Monday, September 13, 2010

Catch Up!

Last Wednesday a car hit my internet service provider's equipment and demolished it. Five days without internet service was a royal pain, therefore I'm afraid I became a royal pain for Quest. I have a column to submit! I work from home! I want to talk to a real person! Their update line, reached after a dozen, automated questions was still just a recording that simply told me I didn't have service at the present time, but their technicians were working on the problem. Arrgh! Anyway I finally have internet back and tons of catching up to do.

To add to the last few days' frustration, my sister has developed an infection in her lungs and is back in the hospital. She's so tired and depressed she just wants to quit fighting, her husband is a powder keg ready to explode He's already thrown a few near-tantrums. Fatigue and worry will do that to a person.

I'm embarassed for my fellow journalists who turned the crack-pot ravings of one not-too-bright self-proclaimed preacher into an international incident. It's disappointing to see the world press feeding Iran's thirst for publicity as they drag out the release of a US woman who shouldn't have been anywhere near Iran in the first place and shouldn't have been arrested over such a silly non-issue either. I think I might resort to throwing something at Peter Caroon if I hear his "cheap cheap" commercial one more time. I'm really tired of the lies and innuendos candidates are already using in their campaigns and even more disgusted with media and supporters who jump on small matters to turn them into major stumbling blocks.

If I sound cranky today, I truly apologize because I'm a strong believer in looking for silver linings. And there are good things happening around me too. My publisher accepted my Murder Comes Calling manuscript. (The title is subject to change) I attended a fun and yummy Stake picnic Saturday and last night was the Oquirrh Temple Devotional held at the tabernacle in Salt Lake. Both were wonderful feasts, one for the tummy and one for the soul.

Meridian's comment feature attached to my columns is now working. I'm looking forward to hearing your comments on my various reviews. Should I add comments any of my blog readers make to my contest? You'd have to comment here too, so I'd know if you read both my Meridian review column and this blog. By the way the current contest ends in two days.

I'm not sure whether by strict definition this is a blog or just some random rambling. After an absence from internet contact for five days, let's just say it's my way of playing catch up.


Kristie said...

So sorry about Qwest. We switched to a city provided internet, and have loved it!
Good luck to your sister. I hope she gets over this lung infection quickly. That can never be easy to watch someone you love struggle so much.
Hope this week goes much better than last week!

KarenG said...

Oh goodness, 5 days without the internet. I bet you got a lot done!

Jennie said...

My only choice is Qwest or Comcast and since Comcast isn't any more dependable than Qwest, I'm kind of stuck. Actually this is the first problem I've had with Qwest in more than a year so I really shouldn't complain. And I didn't get as much done as you'd think because I called Qwest a lot and I spent a lot of time at the hospital. My sister has been ill for almost two years with an acute form of leukemia and had a transplant. She's gone through so much and had just reached the point where we could see light at the end of the tunnel, then this happened. Today we learned the infection has spread to her brain, which scares us so much more.

Michael Knudsen said...

Congrats on your manuscript sale! In any week where that happened to me I doubt I'd be aware of any bad news.

violettes said...

I am SO with you with your crankiness-Iran hiker, fanatic media-crazed preacher, etc. Everyone deserves the opportunity to vent-it's tough to appreciate the silver linings otherwise. Best wishes with your sister and her husband and family. I don't think there are any of us that haven't either lost someone to cancer or provided support and love through grueling battles and much celebrated victories. I lost a aunt (who was often my second mother as I grew older) to cancer and long after she was at peace with ANY outcome her husband fought desperately and had many full blown tantrums. It's so hard on everyone. And THEN you read or hear the news and are bombarded by stupidity, selfishness, and just plain evil! Hang in there and enjoy the blessings along the way.