Sunday, August 28, 2011

Earthquake, Car Accident and Hurricane and Tornado Warning all in one week...

...Yep its been a rough week. And on top of all that I have stopped eating chinese food (obviously the most devistating)
Tuesday I was at work in the backroom telling Cassie a story about this bizzare customer when she turns to me and says..."do you feel that? the store is moving". I looked up and saw the lights all swaying. My first thought was that someone ran into the building. Then I totally felt the floor shift back and forth. When it stopped we looked at each other then ran out to the sales floor. Yep we had just had an earthquake!!!! In my whole 21 years of living in NJ, I have never been in an earthquake. They say it was 5.8 centered in VA so it was super small by us, but still exciting.
Then about 20 minutes later I left the store with Cassie to drop off the deposit at the bank. As anyone who has come to the store knows, its very difficult to make a left out of the parking lot so I usually go right and take the little neighborhood sideroads to turn around. I get into the turning lane with my blinker on. There are two lanes of traffic coming towards me so I stop and wait. The car in the lane closest to me stops to let me turn in front of her. All the cars behind her stopped and no one was in the other lane, so I started my turn when a car went out of the stopped traffic and slammed into my car. :(
The worst part of the entire accident was that I couldn't get a hold ofPatrick after. The phones were all out of wack after the earthquake. I just wanted him there. That was all I could think of. Then I saw his buddies truck. We made eye-contact as he passed the wreck and i knew he wouldnt stop calling til he got a hold of pat and sure enough one minute later he called saying "Are you ok? Brian just called saying you were in an accident. Why wouldnt you call me?" The car is not drivable and I have a sept 2 court date. I almost broke my no chinese food diet that night due to all the trauma of the day but i had no car to pick it up. The last time I ordered from the local place that delivers I found a hair in my food so we got Pizza Hut instead (I know not much better)
So as if this was not enough of a bad week...Hurricane Irene! I took grandma to my moms thursday night and Friday morning we were packing to be evacuated. I have been through my share of hurricanes south jersey style so I really wasnt all that worried. Everyone was bugging out about this one. My parents were going to Ohio with the boys and grandma. The reason was because there was a good chance of losing power and grandma needs AC to be able to breathe. Otherwise they would have just waited it out at home. They went to Ohio to make sure they were far from the storm to calm grandma and to get a little vaca out of it.
I was of course invited but I chose to go to Patrick's cousin with him. I just couldn't stand to be that far away from him. His mom and Aunt Sue both came too. It was actually really nice. Patrick's cousin Heather and her husband Terry have a three year old son Luke. He is so cute and was my buddy for the weekend. In the mornings I could hear him asking for "Ke-win" while I was upstairs. And whenever I was around he would want to play the wii. He isn't very good at losing though. If it was a two person game he would yank the controller out of your hand half way through the game so you would lose.
We brought my grandmother's cat Molly with us to PA. Mom and Dad couldnt take her because Paul is allergic. And when Pas mom learned I was going to leave it in OC she flipped out. She hid under lukes bed most of the time we were there but would come out occasionally to be petted.
Saturday night (aka last night), the downpour had started and Pat and I were the last ones up playing Clue on the wii. Terry came out to check the sump pump one more time. And its a good thing he did. We heard yelling in the basement and rushed down to see water flooding in from everywhere. It was gushing out of the drain in the sink and under the door. But the worst wa coming from the shower drain. The system was flooded and backing up. We held the drains until Terry could find a strong plug. Then we spent two hours getting valuables, pumping water upstairs and outside, and sucking up 3 inches of water into the shopvac and carrying buckets of water upstairs. Fun Huh?
This morning the power was out and trees were down in the neighborhood. Terry had a generator and hooked it up to the tv, fridge and sump pump. Patrick was calling buddies to see how bad everything was down here and to see if the roads were open. And then were back on the road. Ocean City looks good. No real damage done. No major lasting flooding. No electricity lost. It seems like we evacuated to a worse place. But we are all safe so no harm done :)

Ps only two weeks till wedding day

Audra's wedding

So I thought that I had put my pics from Audra's wedding up on facebook before my computer went awall...but turns out i didnt and i think i already cleared them from my camera card soooooo bummer. But here is the link to the photographers page...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A million years later...

Sorry Its been like a million years since I last posted, but I have good excuses! One I was out of town for a week for Audra's wedding and Two my computer crapped out on me and it wouldn't turn on for over a week.
Thursday, the 11th of August, I tried to turn my computer on and got the blue screen of death. Then a screen appeared saying that the start up failed and i could either "start normally" or "launch start up repair". I tried to start normally but it went back to the blue creen of death, then to the same screen. I tried the launch startup repair. It did something for a halfhour then told me to restart. After which the blue screen reappeared. Patrick was busy that night so i just left it alone hoping the next day it would work. But the next day I tried it again and the same thing happened. I left it with Pat while i went to babysit, but he couldnt fix it.
By saturday i was jonesing. I even drove up to best buy to look at laptops. But sunday I spoke to my dad who said it was still under warrenty. Monday I was on the phone...for over an hour. They had me doing all sorts of diagnostic tests. They even had me open the bottom and take out the memory chips. The guy told me my motherboard was fine but both my memories were bad and he would send me new ones. He put me on hold for 20 min while he checked with his supervisor. But his supervisor said he thought it was the motherboard and not the memories.
Friday I had a 4pm appointment for the tech come to install the new motherboard. I had work til 2:30 then had to run to wawa to deliver an invite to a friend then to patricks to get my computer(i leave it there because grandma doesnt have internet). I got to grandmas at 3:30 thinking i was safe on time but apparently the guy had been waiting 15 minutes already. What fix it man is 45 minutes early?!
And after an hour messing around and taking my entire computer apart and putting it back together, drumroll.........BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH!!!!! Seriously?! The guy told me to call Dell back and ask them to reinstall windows. So after waiting a week, I was back at square one. On to another one hour phone call. They had me resest my computer to factory settings so I lost everything! This is the fourth time that has happened to my computer so I have learned not to get attatched to anything. The guy helping me was funny though. He randomly asked (in a thick accent) "Is it hot in the United States in the summer"
"Yes"
"Do you have tornados?"
"No we dont get them where I live"
"What part of america has tornados?"
"they are more in the middle, I am right on the beach"
"Oh so you have hurricanes"
"Sometimes but not very bad"
"Did Hurricane Katrina hurt you"
"No that was down south"
after a minute or two in scilence he asks..
"Do you know Paris Hilton?"
"I know who she is but I dont know her personally"
"She just came to our town and stayed for five days and she is very pretty"
He was all excited
So my computer is now working. I have no music or pictures or microsoft works or anti-viris or anything, but it works!!!

Anywho...here is a quick update of what i have been up to during this month between posts...

-Audra got married in Nauvoo Illinois and we took a road trip for the wedding (post with pictures to come)
-My boss has was out of work for a surgery and myself and Jaimie ran the store for a while but we are all so glad she is back to work
-I finalized my wedding cake
- I have ordered a ton of wedding things that i really hope will arrive before the wedding
-I got my wedding dress back, it still needs a little tweaking
-I get married in 20 days!!! ahh!!!
-I bought a vaccume
-We got a puppy
-just kidding but I really want one
-We have some new families in our ward so the dinamics in my primary class has changed with two new boys and I try hard not to rip out my hair
-I have sworn off chinese food until after the wedding, its gonna be super hard