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Still in the dark

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Well, still no power. I took yesterday off and worked on cleaning up and grilling everything we could. We burned what we could of downed limbs all day yesterday in our little fire pit and grilled our meals. Grilled "frozen" pizza. It works, sort of! LOL!

I got my first shower this morning after finding out that our babysitter has a gas hot water heater! It was a very dark shower, but a shower none the less.

This all has been really amazing. I will add some pictures to my spark page. We didn't have anything huge come down, which is a relief. We do have lots of the neighbors shingles in our yard, though.

We have been grilling our selves silly trying to save things. The chest freezer is holding things pretty well with ice, but not much longer. The things we have cooked up are on ice in the coolers. There isn't anyplace that has ice though that I know of, so our time may be running out, don't know yet.

There was a map in the newspaper of projected power restoration for the county. It looks like we are in the Friday or Saturday section. It's weird, in some ways it's been kind of nice. Quiet, ya know? But it's so weird. I am sitting here at work because no matter what, you keep working, according to the big wigs, but hardly anyone is around, because there is hardly anything with power. Most of the client's show up like there is nothing going on and we sit in this one building with power by default. Meanwhile, the sirens from police and fire trucks are going every few minutes all through the day and night, people are trying to clean up, find stores that are open, and chain saws are constantly going. And here I am. WEIRD reality! I would much rather be at home with my family, working on things there while there is light, and seeing what I can do to help others in the neighborhood. But, no. I sit here and wait for each client to show up and tell me whether they have power or not and what their adventures have been. Luckily, Jori has been on break from school and been able to be at home with the kids. There is still no word on when schools will reopen.

With all that is happening here, I can't imagine what it is like for the people who were REALLY hit by the hurricane, this one or any other! These things don't happen in Ohio!

I need to get out and get some lunch before my 3:00 comes!

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LUCKYDUCK2 9/18/2008 11:49PM

    Wow, this is going to be one for the photo books and some memories that will stay with you. I am so glad all of you came though this with no injuries and your house intact. I hope you get your power back on schedule.

Amazing , isn't it with how fast a freezer can thaw out . I hope you can salvage most of your frozen foods.

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DEEANN8 9/17/2008 10:12PM

    Wow, your returned home FROM camp to CAMPING at home. Having no power can be so frustrating. I hope you get it back soon.

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CALENSARIEL 9/17/2008 3:46PM

    I have only one question... Was there any thunder and lightning? I do so miss good old Ohio T&L! Ot must seem really surreal. Reminds me of the TV show Jericho that got cancelled after last season. The silence can be really eerie, I bet. When we go to our cabin in the middle of the week it can be that way. We can hear the river that is at least a mile away from us. It does make one stop and think about how different life would be without power.

I'm so glad that you are survived that mess. It truly was amazing that it made it's way that far north!

Hang in there...


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Wow, what was that?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Was it a monsoon? Was it a tornado? Was it a hurricane? Or was it all of the above?

Not a lot of time to write. I only can access internet at work. This one block has power, for some reason. The word is that there are 2 million customers without power in Ohio after the high winds yesterday. 1.5 of them are in my county!

So, here we are, up at camp, having already had a tough week with the childcare thing. Jori got to come up on Sat. one of the staff said to call her and have her bring Dakota and they will watch her for us. They got there at 3:30 on Sat, which was better than nothing!

It was POURING rain and on Sat am, they announced that we had gotten 4 inches over night. Then it rained all day except for about two hours, and all night. By Sunday am there were 10 more inches. By the time we left, it had continued to POUR to the point that we couldn't see more than 5 feet in front of us. The lake flooded over the dock and we were very relieved that the buildings except for the Chapel, are much higher than the lake and should be safe. Hopefully, the Chapel stayed safe. It was a good cozy weekend with people hanging out in the dining hall with lots of laughter and music. As always, a really special time.

When we left yesterday, we had to work our way around flooded roads to get out. Then the high winds hit. According to the news people, the winds were up to 75 mph and boy did it feel like it! It was hard to keep the van on the road, let alone in the right lane. Luckily most people were content to be single file a lot of the way. It felt like we were in one of those storm chaser vehicles with weird things flying by. There were dried corn stalks coming out of the ground and flying across in front of us horizontally!!!!
Trees down everywhere. It wasn't so apparent when we were on the freeway, but when we got off the freeway, it looked like a disaster. There were twisted and broken trees everywhere. Some yards had 4 huge trees down in varying directions. We made it to pick up Chris, then worked our way home to see how bad it was there. Luckily, nothing was down on the house, but there is a huge mess and lots of limbs down and others stuck up in the tree, waiting for another good wind to send them down. There were about 15 to 20 shingles in our yard from the neighbor's house, though, mixed in with all the little stuff. It's like a carpet of leaves and sticks of all sizes across the back yard.
I made it out to work this morning and waited 1/2 hour in line at a drive through to get breakfast, then, their card reader was down and they gave it to me for free. Getting to work was like driving through a mine field.

