Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Not Me Monday

It was not me that spent hours combing out my dog's hair the night before she went to the vet to avoid him seeing her with muddy tangles.

It was not me that restocked the fridge just to eat out every night for the whole next week.

It was certainly not me that told my husband he could play Xbox360 last night so that I could watch Desperate Housewives undisturbed. However, had I done that, you would think I would have remembered that the Oscars were on, instead of subjecting myself to machine guns for no reason!

It was not me that was nearly late for bible study today because of insisting on stopping by the coffee shop, even though the car also had to be refueled to the point of the little red light being on.

I did not leave my book and bible on the coffee table this morning when I left.

I did not skip an entire week of blogging.

I'm not currently postponing studying for a mid-term in order to post this. I'm a very responsible student.

I do not have a messy, messy house right now. Not me.

I am not going to bed before 10:30 10:00 tonight.

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Not Me Monday!

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

After Shaila told me about this today, I had to check it out for myself, and here I am joining in now. Enjoy. :-)

It was not me that ate cold pizza for two meals today. Nope.

It was not me that called for my dog instead of reaching for a paper towel when a bit of marinara sauce was dropped on my kitchen floor tonight. That must have been my husband.

This is not the current state of my refrigerator. That is someone else's. I just stole the picture off Google Images. My fridge would have more than sugar, water, beer, caramel, and honey mustard in it.

It also wasn't me that almost skipped a shower today because my husband forgot to flip the breaker to the water heater back on. I would never think of doing such! Neither did I rub it in when I told him that I figured out which one it was and turned it back on all by myself. I don't do stuff like that.

It wasn't me that chose to wear sweats today because of recent laziness in the laundry department. I also wouldn't happen to be the one that is in charge of said laundry. Our maid took the week off.

And, I did not agree to do a running clinic with Ashley, Amy, and the other girls from church today. Why would I do that? (That would be cause to worry about my sanity.) And as for my husband, he did NOT laugh when I told him about it. :-)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

New Toys!

Of course, pretty much everyone knows by now that I got a new computer.
I finally broke down and got a laptop - a MacBook Pro that I am in love with. Truly.
I'm really excited to not be confined to the desk now when I'm working. It's lovely.

Right now, I'm in the livng room, sitting on the couch, listening to Steven play his xbox on his new toy.Yeah, he got a new toy too.

After church today, everyone wanted to go eat at Shorty Small's, and Steven decided to run into Circuit City since we were the first ones there. I didn't think they'd have any good sales, so it wouldn't be a problem, right? Um, no. He found a tv. He wanted the tv. He bought the tv. I really should learn to use the "no" word a little better after he comes home from storm. I let my emotions get the best of me. I think he knows that too. :-)

Ok, maybe it isn't so bad. I did talk him down to a 42" instead of the 50"! I'm glad I did too. The 50" would have been massive in our small living room. I would post a picture of the actual tv we bought, but there's no point. It looks exactly like the last one we bought for our bedroom. It was a good deal though. We bought this one for almost $200 less than the first one, and we bought the first one on sale at Sears for about $200 off the original price. So, that's about $400 off the original price for this one!

Sad news...

I have been putting this post off for a few days.

Last Wednesday, Dad and Mom came out to our house to feed the outside dogs for us and found our poor Biscuit had died. :-( We don't know what happened. Also, Poncho is missing. We are hoping he returns, but his food hasn't been touched in days. However, when we got home this afternoon, Steven noticed a dog had "visited" the tires on the Trailblazer. We're hoping that's a good sign, and not just some random dog that wandered up into our yard.

In the meantime, we are down to just Roush and the girls. It's pretty weird driving up to the house and not hearing Biskie's big hound-dog bark/howl greeting us. I'm also gonna miss staring out the window, watching Poncho go back and forth across the yard - nose down, tail up- with his best attempts to catch a rabbit.

"Let there be light..."

We have electricity!!!!! Woohoo!!!

My neighbor called me Friday night just before we met my parents for dinner to say that they would be turning on the power within a few minutes. Oh was I happy!

We didn't get to go home that night though. Saturday we came out to our house, turned the water back on, murdered a few snakes Steven removed from the water meter hole, turned the heat on, and dropped off our kitty. I admit it. I shed a few tears. I was SO ready to be back in my own home! In all, the power was out here over 18 days. I went around the house flipping every switch on and off, on and off. :-)

Today after church we moved the rest of our stuff back in and brought the dogs too. Woohoo! I'm home! Oh, and Steven's home too! His crew has been assigned to a 34 mile stretch between Greenway and Maurmaduke, so he'll be working 7 days/week, but he'll also be home most of those nights. That's a nice change for a bit.

Marriage does funny things to you

Me, the hopeless romantic who threw a year-long hissy fit after one bad Valentine's Day (It's true, I'm ashamed to say.), called off Valentine's Day this year. Steven had been working out of town for so long, we had no idea if he was even going to be home until the Thursday before, and I spent an hour wandering around Wal-Mart with no idea what to get him. I also knew that because of his work schedule he had zero time to buy me a gift, and I'm not big on buying my own gifts.

So, for our 2009 Valentine's Day....

We exchanged cards, drove to Batesville to pick up the Trailblazer from his boss' house, ate dinner at ol' faithful (Salsa's Grill, of course!) and went back to the house to watch an episode of CSI. We lead such exciting lives. :-)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

8 Days and Counting!

There are perks to being the wife of a lineman, but apparently getting your electricity turned on quickly isn't one of them! It has now been 192 hours (8 days), 30 minutes since my electricity went out.

