My children have decided to add St. Patrick's Day to their lists of things to celebrate.
They really like celebrating things.
I'm pretty sure we started of the day with some sort of Irish luck. Just before midnight the ambulance was dispatched to a car wreck, where we ending up assisting a patient and doing some back boarding and splinting right in the middle of a giant ant hill. A half a dozen members of our crew, some firemen, and of course the patient, were covered with ants. We spent the whole transport to the hospital killing them. When we got to the hospital our ambulance floor was covered with dead ones. We apparently brought in a large number of live ones into the hospital as well. Soon the doctors and nurses were also pulling ants off themselves while trying to assist the patient. A few hours later we returned to the hospital with another patient and they had maintenance in the ER with chemicals trying to get rid of the insects.
As I was standing in my living room in the middle of the night surveying the kids' leprechaun traps and considering what I needed to get done before the morning, all the power went out. It was difficult to get very much done not being able to see anything so I decided it was probably sensible to just go to bed.
And then a little while later the ambulance radio went off again. There was still no power, which makes getting into our garage (where the doors are all automatic and operated by power) more difficult than usual. And once we were in, getting the ambulances out proved another challenge. We do have systems in place for things like this, but they don't always work as smoothly as we'd hope. Also, it's difficult to troubleshoot in complete darkness. Picture #1 illustrates our crew members (standing on the hood of the ambulance) trying to unlock the manual door opener. It seems a simple task when illuminated by the flash on my camera. See picture #2 of what the actual working conditions were.
We did get everything sorted out and the ambulance to where it was needed, but by the time we all got home it was pretty much time for all the enjoying of St. Patrick's Day.
The kids woke up early and began reading notes painted around the house and examining the leprechaun chaos. Apparently leprechauns can paint and escape from traps in total darkness. They're quite crafty.
After church we had a giant Irish dinner. Most of the credit for that meal goes to Deva, I think, which is quite a lot of credit because it takes an awful lot of food to feed our giant crew. Corned beef and cabbage and baked alaska for desert.
My kids and I ran up to the parade in Ronan, which was pretty freezing, but still fun.
|Lex was possibly a little too brave when dashing into the middle of the road to retrieve candy.|
Later in the evening we had shamrock pasta and Guinness brownies and Lex made a green pistachio cake. (Because ice cream and milkshakes were just not enough sweets for the day. . .)
|While Azia spent her time designing a crafty trap and putting together a stylish outfit which included a lot of green, Zoran wrote letters to the leprechauns inquiring about their favorite NBA teams.|
Before the end of the day the kids needed to watch Darby O'Gill and the Little People to begin strategizing for next year's leprechaun catching.