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Insanity . . . Not an exercise routine, but life

Monday, November 07, 2011

Well, this past week was insanity. Easily one of the most stressful in my 40 years.

It started with a pretty normal weekend and we really didn't do that much out of the ordinary. My wife and daughters took off and I got some things done around the house in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday was a pretty normal church/housework/jail ministry Sunday.

Monday was a straightforward day/evening, but the stress of Tuesday was building. Tuesday morning was a technical screen for me at work. I'm a contractor that has begun the processof converting over to a permanent employee. There are more steps to this than I ever would have imagined.

So Tuesday morning starts off with the technical screen at 9:00 in the morning. The invite list was all of our platform architects and the overall architecture team. I have to prepare a presentation about my work and they get to torture . . . ask questions for an hour. I felt pretty good coming out of that, then onto a full afternoon of meetings . . .

Wednesday was the last day of the week in the office. I had another full day of meetings and planning sessions. Two of these meetings were one-on-one meetings with the staffing person for my area and the head of my area. They were more informal interviews that went pretty well.

Thursday was prison ministry workshop. Great day as I got to catch up with several people. I think I actually got to talk to the majority of the people I wanted to take some time with. My presentations went well here as well. I also did the closing devotion (which I wasn't expecting to, so there was only minimal stress from that).

Friday was a day around the house and running to do whatever I needed to to help my wife as she was getting everything ready for my oldest's wedding the next day. While she did most of the cooking, I did the running and got the last few things we needed. We had the rehersal that night (that my daughter and fiance didn't show up for) and had to set up the reception hall (which was more fun than I had expected).

Saturday was the wedding (11:00 service with reception afterwards). Service went off without a hitch and then tons and tons of pictures. Then they went off to go take some pictures around town. We left the church at 12:30 and they left with the specific reminder that they had a hall full of people waiting on them. They didn't show up until right before two. (very inconsiderate). We got everyone served and then cut the cake and we were wrapped up with everything by 5:00. We (me, my wife, my youngest, her friend Peyton) then went out for dinner and met up with my wife's sister and her husband and had a good evening.

** Some of you are probably going to ask why I haven't talked about this. My oldest is bi-polar and schizophrenic and just refuses to take meds. (yet another overriding concern). I really wasn't going to say much about it until it actually happened. Realistically, I had a small part of me that was expecting them to just take off and leave a church full of people sitting there and I had to explain that they just took off. Aside from the irritation of the reherals and the delay at the reception, it really went pretty smooth.

** Note to those of you planning weddings, make sure to hire servers. You can do the food yourself, but have someone there to warm up everything and set stuff out. It frees up everyone to enjoy.

Yesterday was a long day that we just piddled around the house.

I am so glad that this week is in the books. I can't imagine much more stress added to that.
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    Jon, sounds like you handled things very well that week. How did the progress of moving from contractor to employee come out? Is it final yet?
    2402 days ago
    ST, there is only one way to retain one's sanity after a week like that, and I'm certain that is where you were. Keeping you in prayers for the new, PERMANENT job.

    With my wedding, I catered the reception it at the Holiday Inn where we were staying overnight before our flight out the next morning. Mom was right when she said we could ALL enjoy the event and no one would have to clean up.

    It's a new week! God's mercies are new every morning.

    2408 days ago
    What what a week! I'm tired just reading about it. Mental illness is tough. It's also in my family and you just deal with it as you do anything else. It's never easy, but what is...LOL! Glad you made it and best of luck at the job...Jane emoticon
    2409 days ago
    WOWSERS! What a week! My oldest is bi-polar, too. He feels he doesn't need the meds anymore either. I understand your pain. Your guardian angels worked overtime this week. "All things work together for good..." emoticon
    2410 days ago
    ST always glad to see you.

    Sounds like you're up for some R&R!
    2412 days ago
    Glad to hear that the wedding went fairly. As someone who has bi-polar and ADD I know how that can affect the rest of the family. It sounds like you and your family are handling it very well.

    Good luck with the job process. emoticon
    2413 days ago
    Good grief. I'm surprised you didn't flip out. I don't think anyone can truly understand what you have gone through unless they have a schizophrenic or bi-polar person in the family. And having both in one person is a real challenge. It's amazing that everything went as well as it did.

    My BIL is off his meds now too and we are paying for it. Every day is a nightmare and we never know what to expect. At least your daughter sounds a lot more stable.

    2414 days ago
    Congratulations dad. I'm glad to hear that everything went well. Be strong brother.
    2414 days ago
  • RAYVEN01
    Bi-polar disorder, depression and anxiety is present in my family as well. Nothing throws a wrench in the works quite like imbalanced brain chemistry! Glad everything went relatively smoothly!
    2414 days ago
    Wow what a stress filled week, glad you came through more or less unscathed. Those weeks make us happy for the normal ones. Have a great week and enjoy the new permanent employment.
    2414 days ago
    What a stressful week, especially while preparing for a wedding! Glad it went fairly well though. Hope the job stuff works out for you but sounds like you did great there!
    2414 days ago
    Hey ST! Congrats on getting through a tough week! Kids are kids, even if they are bi-polar. so i would have to say that nearly anybody else would have had the same things go wrong. my adult kids do some pretty goofy stuff too, (i've got some stories!) and at the most awkward of times.

    Praying for you on the new job!
    2414 days ago
    Wow, what a week! Glad that things went well, especially with the wedding. Good luck with the job-hope everything continues going smoothly with that.
    2414 days ago
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