Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Scared for Tomorrow (updated with photos)
Monday, the work day is going great (from home)... I leave for work and the Rover won't start. It was grinding the engine each time I tried... yuck... I called Ian. He came home to see what he might be able to do before we called the dealership. He couldn't fix anything, but we now know the engine is bad and they are going to replace it (under warranty thank heavens). So we ran to get a rental car and I ended up being an hour late for work.
Tuesday, the work day is going great (from home)... I start to get ready to leave for work and a microburst storm hits our neighborhood hard! I watched the rain start coming down from the upstairs window... then I am in awe of the rain starting to POUR and then whirl and spin into a cyclone of wind. It was a white wash.... I couldn't see my own roofline for a minute. Then the hail came pounding down. I saw siding flying and branches soaring. During this, the power flickered and finally went out completely.
I had no phone to call Ian or call my boss. I was stranded on an island as the water pooled over the whole street and up to my porch. I wrapped Liam up, rolled my pants up and went wading to the neighbor's house in hopes she had a cell phone. That water was FRIGID! I called Ian and my boss. Ian was already on his way since the babysitter called him after not being able to contact me. I stayed at the neighbor's for a little bit with another neighbor's dog that had gotten loose (like many other dogs in the neighborhood).
I saw Ian drive up so I started walking back and saw that Shannon (the sitter) had made it to our house. She had toured the whole neighborhood and gave us the scoops on everyone else's damage. We had our garage door blown off half way and some fencing missing, but we faired well compared to others. Ian and I went back to work after not being able to get through to the insurance office and accessing the damage (taking photos, etc).
And Today, there was no work day at home. My computer died. The motherboard is fried. So I had to call the sitter and see if she would take a different shift so I could take my workstation into the office and get a temporary one to be somewhat productive today. I got to work before 10am and was off at 2:30 to start my work day at home. Not much got accomplished since I had to reset a lot of applications/connections, etc.
Oh, and not having MY computer means, not being able to share the photos I have taken on the trip and here in our disaster area. I hate waiting...
So tomorrow, what will it be?
Lucky we have a baby boy that keeps us smiling...