The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

This has been quite a day.

We went down to exercise this morning and there were a couple of guy on the tread mills that greeted us with the news of the Brussel terrorist attacks.  As we watched the news are heart were sadden at the meaningless action of the terrorist.  But tonight that attack became personal when we heard that four missionaries were there and three had been seriously injured.  That brought the story home and made it even more upsetting. Then as I read about the three missionaries that were hurt I knew one of them.  Richard Norby was my assistant area director when I taught.  He is a retired S&I guy.  Then my it became personal.

Brother Norby is such a good man.  Our prayers go out for him and his wife.  
When we walked into the Barlow today we had a repeat of yesterday.  The floor guys were there and wanted us to see the pattern of the marble that is going in on the floor.  The contractor came and wanted Elder Anthony to see how it was going to turn out.  The plumber was there working with B2 Air and they were ripping the students rooms apart putting in the new equipment.  They had a sheet rocker behind them trying to get some massive holes repaired that they had to cut in the ceiling.  They were worried they would have to cut a hole in the new ceiling.  In the meantime the guy that is going to be cementing the parking stalls came to give a bid and Elder Anthony was out with him.  He informed us that when they do the work no one can park there for 2 weeks.  We only have 10 parking spots.  Right now the contractors are using up 3 to 4 and the employees are a little upset that their places are gone.  Elder Anthony was trying to get everyone a spot to park.  One of the floor guys made the mistake of parking in a no parking spot and was ticketed.

In the mean time Elder Anthony goes to the Public Affairs floor to tell them no one next week can park on the west side of the building because they are bringing in a crane to hall the air conditions up on the roof.  One particular employee gets all mad because it is inconveniencing her and she wants to know why they have to take her spot.  Elder Anthony is trying to keep her calm and explain the situation and she said why can't we assign them places.  The receptionist for them comes down a little later I think to see Elder Anthony who hasn't been in his office all morning and comes to my office.  He said I am amazed to watch your husband handling all the things he is handling and handling the people.  I tell him that Elder Anthony is amazing that he is uses to having a dozen balls balancing all at the same time and that he really is amazing working the distraught people. Ben said I am going to watch your husband closer.  I think he can teach me a lot about how to work with people.   In the mean time I am handling the CES things, rolls, emails, announcements, and reading assessments that have been turned in.

In the middle of the chaos we have to leave because I have an appointment to get my haircut.  We had planned to leave a half hour earlier so we could eat our lunch before he left but there is not time for that.  We are 15 minutes later leaving for the haircut than we should have. We fly out of there and  get to the hair cutting place 5 minutes early.   We are next to Costco and need a couple of things which we grab and we grabbed something to eat as we drive over to the temple.  This is our last chance to get something to eat for the day. We arrive at the temple 5 minutes before the session and are sitting down 30 second after the hour.  They didn't start without us thank goodness.  We fly from there to the stake center to watch the broadcast from BYU-Hawaii that Chad Webb, the director of CES, is giving.  We were 15 minutes late picking that up.  Then the Stake Presidency arrive for temple recommend interviews and visit with us for a few minutes before our class started.  I had left over fried rice so we took it and the kids loved it but they didn't leave until after 10:00 so it was almost 11 before we got home.  I feel like we haven't had time to breath today.

4 comments:

  1. I really dislike days that go like that. It seems like you pay a price for them the next day or soon thereafter. Hopefully you won't!

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  3. Dad is the perfect person to work out these misunderstandings during this stressful time. He put out a lot of fires at BYU and it looks like he's one of the best firemen out there.

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  4. That is great that dad can handle all that, we could all learn some skills from him. Days that are rushed like that aren't much fun.

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