1) Wow, happy new year about half a month late! I hope you all had lovely Christmases, or whatever it is you celebrate!
Ours was lovely and very low key, thanks for asking. Steve's dad was in New England with his brother this year, so Steve and I really only celebrated things with my family on Christmas day. It was nice, though. I certainly don't mind quiet holidays. At home I made elaborate Christmas cookies and we watched Netflix junk, and I think we ate pizza rolls for dinner. Good times, noodle salad.
2) Not a lot of any interest has been going on lately, to be honest. Time keeps on slippin' (slippin', slippin') into the future, as it tends to do. I had so much I was going to do in January, but it's like I fell asleep on January 1st and woke up and half the month was already gone, so I'm playing catch up as best I can. Time is weird that way when we get older, isn't it?
At work, I've got all the lovely beginning of the year mess to deal with. W2 and 1099 forms are due and I haven't even started them, which means people are going to be breathing down my face soon if I don't get started on that! We have new budget sheets and new pay spreadsheets, and it's really only sucking the life out of me a little bit every time I think of all of that. I've also been sick for about a week, which is never fun.
3) WHEN SUDDENLY...
Hehe, just about the time I hit save after writing #2, the door to the church opened and a workman who'd been installing cables for us walked back inside the office. He said there had been a man outside that had a gun and had asked him for his wallet. I didn't really understand the problem at first, because the guy was kind of calm, so I said, "Do you want me to call the police?" He said yes. Of course he said yes. I'm a doofus.
- OK, before you roll your eyes, I knew I should call the police, but I wasn't sure if I needed to call 911, or if I needed to call the other, non-emergency number. The guy was obviously OK and the man had run away, so I wasn't sure if 911 was the proper people to call. I also didn't realize that the workman had actually been robbed, because he didn't say that. I thought the guy had pulled a gun on him and then got spooked away. Clearly, my brain was working slower than it needed to at that moment.-
So I called 911 for the first time in my life. That's another one of those F*CK THAT list items you never want to have to do. I didn't really know what to tell the operator, so I handed off the phone and went to tell the pastor what had happened. We also had to tell the women's prayer group that was meeting downstairs, what had happened and that they couldn't leave just yet. One poor woman had left early, and she was the one walking out the door when the robber was just leaving, so that scared her badly and even though she saw the guy, she wasn't here when the cops arrived.
I was surprised how fast everything happened after that. We soon had a bunch of cops and a K9 unit here. They set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and went looking for the guy. I was very impressed with the man who actually was robbed. He was very calm, a good observer, was able to tell the cops what he looked like, and the exact model of gun he had used. Apparently the guy is a gun enthusiast and knew specifically what the guy had. He was also able to keep his head when the guy held him up. The workman was on a ladder when the guy (who had walked by twice before and asked for change and was told no) came back up with the gun. The workman, who's name was TJ so I'll just call him that, took out his wallet and only handed him the cash inside instead of handing over his whole wallet.
I'm not sure how long all of this took. I stayed outside with the pastor and TJ until things settled down. We asked all the ladies to leave while the police were still here, and believe it or not, TJ went back and finished up our install! I think what happened finally settled into TJ's head after it was over, because he seemed to be more nervous afterwards. Poor guy. The police haven't caught the robber, as far as we know. Of course, now we're all super vigilant about the people we see and who we let inside the building. There had been an active shooter situation in this neighborhood on Monday, but our office had been closed for MLK day. Things seem to be getting worse around here and I'm not feeling as safe as I wish I did.
So that was our excitement! May the rest of the year be just as exciting, but maybe in good ways instead of bad ones.
Yeah, I think I'm going to start seriously looking for another job.
4) Steve is officially a deacon now! They did the voting last week and all three men considered were voted in. It's all very weird to me. I mean, I'm proud of him for taking on the role and all that, but I certainly don't feel like someone who should be married to a deacon. People keep telling me that now I have to behave myself. Maybe they're kidding, but I don't know for sure. I didn't sign up for this, Steve did. Personally, I think I'll just keep on being whoever and whatever the hell I want, but that's just me. So now I feel like I should go out and do something rebellious and not-at-all deacon's-wifely! We'll see how it goes from there. :)