Archive for August, 2007

24 Aug
2007

What a concert!

By Kaycee, 1 Comment »

 Okay.. so Louie and I had plans to actually go out Tuesday night without any of the three kids. I don’t think that has happened since last December!   I bought tickets to a Styx/Foreigner/Def Leppard concert and we were SOOO excited to go.

It was lawn seating, but that is what we’ve always done at this pavilion. We knew scattered “showers” were likely so we brought a tarp to sit on/pull over us in case of rain. Well, we got there at 6:10 and at 6:15 it started to rain lightly. About ten minutes later you heard this LONNNNNNNNNNNG low rumble of thunder and the whole place literally went “ooooooooooooh…” and it was a little tense. Then, boom!, the sky dropped and it was coming down in sheets of water! I don’t think I have ever seen that much rain!!

Louie and I were struggling to hold the tarp down over us (we were sitting in two low beach chairs) because the wind suddenly whipped up and was bringing rain in from all directions. It sounded like a freight train was coming and I immediately had mental images of a tornado coming straight at us.  “Auntie Em!  Auntie Em!!”   Then the hail started. Yes, I said hail. It was coming down so hard that it was bouncing off the ground and hitting us from up under the tarp. I was yelling at Louie to pull the back down and he couldn’t heard me… from a whopping 12 inches away! That is how loud it was.  I have never been through something like that. It lasted about 5 minutes and then it was totally silent. I was hesitant to peek out from under our cover.  Then rain continued for a while, but all the people were now quietly walking around as if in shock.

There was mess everywhere… stuff had washed down the hill.  There was an entire untouched funnel cake laying in ruins next to our blanket.  Lol.. Hmm they must have bought it just before the storm hit and abandoned it while running for cover.  The back of my right shoulder was red from being beaten with hail. It was just ridiculous. They announced over some crummy PA that they would make a decision about the concert soon. Then, the sirens started. It was creepy. I heard at least three different emergency vehicles arrive. Our friends, Ben and Cynthia, were able to find us in the ruins of lawn seating.  They had still been in their vehicle when the hail hit. After about ten more minutes, during which Ben discovered the concession stands were without power, it was announced the concert had been cancelled. It was short and sweet.. basically canceled, will be redone, please leave NOW! People started to mill about, gathering up their stuff, and trying to wring things out since the rain had stopped. The place just emptied in one big mass. Everyone was calm… more like in shock I think, so it wasn’t a stampede or anything.  We passed tents that were in shambles on our way out.  The metal poles were bent and the whole unit was laying about 50 ft down the street from where it had been earlier as we passed through it in a security check.
Came home and found this story on our local news…
http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/1728315/
Hmm at least that explains all the sirens. The whole thing was unreal and eerie. blink.gif
24 Aug
2007

Pardon the Mess

By Louie, No Comments »

Robert kindly pointed out that Internet Explorer can really make a mess with the theme on our site. It only tends to do so in a smaller window, but once I saw it I had to do something!

So… I’m customizing a new theme. As always, if you see something that doesn’t work the way you’d expect or have questions, please tell me. I might not be aware, and you’ll be doing me a favor.

24 Aug
2007

Death of a Friend (Not a Person)

By Louie, No Comments »

Last night, it was determined by the post-mortem investigatory team (me) that this Tuesday, as we sat through a horrible storm at the about-to-be-cancelled Def Leppard/Styx/Foreigner concert, a friend of mine was experiencing injury so grievous it would lead to their death two days later. That friend was my Linksys WRT54G version 2.

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20 Aug
2007

Proud Mama moment

By Kaycee, 1 Comment »

The girls were at a swim lesson the other day.  It was the last of a session so their coach was handing them certificates documenting the goals they had met.  Kaitrinn’s was covered with a list about how she was starting to swim on her own, was now going into the deep end, and could put her face under water (FINALLY!!!).  Shealyn’s was a bit more ‘simple’ to put it tactfully.  It was a list of things like kicking harder and faster, “swimming” at the steps, and having fun.  Well Shealyn was beaming ear to ear and she proudly ran off with her certificate in hand.  Kaitrinn watched her leave, turned to the coach, and stated, “My goals may be harder and there are more of them, but that doesn’t mean they are any better than hers.”  Damn right kid!  I just blinked and asked the coach for confirmation of what I thought I had heard.  Lol… Looks like we’ve taught her well.

19 Aug
2007

Thank You, Jonathan.

By Louie, 2 Comments »

A while back our friend Jonathan, from England, sent us a care package with some extra special goodies in it. Two of them were specifically marked for me. I don’t say that because they had my name on them or were marked in any way. I could tell because of what they were, and the fact that no one in their right mind would want them.

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10 Aug
2007

Finally… excited over a little wipe

By Kaycee, No Comments »

Okay, so it’s a sad day when one gets this excited over a little medical wipe.  Lol!  Shealyn had skin reactions to 4 (count ’em- 1, 2, 3, 4) previous adhesive removers.  We change her pump infusion site every two days and there is always a circle an inch wide of residual adhesive left on her hip/bottom.  I’ve tried other home remedies such as baby oil suggested by other parents of T1 children.

The only thing we’ve found to work was something called TacAway that they had sent us home with 3 samples when she first started her pump in April.  Since then, I had a heck of a time finding it in stock anywhere and had tried other types.  Welcome EdgePark Supply!!  The lady laughed when I celebrated the fact that they 1) had it in stock and 2) would ship to an individual.  I will be simply wiping away about 20 circles on our girl’s bottom as soon as she finishes breakfast.  Ahh .. the ‘little’ things in life.  Lol

10 Aug
2007

Get the sheets out…

By Kaycee, No Comments »

This is quoted from our local weather website…. “At the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the thermometer read 104 and the index was calculated at 112.”  And today is supposed to be the fourth day of it!  At 7:30 in the morning, it’s already 80 degrees.  We’re heading to a pool playdate at a friend’s house early this morning so we can head for cover in her nice a/c- cooled house for a break and lunch.  There will be no typical poolside picnic today!

I remember not having a/c when I was little.  My parents would hang sheets up over the windows on days like this and the temp would drop like 10 degrees immediately.  Lol…sheets and a fan could do wonders.

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