11 May 2015 @ 3:22 PM 

Going to brag a little on my wife. Not only is she deserving of being rrecognizedyesterday for being a great mom, but at work yesterday she saved a patient’s life. Teenager came in with severe anaphylaxis. Initial systolic pressure in the 50s. 3 rounds of epi and a fluid bolus later and that kid gets to live another day. Its not all viruses and lacerations at the urgent care.

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 13 May 2009 @ 9:22 PM 

I went to Salt Lake City, UT for my monthly visit with Wendy. We didn’t have much planned, but wanted to just enjoy time visiting. I guess I should preface this with a synopsis of our relationship so far.

Wendy and I first met in 1997 when we were working at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico as Mountain Trek Rangers. I took an interest in her that summer, but never did anything about it. We stayed in contact, worked a few more summers together. I never made a move, and she did not realize I was interested. Fast forward to the Summer of 2003. Wendy was working at Philmont doing one of her medical school rotations as a 3rd year Med student there in the Health Lodge. I did not work at Philmont that summer, but I finally got up the nerve to write her a letter to tell her how I felt about her and that I was interested in dating. Up to this point, we had never lived in the same town (except for Philmont). We started talking on the phone once a week or so over the next few years while we both lived our lives in separate parts of the country. We continued this way for a while, never actually saying that we were a dating couple. Finally in March of 2006, I decided to issue an ultimatum, that we were either a couple, or we needed to move on. Well, we decided to be a dating couple at that point. Time continued to drag on with her living in Salt Lake City, and me living in Denver. We would visit and call on the phone as often as we could. We both had things to work out before we were ready to get married. At some point, we realized that we were made for each other. Unfortunately, we both liked where we were living and neither one of us wanted to give that up. So, we were locked in a stalemate as to who was going to move, and if no one moved, then our relationship was never going to continue to grow.

Over Christmas, my dad offered me a diamond that had been in the family. Me driving an ambulance was going to make it very difficult to be able to afford much of a diamond. Thankfully, I had this option. So I used the diamond to get a ring for Wendy earlier this year. I had told Wendy that I wasn’t going to propose to her until we had decided on where to live. She really enjoys her job as a pediatrician at an Urgent Care. I really like the town of Denver, and I am established with my job. Wendy was offered a job as an Urgent Care Pediatrician here in Denver. Unfortunately, the job wasn’t what she was really looking for. I realize that my job is a lot less important and that I was not as established in my town as Wendy was in hers. I also wanted to make sure she was going to happy. I know she’s happy now, and I don’t want to change that. After talking to a lot of people, I was convinced that me moving to Salt Lake was the right thing to do.

That brings us back to this last visit. I brought the ring with me, because I thought this might be a good opportunity. I knew we needed to make a decision on where we were going to live before I left. So, on Monday night, May 11th, we ate at Olive Garden. I had hoped to maybe do something with a sunset or something, but it was too late in the evening. We walked across the street to Sugarhouse Park. We walked around for a little while, and then I proposed to her. The proposal itself was kinda funny, but that’s not something I’m going to publish on the Internet for the whole world to see. Anyway, when I proposed to her I told her that I would move to Salt Lake.

As for now, we don’t have a date for the ceremony yet. We are hoping maybe sometime in the fall, maybe in October. We want to do it in Colorado, maybe at one of the resorts. Anyway, we have a lot of planning to do before it happens. We are both very happy and excited about this. We are looking forward to owning our own home and I am looking forward to finally getting a dog again.

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 07 Jan 2009 @ 6:27 PM 

This is kinda late getting written, but I have a great excuse. On the day I left Denver, half of the keyboard on my laptop began to only work intermittently. I discovered that banging harder on the keys don’t make them respond any better.

So I left Denver on Sunday 12/21. Of course, the day after the crash at DIA. I was afraid I wasn’t going to make it on time. I planned to go to the Park and Ride that RTD offers, but the lot was full. I was bummed because my roommate had given me free tickets to ride the bus. It was going to be sweet. Free parking, but it didn’t work out. So I proceeded to the economy lot. Upon arrival there, I discovered that it was full, and I had to go to the overflow lot. By this time, I had exceeded the cushion I had built in to my leaving from the house time. I rushed my way to the overflow and took the shuttle to DIA. Let’s see $5 a day for 10 days, great, I’ve gone from free parking for Christmas to $50 parking for Christmas. Now that’s a deal!