Yesterday I went out to my house and brought back Roushie. He's adjusted pretty well to Mom & Dad's house. Thankfully, he and Jill have stayed away from one another. She's being rather tolerant.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Winter Blast '09

First, I'd like to say, "Thank you!" to Danna over at Ramsey Five. Her post about the past week made me feel better a lot about being a total emotional mess through all of this. I'd rather not count the number of times I have cried in the past week, nor do I wish to think about how many more times there will probably be tears before it is all said and done. Not that the whole week was awful, because some parts were honestly fun, but it sure isn't a week I wish to repeat.

It started on Sunday. Sunday night, Steven headed back to work as usual. They have been working in Floral, Arkansas and staying in Batesville lately, so he has been leaving a little later on Sundays. It wasn't a good leaving though. I was moody and sad about it, which caught me off guard actually because I've gotten to the point where his leaving is normal and doesn't usually bother me too much.

On Monday, Steven called and said they (his crew) were being sent to Mountain View because of the ice storm coming in. I didn't think too much about it because they always get everything worse up in the hills. I don't think anyone knew what we were really in for. That morning I went to class, church, and to pick up a few things at Sam's and Wal-Mart. (Things that went bad in the fridge and are now in the trash can out by my road. Urg.) As I was leaving Sam's it started to rain a bit, and I noticed it was sticking to my windshield, but it wasn't much at all. I went home, and I went about my normal Monday stuff - homework while watching The Bachelor and True Beauty. Important stuff, huh?

On Tuesday, I woke up to this...

These pictures were taken about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. I didn't go to my classes that day because after nearly busting my rear end on my driveway and in my yard trying to take the pictures, I figured the roads in my area were about the same - ice covered. I hung out in my pjs watching Good Morning America and reading. I knew it was getting bad outside, but I was in denial. I talked to my mom, assured her I was fine, and went on enjoying my day alone. My lights flickered here and there, but they stayed on all morning. About 1:30 I was dozing off while I waited on General Hospital to come on when the lights blinked...then blinked again...and again...and finally came back on. I fell asleep but vaguely remember the lights going out for good a little before 2, and I thought, 'Dang! I'm gonna miss General Hospital!' That's sad, isn't it? Anyway, I woke up about 3:00 and the lights were still off. About 4:15 my Dad called and talked me into coming to their house. I was still in denial and figured my electricity would be back on by the next morning. I grabbed my camera as I headed out the door, and this is what it looked like at my house, about 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

When I got to my parents' house, my sister and brother-in-law were already there because they had no power either.

About 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday, I was awakened by the electricity going off and on. It finally went out for good about 2. I rolled over and went back to sleep. At 6, I woke up cold. I stayed inside all day with Mom that day. We played cards, and she made us mac-n-cheese and hot chocolate on the grill.

I'm not too sure of anything after that. The days and nights all run together in my mind. I remember going back out to my house for the first time and seeing all the power poles and lines on the ground. I'm a lineman's wife, and I knew it would be a while before the work around our house was finished. I had to hold back the tears when I saw what was left of the pretty trees in my front yard. I actually ran in the house to check on my cat while my parents tended to the dogs so that they wouldn't see me crying. When I saw the poles on the ground I just groaned and sighed, I'm not really sure why the damaged trees made me cry. I'm weird.

Here are some pictures I took on Thursday, and I only know the day because of the file information from my camera.

That afternoon, Steven called and mentioned needing some more clothes because he was going to be in Mountain View for a while (they are estimating a month). I jumped at the chance to get out of my parents dark house that was very cramped with 5 people, 4 dogs, and a cat. Did I mention I'm used to living alone with my dogs and cat? That many people in a dark house was a bit much for me. I was getting cranky, and I knew it.

Friday morning I gathered up some clothes for me and headed to our house to get stuff for Steven. I packed up clothes, fed the animals, and loaded the car. Then the car wouldn't start. I called my mom to come help me, figuring it was the battery. Then I sat in the car and cried. It was getting late, I didn't know where I was going, my car wouldn't start, and it was warmer in my car than in the house. I ended up just trading cars with Mom, so her and Dad could have the battery changed on mine.

I did finally make it to Mountain View, about 4:30 that afternoon. The drive up there was nice. I didn't get lost at all!! (That's a big deal for me.) The alone time did me some good. I was in a much better mood when I got there. I didn't get to see Steven a lot. He works until 5:45ish, eats dinners, goes to bed about 8:30, and is up at 5:15 the next morning to do it all over again. I felt like I had important stuff to do (work & homework) and needed to come home on Saturday, but I just couldn't convince myself to do it. I stayed another night, and it was all I could do to force myself to come home today.

I came home today and found out it wasn't the battery on my car. We took it to the shop and will hopefully get more information tomorrow. Our other vehicle is parked at Steven's boss' house in Batesville. I'm not sure when I'll have electricity back at my house, but I don't expect it to be soon. As of now, I'm at about 5 days and 6 hours without power there. I'm a lineman's wife, and I'll probably be one of the last in the county to get electricity back. I'm living with my parents. My husband is out of town indefintely. This has not been a fun adventure for me.

I say all of this not to whine, but to let everyone know that if I'm grumpy, it's not you. I'm just stressed out and cranky. Please forgive me.

Tomorrow I am planning to go volunteer at Craighead Electric. The least I can do is go feed someone's husband and hope that someone else is doing the same for mine. I'm hoping this will give me something to do this week to keep my mind off all the other stuff.