Here at work, there was a big tree down across the parking lot and we had to get people to help us drag what we could off.

Now they are saying that it will be a minimum of 2 days without power and up to 7 days. Oh bother! Our task tonight is to grill all the food we can salvage out of the freezers. I bought a seal a meal thing that we can run off the car battery so we can tell what things are and they will condense into coolers easier. The governor asked an ice delivery place to open it's doors and hand out bags of ice. Jori took the kids and got 4 bags and a back up tank of propane for grilling. It will be an interesting night to say the least! So, gotta go. Hopefully there will be electricity at the Y soon so I can take a shower, I can't stand not having a shower!

Hope all others are well!

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LUCKYDUCK2 9/17/2008 12:06AM

    I am so glad that you and your family are safe! Wow on what you are having to deal with and yet you have such a positive outlook and are just forging ahead with plans to make the best of it. Sending a huge hug and prayers that the power is restored soon.
That drive home must have been terrifying to say the least!

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DEEANN8 9/16/2008 5:13PM

    Wow you guys really got hit hard! And... um.... guess you got some swimming in OUTSIDE the pool as well. I just hope the cabins stayed dry enough.

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GCHUNG 9/15/2008 8:29PM

    I'm sorry for your difficulties. I hope you get power back soon.

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Off to the woods!

Friday, September 12, 2008

I am off to a weekend in the woods and am hoping it will be a relaxing time once I get there. It's been a busy and stressful week at work, with lots of crisis people. It hurts my heart what people go through, just trying to survive. Sometimes I wonder if I really am doing anything to help. With all the HIPPA laws and paperwork rules it seems that the people and their needs get lost in the shuffle, which is really frustrating and defeats the purpose. Oh, well, time for a break.

I have been terrible about logging, but I must be doing something right. I'm down to 342.2 this morning. Coming along, slowly, but surely. I thought it would have gone up after this week, but not. That's cool. Maybe it was the 1800 something calories I burned off at the pool on sunday night. 10 laps and then playing with the kids for another hour+ and making Dakota "fly", which is throwing her as far as I can through the air so she can go kerthunk into the water and come bobbing back up, giggling. This time she invented having me throw her over my head, backwards. Probably at least 30 times in all with her weighing 39 lbs. Plus all the lifting her out of the pool so she can jump in.
The child is a fish. I see swim team in her future. All in all it was really fun, but boy do I wish they could do something about my shoulder, because it HURTS. And now it's back to hurting most of the time again until the inflammation goes down.

About the shoulder. I have bursitis, arthritis, stage 4 I think they said. And my sternoclavicular joint is so loose it dislocates. Not supposed to do that, I'm told.

Let's see. Frustrating week with getting or not getting childcare for kids. Jori is staying home with them and not able to go. Also good spark friend was going to go and got dumped on at work, so she can't go either. Pout. But I am still heading up with another friend from church because I need it and because Jori doesn't want to live with me this weekend if I can't get to camp for my respite. Wise woman, there.

Good thing, I got my wheel put back on my bike and was able to get on it and rode around the culdesac a few times. Not so good, I couldn't get off because I couldn't get my leg over the bar ( I had used the curb to get on!) So I ended up sprawled on the garage floor being very thankful it was dark and I don't think any one saw me. Grrr. I used to love to ride, but I sure can't if I am going to have to get off like that every time! LOL

Guess I'd better get going. Just wanted to throw out an update since I have been so negligent about posting.

Oh, funny thing. Miss Dakota and her kitty news. Socks has now had a bath. We found Dakota in her room with the kitten in a towel. "Why is the kitten in a towel, Dakota?" "She is getting dried off after her bath." SOAKED cat, PURRING cat, WEIRD cat. There was also an incident where they apparently needed lotion (really waterproof sunscreen) for their ashy legs. STICKY cat, PURRING cat, WEIRD BEACH SMELLING CAT!!!!!

Off I go. Back on sunday

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GCHUNG 9/13/2008 9:21AM

    Congratulations on you 10 pounds loss - keep it up

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DEEANN8 9/12/2008 2:27PM

    Have fun at camp! emoticon

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Stop my mind, I want to get off!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Lots going on in my head. It gets pretty busy in here! What I need is action, not thinking....

Well, I'm down a little more. 5.8 lbs lost since starting spark. Would have been more if I had only eaten half of my dinner out last night and left over pizza for breakfast yesterday. Duh!!More, really because I was back up 5 lbs over my start weight there for a minute. So really it's 10.8, but that doesn't really count.

I finally used my new Walk Away the Pounds DVD yesterday for the first time. It wasn't very hard at all. I only did the 15 minute easy walk, but still, I did it.

