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We Are Lucky

Article posted on Saturday, October, 4th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

September both flew by and seemed like it was never going to end. I have a whole new respect for what my parents went through when Hurricane Alicia hit Houston in 1983. Back then it was “Oooh! Look all the golf carts are in the bottom of an empty pool!” and “how did that get there?” and “let’s play with our Star Wars figures in this big pile of dirt!”

Now that I am grown up (that’s what people keep saying anyway), it is no fun at all. Fences to rebuild, trees to chop, our sprinkler system was ruined — so was the ice maker on our refrigerator. We lost all of our beautiful landscaping and flowers and bushes and four trees. We have a leaky roof. Our power was out for more than two weeks. Yet, we definitely ARE the lucky ones.

I did a heavy-duty closet clean out on Wednesday, being absolutely brutal. I eventually got two boxes worth of stuff together to donate to Hurricane Ike victims. (Andy did the same.)

I am somewhat miffed that Galveston and parts of Houston are suffering so much, yet they (we) are all forgotten. God, when Katrina devastated New Orleans it was wall-to-wall Katrina for a month and a half. And I know how much attention the media gave the story — I worked day after day on it. For Ike it was hey! look! And move along. It pisses me off.

In other news, we moved back into our house Sunday. It was so great to be home. We still have so much work to do, but it is nice to be back in my own house. With control of my own thermostat! Oh baby, is it ever! :-)

Annaebelle is going to Gymboree twice a week and swim lessons. It’s my goal to get her out and interested in new things. Meet kids her own age. I am fun and all, but I am sure she appreciates playing with other toddlers.

Here are a few pictures from September. We’ve got Annabelle in there among many Hurricane Ike pictures. And don’t forget our family photo albums and don’t forget to comment! We want to hear from you!

Cheers for now!

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