Sunday, March 22, 2009

Who's Going to Kill the Spiders?

Those of you on Facebook probably saw my little blurb the other day about how Cam might be running a job in St. George. For those of you not on Facebook, what I said was "I just found out Cam might be running a job for 4 months in St. George! That's going to suck! Who's going to kill the spiders?" Well, we found out Friday, it's pretty much for sure that Cam is running the St. George job. And we also found out that it's not 4 months, it's more like 9 months! So, probably starting in May, Cam is going to live in St. George for 9 months! He will be able to come home for most weekends, but aughgaughaughaughaugh!!!!

I've had a couple of days to process all this. The one big obvious thought is, at least Cam has work. The construction industry is one of the hardest hit in these bad economic times, and so I can't complain that he is guaranteed work for the next year. And Cam is definitely good enough at what he does, that his bosses are willing to send him out of town to do a job. That means they have a lot of confidence in him to do the job right, and I am so proud of him for that.

I'm not doing this post because I want to complain how lame it will be to basically live alone for 9 months. I've got Tosh, the cats, the fish and the massive head-wound mexican to keep me company. I may need to take up a hobby, but I'm actually pretty good at being alone. What worries me most is...What is Cam going to have for dinner?

The Menloves, his bosses, are putting him up in a place that has a kitchen, but it still worries me. When he comes home from work, he is so tired, and I always make sure that he has a good dinner. He hates eating out and he hates frozen dinners, but he's going to be too tired to cook for himself. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do to help him? Any ideas will be most welcome.

And I guess I will have to be brave and kill my own spiders. It was pretty funny, the day after we learned Cam is doing the St. George job, I found 3 spiders that needed to be killed. Cam killed them for me.

22 comments:

Marcus and Haley Crook said...

9 months!! Oh that is sad and lame. It is work which is good but still!! I don't think I could do that, you are brave. I don't know about meals, the only thing I can think of is just really easy recipes that don't take long at all. I don't know, that's a tough one.

Cat said...

Man, that sucks. I myself had 2 spiders today. Spring is coming.

Amy said...

One idea I had was for you to make some of his favorite meals, place them in individual containers, freeze them and he can take them home with him after the weekend trips home. You could do enough to last for a week or two. Carol Osick used to do that so the kids could just take out an individual serving and microwave a home cooked meal. Mexican food, some soups, and a lot of casseroles work for this. Good luck. Sad, but nice to have work.

Dan W said...

Proud of how you're dealing with this, Sue. All my best for this tough time ahead. Amy's idea is basically the same one that occurred to me. I'm a leftover freak, loving to heat stuff up, so her solution seems like that except for it not being leftovers, per se. I can vouch for Cam being great at his job. The building he supervised out here in Tooele is first rate.

Alex is down in So. Utah and will be there until mid-May when he heads to New Zealand for three months to shear sheep. But other than that window, let me know if you ever want company to drive down to see Cam for a day or two. I'd love an excuse to go down there.

Now: what the heck is a "massive head-wound mexican"?

Pops said...

Head wound Mexican? Is that a cat named Pedro? If not, I give up. Cam will survive very nicely. Anybody that can run a crew and do handle a construction project, can rustle up some grub to eat. Just pamper him on the weekend. Just remind yourself it beats being in Iraq. Get him a case of "Cup-O-Nudlles" (sp). See if Jeff Daniels will take care of your spiders?

B said...

You can call Matt this summer when you want spiders taken care of! He's very good at it, and doesn't laugh at me too much. However, you'd probably have to wait about an hour... I was going to tell you the same thing as Amy, little tupperwares filled with a serving of dinner. That doesn't count as "frozen dinners" does it?

Head-wound Mexican is Sue's resident ghost. That and Big Al the Burmese Python. And Mose. But the Mexican was first. That and all the little spider ghosts running around... and the Michael Jackson scarecrow. It's a good thing Sue loves Halloween!!!!

Emily said...

Same idea I had make him frozen foods that heat up well. Also, I see Cam cook WAY more then Rob, so I think he will do fine. I love leftovers too! I am always so excited when I have leftovers to eat for lunch. When I make Gordo's fajita's I make a giant batch and freeze little individual portions in those snack size zip locks and like to eat that. Also, I make big portions of shredded pork or chicken, add bbq sauce and then freeze them in a muffin pan, pop them out, put them in a giant ziplock, and you have little individual portions to throw on a bun anytime. Just some specific ideas that I do...

