Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Rollin' on a River

Rollin' ... Rollin' ... Rollin' ... Rollin' on a river ...

Did you know that song was written about the Blanchard River?

People we tell that to don't usually believe us. We usually laugh about it. We don't see the Blanchard as well ... that ... majestic ...

However, today - I'd believe it. It's raining again. The Blanchard has yet to crest. It's still rising. We're above 17 feet. They're thinking it'll crest sometime this morning around 18.5 feet.

This is crazy.



Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Water Water Everywhere

This morning was the scariest drive I've ever made ... going anywhere. Our street was flooded all the way down. Normally it floods about 2-3 inches deep in parts where it's lower. This morning, that was the shallow water. And there wasn't much of it. Most of the water was WAY deeper than I expected and there were no breaks. I was seriously freaked out.

Hancock county is under a Level 3 Emergency. That means that all non-essential emergency vehicles can be ticketed for being on the roads. We have been under this for some time. Earlier today it pertained to all streets south of the intersection of SR15 and CR313 (Lima Ave.). That basically knocks out the southern bit of town and some small stuff between here and Ada (which is in a different county). We live south of there. Actually, we live at the intersection of 15 and 313. So I was at work when I discovered this. I still managed to get home. Logan Ave. was drier than this morning. I could see our street this afternoon.

Hancock county's emergency now extends to everything south of CR99. For those of you who don't live in or know Findlay very well ... that covers ... umm ...


Seriously. That's the last exit you can get off at and still be in Findlay heading north on 75. (Which, coincidentally just reopened about 5 hours ago. It too was flooded.)

So yeah. We're dry. We know friends who aren't. We know friends who weren't but are now. We know friends who weren't but do live on the flood plain.

The Blanchard River has yet to crest. It's expected to do so in the next hour or so. As it stands, it's at about 15 feet. They're expecting the crest to be around 17 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet.

There's water in Findlay. More than any of us need ...

This time ...

... three years ago, today, I was eating breakfast. yeah ... I know ... that doesn't seem like such a big deal ... I eat breakfast most days. However, this day three years ago breakfast was different. I stood in the kitchen at my mom's house with my mom, Deidra, Caryn, Amy, Laurie, Mandy, and Crystal ... rarely in my life have there been that many people in my mom's house at once, never have there been so many girls. So here's what was different ... this time, three years ago, I was eating my last breakfast as a Daniels woman ... for in just 7 short hours, Daniels wouldn't be my name anymore. I know it wasn't all that long ago ... but I still remember it like it was yesterday. (I hope in 50 years that it's still this clear.)

Happy Anniversary, my love! Here's to the first 3 and the next (at least) 50 to come!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Shark Attack

Below is a quote from the ever-so-eloquent Gilbert Arenas. I just had to share. I do hope that you giggle as much as I did as I sat and pondered his deep thoughts on life and shark attacks ...

"There are these things called shark attacks, but there is no such thing as a shark attack. I have never seen a real shark attack. I know you’re making a weird face as you’re reading this. OK people, a shark attack is not what we see on TV and what people portray it as.

We’re humans. We live on land.

Sharks live in water.

So if you’re swimming in the water and a shark bites you, that’s called trespassing. That is called trespassing. That is not a shark attack. A shark attack is if you’re chilling at home, sitting on your couch, and a shark comes in and bites you; now that’s a shark attack. Now, if you’re chilling in the water, that is called invasion of space. So I have never heard of a shark attack.

When I see on the news where it’s like, “There have been 10 shark attacks,” I’m like, “Hey, for real?! They’re just running around? Sharks are walking now, huh! We live on the land, we don’t live underwater.”

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Sewing World

Okay. Sewing needed to complete the present for this weekend finished. Sewing needed for the fraternity this weekend ... well ... we'll not focus on that yet. Sewing project for mom ... well ... we'll not focus on that yet either. I do however have that laid out and ready to roll once the STE stuff is finished. I also have something for Andrea to do ... I wanted to take that over when I ran over this afternoon. That may still happen. (But I wouldn't suggest holding your breath on that one.) I also need to hem 2 of my own pairs of pants. Those are getting higher on the list now because I'll need one of those to wear to work Monday.

I need to lay out all of the clothing needed for this weekend. I'm pretty sure that means that I'll need to do a small load of laundry (and consequently ironing) tonight. And then I'll need to do laundry again on Sunday night when we get home ... because I have to be at work on Monday morning! :)

I am looking forward to going down to Cincy this weekend. I need the time away, but I think I'll end up working most of it. I hope that my weekend "hotel hosts" (you know - the people who's house you sleep at but aren't necessary around all the time) don't mind too much. Maybe I'll take my sewing machine down and work on my pants there. That's not a bad idea if I do say so myself ... I'll just have to be focused on making sure it gets done.

Okay. Lunch break. Then STE work. That has the closest deadline right now.