That's how things seem to be around here lately. My calendar for November is filled to bursting with things being added on daily. Carrie needs to be picked up daily from school, Eileen made the middle school volleyball team so there are practices to be picked up from after school and games to attend. Val's still working with me driving and at times Liz grabs a ride with her when it works out. I'm working concessions at the Syracuse University Dome for our church fundraiser a few times a week which makes all of the above even more mind boggling. Carrie still isn't feeling 100% so has had a few extra doctor appts thrown in there. My parents are due back from there trip today sometime so add in Drew, Allison and Meghan starting to move back in. Hopefully Meghan adjusts quickly. It'll be nice to have her here again, I've missed her.
We made it through Sandy well although at first it seemed like we were in for a fun time. The winds really started here about 1ish on Monday afternoon. Tom and I had gone away for the night Sunday night to an area casino. (room was comped) Work called him a few times on Monday and finally asked him to come in at 11pm and run the overnight shift, so we cut our time out short so he could get home and take a nap. We walked in the door just before 3. I noticed we were out of drinking water so ran to the church conference center to fill up our jugs. The lights went on and off quickly while I was there. We unloaded the car of water and I started barking orders to the kids that had just gotten off the bus. Less then 15mins later our power was out and not coming back. GRRRR! I wasn't ready! Luckily it came back on some time between 6 and 6:30. We worked like gangbusters to whip this place in shape and get everything ready. Wouldn't you know it...the power stayed on for the remainder of the storm. Fine by me but you know if we hadn't done a thing it would've been off for days!
Tom got really excited on Tuesday when it was announced that his shop was sending a crew down to NYC to help out. Unfortunately they asked the person who was already on call if he wanted to go and he did. I was on the verge of crying when I found out Tom wouldn't have the opportunity. If only he could've gone down and seen the huge city sewers. He's such a geek! lol On Friday it was mentioned that they might switch out the crew this week so MAYBE Tom will get a chance to go...we're hoping at least. Although it would be perfectly ok if the city didn't need them too, meaning things were greatly improved for the residents.
We had fun on Wednesday. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures since it was getting too dark outside and my phone doesn't have a flash (wish I'd thought of that when I bought the thing! oh well, live and learn). One of the best costumes I saw was a store bought inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow man. The best of all belonged to my own kids....Drew, Allison and Meghan...the cast of Monsters, Inc.! Allison made the costumes and she did an awesome job!
Here's a better one of Meghan's Boo costume
There didn't seem to be as many houses with lights on in the village this year. It made it hard to snitch candy from the kids since they could actually count how much they had. ;o) Oh well, I shouldn't be eating it anyways. And for the little kids the amount they got was just enough. Sean told me today that he has 15 pieces of candy left.
With all this craziness going on I have my eye on the 18th. Tom and I are going back out to the casino in then since I was comped a room in November also. We really had a nice relaxing time last time. It didn't hurt that we came out a bit ahead so that everything (hotel, lunch, dinner, and playing) only cost us $9 plus gas money, so about $25 total. Hopefully we'll be just as lucky this time too.
Oh rats! I forgot I wanted to get Alex's baby shower invitation done and mailed this weekend!!! We're having it December 1st at my sister's house. Guess I'll need to stop at the store before I pick up Val from work tomorrow night. Now to go figure out how she's getting TO work since I'll already be at the dome when she has to be there.