My father called about 15 minutes ago to tell me that my grandfather had passed away in his sleep.
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Lloyd. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.
Thank you to everyone who has been keeping me and my family in prayer. Please continue to keep us in prayer, especially my grandma, my mother, and her siblings.
As for how I’m doing, I was completely calm when I got the phone call and I’m feeling like every second is eroding away the calm like a chisel chipping away at stone. I’ll be OK — just please pray for me right now because I’m really going to need it in the next couple of days.
Since the rivalry between Keith Olbermann (God bless him) and Bill O’Reilly got mentioned on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!, I’m assuming that it’s probably general knowledge?
Anyway… O’Reilly has a rule that you can’t say Olbermann’s name on the show because apparently it’s an “obscene word” and he has threatened to call Fox security to get local police to pay a visit to people’s homes.Â As one who puts Countdown on DVR so I can find out who the candidates for “Worst Person in the World” are, I’m finding this whole things to be incredibly funny.
My fiendish master plan: recruit a bunch of people to call into O’Reilly’s show from payphones for the sole purpose of saying the word “Olbermann” on his show.Â I mean, I think the police here in Montana have a whole lot of better things to do than try to trace who was at the payphone at the Town Pump at 12:34 pm prank-calling O’Reilly.
Just a thought…
I just realized that today is the first day I’ve really spent time online since Sunday. Egads! My problem: I don’t have access to a computer with internet at work (OK… I could go to the town library on my lunch break if I was desperate) and even then, I’m constantly on the move doing work.
My job is still wonderful — just crazy busy and having Lenten stuff on top of it doesn’t really help. I skipped church on Monday because it would have given me precisely 2 minutes to eat dinner by the time I got home. On Wednesday, I went straight from work to church (well… I stopped at home to get Jon) so I was gone from 9 to 8:30. Yesterday, I was at work from 8:30 to 6 because I had to meet with the IT guy about web stuff. (Granted, said meeting didn’t really take that long and I had a 20 minute break to do errands before my shift started.) I’m doing MUCH more than I was doing the day I started and of course, there’s yet MORE to learn but I’m pretty content in what I’m doing.
Thursday was our anniversary and we went down to Great Falls to celebrate. I got some $tarbuck$ stuff and we went and hung out with my aunt and uncle for a couple hours. We had dinner at the Golden Corral which was good enough to last me another couple years. (It’s a bit of a variety of food but you’re also exposed to the general public, which includes parents who really should not have bred and the misbehaving creatures they spawned.) After that, we went to the EVIL store to get groceries, catfood, and kitty litter before heading back home so I could go to sleep.
There was a funeral today in one of my favorite church families and I went for the service and for lunch before asking Jon to take me home because I was feeling tired, PMS-y, and like my stomach was on fire. (Note to self: Aleve works on a FULL stomach, not a sip of coke and a banana.) The kids sang and that was cute. I then crashed on the futon for 3 hours and SLEPT.
I’ll get the “blog + work” thing down one of these days…
My family jokes that Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel and those other science-y documentary type channels have days which we’ve dubbed “Scare the Public” Days.Â On those days, they talk about these impending supertornadoes, the explosion of the supervolcano that is Yellowstone National Park, massive tsunamis hitting the coasts, and these massive earthquakes that happen every 6000 years and how this is the time when all of that is going to happen.
Currently, the national disaster facing me is the supervolcano under Yellowstone exploding.Â Apparently, this happens every 600K to 800K years and it’s been some number of years in that timeframe.Â My thought: you know… if the volcano is going to explode, it’s going to happen whether or not the states of Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, and the west coast evacuate.Â I mean… I know that I have a chance of dying from the lava and falling debris.Â I also have an equally good chance of being mauled by my 4 cats because we’re out of catfood.
My point: yes, a tsunami could hit the west coast.Â The KFC in Crescent City, California even has pictures of the last time it happened.Â Yes, a supertornado could hit Dallas or Oklahoma City and kill hundreds of thousands of people.Â Yes, a massive earthquake could happen and wipe out southern California (not that it would be a bad thing — sorry, I am not a fan of SoCal culture/attitude/people except for my friends list and my in-laws).Â We’re all going to die at some point and these shows kind of hype people up to think that their chance of dying is a whole lot more inflated than it actually is.Â If a tsunami hits the California coast, it’s gonna be awful but it’s one of those things you have to take into account when you live on the coast.
So anyway… I’m off to find out about how screwed the people in the Pacific Northwest are when the next megaquake comes.Â