Now here we are to the weekend again. The hard part. What I need to do is get my kitchen organized so I can cook. I cooked on Monday though, and ate too much. I know the problem. Tasting and munching as I go and then by the time it's ready, I have probably already eaten what a portion would be! Grrr. It's so hard. Maybe I should chew gum or something while I'm cooking. Goofy, but it might help.

The other thing is that I look at all these wonderful cookbooks and pour through them thinking lots of things look good and then I can't decide on anything and it's too late to cook! So, I need a plan. I've thought about picking one cookbook and cooking my way through it. Of course, there are the shifts in ingredients though that have to happen, which throws off the nutrients. Like, there are some things, not that many, thank you God, that the kids won't eat, or there will be a lot of grumbling about. Then a lot of them use mushrooms and bell peppers for bulking up a recipe or adding flavor. Jori is allergic to both. If there was a good substitute for both that would work to just change it to all the time, that would be good, but I haven't figured that out yet. I could cook them separately and add them in sometimes at the end, I guess, but then the flavor isn't the same. I need to figure that out. The peppers issue is really tough because she is RRRReeeeally allergic to them. Her hands and lips, etc swell up even brushing up against the plants in the store! I love them though:( I've had tried having them in the freezer diced up a few
times and I end up forgetting about them or are just scared to use them. It's no fun to watch your honey puff up like that, poor girl!

So, I need a plan for this weekend. I need to pick some things and get Dakota to PT and ST, stop at the store, probably, then go home and cook and work on the kitchen.

Enough babbling for now. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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DEEANN8 8/17/2008 5:36AM

    Oh, cookbooks make me hungry! ;-) LOL

One thing that I did for about two or three weeks (then got off track last week) was to make a menu on one day for the whole week. I usually just tried to incorporate no more than one new recipe into the mix -- to keep it simple. I was amazed at how well it worked.

I made of list of main items and side items -- and made Becca and Greg each pick at least one meal - that helped with trying to decide too.

Good luck, I'm just starting to try to get caught up with my emails, etc. from being gone Friday and Saturday.

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CALENSARIEL 8/17/2008 12:17AM

    Yay for the 5.8! emoticon I so get what you mean about needing a plan. I'm not organized in the kitchen at all and I'm convinced it would really help me loose. And be careful of looking through all those cookbooks! I swear I gain 2 or 3 lbs. everytime I do that!!! Hugs, Calen~

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SJ1320 8/16/2008 10:06PM

    Congratulations on your progress! I like to cook too. I like being able to use healthy ingredients and have really delicious meals that don't jeopardize my diet. I make a lot of recipes from the Hungry Girl cookbook and www.hungry-girl.com. You are doing great! It's a journey.

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Reflections on progress

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The end of another day. Whew! I really should get home and get to bed, but first...some time to reflect.

Eating...doing pretty well. The scale is not being as mean as it was there for a while:) I notice a huge difference in my energy when I am eating healthy...my head is clearer too.

Work...doing much better at keeping up on the paperwork and less stressed about that. I have been here for over 10 years. Why did I rebell so long and refuse to go along with the masses and do my notes in session? Yea, I still feel it's rude. But, I'm not panicked all the time about it now.

Home...still a mess. Trying not to worry about it.

Kids... doing ok, Chris starting to process the fact that school will be starting soon and it will be a new chapter for him. Charter school and in Middle School. UGH. Scary. Dakota being her goofy self and coming out with some really profound statements. You've gotta laugh.

Jori...loving school and her clinicals. She is so tired, but loving what she is doing so much. It's great to see her finding her nitch. It's been a long haul. She graduates in March. There will be big changes because her schedule will likely be all over the place and include weekends with being low on the totum pole at the hospital. That will be a big adjustment for all of us.

Dad...seems to be doing better with Lorene there 5 hours/5 days. She is taking them to church, visiting friends and relatives. She is cooking up a storm and dad is eating a lot, which he needs to do. He got really thin and pale there for a while. His new eye doctor figured out why he can't see and is working on that, so now he is getting up more to get things for himself and is not spilling food on his clothes at meals. Poor guy couldn't see the food on his plate!

So, for now, things are better. I am feeling more positive and not so stressed, which is good for all. Ask, they will tell you!

I tend to do well on the eating for a few days, then back track and have to start over again. I am trying not to do that this time. I really want this to work. I did some shopping and got one of those stability---not---balls. I don't think I will be losing weight with it any time soon, just sitting on it is a challenge for now! I found the Walk away the pounds DVDs and havent tried them yet and the resistance bands too. They are all sitting there staring at me. I am so shy about trying them, though. I need to get my bearings before the kids see me exercising or they might just die laughing. We'll see. Maybe soon.

Home to bed now :) Thank you to all who have been there to support me. I feel like I have not been able to do much supporting of others lately, but you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Need to work on that.

Nighty night.

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