Our goal was to post regularly to this blog and grow its readership. I see the last post was February 13…#fail
Here are some random thoughts:
First random thought: I am a Floor Safety Member at work. I like to imagine that I am like Peter Brady when he was a hall monitor but without the groovy armband. Each building on campus has a building go-to person in an emergency. Then each floor has at least one floor safety person. When this first came to be, we were required to go through CPR/AED and First Aid Certification. There was a member of the Public Safety team that was a certified teacher in CPR/AED and First Aid and he held classes for us to attend. I think that was five years ago this summer. I am very glad that I have never had to do CPR to anyone. This spring, I received an email that it was time for a refresher class to update certification. In those five years, things have changed. Nowadays it is much easier to remember what to do and the AED units are really a no-brainer. IF one is around. Granted when one is in an emergency situation like this, adrenaline flows and forgetfulness can occur. Now when the chest compression’s are done, they say 100 bpm. I find it very ironic that two songs noted in training that are 100 bpm are Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees and Another One Bites the Dust by Queen. I hope and pray that the first one is the one in my mind if I ever find myself in that position. Also, if I am ever on the receiving end, I hope it is in the mind of my CPR person. Maybe I should get a tattoo on my chest that has ‘Staying Alive’ in a pretty script font as a gentle reminder for anyone having to give me CPR. Hmmm, I’ll have to consider that.
Second random thought: Last week we were dog sitting Murphy. His owner is our friend Andrew who lives in Chicago but was in Australia for the week. Murphy used to be a regular here. Our boys know him and he knows the ropes around here. On Friday when I came home at lunch, the Murph was not in the house or in the yard. I found the spot he traveled from our backyard to the Cotsones’ back yard. I went next door to see if he was still in their yard. Sue answered the door and said there was a friendly little dog in her backyard about 9am. She copied down the rabies tag number and called Animal Control. They were of no help because he did not get the tag in Kankakee County. Next time Sue checked her backyard, Murphy was not there. I looked in her yard and there was a space across her back fence where he easily must have escaped. Mind you, this is noon and he visited her at 9am. She was not aware that we were dog sitting either. I thanked her for the information then took off in my car to check out the neighborhood and campus. He has had previous escapades to campus and Weber Center so I needed to check there too. No luck. I came back home and posted a status on facebook. I do know that whenever I need to get the word out that facebook is the vessel to use. I got some well wishers right away, also one texting me a picture of Murphy to post if I needed to. Just after that I got a text that said “Gina! Someone found Murphy! I just tagged you in the picture on facebook. They said they took him to an adoption place. Idk which one though.” I called her immediately and she said that Murphy was at Kankakee Animal Control. I was relieved slightly because I knew where he was now and that he didn’t get hit by a car or something. PSA: Please, please don’t ever, ever take a dog or cat there. We managed to get Murphy out of doggy jail for the low price of $105. This charge included three $25 ‘running at large’ charges. They micro-chipped him for $20, as that is the law in the State of Illinois. They also stated that if he were to be lost again and get back to their place, they would neuter him and charge the owner in order to get him back. You guys, they are a KILL shelter, remember. I am very thankful that we got him back for just $105 and still intact. I’ve heard many stories and know that people have had to pay upwards of $300 to get their beloved pets back. An Olivet student found Muphy at about 9:30. This same student was at my desk that morning at 9am for a grad check! She found Murphy near her Grand apartment and had class or work so she couldn’t take him in her apartment and find out who he belonged to. She called the number on his tag (Andrew was in Australia), posted a picture on facebook, then brought him to the K3AC. Since Animal Control and I are not friends I had to send someone else to get the Murph from jail. Luckily, my coworker is a dog lover and was willing to bail him out in my place. When Andrew got back in to the states on Saturday, he said his heart sank when he started retrieving his voicemail, email, and iMessages. It was short term since he also saw my status saying Murphy was back at home safely. Huge thanks to Cassidy for finding Murphy and taking him in. Another huge thanks to Abby for connecting the dots. And a final huge thanks to Annette for going out to that awful place I call doggy jail and returning Murphy to me, safely. Whew!
Third random thought: I love spring! I just love that I can go out for a bike ride or a walk after work. Also very soon I will be starting some projects in the garage. I imagine those will be cause for posting as wellIf you didn’t already know it, Mindy has B.O. (Book Obsession)! So, for her, I am making bookshelves to hold all of her books! She has sooooo many‼
Thanks for reading!