Well, all things did not go according to plan yesterday. Our house guests left, in the rain, at about 11AM. After which Matt and I conked out in my room. But lo, at about 12:15 our power went out. No rain...some wind...but the power was gone. And so, we got our jeans and sneakers on and removed the plywood from the windows. We got a wee bit wet, but nothing major. It took us about 30 minutes, and when I started to clean out my truck (OMG YAY! I'm having my windshield replaced today), I heard the fridge in the garage kick on. An hour without power on a cool day is something I can totally live with.

Since it was a gorgeous day (you know, AFTER the HURRICANE), we decided to go goof off. I was still worried about my work shift, only to find out later that the call at 11PM the night before was for me, telling me my shift was canceled, but Matt didn't quite relay that in a Kelly-friendly format. Oh well. Went to Michael's to go see Lisa who works in the frame department. Walked around the new (and still unfinished) LOOP to see what we could buy (turns out, nothing). I was a little concerned about going to Wal-Mart, especially after a weather event, but it wasn't as crazy as I thought.

We were about to go home, thus making us the two lamest people in all of Lameonia, but then inspiration hit and Matt decided we couldn't waste the beautiful weather, so we went to Epcot and roamed around for a few hours. It was great...not crowded...no Food & Wine Fest (Wah! but understandable)...just a nice little walk around the park. We came home to watch Big Fish, but I could not keep the eyes open and went to bed before 10 PM. If you ever have to sit through a hurricane, I definitely recommend one like Wilma.

Bring on the cold weather!
I am fine. Lots of wind...lots of rain. I'm just waiting to see if my shift at work for this afternoon gets reinstated.

Has anyone heard from [livejournal.com profile] toastandtea?
Dear tourists,

There's a reason locals hate you. Honking at someone you nearly run into because you're too busy looking at a map to notice the left turn signal that is flashing is one of them. It's not my fault you can't drive...go ahead, run into me...I'm in a company vehicle. Leave your money and go home or be polite. Those are the only two options.

No love,


P. S. Ophelia...shit or get off the pot. I've got a plane to catch on Saturday, and I'll be damned if you're going to screw up my vacation.
[livejournal.com profile] sleepypawn and [livejournal.com profile] puppetoflove, I hope you two are okay...[livejournal.com profile] abigail89 I hope your people are doing okay. Thinking and praying for everyone in or with people in the area.

My people are doing well. Ms. Catherine's power never went out. Ms. Kathy and Mr. Callie's house had some damage (a tree fell on the house's eves where the power is connected, luckily Matt's uncle is an electrician, so he can fix the damage from the feed to the house. It's just a matter of when the electricity comes back to the feed). The bulk of the damage that happened in Matt's parents' area happened after they thought the worst was gone. They said they thought it was finished and then wind came out of nowhere and blew barns and porches away like toys.

This is my last day off before my vacation (Sept. 10), and instead of doing productive things, I think I'll make icons (maybe, I'll do laundry too). Meh.
Well RL does tend to get the better of me these days. Especially with the hurricanes. We did fine through Jeanne. We had some very tense moments early Sunday morning when all the plywood protecting the windows on the back of the house was ripped off by the wind. But all is well.

I passed my Class B driving test, so I'm now legal to drive up to 26' straight trucks (so watch out). I guess this means I'm an offical Floridian, now that I have the Florida ID. Man, I didn't want to give my Texas one up, but...what to do?

And, I've been watching shameful amounts of of Buffy and Angel. I finally saw "Smile Time," and I must say, it may be the funniest thing ever. The thought of Spike getting beaten up by a puppet Angel is just too much for my brain to handle. Expect a new icon soon.

Back to work...
I'm no ded.

All is well since Ivan decided to visit up North. Not that I wished it on anyone else...but 3 in one month is just too much. Jeanne's looking shifty though. I hope everyone in Ivan's path is okay.

Birthday was great! Had 2 great birthday dinners...low key, but just up my alley. And what's the best thing about birthdays...birthday money, of course! Bought Angel season 4 and Alias season 3...then went to amazon and bought seasons 1-3 of Angel. Kind of wish I had been into BtVS & AtS when they were on (like I would watch that ::eyeroll::)...but, new obsessions are nice.

Training at a new location at work (CEF goodness, Bruce). Not too bad, but it hasn't been really busy. We'll see.
Electricity's back, about 3:00 yesterday afternoon. Again, no damage to the house. The boys tested out the generator yesterday while I was at work. The power came back on right as I got home. Yea! The back of the house is still boarded up until we know where Ivan might be going. I'd prefer he go visit somewhere else.
Well gang, twice in three weeks...not sure how much more of this I can take. Everything's boarded up. We're just waiting for Frances to make it to our house. We will most likely loose power, but we have a generator this time around. I'll update as soon as the storm passes (and I can get to a computer that, you know, can turn on). [livejournal.com profile] bonedaddybruce, [livejournal.com profile] toastandtea and everyone else in Frances' way stay safe and dry.

See you on the flip side...Kel


Aug. 16th, 2004 07:06 pm
We got back water, power and sat tv today!!! Never take the little things for granted. I just wish so many people around me weren't so bad off.
We haven't had power since 7:30 on Friday night. That's not great, but not unexpected either. We did, however, have water. It wasn't full power, but it was enough to flush the toilet. Not so much anymore. No water, no power. It's like a wonderland. I got to take a shower at work this morning (finally). And if we don't have power tonight, we're going to stay at a hotel.

Well, got to see the damage to the neighborhood yesterday. Wow, we were lucky. 3 or 4 fences got panels blown out, some palm trees got blown down, but other than that, our houses don't look to have suffered some of the massive damage that others did. I think it's because we live in such a new community. Not a lot of old trees, houses up to code.

On a totally frivolous note, I miss Buffy and Angel. I know, I know. But it's a whole new fandom to explore.
Well, I survived my first hurricane. The past two days at work were non-stop hurricane prep. Today I got away from the madness by being sent to another park, where most of what was going on went on before I got here.

The power went out at 7:30 last night...not back on yet, but that's okay; there are people in our county way worse off than us. Haven't had time to assess the damage as both Matt and I had to be at work at 6 this morning. It was scary, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Once the power went out, we played uno and listened to the radio. The eye passed just to the east of us, so we got all the regular hurricane related mess...the rain (and wind) came from one way, stopped, then came from the other. We had our windows boarded up, which seemed like overkill-but ended up being just enough kill as a branch hit our sliding glass door. Would have been major damage.

I missed the opening ceremonies...man, does that bite. My best friend from college was there making some of the costumes for OC and I really wanted to see it. Oh well, maybe someone taped it and can send it to me.



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