September 29, 2003
POWER! Finally.....

Just a quick update, again.....

We have POWER! Woo-hoo. Power flickered on about 8:00 PM on Saturday. After 10 days with no power, it was quite a relief. Our A/C/Heating unit blew out because of the power outage, but other then that we are back to normal. It was so great to watch the BIG TV again. Ah, the little things in life......

So that's all there is to report from here. I'd like to publicly commend my wonderful spouse for handling the emergency and power outage with such strength and patience. There is no way we, as a family, could have made it through those 10 days and still have kept our sanity intact. If it wasn't for John, I would have been locked away at the county asylum (do they have power? Hmmmmm....). I know it seems like I might be making a big deal out of this, I mean after all, we just lost power, it's not like the house was demolished. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am way high maintenance and have little patience. So I guess I should say THANKS for not locking me in the closet! :)

Later-
Brie

Posted by Brie at 12:48 PM
September 26, 2003
Another day......

Well, here it is, Day Nine with NO POWER......Yes, you read right NO POWER. We did get phone back today, but still NO POWER. I spoke with the electrical company, and, according to them, the router is in the river, which is flooded. IF they can reroute our lines, we "might" have power by Sunday. If they can't, we will have to wait until the flood water subsides, which, right now is Monday evening. However, just to add to the variables in this fine mess, it is due to rain this weekend. And when I say rain, for those of you in California, I mean heavy downpour (one local weather guy said possibly torrential....fun!), thunder and lightening. Yippee! This means the river water will rise more, which means it will take even longer for them to subside, and longer before we get power.

Needless to say, this does not make me or anyone else in our neighborhood very happy. BUT, what are you going to do? Just sit back, appreciate the fact that we do have a generator and hope that they are able to reroute the darn system. The boys should hopefully go back to school on Monday, which will alleviate some of the chaos at home during the day. A couple of good things have come out of this:

- We've gotten to know our neighbors a lot better. John and the kids are out a lot during the day playing with the next door neighbors and John has been visiting the older couple across the street.

- The kids are outside A LOT more lately, which is good for them.

- John's become very familiar with how generators operate and what we can and can not have on at one time.

That's really about it. Really. Can't think of anything else good that's come of this. Just chalk it up to life experiences.

-Brie

Posted by Brie at 01:11 PM
September 24, 2003
Quickie update

Just a quickie update.....

Not much to say, except we still have no power and no phone yet. The generator was giving us some grief last night, but John seemed to have repaired it. Hopefully it will continue to run for us while we don't have power. I can't imagine being without power for this long (Day 7 and still counting) without at least having the generator.

Keep your fingers crossed. Hopefully we will have power by the weekend, as this is getting really old really fast.........

-Brie ;p

Posted by Brie at 05:22 PM
September 23, 2003
Day 6 with No Power

Well, just a quick update......

We are still without power which is becoming quite tiring. Everyone is camped out in our bedroom and if you are a light sleeper, that gets a little hard. I woke up a couple of times last night because someone was snoring. Not sure if it was one of the dogs or one of the kids. All total, we have 8 living, breathing entities sleeping in our bedroom (2 dogs, 3 kids, 2 parents, and 1 extremely brave cat). It gets a little stuffy, needless to say, even with the window opened. And god help you if you have to get up in the middle of the night. You are not sure who you are going to step on. Luckily our 2nd cat does not see the thrill of sleeping in a bedroom with 2 dogs, so she stays up in the boys' room.

That's really all there is to tell. We still have no phone service either, and today my cell service decided it wasn't going to work. John went out yesterday and got a Virgin Mobile phone, so at least he could have phone while I was at work. Work is up and running, at least for the moment. We are not even on generator power this morning and phone service has been restored. Woo-hoo! I was getting concerned about the number of employees we would have out of work if we couldn't restore power soon. Most of the employees, like most people, live precariously paycheck to paycheck.

Later.

Posted by Brie at 09:59 AM
September 22, 2003
Everything is getting better....

Just a quickie post to let everyone know we are all doing fine. We lost several trees in our little forest. It's funny that the one thing I enjoy most about our home was the biggest thing I feared during the storm. Luckily the wind was blowing the trees away from our home. Others in the area were not so lucky. A lot of trees on houses and cars and a lot of debris everywhere. If you ever find yourself using the phrase that something looks like "its been hit by a hurricane" (and if you are a parent you've used this phrase to refer to your kid's room!) believe me, it looks unlike any force I've ever seen.

Isabel was just a tropical storm with hurricane winds when it went barreling through, but it still sounded like a train going through the house. Quite intense, but I also know it could have been a lot worse. We are still without power and phone, but were one of the fortunate few who managed to find a generator. Thanks to my mother's persistence and generosity we went out and got enough of a generator to run the water pump, refrigerator and our master bedroom, which is where we've been camping out for 5 days now. Our neighbors have been great, too. Even hooked up the generator for us and provided gas for the first day (we could find a generator, but no gas!).

That's all for now. I will post later if I can. I'm at work today (we are running on generator, too) and John and kids are at home with no phone.

Later-
Brie

Posted by Brie at 09:21 AM
September 12, 2003
My F5

1. Is the name you have now the same name that's on your birth certificate? If not, what's changed? Brie is what is on my birth certificate.

2. If you could change your name (first, middle and/or last), what would it be? Now that I've grown to appreciate its uniqueness, I would not change it. I did go through a stage where I wanted to change my first name to Kristin (which is my middle name) because of elementary schoolyard teasing, but that's since passed. I was glad to take my married name, because before I was known by both my stepfather's last name and my father's last name and often times was hyphenated. My name is even hyphenated on my high school diploma.

3. Why were you named what you were? (Is there a story behind it? Who specifically was responsible for naming you?) Contrary to rumors, I am not named after the cheese. My mother had read the name in a romance novel and decided that it would be a great name. She had a name theme going....Brandi, Brie, Brett, Brian, and, at one point a dog named Bridget.

4. Are there any names you really hate or love? What are they and why? When John and I were naming our children, we'd go through the exhaustive list of names to come to one we both agree on. It was always a challenge. I like to choose names based on meaning. Sebastian means venerable or admired. Keegan means fiery (how appropriate). Madeline's name is a little harder to find the definition for, but I just liked the name!

5. Is the analysis of your name at kabalarians.com accurate? How or how isn't it? Other then the stuff about being artistic (which I am not) and liking the outdoor, I think it's somewhat accurate.

The name of Brie creates an overly-sensitive nature which causes you to sense and feel far more than you can understand or put into words. You have a deep, artistic, and creative side which shows through a love for music and literature. Writing is a more natural mode of expression for your deeper thoughts and feelings than the spoken word. You have an ability to concentrate and work intently on anything which holds your interest. However, you prefer to avoid routine, monotony, and mental tasks. You enjoy the out-of-doors and find your greatest peace and relaxation from the beauty and harmony of nature. You prefer to limit your friendships and associations to those who share your interests and appreciate your quiet, refined ways. Others often find it difficult to understand you. Your feelings tend to build up within you and, if you cannot release them through a creative, constructive channel, you could suffer with frustration, moods, and much inner turmoil.

Posted by Brie at 09:22 AM