Sunday, August 28, 2011

Crazy Week

The earthquake was followed by a hurricane. How weird is that? But, thank God, the hurricane did no damage for us. I truly believe it's a miracle how much area was covered by both, and yet in most ways how little damage was done or lives lost.

I don't think the preparation I did was a waste of time, I take it as a trial run, and I learned a few things. First is that it doesn't have to be expensive. I made use of things we already had - like 10 gallon buckets to put water in if we needed it to flush the toilets. I used an empty milk jug to fill with water and freeze to put in an ice chest, and filled some baggies with ice from the freezer - might as well put the ice maker to good use - and then filled other baggies partly full of water and froze them to use in smaller ice chests. We've got 4 good flashlights and a bunch of candles. I even finally bought fuel for the coleman camping stove we bought back when I was hoping Y2K would happen!

But it's nice to know that our house and neighborhood have done so well during all of the weather events of the past couple of years. Although I have to remember not to get into a false sense of security the next time a big storm rolls around.

In Noah news. He's never phased by any of it, and I hope it stays that way. He's an army/navy dude and hopefully will always be able to sleep through anything.

He's also getting closer to walking. He finally thinks it's a blast to hold our hands and walk around the house, or tonight it was the mall. It's so cute! He still shakes his head "no" at strangers who talk to him. What's funny to me is that they all shake their head "no" right back at him and say "no?" But, he says "uh-huh" all the time, and sometimes even means it - like when you ask if he's ready for lunch! And even though he can't talk yet - he sure can argue with me.

Life is good and I'm so grateful for all of it.

My grandmother passed this week. She was 92. I'll never know a more content, serene, giving person. I truly know she's finally in heaven, and that makes me happy for her instead of being sad.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

First Earthquake

That was certainly a big surprise!! Even that may be an understatement. I've been through tornadoes and hail storms and blizzards, those don't scare me. The earthquake today, scared me.
At 2 p.m. Noah and I were hanging out watching videos online when it started. We live fairly close to Quantico and the house frequently shakes when they're setting off large ordinances. At first that's what I thought it was. Then there was this really strange sound, so I got up and carried Noah and sorta looked out the back patio, then it dawned on me OMG this is an actual earthquake.

By then I was trying to figure out what I'm supposed to do, and while thinking about that realizing it's getting stronger and I have no idea if it's going to stop or get much worse. So we stood in the doorway and it finally all stopped shaking. I didn't stop shaking for about another five or ten minutes. Noah didn't seem to notice anything out of the ordinary. And it didn't bother Ramen dog much either, which is weird because he hates thunder and loud noises. I think it might have scared the cat.

Nerdstar wasn't at her normal work location today, she was a little closer to home doing stuff for her pending transfer to a new work location. Her stuff started at noon and wasn't expected to last too long, so she was going to get to come home early. So, after it happened I didn't know when she'd start heading home, and there was no cell phone coverage.

Of course, this being DC, everyone started their drive home early today and the traffic reports were terrible. Ugh. No, it couldn't possibly end up being as bad as when the snow hit last year, but it was still an unknown. She got home about 4:30 - one of the good surprises today.

We haven't felt the aftershocks, well, Nerdstar might have felt one, but it was only a few seconds. No damage, no injuries. Just some frayed nerves.

Now we're just waiting to see if we're gonna get hit by Irene this weekend.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Time Keeps on Slippin'

It surely does. The days mostly repeat themselves. That's not a bad thing.

Last weekend we headed down to Charlottesville to have a friend take some photos of Noah. We couldn't believe how well he did. Normally if you set him down anywhere, he takes off crawling as fast as he can. This time, he sat there with his books and had his picture taken. It was a hot and humid afternoon and we took pictures at three different locations and he was such a trooper. He's not great at smiling or laughing on command, but he did what we asked him to for the most part. Can't wait to see all the finished photos!

We were also lucky to hang out with RR and her two Moms. She's just so adorable!

The only down thing lately is that Noah has apparently decided that long car rides aren't any fun. That, or having Nerdstar in the car with us isn't any fun. (heh) We're learning he mostly just has to fuss it out, nothing really makes a difference. My guess is he's a little bored after a while.

These days he's still throwing books at us all the time and making us read them to him. It's crazy. He's got five books he wants us to read over and over. I'm already tired of them, and I tried putting them up and bringing in some new ones, he wouldn't have it. Sigh. One of them is the Dr. Suess ABC book. I put on FB the other day that I'm sometimes quite tempted to just make up cuss word phrases for each letter. (See name of blog.)

Sometimes when he's sitting on my lap I think, Wow one day this adorable little boy, who I can pick up and toss in the air and all that fun stuff, will be a grown man. It's cool and disconcerting.

He's not in any hurry to walk - he crawls so fast that walking would feel like a step back to him. That's fine with me. The big milestones can take their time. I think he'd like to be able to talk. Sometimes he seems to be making an effort to repeat us. Some days he talks up a storm, telling us who knows what. Nerdstar thinks he's telling us the winning lottery numbers and we're just out of luck because we can't understand him. I can't wait to hear his stories.

Tomorrow is his one year ped. appointment. We're waiting to see how tall he is.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011