It sounds terrible outside - between the wind, the torrential rain, and sirens, I doubt very much I'll get any sleep tonight. Anxiety over any tornadoes that pop up, too, is a concern: in the town I live, no one has a basement, so even if I were to knock on the doors of my downstairs neighbors, I imagine that it won't be enough to save any of us.

Happily, the electric has only flickered a few times, though this is it for me - I'm powering down the computer next until this storm (that is the freaking size of Europe!) is eventually through with us.

Be safe, everyone.

Date: 2011-08-28 03:43 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] seraphtrevs.livejournal.com
I hope you're doing okay. *hugs* Let me know when you're able to power your computer on again.

Date: 2011-08-28 04:01 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] marenpaisley.livejournal.com
Thanks. I lost electric about 15 minutes ago, so I'm on the ipad. We're under a tornado warning now, so I'm going to conserve my battery for the time being (who knows when the power will come back) & check for storm updates. Should've picked up some batteries for my radio! Oops. Will check in when I can. Love you!

Date: 2011-08-28 11:12 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] marenpaisley.livejournal.com
Yay! Tornado free all night! Still no power, though. Boo...

Date: 2011-08-28 06:49 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] seraphtrevs.livejournal.com
*whew!* Glad you weren't blown away to Oz. But gah, still no electricity? That's awful I hope that they're able to fix it soon - ha ha, I remember when I was little and I always thought it was so cool when the electricity went off. Totally different feeling when you're a grown-up.

Date: 2011-08-29 09:00 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] marenpaisley.livejournal.com
I'm back! The electric came back on sometime yesterday, actually, so it ended up being off for less than 20 hours. Still, I had to clean out my refrigerator/freezer and take the food to my parents' house in the interim because, man, food is expensive, and who wants to waste it?

I remember loving it when the power went out when I was a kid, too. But back then, it would only be off for an hour or two at the most (instead of shutting off right when the last emergency message you hear is for a tornado warning for your town...then, silence... ahhh!).

It's good to be back, though, and I hope you guys are doing okay, too! :)

ps I love these My Little Pony icons - so cute! :D

Date: 2011-08-29 09:22 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] seraphtrevs.livejournal.com
I was just thinking about posting another comment to see how you were! Get out of my braaaaain. :P

That's still a long time to be without electricity. At least you had access to your parents' fridge - the thought of all my food going bad actually terrifies me. D:

t (instead of shutting off right when the last emergency message you hear is for a tornado warning for your town...then, silence... ahhh!)

DDDDDDDDDDDD: I would have been scared witless.

Hee, glad you like the Ponies. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a huuuuuge phenomenon on the internets right now. It's a great show - most of the episodes are up on youtube, I think, if you ever get bored and are feeling nostalgic.

We're doing mostly okay - I just found out that my grandfather on my dad's side had a massive heart-attack, plus his kidneys have shut down. He's being kept alive by machines, but it looks like he's probably never going to regain consciousness. Hunter and I were going to go down to San Diego this week, but since my dad's siblings are all going to be staying with my parents, there's nowhere for us to sleep. And since he's not awake anyway, it seems kind of pointless. It sucks not being down there to support my parents, though.

And my poor grandmother - god, it's so nightmarish. Her Alzheimer's is pretty bad, and they keep having to break the news to her. Can you imagine having to learn that your husband is dying, over and over again, and have it be a shock every time?

And then we're supposed to be on vacation next week - mom said for us to go ahead and keep our plans, but wow, it's awkward. I don't want to miss my own grandfather's funeral because I'm ~on vacation.~ But we've already booked the hotels, and Brian can't reschedule his time off... Gah, what a mess. We're not even sure when he'll pass - for whatever weird reason, my granddad never made an advance directive, so I don't even know what the protocol is for taking someone off life support. Brain death, I guess?

