Sunday, November 18, 2007

Just say no!!

Note to self: don't throw sheets on the chaise after washing...

How on earth has life gotten so busy? Between running to see dad in Columbus, babysitting the kid-cousins in Billings, going to convention in Bozeman for a week and now trying to catch up my work, I haven't had enough spare time to take my Canon camera out of its case. The photo (such as it is) above was taken with my cell phone. How has my life come down to cell phone photos and 2 hour catnaps?

I guess part of my problem is that I can't say no.

At convention our state employee organization elected new officers. When my name was offered for nomination as the new secretary I didn't think anyone in their right mind would vote for me, after all, I am always silly and usually giggle my way through the meetings.

In fact, I was one of the three people who brought alcohol to this evening meeting. My co-worker Bobbi and I both brought gigantic Margarita's in and while everyone else was politely sipping water, she and I were passing goofy notes back and forth to each other, slugging down tequila.

Maybe they figured I'd settle down if they gave me an office because sure enough...I'm the new secretary of the Montana Association of Conservation District's Employee's organization. Gads! Why didn't I say no? Better yet NO! Even better yet...HELL NO!!!

We returned from Bozeman Friday evening and I have been putting together the district newsletter and getting ready for a board meeting which will be held right after Thanksgiving. I worked pretty much non-stop throughout the weekend, taking only a few hours off to sleep and go to The Bee Movie with friends. It's hilarious, by the way, and I enjoyed every minute. I'll bee thinking about a few lines of that movie for a long while...

Anyway, life has been crazy lately and I'm about to go mad (not really...I usually just get really silly when I'm overworked and overtired-but I might drive those around me mad heh-heh), so I'm working hard to get everything done so I can...drum roll please...GO TO DENVER TO SEE MY SON!!!!!!!! Yes, folks, I'm gonna do it. Come h*ck or high water, I'm leaving Tuesday for Colorado!

So if I don't see you before then (and I do hope to get to all of your blogs sometime in the next 24 hours--I'll sleep when I'm dead don't ya know), have a happy, fantastic Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful time and are able to enjoy time with your family and loved ones. I love you all!


Cathy said...

Oh Laurie! Congrats on your new title. (Sorry about the extra work), but we know you're the woman for the job as do your cohorts.

Give a Thanksgiving hug to yourself and Wolf for me :0) Go safely and enjoy the beauty of the place and that special beauty that is the love shared by a mother and her precious son.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Pam said...

Congratulations Laurie, you're the gal for the job. You are capable and kind. Absolutely love the margarita thing, reminds me of me.

Give your son a hug from Vermont and have a lovely Thanksgiving. Love to you and yours

Anonymous said...


I'm glad that through all the craziness you still have time to take for Wolf. What a good mommy!!

A margarita in a meeting? Sounds good to me!

Dave said...

Cogratulations Madame Secertary. The carrier of the Tequilia and the person who we all know will do an outstanding job. You never cease to amaze us with all on your plate you still have room for more. You are an example of a person giving more and more and letting the world know that you are in it to make a contribution. We admire you.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Congratulations again

Mary said...


That cat in the front heard you yell! Those eyes, poor frightened kitty... LOL!

Hey, you're my kinda gal. Why not swagger into the board meeting with a Margarita and giggle all night? That's what attracts people to you. I love your whimsical, off-the-wall humor. You obviously work hard that people notice... Congratulations!

Enjoy your visit with Wolf and please map out your destination first.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Carol said...

Well done, Laurie. You truly are one amazing woman! We don't have Thanksgiving here in Australia and I've never quite understood what it's all about, but a chance to be with family and loved ones is great. Enjoy your time. I know how it is to be so busy. I'll be thinking of you ...
much love,

Gina said...

Laurie, that is wonderful news!

I hope you and your family have a fabulous holiday!

Ur-spo said...

i have written prescriptions for people who can't say no --
'No" by mouth, TID (meaning three times a day) as needed.
meaning they are to literally practice saying the word no to something or someone 3x a day to start.
usualy they start with small things like offers of more coffee.
and they build it up to 'no' to more major things, like volunteering yet again.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Have a safe trip. I hope a snowstorm doesn't swoop down in Denver!

Have a lovely Thanksgiving.

Pink said...

I like Urspo's recommendation.

As much as you love the work, maybe a little more time for Laurie is in order - or Laurie's body will TAKE the time. And TAKEN time is usually accompanied by the flu or something icky.

Better to have a friday night eating ice cream and watching dvds in your pyjamas before the time gets TAKEN.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

So, Laurie, to paraphrase the Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert song sung by John Denver: “I guess you’d rather be in Colorado.”

Blessings and Godspeed!

Squirl said...

Wow, what a busy person you are. I see everyone congratulating you, but even though it's an honor, it's also more work you didn't need. Try to find some time for yourself. Have fun visiting your son.

Love the photo. Doesn't everyone need cat-fur covered sheets?

Happy Thanksgiving!

threecollie said...

Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday!

Q said...

Dear Laurie,
Safe travel. Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your son.
Colorado is very beautiful. I bet the camera comes out of its case.
Finding the way that work and play are the same does take some imagination. You seem to have found the way.
Enjoy all that you are. I do!
Happy Thanksgiving,

Laurie said...

Thanks for your kind comments everyone. The drive that usually takes 8 hours took over 12 because of bad roads. We didn't, however, get lost once, if you can imagine that.

I did forget "Marcia" my navigator in Billings and we had to go back and get "her". I'm pretty sure she's the reason we actually made it to our destination. Well, that and the fact that I didn't do much of the driving!

Anyway, we are here, safe and sound and enjoying a relaxing day.

We plan to go out shopping later and I'll let you all know how THAT goes, presuming we ever make it back to my son's house. ;-)

Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am looking forward to checking in with all of you sometime this week.

Be safe and know you are loved.


threecollie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Laurie. Hope you and yours have a great day!

Bobbi said...

Yes, Congratulations my fabulous co-worker! I am so proud of you, and you will do great as madam secretary. I'll be right there with you and our giant margaritas all the way! Lots of Love and Hugs