Monday, April 23, 2007


I'm feeling really stressed right now.

My son is getting married on Saturday.

We have a bunch of people coming to town for the wedding who will be staying with us (well, OK, my daughter with her husband & baby plus my wife's parents).

They are having a ring exchange on the deck in my backyard

I haven't finished rebuilding the deck; plus, I've got a bunch of other work I need to do in my yard.

Things have really heated up at work so I've been having to work 10-12 hour days.

I had scheduled some vacation days over the last couple of weeks to work on the deck that I've had to cancel.

I have vacation days scheduled later this week that I'm not sure I'll be able to take.

It's supposed to rain tomorrow.

This last Saturday, I got up at 3:00am and was out working on my deck using halogen shop lights.

I was going to work on the deck some more on Sunday. I rationalized that it was an ox in the mire. But, I just couldn't do it.

It's after 5:00pm and I'm stuck sitting in a stupid work meeting right now (via teleconference). Everyone keeps droning on and on (I think they like to hear themselves talk). I just want the meeting to end so that I can go out and work on my deck some more.

I'm feeling really stressed right now.


Foxx said...

You know, if I lived closer, I would offer to come help with your deck! A little manual labor would be good for me right now. And quite appealing, actually.

Ammon said...

I feel for you buddy. This is life, to rise and fall in rain and sun. Happiness is worth some elbow grease at times, but its around the corner nonetheless brillient. Good Luck and Sinciere Congrats.

Beck said...

I'm sorry... this is where cyber-friends aren't much good. What good is moral support in a comment column when you really need the manpower!

Did you demand help from your ward brethren yesterday? Or was it just a suggestion? Give me the name of your Bishop or your home teachers and I'll organize a service project for tomorrow night! Okay? What's happening for mutual? Or better yet, give me the number for the 1st counselor in your bishopric!!!! :)

Don't be afraid to network and ask for help!

Mormon Enigma said...

Don't be afraid to network and ask for help!

One of my shortfalls is that I'm too proud to come right out and ask for help. I hinted a lot, but nobody at church took the bait and offered to help. But, I do have one friend who has been indispensable. He and his son were here all day Saturday. He came over again tonight after work and stayed until 9:00pm. We would have gotten more done, but I ran out of screws (yet another trip to Lowes). We estimate I probably have about 8-10 manhours of work left. Weather and work permitting, I think I'll be able to make it. But, my stress level is still pretty hight right now.

I could complain that I haven't seen my home teacher in months. But, I'm not much better as a home teacher. So, I'll just suffer in silence and vent to my gay Mormon buds.

I do have to say that the deck is looking fabulous! I'll post some pictures when it's done.

BTW, I did enlist the aid of the Aaronic Priesthood to tear out the old deck. I trust them more to destroy things than I do to build things :-)

Marmoreal said...

heck if I'd known a little sooner, I could have utilized the lesbian network and we'd had the new deck done before the Aaronic Priesthood knew they were finished tearing the old one out! ;)

I'll pray for some good weather out your way...

Loyalist (with defects) said...

nothing would give me more pleasure than to help out a fellow MoHoian with there decking, however, you would have to have my section redone after or purchase yourself a very large libability insurance policy.

Personally I would either have beck call your bishopric or have Marmoreal call in the troops. Honestly it sounds as if her associates would be more efficient than the rest. :-)

Oh, but best wishes for your family as it prepares for this wedding.

ps. get some rest after. you (and your wife) probably deserve it.

Mormon Enigma said...

... have beck call your bishopric

I can do that - oh yeah, that would be me :-(

That's a big part of the problem. It's one thing to bring up in bishopric and/or correlation meeting "brother so-an-so needs help". It's an entirely different matter altogether to say "I need help". It takes a certain amount of humility - which I guess I lack.

Beck said...

I knew that... it was a not-so-inside joke!

I hope your wedding went well and all that you expected, including the finish product of your deck!