Saturday, August 01, 2009

Long Weekend...

...thus far, the good:

I had a very full and satisfying day in service to the men and women who serve and protect us-men and women police and firefighters from around the world, here for the World Police & Fire Games. As I mentioned before, I am working transportation dispatch for the games and let me tell you, it's crazy busy. I am helping coordinate transportation for Games officials and VIPs, Athletes, equipment and just about anything and everything that needs moving from one place to another quickly and efficiently.

I've met some lovely people and it was so wonderful to hear other languages being spoken today, some of which I understood in part (French and Spanish) and some I just enjoyed listening to (German and Swedish). I love being in the middle of a diverse group of people and getting to make them feel welcome and helping to make their experience here a good one. Nothing makes me happier. I am really enjoying what I am doing. It's hard work, but I love it.

The bad:

Unfortunately, Indy, my beloved Lab is sick. We don't know what's wrong, but while I was away today, my husband had to take him to the emergency vet. He had some blood drawn and the vet gave him some pills and special food. I am praying it's just a bug that blows over quickly. I cannot bear the thought that it might be something more serious. That would completely undo me. They are going to call tomorrow with the results of the tests. Of course I found out all this had happened when I called to tell my husband I was on my way home at the end of the day and it was all I could do not to cry the whole way home. Please hold good thoughts for my sweet boy.

The Sublime:

A large group of Norwegians wandering around with Viking helmets on. Now that's not something you see every day!

Tomorrow I am on shift at 6 a.m. I am exhausted and heading to bed so I can be bright eyed and bushy tailed tomorrow. I will try and snap some pics so I can share with you all. It really is quite an event!


sherry lee said...

First of all, sending sweet thoughts to your beloved Indy...may it be simply a bug (you've had so much heat out there!!). Secondly, I'm so glad you are enjoying this experience. Did you take a photo of the guys in their Viking helmets?!? You're right -- that's definitely not something you see every day!!

Jonna said...

I'm hoping Indy is doing well. I always hate when one of ours gets sick you just feel so badly for them. Vikings in helmets...ha I grew up in a Scandinavian town and every August for almost a week our downtown area was turned into a Scandinavian village for the Scandinavian Festival with many Vikings wandering around. Oh the memories.

Michele said...

I'm sending good thoughts out to Indy, too. I hope he is feeling better!
What you are doing with the games and all is wonderful! What an experience! I can't wait to see some of the photos.

Tina said...

Oh, I hope Indy is well on the way to recovery! I always wished our dogs could just tell us what was wrong with them.

I'm glad you're enjoying the volunteer gig. Are you able to get pictures?

I need orange said...

I'll add my hopes that Indy is feeling better. It's so scary when they feel bad, and so hard that we can't explain to them why they must have blood draws, take pills, whatever..........

Hearing about your experience with the Games is thrilling.

Thank you for sharing it with us.