Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sandy Aftermath

Things have settled here in Westchester County but the storms effects are far from over.

Monday Sandy hit land at approx 6pm in lower New Jersey and I can tell you we felt it immediately. I made the bad decision to try to get home right before the storm hit land. Needless to say I did not make it and managed to drive through a huge tree that was blocking three lanes on the freeway… the best part is that there was not a scratch on my truck but I was seriously shaken. On the drive home there was at least 5 or 6 trees blocking all lanes of the freeway and it was complete darkness. Once I was about one mile from home I learned that the road to our town was closed due to down lines and trees. I had to turn around and drive the thirty minutes back to work while being pushed around on the freeway by gusts of 70+ mph winds. I made it to work just before they shut down the majority of the roads.

Once I was able to return home yesterday things were pretty normal in our town except for the lack of power. I have been working 12 hours shifts and will continue to do so until all our 200,000 customers in Westchester County currently without power are restored.

All in all it was scary but it could have been much worse. We have begun the process of cleaning up but this is far from over. Wish us luck we have a long clean up ahead of us.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Lunchtime Update

Still experiencing the calm before the storm here. Got to work in one piece with really no storm effects. Although I can tell you how different it feels to lay in bed at night and listen to wind chimes outside our window knowing there is a hurricane on the way. I felt like I was in the movie twister. (minus the twister) Driving to work was another experience with no one else on the road it felt creepy. On that note back to work, I’ll write again when I actually start to see some action.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sandy, Sandy, Sandy!

As some of you may know New York is well underway in welcoming me. Beginning tonight at midnight hurricane Sandy will be blowing into our state to make my work life hectic and my choice to live in New York less attractive. Our hours at work have been changed and extended to last the duration of the storm. I will be updating as much as I can from work so sit tight and don't worry about us to much. Here goes nothing!!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Review Edition: 1984 by: George Orwell

Although I did like the story line I struggled with this book. I hate to give classics bad reviews but I like to think that its just not my style of book. The writing was really descriptive and sometimes I feel like it wasn't necessary. I also have read that this is a more enjoyable read when reading it in a group because it really is a book that would produce very good group discussions. (Ex: High School when I should have read it but I never did the reading) All in all I am glad I read it but I don't think I will be again.

3 out of 5 smiles – I Liked It

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Fall Family Visit

Last week I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Mom, Grandma, and Brother. The night they arrived Joe and I had a little surprise for everyone and the only one who was in on it was my mother. We had plans to go out to dinner and the surprise was that my Aunt Roxy and Uncle Tom who happened to be visiting the city (to celebrate their 2nd Wedding Anniversary!) took the train up to join us.

It was amazing to have so much of my family visit at the same time. I can remember a little over five months ago saying goodbye these amazing people and I was so touched they were able to visit so soon!

Auntie and Uncle promised to come back possibly with the kids and stay in our town. Joe and I are extremely excited for this to happen!

A couple of days later we took Grandma to Ellis Island, she had not been there in many many years. I do love living in New York but doing the tourist thing is just not my style. After an hour an a half waiting in lines we were on the ferry and on our way.

Ellis Island (Couldn't get a better picture)

Enjoying the view

Finding family

As we were leaving the island I was able to get a few touristy shots.

This is by far my favorite picture even though I photoshopped it a little it's still stunning.

Later that week Joe, Grandma, Mom, and I took a drive to Stamford CT to visit my moms cousins. I had never met this part of my family so it was a good long lunch catching up.

All in all is was an interesting but fun trip. I can't wait for mom to come back to take on the city with her in February. :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Review Edition: Baby Proof by: Emily Giffin

I did enjoy this book but in the beginning things seemed to fall apart too quickly. Through out the book I was hoping for the best but I wish things had work themselves out a little differently. One thing I love about Emily Giffin is that in each of her books the story takes off from the first page and sucks you in. I really wish this book was a little longer just because I think the ending should have been a little more explained. I hate when movies or books end the way you want them to then it cuts off right after that. 

4 out of 5 smiles – An enjoyable read

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Missing In Action

I apologize for being so absent lately but with a mixture of having a cold, a CrAzY week, and internet problems it's been hard to keep up. I'll be back soon with some very fun updates.
Stay tuned...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012