Humpty Dumpty

March 30th

450 Eggs

Have you ever wondered what 450 plastic Easter eggs look like? Well, there you go. Why are these heaped on my living room floor? Because I am organizing the egg hunt this Sunday at church for the kids. So, off to Coscto and the dollar store I went and a couple hours of craziness later…

450 Eggs

450 Eggs

450 Eggs

450 Eggs

they were each filled. Eventually I started finding a sick pleasure in color coordinating each candy to the color of the egg. I moved quickly, while listening to NPR, contemplating a few new challenges and wondering if it was wrong to scratch such an unhealthy itch. Like many, when something suddenly spins out of control, I find a sincere pleasure in being hyper-controlling of other things. So, while I can’t do anything to change Arizona’s state budget, I can bleach my floors. I can place watermelon candy in pink eggs. I can pull out the toothbrush and Comet.

Let me explain.

Yesterday I came into work, high from my great trip to San Francisco and excited about the day ahead, when my boss called a quick meeting. State funding cuts in Arizona led to the cancelation of my program and job over the weekend. I’ve got a few more months here, thankfully, to figure out the next move.  Phoenix, the fifth largest city in America, will still be without a strong public health graduate program. Our health will suffer as  result. And the short-sighted Phoenician status quo drags its statistically obese, skin cancer-prone, Type II diabetes-laden self forward to an early death.

But hey, something had to be cut — right?

I’ve got no clue what I’m going to do next, but there is certain to be an adventure around the next corner. In the meantime, I’m making the most of the sudden free time I have by cleaning (see above: bleach, Comet, toothbrush) and making sure my life is otherwise as tidy as possible. This is the only way I know how to cope with sudden change: pick up the pieces where they are and make the best of it for the time being. And Magic Eraser the baseboards, logically.

~K

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29 Responses

  1. Humpty Dumpty indeed. Vote YES on Prop 100 for starters all you AZ people who are registered to vote, and if you are not registered, do it now!!!
    Wow.

  2. oh kelli! so sorry to hear about your job! the next adventure i am sure is right around the corner though. god has always seemed to place you right where he needs you!

  3. So sorry to hear about your job – that sucks! I love your positive attitude though and I hope you find something wonderful to do next! Have fun with the easter egg hunt.

  4. Sorry to hear about your job; excited that there is something brewing around the corner for you … and I did that same freaky match the bite-sized candies to the color of the plastic egg yesterday with Tau. Thankfully we only had about two dozen to do for his classmates!

  5. Job front – dang! That stinks, on so many levels. Will be praying for a great new opportunity for your talents and skills.

  6. You always have such a positive outlook on life no matter what is going on. Enjoy the cleaning and snag a couple of those eggs! And I’m sure you will land a great next job.

  7. Sorry to hear about your job. I believe that you will find something better than you can now imagine. Best wishes for Holy Week & Easter!

  8. 🙁

    Things do look a little brighter when the house is clean. Now, where is my Windex???

  9. I’m really sorry to hear about your job, Kelli. I feel your pain. I was just laid off from my job last week. Unemployment scares me!

    But it sounds like whatever your next endeavor is, you’ll be successful and I have no doubt you’ll make a big splash. Your enthusiasm to impart change is infectious. 🙂 Good luck!

  10. “And Magic Eraser the baseboards, logically.” Genius. Lots of hugs and free therapy coming your way on Saturday…I hope you’re prepared.

  11. You are the queen of lemonade, my dear. I know the perfect thing will appear. I wish you luck and and patience in the meantime. ((((hugs))))

  12. WTG on doing the egg hunt for the kids!

    Sucks on losing your job but I KNOW you will find something challenging and exciting to do next!!

  13. oh that sucks about the job 🙁 I agree, a clean house makes any situation that much better. And I’m sure there’s a great new job match out there for you!

  14. Oh, no! I’m shocked and saddened because I know how excited you were about this program. I’m pissed, too, about the state budget and all kinds of crap that is making things worse now instead of better. I hope something new…and local…pops up right away and that it’s every bit as interesting and important as your other job would have been. I can’t believe it and it’s just the beginning of cuts to so many other programs. I’m soooo sorry.

  15. Sorry about the job and our state’s sorry budget. It is embarassing and frustrating to see where we are headed. We have never been at the top…but, now…whoa…I get so sad when I think about it. A friend who works for the state in education had her job cut and is looking around for something that fits her where she can stay in Tucson. Our son who works as a Spec Ed teacher keeps wondering about his job. I am so thrilled to hear your positive attitude. That…and the grace of God is the only thing that will get us through this financial crisis. Good luck…I know that something will come up that fits you perfectly. I just hope you stay in our state…we need people like you.

  16. That really stinks, but I know that you, of all people, will turn this lemon into some truly delicious lemonade!

  17. Oh Kelli NOOOOOOO! Sorry to hear that. 🙁 What a bummer. I interview for another position in my department next week and that is kinda nagging at me. Like this position never existed before so what if they decide due to budget cuts to axe it?

    Anyway, hugs! I hope this gives you the opportunity to do something even more amazing. I keep promising if things go nutters here I am bailing to go live another dream. lol.

    Um, and I run the egg hunt here too and I have the same odd fetish with the matching items to egg thing.

  18. Oh Kel,
    You have such a great attitude about change — I wish the whole nation did. Please apply for jobs here in Denver. Also, how do you feel about getting set up?
    J

  19. The next door that opens for you will be an amazing one.

  20. oh no Kelli! So sorry to hear about your job. That is not good news. While I don’t know you personally, I’ve read your blog long enough to feel safe saying you are by far the most positive person I know. I am certain that you will land on your feet. In the meantime, big internet hugs….

  21. Kelli,
    Sorry to hear about the job! I’ll be sending positive Magic Eraser thoughts your way….
    AND I would so coordinate the candy with the eggs. I would also probably eat much of the candy while doing so….

  22. Melissa March 31, 2010

    You are rockin those Easter eggs! I am doing the Easter Egg hunt at my church too. All I can say is those kids are gonna be on a sugar high!
    About the job, someone once told me…”I work for God” “God is my source”. I see you helping in an even better job.
    I like what April said…”Internet hugs” 🙂

  23. Sorry to hear about your job Kelli. I know you will bounce back and find something great. ((HUGS))

  24. Much inner peace can be found with the Magic Eraser, I’ve found anyway.

    I have no doubt that this next step will be a big exciting one.

  25. What!? Ugh. So sorry. Will keep my eyes and ears open for you!!!!! Good luck. Enjoy your Easter weekend and your brunch. New opportunities await you my friend.

  26. I’m really sorry to hear about that Kelli, but you know what they say? that nothing happens withut a reason. So maybe if a door is closed, a window will be open soon……

  27. Your optimism is inspirational. I need to dig a little deeper & find my own! Good luck on your next adventure. The Easter Egg hunt looks like it’ll be a lot of fun.

  28. Kelli, Just let me add to the chorus of people supporting you. From what I know of you, you will find the right place and soar to the next level.

  29. Well, crappers. I’m behind on blogs so I’m just reading this now, and I’m really sorry. I’m sure something wonderful is waiting in the wings for you, but in the meantime,…..that really stinks!! Many hugs

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