February 27, 2010

Wake Up Call

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 8:12 pm by Jenn

When the phone rings in the middle of the night it usually isn’t a good thing.  This morning my phone rang at 3:34am.  It was Scott.  There was a tremor in his voice and he told me that there had been a massive earthquake in Chile.  He was ok, but the city was a mess he said.  He was calling from the Embassy where he was safe, thank God.  He said he didn’t know about our stuff, I told him not to worry about that right now, the important thing was that he was safe. 

I sent messages to his family and a few of our friends so that they wouldn’t panic when they heard the news in the morning.  I searched for a news story and sure enough there it was, Earthquake hits Chile, 8.8.  WOW.  Haiti’s earthquake was 7.0.  In further searching later this afternoon I found this really cool feature from the USGS (US Geological Survey) that gives details about earthquakes all over the world.  Go ahead and click it, you’ll be surprised how many were in the US in the past week.   This link will take you directly to the summary information for today’s earthquake in Chile.

Scott called back later this afternoon to say that he was definitely not going to be able to live in his apartment again.  He said that the structural damage was much worse than he originally thought.  He said there are cracks everywhere.  Thankfully most of our personal belongings are in tact.  He said we lost a few things, but they are all replaceable and again, the most important thing is that he is safe.  I’ll admit that I am worried about him because of the PTSD.  He had just gotten back to semi normal and now this earthquake, which by the way I think is the thing he feared most in the world.  He hated the fact that we lived on the 14th floor in Baku.  He wouldn’t even go out on to the balcony.  Thankfully, this earthquake happened in Santiago and not in Baku, in Baku I shudder to think about what the outcome might have been.  Chile has very strict building codes because of their history of earthquakes.  I just heard on the news that there was a 15 story building south of Santiago that collapsed.  The government plans to investigate and if building code was not followed they plan to prosecute to the full extent of the law.  Not long before we arrived in Baku a building collapsed.   There are codes in Baku too I’m sure, but in that type of political environment it’s hard to tell what is actually enforced.

Scott says that there is a lot of clean up to be done around the Embassy.  He said that the earthquake was so strong that it moved a 400 pound safe to the center of the room in his office.  He also mentioned that the media was calling and asking really stupid questions, what are those alarms, was there any damage, etc.  My suggestion to the media who are calling would be to let the people at the embassy do their jobs, and stop wasting their precious time with such nonsense. 

If you are looking for information about an American living in Chile you can utilize this link for contact phone numbers.

As for now the Tsunami warnings for Hawaii have been lifted.  There are still aftershocks in Chile, and there likely will be for some time to come.  I heard earlier that aftershocks can take place for months and possibly a year to come.


February 20, 2010

At Last.

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 7:31 pm by Jenn

We finally got our news a little over a week ago.  News about the next post.  Looks like home will be Quantico, Va for the next 3 years!  Well maybe not home, but that’s where Scott will be working.  We are thinking about the Springfield/Alexandria area to live.  I’ve been checking for rentals and I’m telling you….places are EXPENSIVE around here.  I could get a place on the water in Sneads Ferry for what we’ll be paying in rent around here.  I don’t think it’s going to be worth it to buy…then when we are ready to leave we have to worry about selling and finding a new place in North Carolina….still not sure what we are going to do, but at least we now have a general idea about where we’ll be doing it!  lol

If anyone has a decent sized rental (1800 sqft) with at least 3 BR’s, 2 full baths and a fenced yard in Virginia let me know!

February 13, 2010

Grease is the WORD

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 11:00 pm by Jenn

This afternoon my sister and I treated ourselves to an afternoon at the theater.  On stage…GREASE!  I’ve wanted to see this show on stage for years and wasn’t about to let this opportunity pass me by. Heather drove, I hate driving in DC.  I was the navigator which gave me plenty of time to look around and take a few pictures.  When I saw this guy only 4 words came to mind… “pants on the ground”. 

I’m sorry, I really couldn’t help myself.  We parked and walked the short walk to the theater.  As we were approaching we saw this

then this

I started to get giddy.  Seriously, I LOVED the movie, I know all the songs, all the lines, everything.  I was super excited to get inside and get seated.  I couldn’t wait for the show to start.   We only had a short wait and then the show was on. 

It was a little strange at first.  Not the Danny and Sandy I was used to, but once I let go of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John and let myself enjoy these two new performers I had a great time.  The scenes were a little different from the movie which I enjoyed, but the story was still the same.  You know…greaser meets goody two shoes.

Danny and Kenickie were awesome and all the Pink Ladies were terrific.  Frenchy was my favorite.  I actually thought Rizzo had a bigger part than Sandy.  Her character was really strong.  I think there was too much focus on her character and not enough on Danny and Sandy’s relationship. 

My favorite part of the show as definitely “Beauty School Drop Out”.  Taylor Hicks did a great job as Teen Angel and Frenchy was hilarious.  They even threw in a reference to American Idol which cracked me (and more than half the audience) up.  I did not take pictures during the performance – though I wanted to.  Here is a clip that I found on youtube that is pretty close to the performance that I saw today. 


