Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tornadoes and Tests, Not Necessarily in That Order

I. Am. So. Tired. I haven't even checked email since Tuesday. I'm sure there are people on Facebook and in Blogland who think I've dropped off the face of the earth. Well, not quite. I've felt like I wanted to this week, though.

First, let me say that for the past week and a half, I've been sick with something akin to bronchitis. I NEVER get bronchitis. I always end up with a sinus infection, but nothing ever goes to my lungs. Right now I sound like I've been smoking a pack a day for twenty years. Not fun. I have been coughing so much my stomach and back are sore. I can't laugh because it will throw me into a fit of tuberculosis-sounding coughing. And heaven help my bladder. Just sayin'.

In the middle of all this hacking, we have been in the eye of the storm...literally. In case you don't live in the South, you may not know we have been S.L.A.M.M.E.D. with storms this week. Day after day after day. Today is the first day in at least four that has seen non-tornado weather. You know it's gonna be bad when The Weather Channel sends people to your city. Now, we haven't gotten ANYTHING like Arkansas, central Mississippi, and Alabama got. Sound Man called me this morning and told me about the devastation there. We were worried about Brandi and her family and then I remembered that Myra from The Casabella Project also lived close to where the storms in Alabama had torn through. I checked on Brandi on Facebook and found out that she is not only okay, but helping her church collect items for the tornado victims, so many of whom have lost everything. And I just saw on Facebook where Myra is okay, but will be without power for a week. As much as I'm thankful they're okay, it breaks my heart to know so many aren't.

In the middle of all these storms, our homeschool group has been taking achievement tests. I'm the administrator for the tests, so it was up to me to decide if we postpone our second day because of the threat of severe weather. We had been able to slip our first one in between rounds of tornado sirens. Out of 20 or so families, NO ONE complained about postponing for a day. Not only did we have the threat of MORE bad weather, but many roads in our county were flooded. While it did sort of break our momentum, we were still able to get back at it today, none the worse for wear. The kids are troopers.

I, however, am at my limit. With all this emotional, physical, and mental strain this week, I'm ready to rest for a day or two. Or twenty. I really wish the beach wasn't 8 hours away. Where's Calgon when you need it? ; )


CarlynB said...

I recommend a cup of tea. Preferably Earl Grey, hot. Except tonight I'm about to enjoy some Monkey King jasmine green tea - Andrew says it smells like honeysuckles and it is deeelicious.

Our paper has had pictures of the devastation in Smithville for the past couple of days and the destruction there is mind-boggling.
Also, today the obits for those who died in the storm started running. It's hard to read the paper when my eyes are full of tears.

Love you,

Jessica Heights said...

I am so sorry sweetie! I'll pray for rest and peace for you!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I hope you're feeling better!

One of my neighbors lost three family members in the Alabama tornados and several of her family lost their houses as well. What an awful spring we've had and I just know that summer is going to be hotter than you know what!

I'm going to Old Time Pottery this weekend! I know, some of those prices at The Classy Flea were just crazy! They used to be such a reasonably priced place. I'm looking for another birdbath and a potting bench. Haven't been there in ages so it'll be fun to see what they have!