Date: 2011-09-05 02:37 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] marenpaisley.livejournal.com
That's still a long time to be without electricity. At least you had access to your parents' fridge - the thought of all my food going bad actually terrifies me. D:

Heh, yeah, it's like you might as well just set your money on fire. Plus, there are only so many crackers and popcorn I can stand to eat before I'm just like ohgodplease I want something green that was recently harvested and is its own ingredient. Processed food forever is just horrifying.
Hee, glad you like the Ponies. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a huuuuuge phenomenon on the internets right now. It's a great show - most of the episodes are up on youtube, I think, if you ever get bored and are feeling nostalgic.

Nostalgic! Nah, I'll call it research - I need to know what kids are watching these days. Yeah, that works! :-D


Hmm...LJ wouldn't let me post my comment all in one go. Huh.

Date: 2011-09-05 02:39 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] marenpaisley.livejournal.com
We're doing mostly okay - I just found out that my grandfather on my dad's side had a massive heart-attack, plus his kidneys have shut down. He's being kept alive by machines, but it looks like he's probably never going to regain consciousness. Hunter and I were going to go down to San Diego this week, but since my dad's siblings are all going to be staying with my parents, there's nowhere for us to sleep. And since he's not awake anyway, it seems kind of pointless. It sucks not being down there to support my parents, though.

It's nice that you want to support your parents through this anyway. Personally, I can say that the stress of all of the tension from people would be awful for Hunter, though, so I hope that you didn't have to go down. It's a lot of just miserable waiting, anyway. Last year when my uncle had his last stroke, it took him four days to die, even though he was technically brain dead a few hours after the stroke occurred. And you would think that when a person is in a coma that they would just be peacefully lying there, but he moved around and made noise all the time. It was very eerie, and again, not something I would recommend witnessing if you can help it. It sounds like your parents will have others to support them down there, too.

And my poor grandmother - god, it's so nightmarish. Her Alzheimer's is pretty bad, and they keep having to break the news to her. Can you imagine having to learn that your husband is dying, over and over again, and have it be a shock every time?

Now that sounds like a plot from the Twilight Zone or something. And it's just so completely cruel that nature works out that way; it's enough to make a person angry at the universe.

And then we're supposed to be on vacation next week - mom said for us to go ahead and keep our plans, but wow, it's awkward. I don't want to miss my own grandfather's funeral because I'm ~on vacation.~ But we've already booked the hotels, and Brian can't reschedule his time off... Gah, what a mess. We're not even sure when he'll pass - for whatever weird reason, my granddad never made an advance directive, so I don't even know what the protocol is for taking someone off life support. Brain death, I guess?

I agree with your mom - I hope you got to go on vacation. My family missed my uncle's funeral while we flew to Hawaii (he died three days before we were to leave). But he wouldn't have wanted us to miss it anyway. I was able to console myself with that thought, but my Mom was a wreck. It kind of put a damper on everything, but still. Hawaii. Once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing. I doubt your grandfather would want you to miss your own trip, either.

And the brain death thing is very tricky. With my uncle, I don't think he had a directive (or a will), either, so the decision was left to his sons to decide what they think he would have wanted. I don't know if different states have different laws for that sort of thing or not, too.

::hugs you:: Hang in there! I know it's not easy, and you feel guilty - try not to! You lend what support you can. I suppose it's a human thing to feel inadequate in the face of these sorts of things, or maybe it's just because our society has so poorly equipped us to deal with it (which is ironic since the media surrounds us with death, both real and fictional). Either way it's not our fault. And I know that doesn't make it any easier, but sometimes it's just helpful to be reminded of that.

Date: 2011-09-11 07:52 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] seraphtrevs.livejournal.com
*hugs back* Everything has worked out for the best, it seems - we were able to go on vacation and make the funeral, and both went well. Our vacation in particular was really amazing - apparently, Labor Day is one of the best times to do Disneyland, because we walked onto almost all of the rides. And Catalina Island was beautiful - expensive, but we managed to stay in budget and do some really fun things, like snorkeling! Being able to go to the funeral and see all my family helped a lot with the guilt, and yeah, it's what he would have wanted.

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