Cheesey?  Yes.  Entertaining? Yes.  Would I see it again?  Yes.  Absolutely.  If you are a big fan of the movie like I am you will have to let go, but once you do you won’t be disappointed.  Afterall…”It’s Greased Lightnin”

February 9, 2010

Here We Snow Again

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 10:43 pm by Jenn

Guess what?  It’s snowing.  Again.  Another storm is hitting us this evening.  They are calling for “up to 20”.

Needless to say, the dialysis center won’t be open tomorrow so we spent the day attempting to reach tomorrow’s patients to bring them in at the end of the work day today.  If you’ve ever been in, or worked in a dialysis center, you know that it is normally a pretty routine place.  So and so comes in at such and such time, runs for so long and then leaves.  On days when there is a snow emergency and the center will be closed the following day there is the challenge of getting all of the current days patients treated in addition to the patients who would be treated the following day.

Did I mention that many of the patients who come to treatment come by some sort of scheduled transportation…meaning transportation arranged by the state or county?  That’s right….when there is a snow emergency many of these transportation services are shut down, meaning many of these patients can’t get to the center to get their life sustaining treatment.  Many of them are able to get friends, family or neighbors to bring them.  Others can’t.  It’s a  literal nightmare.

Thankfully, the years I spent in the hospital staffing industry paid off today.  I was able to actually be of some assistance.  The Social Worker and I made a great team…handling the scheduling so the nurses could do what they do best….take care of patients.

So the work day is over.  I’m watching LOST.  I honestly don’t know why I continue to watch this show.  I’ve watched EVERY episode and I have NOT A CLUE what is going on.  I’m hoping that I can figure it out soon…you know….before the end of the season.  Given that it is the end of the show I think that would be a good idea.

Scott got his orders yesterday.  We’ll be stateside for the next 3 years.  Stay tuned for more on that tomorrow…LOST just came back on.

February 7, 2010


Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 9:13 pm by Jenn

Well today was the day.  No putting if off til tomorrow.  It had to be done.  I got out of bed, bundled up and got ready to shovel….let the pain begin.

It was bad, but not as bad as it could have been I suppose.  Last night we were lucky enough to be visited by a kind man in a front loader.  He dug out our street…..our street that usually doesn’t get plowed.  There were 4 of us out there moving snow today so it only took a few hours to clean off the driveway,  and space for the mail truck to get near the box.

Here’s a few pics of the snow

Max was bored by the whole thing.

So the driveway got finished and Dad ran out to do a few errands, you know….BEER RUN!  He also stopped by the hardware store to pick up a few things for Heather to stain her new spinning wheel.  She bought an Ashford Traveller, unfinished and is now staining it a pretty honey oak color.

She started dying fiber yesterday and that process carried over to this afternoon.  Here’s a pic of what she did yesterday.

Of course I can’t resist dyeing fiber so I got in on the act…..here’s a few pics of the process

It was a very productive day.  I even managed to whip up my borscht.  Here’s a picture of the finished product.  It tasted as good as it looks.  I’m pretty impressed with myself.  Those cooking lessons from Olga paid off!

Now I’m sitting here watching the halftime show and getting ready to do a little bit of knitting.  Back to work tomorrow.  Hopefully the nice front loader man will come and do the rest of the neighborhood tonight.  Dad said 301 was a mess so it should be a fun commute!  Note to self, remember to take some Aleve.

February 6, 2010

Snowed In

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 10:12 pm by Jenn

For the last 36 hours it’s been snowing in the Washington Metro Area.  We’ve accumulated somewhere between 20-30 inches depending on where you live.  It’s probably around 20-24 here in Upper Marlboro.

The city has come to a virtual stand still, much like it did in 2003.  That’s the last big snow I remember in this area, other than what hit us last month.  I’m beginning to take this personally.  I heard on the news tonight that we’ve gotten more snow so far this winter than in the last 5 winters combined.  That’s funny.  I think this is my first winter here in just about that long.  Scott and I moved to NC just before the end of 2004.  Hmmm.

Max has had a wonderful time.  He loves the snow.  I’m not even bothering to put his coat on.  It’s more trouble than it’s worth and he doesn’t have his boots.  His fur is short enough right now that the snow really isn’t balling up so why bother.  Here’s a few pictures of him, Molly and Zachary out in the snow around noon today.

So what do you do when the snow is coming down outside and you’re trapped inside?  A lot of nothing that’s what.  I did manage to get my homework for the week finished.  I knit several rows on my new sweater project and I’ve been tinkering with the blog.  I’m trying to decide on renaming and redesigning.  I have several ideas for the new design, but I’m really torn on renaming.

I’m also drinking some wine and watching Harry Potter.  White this evening.  Riesling from Cousino-Macul.  This is a Chilean Vineyard that Scott has visited.  He brought several bottles of red home in December.  They were yummy.  The Riesling is a little dryer than I’m used to, but it’s good.  I bought 3 bottles on Thursday.  Bottle 2 is well on it’s way to being history.

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