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Earlier this week we had “All Hazards Training” which essentially was active shooter training. The instructors were very good and thorough, and I appreciated it. We did several real simulations where they shot at us with real looking and sounding guns while we learned to hide and fight back. Even though you know it’s not real, the adrenaline/panic rush was interesting. I also got to know the city manager’s bathroom very well.
We’ve known all along how awful our building is from a security standpoint, but we’ve been looking in our office and talking about what we could do if something were to happen. I always thought I’d have to break the glass to my window to get out, but I actually opened it all of the way and I could easily get through – and my small filing cabinet in front is a perfect stepstool. My ledge is a good 4’ wide and then it’s a 7-10’ drop to a grass area. What was a bit much, and I’m a bit surprised nobody told the crew in advance, was the videos they showed. Very powerful stuff – stuff that I’m not good with… but the one where we had to count and time gunshots was a cell video outside the building at VA Tech. Umm… Lots of us have very personal connections to that one. All my classes were in that bldg. One of my teachers was killed. Two in my office were actually there. My underling was in the building next door. I did not need to see actual footage of that.
I’ve been slowly working through all of my adulting stuff. It seems that every day I go home proud of all I’ve crossed off only to find a whole new list for the next day.
Slowly, I think the list is getting shorter. I did get us all to the eye doctor - so we are all updated and on the same schedule. I’m now sporting the one contact. I’ve read it takes 2-4 weeks to adjust, so I’m giving it time. Mostly, I don’t mind. With my goopy eyes, half the time I can’t see at all anyway. What else is new? And this will cut down on the number of contacts by half. DH has been doing it for a few years. I know he hated it the first few times he tried, but now he says it’s the best option – though not awesome, as he warns me.
Jacob is officially a driver, as of yesterday. Gulp. Added him to our insurance yesterday. Double gulp. He is going to 4H camp next week (teen counselor). I know he’ll have fun. They have him teaching advanced swimming. That should be a good fit. He tried out for soccer and immediately his knee started hurting again, so he’s been to the doctor and now to PT – the doctor is one BFF’s Dad. The PT is his other BFF’s Dad. Small towns.
Hopefully this will help. I’d rather not go the MRI route if we don’t have to. Steven is doing OK. Had a big bummer last week. You can count on one hand the number of internships available in our city, and most of those aren’t close to his interests. But he applied for 2, and one of them made him do 4 interviews over 4 months. At the 3rd one they told him he was the leading candidate if they didn’t decide to hire a full time person. Guess what they did last week.
He had applied to a few other places to be told that they don’t hire summer help. Downside to a poor small town I guess. He has an interview next week for a temp bank teller, but I’m not real hopeful at this point. He did go an entrepreneur workshop and has been working on his store. And he & Jacob are going to eBay a ton of stuff for DH’s friend. DH is too close to his yearly limit before the IRS starts knocking. And he will also volunteer tutor for the Adult Ed Center. One of his scholarships requires community service hours, so it will be good to get them done before school starts (unlike last year). So I guess he’ll be busy enough.
And it also seems I jinxed our city. My brother mentioned a shooting in his area a little while ago, and I had remarked that we seemed to have quieted down. Ha. The very next day a murder happened. Since then, there’s been a recent string of them, mostly gang related they say. A few days ago the cousin of the kids’ friends was killed. I taught the older brother swimming (LOVED him) and the younger brother has played soccer with Jacob for years. The mom works out at my gym in the morning. She said her (female) cousin was not in the gang, but the guy she was seeing was. Apparently, the car was shot all up full of holes. That’s not typical for here. Ugh.
Working out wise – not much to say. I hate summer and hate saying it every day. The more time I spend outside, the worse I feel. Nothing new, right?