Posts Tagged ‘Gustav



Here is a comical iphone pic of Dad sleeping on the plane to St. Pete’s Beach last Fall.  I thought it was fitting, as I, too, am POOPED.  🙂 

Hello all!

I’m happy to say that today was our first day really working since before Gustav.  The last time my butt spent more than mere seconds in front of my desktop was two Thursdays ago.  Whew! 

Ariel & I got back from Leah & Corey’s wedding late Saturday night, exhausted, and after shooting for 7 hours then hopping in the car and driving back right after, it took a few grunts and some patience to get myself out of the car because my stinkin’ back stiffened and locked up so bad on the drive back. 

Adam had told me news last week that we were both pretty sure was coming:  due to the damage in Alexandria and Baton Rouge, he’s back to working 13 days on: 1 off with TWELVE hour shifts daily.  So, although we did NOT have damage here in Lake Charles/Sulphur, At&T is sending techs out and have put them back on a schedule that scarred us from Rita – 12-14 hours shifts with only two Sundays off per month.  (In 2005, he kept these kind of hours and days for SIX months – through our wedding and all!) 

So, I woke up Sunday morning – my first real morning home in over a week – to a quiet, empty house.  I was sad.  Most weekends, Adam spoils me by fixing breakfast, making coffee, and having the paper and comics on the table when I get up.  We make a big deal out of coffee and breakfast, spending up to an hour reading through the papers and talking.  This Sunday looked to be a lonely day; he leaves at 6:30 and doesn’t get home until about 8:30 at night.  BUT – I decided to spend the morning at my parents house, which was fun!

I’d been almost in tears looking at the nursery – it’s been a complete wreck from the hurricane threat – everything thrown in bags stuffed in his crib, random stuff all over the place…  and so my brother and sister-in-law (Chase & Lonni) were awesome enough to come over and help get it straight, hang my curtains up, and test wall colors with me…  all the things I’ve been wanting to do with Adam but knew we couldn’t do with his new schedule.  Made me feel SO much better!  Thank you, guys!  🙂  You both made my day yesterday!

BUT, by the time we’d played upstairs with his room for awhile, my back was shot!  So, I spent the rest of the afternoon and night laid up with a heating pad – my new best friend.  🙂

So after such a crazy past (several) days, I was actually happy it was Monday today and we could finally get back to school and work like the rest of the country.  🙂  But, please – bear with me – I have NOT made a trip to the lab yet since Gustav, but I will be going soon!  I’ve gotten really behind on due dates and editing as well (you just can’t edit on a laptop), but my tired butt is working hard to catch up!!!

Sessions have resumed as normal, as of today, with about 5 scheduled for this week.  Anything from Wednesday afternoon through Friday I’m calling “tentatively scheduled” for now, though, due to another friggin’ storm – Ike – heading into the Gulf tonight.  DANG IT!

Poor nursery.  😦


Hanging out in Austin

In a nut shell – my mom and I drove 10 hours yesterday, only to make it as far as College Station (home of Texas A&M).  I had already reserved three nights at the Radisson in Austin, so I had to call and cancel last night just because of crap traffic with the entire southern State of Lousiana evacuating.  Around 1.9 million people to be exact – or at least that’s the count they’ve given on national news – biggest evac ever for Louisiana I think…

Anyway, I hope everyone is okay!  I know Gustav has really surprised us all.  Adam and my dad stayed to weather it out with our two great danes and just jumped back and forth between our two houses (we’re right next door) and when I talked to him tonight, he said it was all fine.  However, my grandparents evacuated to Alexandria in their motor home days ago and they really got the worst of it up there – I think it’s STILL hammering down on them now!  I hope they’re safe.

Mom and I got up this morning, had our “continental breakfast” at the Comfort Suites – which was quite delicious, I might add – and finished out our trip down 290 to Austin.  We stopped once along the way to walk around for a sec – and while she checked out a little shop, I walked and took some pictures – by myself – and just because.  🙂  I haven’t done that in forever!  I only did for about 10 minutes, but had fun!  I’m blogging from my laptop, so I have no CLUE what the colors really look like…  just thought I’d share.

Moi in the mirror. 

Going down 105 and meeting 290, we found ourselves in Brenham.  We both got really excited when we saw the BlueBell Icecream factory!!!  We just had to stop for a sec…

Gorgeous place, eh?  So pretty!

The infamous little girl and her cow.  This moved Mom to tears.  I have no clue why, but it cracked me up.  She was just too excited.

Well, guys, I’d love to know where YOU are, if you just happen to have an internet connection and are checking this!  Kat – thanks for the update!  I’m glad to hear y’all are safe!  We are as well.  Austin is just absolutely gorgeous and our hotel is in downtown Austin with an amazing view of the river, which we are overlooking.  Now that we’re here, it’s just gorgeous and we’re making the most of it.  But, Mom, being the counselor of SMCS school and me having a wedding this weekend in Liberty, we need to get back as soon as we can, but we know getting back may just be as bad as getting away…

Leave me a comment and tell me where YOU evacuated to!  🙂


Goodbye for now

Okay, so it’s Saturday evening… on the Eve of Gustav.

I just finished shooting Tara & Eric’s amazing wedding this afternoon.  My heart has hurt for them and their big day since Thursday, but there wasn’t reason – their day was still beautiful and amazing.  Yes, they did have guests – several, in fact!  So despite many tears and stress beforehand, I truly think today was still everything they’d imagined it to be.

As of now, even with evacuations in place and SWLA starting to look more like a ghost town by the hour, I have a wedding in Liberty, Texas next weekend.  Ariel and her family have left for Austin, while we’ll be leaving tomorrow for Rusk, Texas, a little town in between Dallas & Shreveport.

If you curious to know how back ups and evacuations are handled with my terabytes of images – they’re okay!  We’ve always taken the means to backup and archive everything three times on three different types of media.  While I cannot take the hundreds of DVDs I have, I AM taking my tower, as well as all of my hard drives, including the “big boys” that have archived everything for 2007 and 2008.

So, everyone, be safe!  Take care.  And I’m sure we’ll all be back within a week working on getting back to a normal life!  🙂

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