Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Water, water, and more water...

Never seen anything like it, supposedly it hasn't been this bad in RI in possibly as far back as 500 years!!! Unfortunately my town was hit just about the hardest, and we already had a disturbingly low unemployment and poverty level (as does most of RI these days).

This is the CVS as the end of my road, thankfully we live at the top of a hill and we didn't have any significant water issues. It's kind of ridiculous, you didn't have to live anywhere near a pond, stream, or river, apparently when you get 30 inches of rainfall in the first 3 months of the year, 13 of which come in less than a two week span, ground water can just flood your basement. It actually pops holes right in the foundation, whether your basement is finished or not. I know SO many people whose basements are ruined by FEET of water who live nowhere near anything remotely like this picture (this is actually about a quarter mile itself from the Pawtuxet River which crested at I believe 22 feet above flood stage).

And the kicker. This is the mall that's about 3 minutes from my house. This is absolutely ridiculous. No one's ever seen anything like it around here. So many businesses lost and people out of work. There are about 15 buildings in the vicinity as well that were flooded out (including our future pediatricians office, yikes!!!!).

Thankfully the waters have receded but the damage was done. It'll take a long time for the area to be the way it was again, there are so many condemned houses in our area due to the sewage that spilled over, the businesses may not all come back, who knows, there are roads STILL closed, bridges out, and so many people who have water damage aren't covered by insurance. FEMA only goes so far (if at all actually).

Thankfully no injuries or deaths reported, so in some ways we can count ourselves lucky.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Did It Again

So yes, I did it again, apparently all I am good for in the blog world is an enticing teaser and then a long absence :) I promise to try to stay a little longer this time. Especially since I have some exciting news (which contributed to my absence this time!).

This is baby Grace, and yes I am lucky enough to be her future mommy. She's wicked awesome (see how she's already giving the peace sign? I'm in love). I'm 25 weeks tomorrow!! And its been the most fantastic time of my life, even despite a little nauseau and 2 terrible colds. Due May 30th and wishing it would slow down in coming just a little so I can enjoy this ride as long as possible. We have been so busy getting everything ready, my husband closed on a house just before Christmas and started working on it January 2nd, so far so good! Hopefully we'll have it sold before she's born!!!
And we've worked out that he's going to try staying home with her for the first couple of years full time if it works out financially, so I've been getting him all kinds of information on being a stay-at-home-dad, he is thrilled and I really hope we can swing it (and that I don't have a fit of jealousy and quit my job when I have to go back to work!). Good news is if the house sells well we just might both be able to stay home with her together for the entire summer, I'm crossing fingers and toes for that. Kinda scary having so much up in the air right now so I just try to focus on her little kicks and not get overwhelmed, yikes!
So sorry for the long delay and I promise promise to keep you posted! Haha, pun intended :)