Sue said...

Like B said, the massive headwound mexican is the ghost that lives here.

Thanks for the ideas everyone. That is pretty much what I had come up with as well. I was just wondering if anyone had other ideas. I guess when I cook for myself, I'll just cook enough for Cam and freeze it. I better start stocking up on tupperware!

This is going to be pretty tough, but we'll get through. I don't think Cam and I will be able to take our usual camping trips. We might be able to do one or two. And the garden is going to be mostly up to me! Cam is the master gardner! And Cam and I have a great group of friends and a lot of them live within 5 minutes of us. So, if some disaster happens, like the swamp cooler goes out, we've got friends who can come help.

Sue said...

Dad, you really out did yourself with nudlles. I probably will send him down with some Ramen for snacks. And I think Sam's Club sells a lot of food that isn't exactly frozen dinners, but kind of. Maybe I'll try those out on him.

And if anyone's wondering he will be building a 3 story enclosed storage unit with 2 freight elevators, and a little house for the manager to live in.

Neaners said...

I too hate spiders! Fortunately I mainly have daddy long legs and I can tolerate them. Any news on the job? I hope it all works out! Take care!

Cat said...

Does he get to take Tosh with him?

Sue said...

For some reason daddy long legs are the only spiders I can tolerate too. I wonder why?

The job is pretty much for sure. His bosses own a condo in St. George, (his bosses are brothers), so that will be where Cam stays. Sounds like it will be coming up pretty quick like in about a month.

He is torn between taking Tosh with him and leaving him home with me. I think he should take Tosh. Cam will need the company more than I will. His bosses really like Tosh, so that shouldn't be a problem, but he will need to clear it with them. Cam is kind of worried about me being alone and my safety. We decided we will put up motion lights in front of the house, that will help a little. Plus our neighbor, Luis, across the street will know that Cam is gone, so he'll keep an eye on the house. I'm not too worried about it.

Emily said...

It's because they aren't fat and hairy.
You can always share the basement with Matt and B this summer. Our house would be party central!

Cat said...

I want to move in too! I hate daddy long legs. Except that their name is cute. I freak out when I'm gardening and one crawls on me.

Emily said...

Hee hee, that would be awesome. We could have a commune.

Sue said...

That would be fun! Can my 4 cats and 55 gallon fishtank come too?

There are a lot of non-fat and hairy spiders that freak me out. That is mostly what we have here. These smaller almost see through spiders with white bellies. Ohhh, I just got goosebumps thinking about them! I hate them so much!

Cat said...

Ooh, I hate those, Sue. We get those in our kitchen and bathroom. Our basement spiders are the real terrors though. I've had them jump on me on my way downstairs. They get huge too. Travis mistook one for a mouse once.

Sue said...

I am never going down to your basement again! They jump on you? They get big enough that they can be mistaken for a mouse? I would die.

At least the spiders at my house are pretty small. The problem with this particular kind is that they hang out in corners and right where the ceiling meets the wall. So I have a hard time killing them. I can only kill a spider if it is on the floor, or right on the wall. Ceilings and corners I cannot handle, I'm afraid they are going to jump on me.

Cat said...

I'm the same way, it has to be a perfect shot or I'm afraid they'll retaliate or fall on me. The mouse thing was a corner of the eye situation while he was playing pool, but still!!! Travis is so gross, he kills spiders by sqashing them with his thumb. I just can't even fathom.

Sue said...

Remember that really creepy spider that hung from the roof at the kitchen sink window at the Ft Union house? I still have nightmares about that particular spider! I've never seen anything like it. Travis opened up the kitchen window and grabbed it with a kleenex. I thought I was going to faint!

Cat said...

That one was actually kind of cool. I'm OK if they're behind glass or something. Yeah, I still get the howlers but in more of manageable way. My only real fear of spiders is of them touching me.

Pops said...

You peeps really worked over the spiders today. What's going on with all that? I only hate the big,hairy, mother spiders with an egg sack hanging from it or just hatching about 10 thousand tiny, little, hairy suckers. Does give me the willies. Daddy-long-legs I can play with. One of the perquisites of living in Wyoming is that I don't notice very many spiders. I did find a nest of some very big and very nasty Black Widow spiders in an electrical vault at the airport. Black Widows give me a start. They are so black and shiney, but the red hourglass is cute.