Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What a long trip it's been!


6 days, 1532 miles, countless bathroom stops! I left last Wednesday headed for Galveston. The drive down was not as bad as I expected. I stopped just north of Houston to visit a friend I hadn't seen in a lot of years. It was like we just picked up right where we left off. After dinner, I made the last hour of my journey. Once I got to the hotel, I settled in for 3 full days of meeting planning.

T flew down on Friday afternoon and met me. There was lots to do other than meeting stuff, but we just took the opportunity to rest during free time. My meeting finished Saturday night and we got all our stuff together to leave early on Sunday morning. We planned to be on the road for 6 am, but with a baby intent on being awake earlier than that, I couldn't sleep. So I got up when my alarm went off and was ready to go earlier than anticipated. We left the hotel at 5:30 am.

Traffic isn't bad at 6 am on a Sunday morning, so that combined with my heavy foot (obviously it's heavy from retaining water) got us into Baton Rouge about 10 am. When I got to Dad's I was surprised to find Leslie there waiting on me! And apparently I threw everyone off by leaving Texas early. She had just gotten to the house when we got there!

We chatted for a little while and the guys made plans for their day. They were headed out to LSU for a baseball game. I got dressed, picked up T's mom, and headed out to my aunt's for the baby shower. Everything was so pretty at the shower! It was so nice to see everyone. I also found out that I no longer have a lap. I couldn't hold a gift in my lap while trying to open it. It kept sliding off. That was a new discovery for me.

We didn't leave my aunt's until late that evening. We had dinner and I fell asleep on the sofa. So I got up and went to bed. Monday, I got up just in time to tell Leslie goodbye - she had to get to New Orleans to catch her flight. We had breakfast with T's parents and then we hit the road too.

After a week of heat and humidity it was kind of cool last night when we got home. I was surprised to be honest. We unloaded the car, sorted mail, did laundry for today and got in bed.

Tonight we have a childbirth class, so I think we'll use tomorrow as our rest day. At least at that point, it's Wednesday and the week is almost over.

Thanks to everyone for everything!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Random Thoughts

Tax Day - We normally don't wait until the 15th to do our taxes. And we didn't wait this year either. We just waited till the 15th to file. Why is that? Well, we had to pay for the first time ever. I'm not sure if T ever had to pay as a single person, but this is my first time paying. I don't like it. Luckily with tax deduction #1 on the way, we don't anticipate this being a trend.

Childbirth Class - We started our childbirth class last night. It's basically a class to try and prepare us for what's to come in the 3rd trimester, delivery and with a new baby. You'd think it would be an intro night last night, right? Ease us into all this, right? Nope.... it was not. We were lucky enough to watch TWO childbirth videos last night..... not long after our dinner. And if you haven't seen one before, let's just say that the movie Knocked Up cleaned this up - A LOT!

So today I'm tired since we didn't get home until after 10. But since I'm prepping for our big meeting next week, there's no time to catnap at my desk.

Monday, April 13, 2009

I'm aware

I know that the header finally has the right month but the wrong year. I figured I needed to change it since the month is almost half over with, but I'm limited on time. So I went to open the file sent to me courtesy of Claudia, but for some reason, I can't edit this file like I can all the others. Since it's now after 5, it will be the right month but wrong year for a while.

That's kind of progress, right?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Blessed

We're fine. The winds shifted. The temperature dropped. The humidity increased. The firefighters did an amazing job of keeping the fire contained to the area that it was.

We were lucky. A lot of people were not so lucky. Thank you to everyone locally who checked on us and not so locally. Living in a place with no family, it's tough to think about having no where to go. But our small network of friends here have shown us that we do have people we can count on.

This still sucks, but we're fine.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Maybe tornadoes aren't so bad

When the wind started blowing today, I was more annoyed than anything.  There's wind in Louisiana like this - it's called a hurricane!  Just a regular old Thursday in Oklahoma.  Winds were blowing from the West about 30-40 mph with gusts in the 60's & 70's.

I had to stop at Lowe's on the way home.  I called T to make sure that I had everything on my list and he said that there must be a grass fire somewhere because he was driving through smoke.  But it appeared to more towards McCloud (east of Harrah).

