I am so excited to get back to blogging, reviewing, and catching up on the world I have missed out on for the last week and a half...but wanted to share with you all what it has been like here.
Hurricane Irene was NOT predicted to be awful for us, just some 40-50 mph winds and rain. Saturday night, all you-know-what broke loose and we realized that this was far stronger than the predictions. About midway through the storm, my husband looked at me and said, "did you hear that tree?" Our our window (of course it was dark, so this picture was taken the next day), we saw this:
This used to be a huge triple-oak tree that stood beautifully in our front yard (that is the neighbor's house behind the tree) and it is just so sad that we lost it. What is even sadder is that we discovered through all of this that a tree has to hit a dwelling on your property to be covered under insurance. It didn't, so tree removal fell to us, and it ain't cheap.
As we dug out from under our own tree, we started to get out and saw images like these:
This was taken as we were driving to my dad's house...this was nothing, we drove over and under so many downed power lines it almost seemed unreal.
Nine days without power can start doing something negative to your mental state...I never realized how indebted I truly am to Benjamin Franklin and all the others who have helped to make this truly life-altering invention a possibility. I will never ever take it for granted again, because to be without means a complete change in the way you live. And with two kids, that was like adding fuel to the fire!
I am blessed to be sitting here writing this right now, and am so excited to be getting back to all things bookish - and school starts this week too, so here's to new beginnings :)