I may be biting off more than I can chew with a new project I thought of yesterday. Most days, on my way home from work, I listen to KSON. Cliff, Morgan, Tanner and Tori (aka Cliff & Co.) crack me up! They are extremely entertaining. There's non-stop laughter during my 45min drive home. I am sure some people think I am crazy and wonder what in the world could be so funny... especially when they see me in the car by myself. anyway.. Yesterday Morgan was talking about Operation Baking Gals. An organization that bakes cookies and sends them overseas to our Military. HELLO!! Can we say organization after my own heart? We all know how much I L-O-V-EEEEEEEEE to bake! So I got home and looked up the website. I am seriously considering signing up. I love how KSON supports our Military 1000%. It doesn't matter whether we agree with the war or not, our men and women are over there fighting for our country. Regardless of our political views, we need to support them.
Being part of the fire service I have realized that people in a public service career really have a thankless job. Although I fully support our military, I wish people on the home front would support our Fire Service and Law Enforcement more. When was the last time we heard our national anthem dedicated to those who step in front of bullets, cut people out of cars, and run towards flames while the rest of the world runs away from them. Sometimes it makes me sad to think that large fires like we had in 2007 and 2003 push people to finally say thanks to those FireFighters and Police officers. Usually what we get is newspaper articles about what we did wrong during those . Its tough on our hearts and it makes us say " but what about everything we did that was right".
wow ok.. bunny trail.. back to the project. So anyway, thinking about this stuff yesterday morning got me thinking about Christmas. Last year I designed a Christmas Card and sent it out from the Dispatch Center(ECC) to all of our stations and cooperating agencies. It came equipt with a picture of all the dispatchers. This year I want to do something different, more personal.
SOO (drum roll please) I am organizing a HUGE cookie thing(catchy title to follow shortly). The plan is to have all of the dispatchers from Cal Fire and US Forest Service make cookies or donate supplies for cookies. One part of the plan includes making a bunch of sugar cookies and inviting the kids of our ECC Staff to decorate them the Saturday before Christmas. We will divide the stations among dispatchers and we will hand deliver the plates of goodies to all of our fire stations a few days before Christmas. Our dispatcher center, for those of you that don't know, is interagency with Cal Fire and US Forest Service. Our stations span across Southern California from Orange County all the way down to the Imperial County line. Take a look at a map of Southern California to check out how enormous that really is. Off the top of my head, we will be delivering to some 60-75 fire stations...possibly more. Talk about an enormous project. The few people I talked to this morning are totally on board with the idea! I am so excited I can't even stand it! I have a little over a month to get organized.
With my BFF, Jessica's, baby shower coming up this weekend I am trying not to get ahead of myself and go crazy with planning. One project at a time! I love doing this kind of stuff. I think I need to simmer down just a little though. I need to get some sleep before work tonight ;)