Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Power of Parents

Well, last week was obviously tough.  It seemed like it was one thing after another:
(1) Friday: find out that the firm I've been clerking for for nearly a year isn't hiring an associate for the following year
(2) Sunday: spotting on Sunday and a 2 hour stay at the hospital
(3) Monday: Maggie attacks Linda and we rush Linda to the hospital
(4) Tuesday: We have to give Maggie away
(5) Wednesday: We receive a bill from the insurance company that we'll have to pay for 100% of any diagnostic exams from here on out in the pregnancy because we exceeded our limit AND our roof started leaking AND the electrician came with a $150 bill
(6) Thursday: I have an interview with a community college here to head the student services division and it could have gone better.
(7) Friday: All parents came to town! : )

Parent's visits are the BEST!  On Friday, I got home and kept working on my big project for law office management (I just turned it in 25 minutes ago and the project was 56 pages, seriously, not kidding, 56 freaking pages).  While I did that, Evan cleaned the house (really well I might add).  When they arrived, I suddenly felt like this huge weight lifted off my shoulders.  Parents always figure out your solutions to problems and for three days, I felt like I didn't need to Mommy and Daddy would figure out all our problems.  ; )

Friday night we went out to dinner and had a great time and saw the Spurs beat the Mavericks in an amazing nail biting game.  On Saturday, Evan and my Dad fixed the roof themselves after a quick trip to Lowe's and here I thought we were going to have to pay a roofing company a few hundred/ thousand bucks!  That was AWESOME.  Then, we all went to Lowe's and Abuela paid for a BUNCH of stuff to help landscape the house in the front yard and backyard for our yearly spring planting.  This saved us another $200.  While they were planting, my Dad and I worked on fixing the scratch marks on our doors that Maggie used to make when there were thunderstorms.  In one day, they made so many "to-do's" become "complete."

On Sunday, Evan and I made them one of our famous brunch items: strawberry cream cheese filled french toast.  One of these days, when I get to posting some of my great recipes, I'll post this one.  It's EASY and holy crap it tastes amazing.

This week has been a little better and honestly, I'm so relieved.  I don't think we could have taken more things going wrong.  One great change is that after talking with the accounting department here at the health sciences center, we discovered that my insurance company had made a big mistake and our limit for diagnostic exams was $1,500 DAILY, not YEARLY as they had originally charged.  Our bill went from a ghastly scary terrifying number to $100 bucks total.  YAY!

Another wonderful change is Evan's being in Family Medicine now and not surgery!  Guess who left the house at a completely reasonable 7:30 a.m. on Monday and was home at 5?  Yesterday, he was home even earlier!

I am a fan of this rotation and am definetely starting to become a fan of this if only the Spurs would close out this series, this week would kick last weeks ass.


  1. It was super helpful to have your parents here! But you know what has been the most helpful thing for me recently? Your advice to pick 1-2 things from my extensive to-do list to do each day and not worry about the rest. I've gotten so much done that way! It is really nice to have a wife from whom I can take advice. I need you in my life Cristina, I really really do. Love you always!

  2. Wow..crazy week! I am just catching up on your blog now. I can't wait to read more.