- Final day at work was Friday. Kinda scared, but somewhat relieved that the uncertainty is over, at least for me. Am going to really do some research this week as to schooling and what I can accomplish within two years to hopefully move me up a little on the career ladder. In the meantime will hit the temp agencies, like I did during the shutdown last Christmas, to supplement the unemployment (Arkansas is a little more generous than some states in how much they’ll let you earn before deducting from your unemployment). If something fulltime pops up, or I get recalled back to my old job (which I don’t expect until next year if at all, due to the state of the economy), fantastic, but I really want to try to leave some room for school if at all possible.
- Will also take advantage of my free time to get a little more into the new calling I recently received from church. Last week the our regional leaders from the high council extended an invitation to become our branch’s Elder’s Quorum President, a very important calling in our church that I feel totally inadequate to fulfill. So of course, I accepted the calling. My first task is to get to know our members, and particularly the male inactives, more so that we know how to best minister to them and keep them active. Being a small branch we aren’t exactly overflowing with warm bodies, so I have my work cut out for me. Also I need to find a couple counselors (all major LDS leadership positions normally have two counselors called to assist the presidents) so I don’t have to do all the work myself and can help me teach lessons on Sunday. A lot of responsibilities to fulfill, but I’ll figure out how to make it all work, just like my predecessor (who I served as a counselor myself to).
- Daughter PBJ just got back from a young adult conference with the church in Mississippi, which she attended all weekend, and apparently had a blast. Good for her, because we’re encouraging her to start exploring life more outside the nest. She’s 22 years old and was our youngest before AJ came along, and has stuck close to home all this time. Not trying to push her out, just trying to get her to start something of an adult life outside the house and family. And speaking of AJ, who missed her dearly all weekend, he actually gave her one of his toy trains to take with her so she’d remember him while she was gone. That one made me tear up a little.
- And while I’m on churchy news, nephew JJ has received the priesthood in our church, something which I’m immensely proud of him for achieving. To those unfamiliar with LDS custom, this is akin to receiving first confirmation or the like in most other churches at the age of 12. Hopefully he’ll get more involved in church activities and find more stability and direction and less chaos in his life as he starts to navigate the difficult early teen years.
- More nephew news – Mark now has a stepmother. His dad got married Saturday, in a very simple outside ceremony at one of the local parks. Sadly there was an element of family drama due to the fact that the father of the groom never showed up due to his issues with the bride. I find it hard to fathom as a parent not supporting my kids even when I disagree with their decisions, especially over petty things. But the bride is a friend of my daughter PBJ and her worst crimes seem to be that she’s outspoken and very protective of her new husband and Mark, charges I could easily level at my own wife. In the short time she’s been a part of his life, she’s done far more and been far more a positive influence in his life that the chunt of a baby momma ever was to any of her egg donations (here is some background on Mark in a previous post, email for password).
- Yes Dear’s knee is recovering nicely. Slow progress, but progress indeed. She can stand for short periods and even was able to make dinner the other evening (with a little assistance in moving the hot stuff off the stove). Staples came out last week and X-rays show that things are coming along as intended. So hopefully in the coming weeks she’ll continue to improve.
That’s about it for now.