I got to the kiosk right about the edge of the check in time for having checked baggage. I had already done the online check in,and I just had to check my baggage. Now, off to fight the security gates and try to make it to the gate in time. Security wasn’t too bad and I made it in time to the gate…. to find out that the flight was delayed. I spent 2 hours in DIA delayed, meanwhile I had a connection flight in Houston, TX to get to my destination in San Antonio, TX. Most of the country was delayed that day because of some bad weather. So the reason they gave me that we were delayed leaving DIA is because of bad weather in Houston. I checked the weather radar (because I discovered that DIA has free Internet, its slow and not very good, but its free). Low and behold, there wasn’t a single cloud over Houston. I don’t know what this mysterious weather was that was over Houston, but apparently we couldn’t leave.

Thank goodness I had exit row seats though. When we finally boarded the plane, they wanted volunteers to give up their exit row seats. Maybe I’m just a cold hearted jerk, but I am not giving up my exit row seats. I have long legs, and what ever reason someone else has can’t be much worse than mine. Some nice person gave up their seats and a lady with her leg and arm in cast came back to take his seat next to me. I asked her “Let me guess, skiing accident?” She said some snow boarder on the slopes had run into her without even stopping to see if she was OK. The guy with her chased him down. Then the flight attendants realized they couldn’t allow this woman in the exit row as it was against regulations to have someone disabled to sit there. Seeing as how they crashed one of their planes yesterday, they needed to make sure they played by the rules.

When I got to Houston, I got off the plane about 10 minutes before my connecting flight left. I ran down to find the gate only to find, that once again, my flight was delayed. I was a bit thankful for this as I doubt I would have made it. So, I went off to get a bite to eat. I got a salad at Wendy’s which according to the person working there was the last one. Lucky me, but no free Internet at Busch International Airport.

I got to Houston a little later than had planned. Wendy, came to pick me up and bring me to her parent’s house. Her mom was up waiting for us. It was around midnight when we got there, so we all went to bed. I had a great time visiting with Wendy’s parents. They fed us well and kept us entertained. We went to a swanky restaurant called Tower of the Americas. The food was good. It was like the space needle in Seattle. It rotated and we were able to see a full view of San Antonio. Pretty cool, and my steak was great. We then went down to the Riverwalk and did a boat tour. The lights were pretty and it was fun. We also went to Nixon, TX where Wendy’s dad is from. I got to meet several of Wendy’s Aunt’s, Uncles, cousins, and her grandmother. Its a tradition for them to have a big family party on Christmas Eve at her grandmother’s house. I had a great time meeting her family.

On Christmas day, we opened presents. Wendy gave me an iPod Touch. I couldn’t believe it. That was something I had been really wanting, and its expensive. I had no idea she would spend that much on me. I guess she’s serious about this 😉 Well, it was a wonderful gift and I have been enjoying it very much, especially at work. Wendy’s dad smoked a turkey that we ate for lunch. It was a really tasty turkey. Late that afternoon, Wendy and I flew to Jackson, MS where my family is.

My mom, brother, and his wife came to pick us up at the airport. We got in late so we got home and all went to bed. My dad was working, but he was going to have the next few days off. This was the first time Wendy had met my family. On Dec 26th, we did our 2nd Christmas, this time with my family. We sprung my grandmother out of her retirement home so she could be with us. The neighbors fried us a turkey for Christmas dinner #2. It was pretty good too. Mom cooked way too much food as usual. My aunt, uncle, and two cousins came up from Louisiana to vist late that afternoon. I hadn’t seen all of them at one time in a long time. It was great seeing them. The next day Wendy and I went to go visit my friend Ramsey from college. He told me he didn’t believe Wendy existed so I had to prove it to him. We also went by and visited a couple of my other friends from school. I had been wanting to introduce her to my friends. She’s a great catch and I want to show her off. One night we at at Cock of the Walk in Ridgeland. They serve southern fried catfish. A home meal I always look forward to. It was really tasty.

Of course we were rushed to try to see everyone and do everything. There’s never enough time to spend at home as you would like to have, but I was glad to get to spend the time that I did have. And I was really glad that Wendy and I got to spend time with each other’s family.

Next year, who knows what is going to happen.

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