Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Work Stinks!!

We got to work this morning only to find that the basement had flooded--bad. Really bad. It smelled soo bad. I felt like I was dying a slow, painful death inside of a porta-potty...that's how bad it was! I wish there was a way to capture the smell. Everyone would just start laughing when they walked in the room because it was so bad! It was totally an early-out day...hopefully tomorrow will be better!

(This is me, Brenda and Josh all trying to survive in our room!)

and ps...I wasn't going to share my babysitting experience from last week on here, but per Heather's request, I'm thinking about it. Look forward to it. Oh man...I'm just kind of laughing thinking about it. Fine...I give in. Here it goes:

Let me just start by saying I've NEVER had to call the parents in all my years of babysitting. Not once. I would almost consider myself a professional, if that's possible. So Katharine called last week for me to watch Addy and Luke for a couple hours...no problem, right? Katharine and James left and things were fine for about 20 minutes, when Luke realized his mom was gone and started crying. We walked around the house to settle him down, but then decided it might be a good idea to go outside and look at the cows in the field behind them. I left the back door open so we could stand on the porch and still see Addy contently watching her movie. A breeze came through and the door shut behind me and I instantly knew it was going to be locked--and locked it was. No problem, right? Luke started laughing because I think he kind of had a sense at what was going on. We tried the windows...no luck. Front door? Locked. We were able to distract Addy long enough from her movie to see if she could open the door and she started laughing and tried her hardest, but couldn't quite figure it out.

I remembered Katharine saying her friend might stop by with a key, so of course I'm hoping she would show up. Never happened. I heard the front doorbell ring, so Luke and I walked around to the front to find a lady from the Provo City "welcoming committee" wondering why I didn't come through the front door. I explained the situation and she asked if I had called the parents. My phone was safely locked inside, so of course I hadn't! She wished me luck with the situation and left me with the welcoming packet and no offer of helping us! (Welcome to Provo, Katharine!) We went back around to keep an eye on Addy, hoping the friend would come by with the key. I'm sure Addy was loving being queen of the house! She was laughing and had to have been wondering why we wouldn't come in and play with her!

Another 20 minutes or so went by and I finally gave in and went to the neighbor's house to see if they had Katharine's cell number, or knew of someone in the ward who would have it. We found the number and called several times hoping Katharine would pick up so we could get the code to the garage door. We got the code and were able to get in the house where Addy was just laughing at us and just wanted us to come watch her movie with her!

I'm sure Katharine has moved me to the top of her babysitter list! :) Needless to say, I totally felt like a lame-head! Now you know who to call for your babysitting needs...right???

Do you had any exciting/crazy/weird babysitting stories?? Please, do share...

7 comments:

Katharine said...

Lindz I would still have you babysitt for us any time! I mean it ANY TIME!!! You are so cute! I have had some seriously bad babysitting experiences so no worries. It happens to everyone. I think it is funny. I am just sorry it happened while you were here. I can see that happening to me any day now.

C World said...

yeah, i heard it's been raining a lot up there...crazy about the flooding! i think you're pretty awesome for sharing your crazy babysitting story because it can easily happen to anyone! miss you!

Porter Family said...

Perhaps you could turn that smell into a new type of scratch and sniff sticker or paper...interesting idea for the scrapbooking world, no? Thanks for giving me my ab exercises for the day. I'll let you babysit at Christmas, no problem. I'll even give you a spare key. :)

Porter Family said...

Oh, and I have some babysitting stories that are almost as bad as my blind date stories. And I must say here and now that Katharine might want to re-think moving away...HELLO!!! I would never have left someone with a "Welcome to Provo" packet while they were locked out of their house! I would have at least tried to break back in with a credit card or something. That's it, Katharine, if you read this, MOVE BACK WHILE YOU STILL CAN!!!!

Joseph and Katie said...

ew i don't really care to smell your work place right now.... but i'll come by today. want to make a costco trip with me?

Amanda said...

Oh Lindsay! So funny! I think you are the best babysitter ever--so great with my kids! So...anytime you are free...just kidding! We need to quilt! Call me!

Marc and Lori Johnson said...

Lindsay! I seriously had the same experience, except I was 15 and the parents left to a dinner with friends. The little 1 year old girls wasn't having fun like your situation. She was crying her head off. I seriously didn't know what to do. I tried every window and door too. I tried to tell how to open the door but she just sat there & cried. So I had to take the little boy to my house while I rode on my bike to try and find the parents. It was aweful! Needless to say, I never babysat for them again!