Wednesday, January 24, 2007

And God Said, Let There Be Light!

264 hours of no power. But thank God Almighty that it finally came on yesterday!

I took an extra long, hot shower this morning. I took an extra long time to dry my hair and I have never appreciated my morning coffee such much in my entire life! My house feels so warm and it feels so good to be back. I'm really lucky to have a home to go to. Thank you again to everyone who housed us and put up with us for the last 11 days.

Things at work have been so crazy since the fire and the ice storm that it is still taking time for me to snap back into it. Thank you so much to all of our Tenants, Owners, Investors & Clients who have put up with us during this crazy time.

I am super busy with pulling together 2006 year end reports for our Investors, 1099 tax forms for our Sub-Contractors and making sure that everything is in order for all accountants by January 31, 2007. Back to business as usual.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Going on Day 8

What a fake smile. I am snuggled up to Ty trying my best to stay warm. Not sure how this picture got taken, but I am delirious now and don't care.

When I posted last Monday, I only thought then was I going to snap. Now we're going on Day 8 of no power and another ice/snow storm is blowing thru again. I am starting to wonder how much more I can take! I owe my Mom & Dad a big, huge thank you for meeting me to take the kids to Omaha so they don't have to deal with this cold stress. I am finding that reading other people's blogs about how they are dealing with the ice storm in our area is quite calming as I commiserate with them.

I love how one Springfield-ian claims that it's better to "look good than feel good". I say that only because I am sure that is one of the many reasons why I am getty edgy. I haven't been able to shower at my own house, I've been wearing the same thing 3 outfits for the last 8 days, and I seriously would love to remove the chipped nail polish on my finger nails. I know it sounds shallow, but I'm beyond worrying about that. Can't you tell by the picture?

I've also looked at other people's pics of the ice storm. OK, that didn't help, it just made me think that this is never gonna end. Which isn't according to the weatherman as he predicts 4-6" of snow is to fall on the Ozarks this evening. As my sister says, "oh snap". Whatever that means. I guess I could use the term "plum give out". Thanks for that one, and nice blog by the way.

OK, now I need to stop reading other people's blogs and snap out of this misery. Be glad I have an internet connection, right? Yeah, only because I am at the office trying desperately to catch up on everything at work, and I find myself doing this kind of stuff. Alright I am logging off of the depressing ice blog searches and I'm going to go look into booking a cruise to somewhere warm. Ahh, that's more like it.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Pull Your Weight

OK, this post may be a little bit of ranting... OK, OK, a LOT of ranting.

We're going on to day 4 of a terrible ice storm that has hit Springfield. This ice storm began last Friday night and came in 3 different waves over the following 3 days. Although it didn't rain (only a few little sprinkles and snow flurries) today, we are still dealing with the aftermath of this past weekend's ice. As of today, over 65,000 people are still without power.

My power has been out since Saturday morning and here it is Monday night. Of course, we had to seek shelter elsewhere. It's hard to keep 2 little boys under 6 years old warm in a house that is currently at 42 degrees. We're lucky to have good friends in Paul & Brooke Dizmang. And they are lucky they have power. Thanks for letting us take refuge in your warm house! Now I know that the Dizmang's are doing us a favor, but it is still important that we pull our own weight. We certainly don't expect them to entertain us or feed us or take care of us. We will pull our own weight by bringing food, blankets and movies to watch.

In the mean time, when you manage over 140 rental properties, you still have to tend to the Tenants. (And this is my ranting part....) However it is not my job to entertain, feed or take care of above mentioned Tenants. They have to pull their own weight. And by this I mean take some initiative to clean the fallen tree limbs off of their own driveway.

Don't yell at me that your power is still out. I am not the electrician or the utility company.

Don't tell me that I don't understand that you've had to evacuate your house because you have a 3 year old and it's too cold. I have a 3 year old (and a 6 year old too) and I've had to evacuate my own house!

Don't tell me how to do my job. I know that we have to fix the electrical mast and that CU won't connect the power until it's fixed. (See above: I am not an electrician). I've answered hundreds of emergency phone calls and have been doing this for the last 7 years. I think that I have a pretty good handle on my job description.

No I will not call City Utilities for you.

OK, OK, OK....I am venting. Yes, the above statements are all things that have been said or thought during my conversations with Tenants. I am really starting to feel the pressure building and I feel like I could snap like an ice covered tree branch.

I am kidding, of course.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Sign me up for some Thin-Mints Laura Frost!

I was a Girl Scout back in the day and the thing that I loved most about it was the challenge to sell the most boxes of cookies. In 1986, at 8 years old, I did it. I sold a whopping 305 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and broke all sorts of state records. I even got a letter from the Girl Scout Council President recognizing my extraordinary cooking selling efforts. Hey, what can I say? I have a flair for challenges and sales! :)

Anyway, my friend, Brooke, forwarded me this adorable video of her co-worker's little girl who is selling Girl Scout cookies in 2007. Man-o-man, if only I had had the power of YouTube to sell my cookies back in 1986!

I'd have to say that I agree with Brooke in saying that this girl is so cute that I just have to buy cookies from her. The best way that I can figure out in how to purchase the cookies is to e-mail her parents YouTube account after watching the video. I think we should all help Laura break all sorts of records in selling the cookies... So buy from her, and let me re-live my Girl Scout days. (This is not any kind of shameless self promotion, I don't even know Laura or her parents!). I just feel that Laura is my type of girl, one who finds creativity in selling cookies and using the power of technology and the internet. That, and I wouldn't want to meet her body guard in a dark alley! LOL.