Extreme Weather

Last week we were hit by an earthquake. While I didn’t feel it many people I know did. We live close to trains and planes so I’m not sure I’d know the difference from them or an earthquake. Then Hurricane Irene hit. The winds whipped and the trees came a tumbling down. The people across the street from us have a tree hanging off the power lines in front of their home. If it breaks the wires their cars will be toast and likely part of their house. Today is looking beautiful and I’ll be taking a walk shortly to access the damage in the neighborhood. Lucky for us we only have tree limbs to clean up. we also lucked out because the majority of RI is without power, but we have it. Some of my family in NY didn’t fair as well. My aunt’s house is flooded and they had to be evacuated by boat. My mom was close to a propane explosion, but she’s okay. Still waiting to hear from others. Thoughts and prayers going out to all those affected by Hurricane Irene.

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This and That…

Today I woke up itching to write. YAY! Seriously I think it’s been almost two weeks. Yesterday I contemplated quitting. Giving it up. Saying f*ck it all. Why should I continue when I can’t write? I wondered if I reached the end of my career. I guess the next few days will give me an idea.

It felt good to move my story forward today. As I’m writing this my heroine is pressed against a wall, her pants down around her thigh high boots waiting for her hero to put a condom on. Yup, I left her hanging. It will only make her want it more tomorrow when I get back to her. 😉

I have to work tomorrow. The downfall of my job. It’s also my local chapters meeting day. I was really looking forward to the workshop on writing funny. I’m hoping my clients get done testing early enough so I can make it. Somehow I doubt it will work out that way. Oh well.

The weather is back to mid 50s and some rain today. Like we need rain. It’s not supposed to be heavy so the rivers shouldn’t rise to flood levels again. In all this flooding l lost my hairdresser. The mall where she worked was the one all over the news. The one flooded to the roof and the security guard trapped inside.

I’m VERY picky about who I let touch my hair. For 16 years my cousin was the only one who cut and highlighted my hair. When I moved to Rhode Island six years ago I had to find someone new. Now mind you, I did travel the three hours back home the first year just so K could cut my hair. That got to be a bit much.

T called me last night. She found a new place to work until the mall is functioning again. I quickly made an appointment for next week.

Off to work now. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Full Weekend

Today’s its back to the real world after a fun-filled weekend. The DH and I went to see the remake of Clash of the Titans. We both enjoyed the movie, but there were a few disappointments – things they left out from the original and I think the biggest let down was they made the Pegasus brown instead of white. Overall it was good, though. We had a nice quiet dinner out after the movie.

Easter morning was nice. We got to watch our granddaughter experience her first Easter. It’s hard to believe she’ll be a year old this month. The kids were scattered this year. My son had to work. My daughter and granddaughter went to their in-laws for dinner. My youngest with her father.

 The DH and I went to dinner with his family. It was nice to see everyone. We went to the Venus de Milo where Emerald got his start. The food was delicious, but I enjoy sitting at the kitchen table with my family. It feels more personal. Plus you get to talk to everyone.

The flood waters seem to have receded back to under flood stage. Clean up has begun.  

Now I have to get my butt back in gear and write. I only wrote 6 or 7 pages last week. Not good. I have to get back into the swing of things.

Happy Monday!

Klutz

Look the word up in the dictionary and you’ll find a picture of ME! The last few days we’ve been getting torrential rains here in RI. Being the good mother that I am I didn’t want my daughter walking home from the bus stop in this mess, so I picked her up. Pulled in to the driveway and we made a beeline for the house. My daughter made it to the front door with no issues, me not so lucky. She turns to find her mother sprawled flat on the ground. Well, half on the sidewalk, half on the cement stairs. Go ahead laugh I’m sure I looked funny and I can laugh now. But I’m sore. So freakin’ sore it’s hard to write. My right hand, arm and shoulder are killing me. I hurt my side too. No bruising on the right side, which took the brunt of the fall, but I have a nice bruise on my left arm. Needless to say, I’ve been hanging on the couch the last two days.  

Even if I hadn’t hurt myself, my city, along with a few others, have been declared a state of emergency. They’re asking people to stay home if possible. The flooding is awful. My son’s friend couldn’t get to his house because his street was flooded, so we put him up for the night. A bunch of my friends are suffering wet basements. We’ve been lucky so far. The rain has finally stopped but that doesn’t mean the flooding is over.

People are being evacuated and power is being shut off for fear of fire. Watching the news is depressing. I can’t imagine being forced out of my home. They’ve been asking for volunteers to help with the animals. I know some folks who don’t have flood insurance and half their house is under water. Can you just see the fight with the insurance companies when all is said and done?

They say the sun will shine tomorrow. Hopefully all the people suffering will be okay.

Happy Wednesday and stay dry!