Saturday, August 30, 2008
am pretty fuckin' great! Pardon my French! Oh yeah and we are eating oringles sticks and capri suns for dinner.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Logan's 2nd birthday was two days later and all his presents were at home. My dad took me shopping and we got all new presents. (The toys I had for him at home I donated to a fellow Coastie's son. Their family lost everything.) We had a little party for him and then Chad returned, by CHOICE, to New Orleans. Duty called.
From a chopper
This is how high the water got in some spots
People loading up their boat
A boat...in the road
The infamous signs on the doors
This is I-10, the bridge between the North and South shore over Lake Pontchartrain
The Red Cross
New Orleans lighthouse
More pictures to come...
Over 1700 people lost their lives along the Gulf Coast. Today we remember them.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
On the road we were still trying to figure out where we were going. My dad lives near Charlotte, NC and my mom lives outside of St. Louis, MO. Those were the two closest places to go. My dad called us and said that he could accommodate us and the dogs. I don't think my mom could have handled all the chaos, so we decided to go to my dad's. After I got off the phone with him, my uncle Jeff called. He lives in Birmingham, AL. He told us to stop at his house for the night so we weren't driving all day long. We stopped at Burger King for breakfast and then it was off to Birmingham.
We arrived in Birmingham and my aunt and uncle were so glad to see us. They had a pool so my uncle kept the kids busy by taking them swimming. They had so much fun with him. My aunt took me to Kohl's and Wal-Mart to get some clothes and toiletries, because remember I packed light! She bought everything. I started to cry. I couldn't believe how generous she was. She not only bought my kids clothes, pj's and toys, she also bought me clothes and then she handed me a wad of cash. I just hugged her and said thank you. We got back to the house and had pizza for dinner and then put the kids to bed. We sat around and watched FOX News, laughed at Geraldo Rivera and watched as people filed into the Superdome right across from Chad's office. Our phones were ringing like crazy. Everyone was calling. I couldn't believe this was happening!
Everyone finally went to bed. I tried to sleep but I couldn't. I ended up turning the TV back on and watched FOX News as hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I am a little stressed out though. I have to lug three kids and two dogs across the South to North Carolina, all.by.myself! Chad has to stay behind and help all the idiots that decide to stay. I am driving the truck so I can haul all of our junk and the dogs. My dilemma is I can't stop to pee because I would have to take everyone in the potty with me and my crap would get stolen. So I think I am going to steal a urinal from work for the boys and hmmmm maybe an adult diaper!?! (kidding of course) Either that or I just will not eat or drink the entire time. What to do, what to do?
Three years ago today it was Saturday morning and I was watching The Stepford Wives (the true story of Katie Holmes) on HBO. Chad was at work and I was just sitting around in my pj's and the kids were watching cartoons and playing in their room. There was a knock on the door, it was my next door neighbor Carolyn.
C: Are you leaving?
C: Are you leaving? Katrina is coming.
C: The hurricane! You must leave. Call Chad, you can come with us.
FF: OK, um what should I take? How long do you think we will be gone?
C: Think of it as a little vacation. It will probably only be for two days. I will be packing up the camper, come on over when you are all packed.
I still didn't know what the hell was going on. I heard nothing up until this point. I switched over to the news. Katrina was a Cat 3 hurricane and there were not mandatory evacuations yet. I called Chad. He didn't know that people were starting to evacuate. Now he is in the U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans, so if he didn't know what was going on how the hell is everyone else supposed to? He said he would call me back. After a bit he called back and said that it was my call if I wanted to go with the neighbors. If I decided to go he would catch up to me when he got off work. They were not released from work as of yet. I was so confused. Should I wait for Chad or go with my neighbors. I truly didn't know what to do. Within my first week or so of moving here we endured hurricane Cindy. It was the loudest, scariest storm I had ever been in and I didn't want to experience that again. I decided to go with my neighbors but first I needed to put gas in the truck for Chad if he were going to meet up with us later. Holy crap! The line at the gas station was ginormous!! I waited and waited. Did that ever test my driving skills (there were cars everywhere!) and my patience! It was not chaotic, everyone was patient and helping others pull up to the pump. I had to back up through a vehicle maze and there was a nice man that helped me maneuver. I eventually filled up and returned home.
I began packing, lightly I might add. I took a few toiletries, pj's and two change of clothes. I basically packed as if I were going camping for a few days. I packed up Logan, he was only one at the time. Hayden, who was five, packed up his clothes and a few favorite toys for him and his brother. I also grabbed some snacks. But that was it.
I was worried about my dogs, but Chad would be home to get them. So off we went in my neighbors RV to Jackson, MS. Just an hour down the road I started crying, thinking I should have stayed behind and waited for Chad. I talked to him on the phone and he still was not released from work. Oh and by this time, around 12 or 1 I think, they finally ordered a mandatory evacuation.