I did my shopping.  I cursed the wind trying to drive home.  I noticed some smoke in some areas but nothing near Harrah.  I wasn't even close to imaging what I was going to come home to.  I walked in the door expecting to start dinner.  T jumped up and asked me if I had to drive through smoke to get home.

Not knowing what he was talking about, I sat down to watch the breaking news coverage.  What was going on?  Basically a string of wildfires was burning from just east of the Lowe's I was shopping at to Choctaw (the town due west of Harrah).  With the winds blowing 20-30 mph, it seemed to be just a matter of time before it got to us.

So instead of just watching horrifically, we started packing up the house.  First we got all the important papers, including the homeowners insurance information, and Rufus.  Then we got basic clothes and my expensive jewelry.  Then I started grabbing things that can't be replaced - old family photos, handmade quilts, crochet pieces.  We packed clothes and toiletries.

I was walking through the house deciding what was important enough to take and what I was ok with never seeing again.  It's really quite an odd feeling.  When you evacuate for a hurricane, normally the sky is blue and you're expecting to come back after a couple of days to just some wind and rain damage.  

As I was walking through the house, I could smell the smoke outside.  After watching so many houses just burn right to the ground on the news, I knew that if it got here, everything would be gone.  The firefighting efforts are at stopping the fire front, not saving individual homes.

So we slowly packed our most important things into the car.  I got stuff together for the dogs.  I took some pictures off the wall to bring with us.  I sat down to take a break and catch my breath.  T asked if there was anything I wanted to take that hadn't gotten yet.  I said my wedding dress - it couldn't be replaced.  He got it down from the top of the closet and it's now in the back of my car.

I sent texts to friends and co-workers.  Are you ok?  Can we come to your house if we have to leave?  I made all the plans I could make.  T took pictures of all the rooms in the house for insurance purposes.  He told our neighbors of our plans.  They didn't seem phased by the events occurring. 

The fire has come as close as 4 miles to the due west of us.  But the winds seem to have shifted.  I'm not ready to give this the all clear.  T has relaxed, but I just can't yet.  The air is no longer thick with smoke, because the winds have shifted.  But I'm still worried.

It's 10:30 pm and I'm fully dressed.  I'm afraid to take my shoes off and maybe not be prepared for something.  I've got the map in the front of the phonebook and am using it to track the fire.  I'm not sure if I'm going to sleep anytime soon.

I'll update in the morning.  This sucks.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I like to tease

Guess who finished knitting the world's cutest baby sweater? Yep... it was me! I finished last night but haven't added buttons or taken any pictures yet. So you just get a post with me going "woot! I finished the cutest baby sweater in the world!"

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Productive Procrastination

I have not moved much today from the recliner. And I've been procrastinating what I really need to do - clean the house and make the curtains for the nursery. These are the two things that I said I was going to do this weekend.

These are two things I have not even remotely started.

BUT, I have been somewhat productive. Two weeks ago I decided that I absolutely had to knit the baby a sweater to come home from the hospital in. HAD TO! I picked yarn (that I already had) and buttons (that I already had) and a pattern (that I did not have). I ordered the book online for the pattern with a gift card. So, it's an heirloom baby sweater for NO DOLLARS!

Last weekend, I cast on and started. And apparently I've forgotten how to knit. I started the sweater and was not at all happy with the result. So last Sunday, I ripped out everything I had done and started over. I ended Sunday basically where I had started, but at least it was perfect.

Monday, I knitted some more. Tuesday a little more. Wednesday I realized the stuff I'd done on Monday and Tuesday was crap, so I ripped it out again and was back to where I finished on Sunday. Thursday and Friday was spent making progress, or so I thought. I noticed another mistake and spent tons of time ripping back more.

This is not a mindless project for me. It's lace knitting with a relatively easy pattern to remember - just 4 row repeats. But it's taken me a while to actually make some progress on it. As I put it down now, I'm halfway through it. So since I think I'm at a good stopping place, I'll leave it till tomorrow... um... or another time since tomorrow I'm supposed to be cleaning and sewing....

Yes, that's what I'll be doing..... cleaning and sewing....