Archive for the ‘Status Update’ Category

A More Serious Status Update

April 25, 2019

We’re actually doing okay here as we continue to wrap up second grade.  It’s been a rough year, and I am desperately looking forward to having a vacation when this is all over, but we are actually doing okay.

Sometimes I just have to take a break and remind myself of that.


Okay, Strike’s Over.

September 24, 2018

Time to get back on my head.

And Now You Know

September 12, 2018

So if you’re wondering why I shifted my house around last week, it’s because sometime back in the Jurassic Period a pipe burst inside my kitchen’s wall doing a truly staggering amount of damage to said kitchen.

Fast forward millions and millions of years later, and the insurance company finally stopped dragging their feet and cut us the check they owed us so we could start repairs/necessary remodeling.  I was doing some preliminary rearranging before work started when I dropped those shelves on my foot, in fact, but things didn’t get really serious until last week because that’s when they started working on the floors and that required a lot of shifting.  Not only did I need to have significant garage space clear for their materials, since they have to do so much work in the kitchen (including the floor) anyway, we’re having the floors redone (on our dime) throughout a large chunk of the rest of the house while they’re at it.  I’m trying to view all this as an opportunity to really look at my belongings and determine what is and is not still worth keeping since I’m moving so many of them around anyway, and while it is an opportunity, it’s an opportunity I could have happily had another time (or never, truth be told).

It is what it is, though.

Post-Irma Status

September 11, 2017

We’re fine.  We were extremely fortunate (to the level that we were one of the rare areas in the entire county/area of the state that didn’t lose power), and we’re fine.

Many people aren’t fine this morning though, so keep them in your thoughts, and I’ll talk to you more tomorrow.

Pre-Irma Status

September 8, 2017

First off, to answer the question of “Why didn’t you evacuate?”, the short answer to that is “Because that wasn’t an option.”  Fuel shortages and traffic jams were happening here before I could have even loaded my son in the car, and even that would have involved leaving his mother and Lala behind (And if I have to explain how I feel about that option, you have truly have no idea who I am.), with the most likely scenario being running out of gas with no guarantee of shelter other than the car when the storm reached us.  The better call was to stay put.

So how are we situated for staying put then?  Well . . .

Supplies:  Should be adequate for anything less than “zombie apocalypse” level of crisis.

Fortification:  While the exact wind speed we may experience remains uncertain, the wind direction is more easily predictable.  It’ll be focusing primarily on the corners of the house that not so coincidentally are also the ones best suited to withstand the wind.  Irma should be a category 4 when she hits Florida, and this house withstood category 5 Andrew, so confidence here is high.

Potential Flood Conditions:  We’re inland enough that storm surge shouldn’t be an issue, and the state in its wisdom assures me that I do not live in a zone prone to flooding which is why they don’t require me to have flood insurance.  (But I do anyway.)

Potential Complications:  Loss of power is likely, and cell phone service may be affected as well.  This area is very good about restoring services as quickly as possible, but a window of communication blackout is a virtual guarantee, so if I don’t post on Monday, rest assured I’ll post something as soon as I can get some sort of signal.

Like I told my son, while we may be looking at some scary moments, our biggest foe is likely to be boredom as we ride this out.  In the event that something more dire than that occurs, to put it in terms I knew he’d understand, I’ll be tanking (i.e., taking point for those not gamers), his mother will be on shields and heals, Lala is backup tank/healer as needed, and he’s to stay in the back on DPS (i.e., “Damage Per Second,” otherwise known as the role of staying out of danger).

Wish us luck, and I’ll see you on the other side.

Hurricane Irma FAQ’s I’ve Fielded So Far

September 6, 2017

Do you know there is a hurricane?


Are you scared?

A little bit, yes, but right now mostly I’m annoyed.  It’s a Florida thing.

Are you guys going to be okay?

That’s the plan.

Are you going to evacuate?

Not at this time, but that plan is subject to change in an instant.

But what about-?

Okay, stop.  I feel your concern and I appreciate it.  Thank you, and I mean that sincerely, you want us all safe and so do I, and to do that I need to stop fielding your concerns right now so I can focus on what needs to be done over the next couple of days.  I hope you can understand that.

I will keep everybody posted as best I can, and will certainly give a detailed status update on Friday before things get serious, but that’s a social “circle of need,” and right now there’s a category 5 “circle of need” heading my way that needs to be my priority right now.  Again, I hope I can count on your understanding right now, because that’s my immediate need from you at the moment, that and wishes for good luck.

So wish us luck, and I’ll talk to you later.

I Said I Was Fine

September 5, 2017

For anyone who found it oddly specific when I said yesterday that I fell “three hours” before getting near a ladder, there’s a simple explanation for that:

Three hours later I was up on the ladder.

And Thus The Day’s Lesson In Irony Was Complete (I’m Fine, By The Way)

September 4, 2017

I had some household projects to do this weekend, and one of them involved me going up on a ladder to clear some gutters.  Now normally I wouldn’t do this without someone to hold the ladder for me, but with no one available, I decided to just do the best I could without help.  Not relishing the idea of a fall, I vowed to be particularly careful, then promptly fell . . . three hours before getting anywhere near a ladder.

We Both Kept Going Though Because Otherwise The Wasps Would Win

August 30, 2017

I’m happy to say that by this morning the pain that was yesterday for me had mostly subsided like a wasp sting on the following day.

(I’m not just picking that metaphor out of the air by the way.  Yesterday a friend of mine had their plans disrupted by an unexpected and surprisingly painful wasp sting, and I was struck by how perfectly that described my day too.)

Possibly Quite Profoundly

August 29, 2017

There’s more to yesterday’s story, of course, but today isn’t the right day for me to tell it.  Today is the day for people to stop thanking me in advance for my “understanding.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go disappoint some people.