We arrived at the campground, it took us about 3 hours to get there. There was a swimming pool, so I decided to take the kids swimming rather than sit around and worry. After that I visited with my neighbors, Gene and Carolyn, along with their friends Bob and Roxanne. They fed us and we were just sitting around and chatting. It was now after dinner and Chad called and said he was at home. He gathered his things and the dogs and piled into the truck. He was on his way to meet us. Katrina was now a Cat 4 and bearing down on us.
He finally arrived late at night, it took him forever due to all the traffic. We called our parents and decided to try and get some sleep. My neighbors have a small RV enough for 4 adults. Their friends, Bob and Roxanne, had a huge RV bus. My wonderful neighbors stayed with them so we could all stay in their RV for the night. The dogs stayed in the truck with the windows down. We had the TV set on The Weather Channel all night long. Chad laid with Logan and I laid with Hayden on the two beds and we just fixated on the TV. I don't remember what time it was, but it was very, very early on Sunday morning and she was now a Cat 5! I don't think we slept more than an hour that night. The sun was barely up and there was a knock on the door of the RV. It was Carolyn.
C: We need to go. Did you hear? She's a Cat 5. We can't stay here.
We hurried up and showered, exchanged phone numbers and gave everyone a hug goodbye. I think it was about 6:30 am on Sunday. We just started driving...
Monday, August 25, 2008
Anywho, looks like the next storm is tropical storm Gustav. Who comes up with these names?
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday was Logan's first day of school. And just as I did with Hayden, I took pictures of him getting on the bus and getting off the bus. (I don't know how I could see, I had tears in my eyes!)
I am sure the people driving past my house thought I was an idiot but I don't care. You only have ONE first day of school! Riding the bus was the highlight of his day.
Tuesday I went in his room to wake him up for school:
Me: Logie, it's time for school.
Logan: But I was just there yesterday!
Me: Yes, and you have to go all week.
Apparently he thinks that he is done with the whole kindergarten thing in just one day.
Friday, August 15, 2008
I DVR everything, so I rarely see any commercials. I just happened to see this and I loved it. I must have watched it a dozen times. I told Chad that this was him someday with Bryn. : )
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I finally have my computer back but I lost everything. I had all my pictures burned onto discs (thank God!) and my iTunes backed up but I lost everything else. All "my favorites" I had stored and all of my email contacts. Now I have to wait until I receive an email so I can save it to my address book. I had all my blogs that I read saved on my favorites too. Bummer!
me: "Yeah I decided to get a new phone, so I got a Blackberry. It's pretty cool, I even have internet."
co-worker: "I just got a new phone too. Check out my new iPhone."
me: "Nice! I have Verizon, they don't offer the iPhone." (crap!)
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The fact that it's purple makes it even funnier!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Recently we took a trip to the Myrtles Plantation (If you are not familiar with the Myrtles, you must read about it). This place is steeped with mystery and intrigue. It is truly amazing. It was so quiet and serene. I could have sat on the gallery and rocked Bryn all day long. It is so beautiful and peaceful there.
As I was walking around taking photos, I had an eerie feeling that I was being watched. Maybe it was Chloe.
There are statues all over the grounds. This one in particular was haunting. It was almost like she was following me with her eyes.
One of the owners felt that if she placed cherubs and French crosses around that it would deter evil spirits. The doors are hand painted with French crosses.
This was my favorite picture. I love the iron work on the gallery.
I was drawn to the double dormer in the middle. It was almost as though someone was peeking out of the window at me. The two hundred plus year old oak trees add a bit of creepiness to the photo.
I did take color photos too. But the black and white really add something special. I am planning on returning to take more photos. I love this place. We are actually thinking about staying here for a night. This is my favorite plantation thus far!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Malcolm McDowell as Alex
Oh and I can definitely see how Alex inspired Heath's "Joker"... genius!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
I was not blown away this week. I still can't pick a front runner. I know who I don't like: Stella, Blayne and Suede. Stella, I'm OVA THA LEATHA! Holla at cha boy Blayne because your 15 minutes is up soon! I can't stand the word/name Suede anymore. I think I will use it as a code word for my dog to attack.
What's with Sandra Bernhardt as guest judge? She looks like a man baby! Ewww.
I thought Leanne's was the cutest and most wearable. I loved her skirt! Kenley's was cute, but I wouldn't wear it. I love, love MK's analogies...looks like toilet paper in a wind storm... 80's Joan Collins kinda power bitch dress... Keep 'em coming MK!
I figured Emily was going home when Nina said that she had no comment, but I think that Stella should have gone home (she wasn't even in the bottom). Wasn't the challenge to create something with NY style that you would wear out on the town for the night? Unless the town was Sturgis, that was awful!
Hop on your Harley and ride off into the sunset, PLEASE!