day. I don't know what was wrong - nothing I could point at and say ...this was bothering me or this hurt ...but I just drug all day long. Little bit of headache, little bit of stomach ache. Jeff emailed me in the afternoon and invited Ed and I to go with them to Red Robin for dinner to celebrate Skye's birthday but I just didn't feel good so we stayed home. You know I have got to be off my feed when I turn down dinner out!

Thursday morning - walked in the park and now there are only two baby swans - DUMB Seagulls! It has been six years today since Merrilee passed away. I drove over to the cemetery and contemplated life for a little bit, then I ran up to dad's house and went to the library and just caught up on house work from the day before. Ed came home and said lets go out to eat so we went to Red Lobster...YUM! That's better than Red Robin anytime! After we ate we ran up to Uinta to Kathy Morgan's house to pick up the stuff for Julie's wedding the next day.

Friday was a busy day right from the get go! I was in to Ogden by 11 am at the Alumni center at Weber State where Julie's wedding reception was going to be. I hauled all the stuff in that I had picked up the night before and started setting things up - decorating the tables as Kathy had requested and unloading all the plates and cups and napkins and forks in the kitchen. Kathy and Julie showed up about 12:30 long enough to answer some of my questions (like where were they going to have the line, where were the presents going to go, etc ect.) and then they headed off to the temple. I continued to set things up and move furniture about and hang the cute paper balls from the wires on the ceiling until about 1:10 when I headed to the temple too. I got to see Andy and Julie married and it was nice to be in the Ogden temple - its been a few months! It has such a beautiful sweet spirit inside. So restful, and so peaceful. It truly is a House of God.

Then I headed back to the Alumni Center. I stopped and got something to eat and sat there at the Alumni center in my car and enjoyed the beautiful spring day while I ate a quick late lunch. I went inside and helped the flower lady set the flowers on the tables and also got the three tables outside all decorated too. They had set them up while I was at the temple. I thought for a bit I was going to have an hour to run over and see Mauri and Ira and the kids about 4-5 but just then Kathy and Dave showed up - I was worrying about that because Kathy is such a perfectionist and I am anything BUT - however, she didn't change a thing. She was happy with it all! I felt really good about my efforts at that point. She and Dave headed home and again I thought I had a bit of time to do what I wanted when in walks the bride and groom - and though they didn't change anything they brought a few things that kept me busy until the family all started arriving at 5:15.

At 6:15 I started lighting the candles on the tables and had them just about all lit when I noticed that one of Kathy's grandsons (about 2 1/2 years old) was going behind me and blowing them all out!! I relit them several times during the evening and they kept getting blown out even though his mom and dad and grandma all told him DON'T. I know he thought I was relighting them just to entertain him. :-) I had brought my bubble blower and that kept most of the grandkids very well entertained outside until we finally ran out of bubbles. Sad day when the bubbles were gone!

My main job was going to be decorator and then I was to hang around and help oversee the reception itself (but wasn't supposed to be the main help) but I ended up running all evening keeping the cakes set out for the people and slush and ice water poured and all the myriad of little things that needed to be done. They had three or four 8-10 years olds to clean off the table but they ended up being a lot of help serving too. It was funny because I would have to tell them to stop bringing cakes out... and scoot them in the direction of table cleaning and all of a sudden they would be back overloading the tables again. Kathy's caterer brought six different kinds of cake ... all homemade, and all gorgeous. There were three cheesecakes - one a snickers cheesecake, one a strawberry cheesecake, and one an oreo cheesecake. Then there was carrot cake, double chocolate with raspberry filling, and a German Chocolate cake. Kathy had said she didn't think they would have much of a turn out because there was so much going on but they had people coming nonstop all evening long. I told her if this was a light turnout I would hate to see her crowd.

It was such fun to see all of her kids - Johnathon and his wife live in South Weber - in fact I think they are in one of the other wards that share Shawn and Kris's building- they have three or four kids. Jen and her husband flew up from Phoenix with their brand new baby ( in fact they blessed him yesterday while the whole family was together). Justin and his wife have just accepted a job in Idaho Falls and they have a 16 month old little boy with BRIGHT RED hair - its funny - with all the red hair in that family there are a lot of strawberry blonds and then this little guy with gorgeous hair! Geneal and her husband also live in Idaho Falls. They have two daughters that were from his previous marriage - they were the good helpers that night plus Johnathon's oldest son. They also have a little boy about 2 years of age.

Jared flew in from Boston and almost didn't make it. He is still single, still a big kid and he got mugged the day he was supposed to fly home (Wednesday). So of course he had no identification. I guess the family spent Wednesday trying to work with the airport to accept a fax from the DMV after taking his SS card and passport that were still here in Utah down to Farmington. One person had said yeah that will work and then they wouldn't accept it. So then they overnighted the passport to Boston and it got delivered to the wrong address!! So by the time they tracked it down on Thursday he had missed the last flight out to Utah that day. He finally flew out to Phoenix Friday morning and caught a flight from Phoenix to SLC about noon - he missed the wedding but made it in time for the reception. What a wild time he had. If he had made it in time for the temple, then they would have had to hope they could find a member of his bishopric in Boston for the temple to call so he could get in the temple, as his recommend disappeared with everything else!

I got home Friday night exhausted - Kathy invited me over to sit in her hot tub but I knew she had a houseful of family and all she needed was one more person. Besides which your dad had a Jazz game to watch. It was a neat day and fun to think that I can still decorate for weddings !!

Saturday we got up and worked in the yard. I trimmed the rose bushes and dug around in my flower garden a little bit.

That afternoon I received a phone call from Sujei saying "I'm getting married!" Evidently her bishop had talked she and her husband into the fact that they needed to legalize their union. So they got the license on Thursday and got married at the church house on Saturday. I told her I really would have loved to have come but we had Martina's wedding and had RSVP'd a month ago saying we would be there .

I felt so bad that it was the same day - Martina and Jimmy's wedding was one of the fanciest and nicest we have EVER attended. It was held in SL at the Red Butte Garden at the U of U - it warmed up enough that they were able to hold it outside in the gardens. Jimmy and Martina are both in their 30's and both are directors at MTC so money was no object. We were served the most wonderful meal ... for example we had macadamian nut encrusted salmon with a mild curry sauce - to die and go to heaven for and I don't even like fish! The wedding itself was beautiful and the couple are such a choice pair - I overheard one of their guests from Pennsylvania say
"Boy, they DO know how to throw a wedding in Utah!

When we got home there was an email from Sujei saying - I GOT MARRIED!! Evidently his name is Irving but I don't know what his last name is. I told her that we would have a party for her and her new husband so we could get to know him.
So now we get to plan a little get together ...say when!

1 comment:

Kristanne said...

congratulations to Sujei. We would love to meet her hubby!!