Sunday, August 17, 2008

To All My Personal Life Savers

My computer went cuckoo on me the other night. Is it fixed yet? Well, no. I'm just having faith that I can get this whole post off before it decides to shut me down and erase everything. I called the HP support place Thursday night, and the guy sounded very encouraging just before we got cut off. Unfortunately, he never called me back, and we were gone over the weekend. Hold your breath, because when I'm done with this I'm giving it another try.

My weekend? Ward camp out, hosted by yours truly - the ward activities person. I would like to preface this by saying that being an activities planner is not really in my DNA. I am the type who plans a meal and forgets the silverware and condiments (could I ever remember the condiments?) In other words, I am NOT a detail person. By any stretch of the imagination.

This is possibly the reason I keep getting put into positions requiring extensive planning. Someone up there is hoping that at some point I will get things together and remember the little things that make things work - like tables for people to cook/serve on, for instance. (never fear, I remembered them that morning and managed to throw some together. See? I am getting better! The only thing we had to leave and get was the ice!). Is it working? As noted, there have been minimal improvements. Like the fact that I now recognise that I will undoubtedly forget lots of little essentials. Like bringing something to secure the signs to the tree/post/whatever. (Again, saved from repeating this blunder by assigning the job to someone else.)

This is really my secret strategy. So secret that I always inform everyone involved that if I do not have an AMAZING detailed/organizing/list-making/personal-assisting-type individual working closely (and I mean VERY closely) with me, the whole thing will come crashing down around all our heads. So far it's worked, and I would just like to thank Kathy, Magen, Joyce (who will probably never read this blog, but knows how lost I would have been without her) and every one else who has ever uttered those fateful words, "Um, have you thought about the..." for saving me from certain disaster.

After all, isn't this the way things are supposed to work? It's kind of like marriage. I have my strengths - somewhere, I'm sure - and I have someone else around to make up for my weaknesses. I'm not convinced (at all) that in this planning department they wouldn't be just as well off without me, but hey - they sure make me look great! And that's what this blog is essentially about. I would like to publicly thank them and tell the world that nothing I am in charge of would ever be successful without that amazing person standing right beside/behind/in front, of me. Close, I always keep them close. If they stray too far you will hear me frantically yelling "Kathy? Kathy?! WHERE ARE YOU KATHY! I CAN'T DO THIS ALONE! GET OVER HERE RIGHT NOW!"

Now if I could just get this kind of help at home, I'm sure my kids would eat more vegetables, and my husband would always have clean socks. And I would never forget orthodontist appointments - or anything else for that matter. So thank you, thank you, thank you, to all of you who have helped me avoid repeated disasters - you know who you are, and you know just how truly lost I would be without you!


Natalie said...

I'm so excited you were able to post something! Here's hoping your call to HP was a success.

by AnnieValentine said...

I don't know how Kathy I mean you did it, but that activity rocked.

Laura said...

I'm sorry I can't be that person for you, but I would sure like one myself! At least when things go wrong I'm great for sympathizing, right?