I was able to go and visit my new nephew last weekend. Skyler. He is sweet, sweet and definitely a Wilson.
I also had a chance to go out with three old friends of mine. What tonic for the soul! We laughed and talked until we were almost kicked out of the restaurant, then we went over to one of my friend’s house and sat and talked for almost two hours after that. I had a great time…Thanks Heather and Jessica! I wish we did not live in four different cities across two states…. 😦
I came home for one day, then left out for West Monroe. The National Deaf Evangelism Ministry conference was being held at Bro. Foster’s church in West Monroe and me and a friend decided to go up Wednesday through Saturday. We met new interpreter friends and made plans to go shopping in Baton Rouge in August! What fun! I was liking West Monroe already!
Then, Rebecca’s battery died. We took separate cars because she leaving the conference on Friday, and I planned to leave on Saturday. You should have seen two girls trying to hook up jumper cables! 🙂 I am not one to ask for help, and I figured I could do it just as good as anyone else. I had the directions and jumper cables…that’s all I needed. Well, I couldn’t find the latch to open her hood and she had never ventured under the hood of her car before, so I had to break out the instruction manual for her car. It had a thumb latch.
Hidden thumb latch
Ok, over one hurdle. I read the instructions and hooked up the cables according to directions, but I could not figure out where to put the last negative cable. It said to put it on the engine block or at least 18 inches away from the battery. Hmmm….. I could not find the engine block. So, I got her car manual out again to find a picture of it. Nothing under the hood looked like the picture. So, I called my husband and her husband trying to figure out where in the world to put the thing.
Where do I put this one?
We called Rebecca’s husband and he told us to do exactly what both sets of directions said NOT to do…hook the negative cable to the battery. I didn’t argue with him, after all, it was his car. So I hooked it to the battery. He told me to stay on the phone in case I had any trouble.
The girls looking innocent
Well, in the mean time, the two girls are in my car waiting on us to get finished. I did not know it, but one of them shoved a piece of a cottonball into the keyhole of my ignition. I did not discover it until I put my key in and shoved it all the way into the ignition.
Discovering the cotton
Trying to get the cotton out
So, after all that, I was able to crank my car up and charge her battery.
Then, a bizarre thing happened. We parked our cars, cleaned up, dressed and left for church. As I was removing Vivian’s booster seat from my car and trying to put it in Rebecca’s car, a man came out of his hotel room. We stayed in room 120, he was in 121. He came out and said “I don’t know which room you are staying in, but I am in room 121 and you are parked in my space”. I looked at him perplexed, I did not remember them saying anything about parking assignments at the front desk, nor did I see any numbers on the spaces. So, I said “We are in room 120, right next to you and we parked here to be close to our room”. He said that he parked in room 122’s spot and explained to me that you were supposed to park directly in front of your room (If I did that, my car would be in the pool). I thought maybe HE was confused, so I pointed out that there were not any numbers painted on the parking spaces and that he was allowed to park wherever he wanted. This made him angry and he stomped off saying that he was going to contact the front desk. he told me I needed to move to in front of my hotel room. I stood there completely astounded. I was not trying to be ugly, I was explaining to him that he should not be worried and that he could park wherever he wanted. I guess he wanted me to move. He was really angry when I got in Rebecca’s car to go to church and left mine parked in front of his room.
Parked as close to my room as I could get
Is this where I was supposed to park it?
Now, if I was to park in front of my room, then I would have had to park on top of the stairs or in the pool. What about room 221? On the second floor. Were they supposed to park their car on top of his? I did not understand his reasoning. He seemed to be a little off anyway. Rebecca asked me why I always manage to attract weird people….I dunno….
The conference was well planned and we had a great time. Here is a picture of one of the sign choirs. I am very glad to be home. I have been to three of the four corners of the state this week.
The Beginner Sign Language Class