Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Wasting time...

I have until1 am.  So, I'm killing some time... and trying not to fall asleep :)  

Jennifer, the exasperated one, got $50.00 worth of comments!  Go check out her entry :)  And many others matched her donation to various charities (Including Noah's Wish, Julie!)  Donations totaled $450.00!    J~Land rocks!  

Stacy  is offering up any one of many magnicifent shots at the Road less taken on Ebay or here.  All profits going to the victims of Katrina.  

My brother persuaded his boss to let them use his plane, because we got more donations today and had no way of getting them there :)  So that will mean arriving in a lot less time and some sleep before diving in when our other stuff arrives tomorrow.   

The down side is is flying in a small jet plane, but I am assured this is nothing like the ride in the single engine I dared take.  Ummm, never again unless someone's life depending on it, either!  His boss has a Cessna Mustang, similar to this one....    Citation Mustang  

We'll see.  I'm not a huge fan of flying in the first place.  Kitten prefers land, even water~ over air  ;)  

Mom is helping me out with some Valium just in case.  Thanks, Mom!  I plan on taking one anyway and go from there.  It's only 2mg, so not enough to knock this girl out.  Just take the edge off.  Hope he has a mini bar on board.  (please, you people know I cannot drink by now ;)  

I mentioned to Stacy that I was going to donate a bag of what Grace and I collected in her name.  Then I felt that pang of guilt that I didn't include all of you here (in my piece of J~Land).  So I am.  You will all have your name on something I give out.   

I printed address labels of the people I know who read here.  They say 'Because we care about you.  The Journal Community of AOL'.  And your first names.  (Umm... hope that is okay with you guys!  I have less than two hours to know.. lol)  

The girl and I collected a lot from the neighborhood and a little beyond.  I'd say half a U-Haul full.  The church bus is from my workplace and the stuff collected there.  Every business donated.  Every last one of them!  I do love the people of our country.  On average the businesses donated $500.00.  Long's Bakery (hey Heather!) gave one day's profits.  I thought that was cool!  Take that Mickey D ;)  

I am excited about going.  And I feel guilty about that.  There is no happy reason why I am going.  I always feel good about being able to help, don't get me wrong.    This is just the biggest thing I have ever been involved in and I should take no pride about why I have to do this. I do take pride of what I have accomplished in a short time.... its just hard to explain 

{I couldn't do anything, but phone calls, after 9/11 because I was 9 months pregnant, born 9/29}  

Speaking of 9/11, that is quickly approaching.  Tragedies came in threes for me close to that date.  A tornado tore through several cities, missing our house by less than 1/2 mile on Sept 21 that year.  That was off season, too.  My grandmother passed away Sept 10 the following year.  But I have Grace's birthday at the end of the month, so it always ends well :)  Okay, maybe I'm reaching with the threes thing...  

It's 11:40.  Guess I'll talk about work :)  

I go in today.  We have 12 kids due in.  10 are there.  I was there all of 15 minutes when the debate between #s 1 & 2 on who is going to leave.  #1 (the dictator)won. 

After #2 (the informant) left for the day, I told Mrs. Lead and #4 that we can never be overstaffed in this room.  We can never have extra people.  And no one from the office needs bother asking if anyone wants to leave, the two of them will always volunteer themselves.  Yet, they want all the control in the room....  

Also, #1 is so pissed about the cleaning, rearranging, and organizing (not to mention trashing the crap she had stashed and forgotten about, so it all got ruined) that she has not worked with either #4 or myself since I mentioned we cleaned!  Does that tell you the type of person we are dealing with here? 

But all coworkers (including the Director) and parents have said nothing but good things (obviously!).  The room looks so much better....  

The new kids are growing on me.  I knew they would.  The last of the original 4 when I started, leave this month.  I gave my Ziggy girl some mini M&Ms today when I saw her going back to the 2's room.  I actually gave them to her Dad for after dinner.  She's so precious.  She has a new baby sister I call baby Ziggy :)  She is so cute and starts daycare full time in a few weeks.  (Sad, I know... but it'll be nice to see my big Ziggy when her sissy comes to our room)   

Okay, I have to stop now.  I'll talk to you guys soon.  I will read email while I'm gone, including alerts.  Can't stand to not stay informed by you guys!  I think I'll get some time anyway....  

See ya'll later :)  

Cat

11 comments:

djzgirl71 said...

You're awesome babe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Be careful k?

Stacy

redbaranjj said...

It is so hard to watch the aftermath...it has been for days.  And not only does it tear at my heart to watch all those people...it tears at my heart to see a dog all alone on a house...or two dogs...and all the people missing their pets...but in the worst of times there is still hope.  People still have their lives, some their pets, some their kids, some each other...but so many lost so much...it's heartbreaking.  
I am so proud of you Cat...and I wish I could go with you.  And I would be honored to have my name on that list.  Thank you Cat.  
Have a safe trip...you will be in my prayers.  And keep us posted.  

*huge hugs*

sarajanesmiles said...

Safe journey to you my dear, take care.
The people that you manage to help will never forget you, you're doing something great hon, you ROCK!!!!!!!!!
Sara   x

quartrlyfecrysis said...

Have a safe trip Kitty, as always you'll be in my thoughts and prayers....gotta look out for the alpha-bitch ;)  I hate flying too, I hope it's a smooth ride for ya doll!
Take care of yourself Cat~
xoxo~Bernie

xzasporated1 said...

Thank you for the mention and for doing the tough work of traveling (I hate to fly too) and helping in person.  

Our J-Land tally is up to $800 now, thanks to the matching donations, and I hope it goes even higher.

J-Land truly is an amazing community.

~~ jennifer

stupidsheetguy said...

GOOD LUCK! You're one of J-Land's Heroes, for sure. Please be safe, and thanks for doing such an awesome service.


Jimmy

pixiedustnme said...

gosh you have been a busy girl - just take two and call me in the morning

deshelestraci said...

Good job going to take stuff and help out.  It will change you I am sure.
Traci

hadonfield78 said...

Do you know the best way to Kill Time ??????????
"Work It To Death"

billandnae said...

Be safe Kitty, I'll think of you often.  

Oh and don't worry about the plane, it's not like your Buddy Holly or something, right?  Only singers die in plane crashes ;)

Thanks for the update earlier.  I cannot in my wildest dreams ever imagine the cold hard reality of it all, you have a big heart and are so strong-willed.  Me wuvs my Kitty :)~

~V~

missboogerhead said...

You needn't feel guilty in taking pride in a job well done!  Good Kitty!  :-)  <<HUGS>>  
Be safe!
~Miss O