Wednesday, March 26, 2008

office humor

So, as many of you know, I am a receptionist at a dental office. I swear I could write a book about the many "interesting people" I meet and deal with!! Some of the stories no one would believe, others no one would understand if you weren't there. None the less, there are a few I thought would be fun to blog about. Of course, the names have been changed to protect the innocent (and not-so innocent) as mandated by the HIPPA law I've promised to obey.

A few months ago, I had a patient come in to pick up a denture we had sent to the lab to be repaired. For those of you who have been to a nursing home before, you know they sometimes impregnate a strip of paper with the owners name typed on it into the roof of the upper denture . The name is printed in something like a 5 font on about a 1/2 inch sliver of paper. Upon handing "Dave" his denture he asked me what it would cost to have the name removed. I told him I didn't know. No one has ever asked for it to be removed before. He proceeded to explain that he didn't like his personal information just out there like that. I told him I would check on it and get back with him about that. As he turned to walk away, I noticed he had a thick leather belt with the letters D-A-V-E printed in big bold letters across the back.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Easter Eggs!!

We finally colored our Easter eggs tonight!! This is the first year all the kids are old enough that I didn't dread this annual tradition. In the past, there's always been at least one kid who didn't quite get the idea that if the dye can stain an egg and your fingers, it certainly can dye clothes, carpet, counters, and etc. We topped off the night with egg salad sandwiches. The only problem now is airing out the house. It smells like a giant stink bomb exploded in the kitchen. Anyway, Happy Easter from the Drowns family.

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Thanks guys for the positivefeedback. I HAVE totally become addicted to blogging, i cannot stay off:)! This weekend has been great! My dear friend Jackie came to help me organize my craft/exercise room. She was invaluable to me! She worked harder than anyone and did most of the work--especially the hard stuff! Anyway, we moved out furniture, rearranged exercise equipment, threw out LOADS of garbage, made HUGE garage sale piles and organized the stuff I kept. It looks so awesome and I cannot wait to go scrap/exercise and paint. Maybe now I will finish the scrubs I started a year ago for a co-worker. Now, I wish i would have taken before and after pictures to show you all (and to scrap). Anyway, you will have to take my word for it--it looks great! What a great anxiety reliever! You all should try it!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Gettin' With The Times

Well, I'm taking the plunge and joining the ranks of my fellow bloggers. Your blogs have inspired me and shone me the way a modern woman expresses her joys, frustrations, and expressions of comical relief. Well, actually, my sister Holly came this weekend, set it up for me, and told me to get typing.

My actual intent is to lessen the guilt I feel for not having sent a Christmas letter since Parker was born. He's eight by the way. I figure this site will replace the need for such a mailing. The truth is I hate Christmas letters. I lovingly refer to them as annual brag letters. The only one who acutally benefits from them is the US Postal Service. If anyone is currently feeling offended by this statement, I wasn't talking about YOUR Christmas letter I was talking about someone elses. =)

To catch anyone up who cares, we have 3 kids now. Haley is 10, Parker is 8 and Addison is 5. My kids are all beautiful, talented, and very intelligent! See what I mean!!
Anyway, Dave is working as a sales and service rep for American Medical Alert Corp. He teases that he's "practically a doctor". (Just ask any of his clients) Actulally, Dave installs help buttons for the elderly and handicaped. He travels all over Illinois installing, servicing, and removing these units from people's homes. He enjoys what he does and has been doing it for 9 1/2 yrs now. I work at a dental office as a business assistant (that's fancy for secretary). I've been there 1 1/2 yrs now and like it fine. I'd rather still be at home w/ my kids but life's not always perfect.

We live in Springfield but my kids go to the same school I attended as a kid. (Rochester) We live in a home Dave built for us about 4 yrs ago after we lost our other home in a flood. That's a whole other story.

Well, that the Drowns' story in a nut shell. Stay posted. There's more where that came from! =)