Sunday, August 31, 2008

One day away

Mom and I are at my apt. in MS. She lives in AL but decided to come here Fri. because we weren't sure where Gustav was going to make landfall. Late last night, she decided we were going to stay here. I told her it's up to her. We'll see if we made a smart decision. The Weather Channel said Gustav should make landfall as a Category 3 or strong 4 and we should have a storm surge or 9 feet. My bf should be heading this way late this evening. No matter what happens, we'll be together. Even though I was in Pike County during Katrina, I think it passed over us as a 2 or 3 and I handled the rain and wind ok...I'm praying very hard for strength and courage. A few of my neighbors are also staying so that is helping to put me at ease. We're going to go back to the store in a while to stock up on more provisions. With a third person coming we're going to need some more food. Right now I'm feeling bad for my bf who suffers from Anxiety and Panic disorder. His brother is doing NOTHING to help him get ready. They live in Hancock County and their house flooded to the roof in Katrina. Granted Gustav is not a Katrina, there will be flooding (Gustav is coming in when the tide is coming in...figures). My poor bf is having SO many panic attacks I don't know how he's making it. I wish I could be there to help him, but I have to stay here with my mom. She also lived in Hancock County and lost her home and all her possessions. She still has post tramatic stress from it all. I'm really proud she hasn't broken down in tears yet :) I've gotten my apt. video taped and photographed, I need to bring in my plants, tape my windows, and rearrange a few little things and we should be ready. Wish us luck, but more than luck, say a big prayer for all of us!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Fuming over Katrina repairs

My hometown is still under major renovations after Katrina. Right now, the city is in phase one, which means all sewers are being replaced south of the tracks. Now granted this needed to be done even before the storm and since pretty much everything still hasn't been built back, this is the perfect time. BUT. In order to do the maintence, several properties has to be dug up. I understand this necessessity...HOWEVER...I'm wondering how the city expects it's residents to pay for the added damages. For example, where my mom's home used to be all that's left is an empty lot and a foundation. In the past 2 years, not only has our neighbors decided to use our lot a "shortcut" to the next street over, but so has the city. Now we have even more work to do to restore our former yard. And on top of that, they city decided it that in order to replace the sewer pipes (we did not have a ditch in our yard prior to this) they needed to dig up our front yard to where our portch used to be...which includes the driveway. I'm just wondering who's going to pay for this and why couldn't the city redo the sewer line in our yard the way it was BECAUSE there was never a problem with drainage before...and after the storm. Granted we're not building on the lot right now, but still it's the principal of the thing. To top it off, my mom gets a certifed letter in the mail today stating she needs to clean up the property because it's basically an eyesore. Isn't that ironic? Just so you know, we're in the process of getting everything sorted out so I doubt a big deal will come of this, but I'm still pissed off all the same. What do you think of all of this?

Friday, August 8, 2008

The joys of a potted garden...during a storm.

Well, last night was one of those nights where you know the following day is gonna suck. A fast moving storm came in with supposed 30mph winds. As you may or may not know, I have a bunch of plants in front of my apt. LoL That's how the pizza delivery guy knows which apt is mine ;) Yeah well anyways, the wind knocked over 5 of my plants and guess who had to go into the very bad weather to 1.) pick up said plants, 2,) bring them inside while wearing her fuzzy pink robe cause she didn't have anything else to help stay dry, and 3.) scoop up all the soil from said plants. Yep, you got I love my plants; they're like my babies and they give me something to do after work. It just sucks that I had to get up at 5:30 this morning and clean my work clothes. Work had better be great today because I need a break. When I get home I have to finish up. At least they will have fresh soil. My motto, look for something good in something bad or you'll end up even more pissed off ;)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Back to work...sigh

Today was our second day back to work. I'm hopeful. Our theme for this year is "It's a brand new day". Well, it's defiently safe to say there are many "new" things at our school. Lots of new teachers, new paint on the walls, and new ideas on how to get things done this year. The only "old" thing seems to be our (my friend and I) tenure. lol We're 3rd years now!

The new group of teachers seems like a nice lot. It's at least a good mix of ages. In a way, I feel like this group is a little more lost than the new group last year, but I'm sure they'll get comfortable soon enough. I just hope they are ready for what's coming. I love our students, don't get my wrong, but they can sure test your determination to be a public school teacher. I've often toyed with the idea of going into the classromm, but then I think on it some more and one important fact remains...I can't kick students out of the library for wrong doings. So yeah, I love being a librarian. Our principal isn't new to the district, being an assistant prin. at our school before. I think she will make a great principal because of her straight-forward attitude and desire to keep things running smooth and our building looking nice. The only that bother me today was her saying to put off professional dev and sick days until after Christmas. I'm hoping she jests. I'm also hoping that because I'm in the library she will not deny any leave for me. My prof dev is my salvation during the long drags inbetween holidays :D

I guess this is enough. If you're the praying type, slip one in for me and my co-workers. Let us have a good, safe, fun year!

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