Getting Back to Normal

 

Hurricane Isaac hit back at the end of August, but what people may not realize is that things aren’t quite back to normal for some people around here, but everyone is doing this best to get back to the way things were. I was reminded of this yesterday morning when Bobby and I headed down to the beach just a few miles from our house for a long run of nine miles.

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So…this is the parking lot we always park at when we run at the beach, covered in deep sand, seaweed, and lots of trash buried. In the photo below I backed up so you could see the parking lot.

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This is before we ran, behind me is the beach and water, and a sand filled parking lot.

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We started out on our run, and the pier at the parking lot and the beach were actually still closed as the clean up crews try to get everything looking good again. Every walk down to the beach from the sidewalk we ran along looked like this:

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Well, you can imagine why. This is what the piers looked like DURING the hurricane.

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Yikes. This is what the “sidewalk” we ran along yesterday looked like during Isaac:

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Yeah….Pretty sure it’s “somewhere” between the palm tree and the no left turn sign.

We ran in both directions, and were happy to see bulldozers moving trash, and crews getting rid of the seaweed and adding in some sand. 9 miles later, we were back at the car, drenched, and ready to head home.

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We have learned to bring flip flops and beach towels when we drive somewhere to run so we can get out of our shoes and not get the seats in the car covered in sweat! Doesn’t Bobby look thrilled?

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No, he doesn’t wear his hat like that when he runs. he would be running alone if he did.

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Better. Now fix your goofy hat.

Keep in mind, a trashed beach is just the start. Many people had several feet (as in 8-10) feet of water in their homes, and are having to start over again. Some, for the second time (thanks to Katrina). Just a reminder that even though the sky is sunny and the media coverage of the hurricane where you live is over, it doesn’t mean it isn’t still an every day reality for some people. Be sure to keep them in your prayers, and be thankful always for the blessings in your life (like somewhere dry to sleep). It is a good reminder to us all (myself included!) that things aren’t THAT bad even when we feel like we can’t make it through today. Just felt like sharing that today, thanks for reading friends.

QOTD: What are you thankful for today? I am thankful for a dry home not flooded and ruined by water or wind.

A Round About Way

 

Yall, it has been quite the week! We woke up this morning, again, to howling wind and rain, and of course tornado warnings. Thankfully it died down by lunch and has just been on and off rain. So as I stated yesterday, slight panic set in when our direct flight out of New Orleans was cancelled. Quickly we called Orbitz and talked to a very nice lady who helped us get a flight out of Pensacola. We were of course thrilled to still be going on Friday, however, driving two hours to the airport then flying to Atlanta then to California was not what I had in mind. We dealt with it and realize we are very blessed to not have a house underwater, but it was still a frustration. All was well until I realized out flight home would still have us landing in New Orleans….with a car over three hours away at the Pensacola airport. Crap.

After some freaking out on my part, and some creative thinking, a plan was born. So, yesterday after the weather died down, we drove two cars, dogs in tow, halfway to my parents house where they met us in one car. They took the dogs along with our other car and drove home. We then went and picked up a rental car that we are driving to Pensacola today and leaving for good. So when we fly home to NOLA, our car will be at my parents house and we can pick up the dogs and go home. WHEW! Got all that? We passed a ton of power trucks on the way to meet the folks, seriously about 50-60, which was awesome to see!

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Oh, did I mention by the time most of you are reading this we will already be in Pensacola, as we had to leave the house at 4:45 this morning to get to the airport. Oy. Hopefully I will sleep on the planes. Also hopefully I will find a way to get a seat next to my husband. Double Oy. Either way, as I said before, we are so blessed that it wasn’t as bad as originally thought (heading straight for my house at 105 mph). Thank you to everyone who extended prayers and well wishes to us, it really meant a lot! There are still a lot of people facing a hard road so please keep praying for them. The photo below was taken about two miles from my house. Sad smile

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So, instead of arriving at 9:15, we will get in about 2:00, and hopefully have time to hit the expo before dinner reservations. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and on my Facebook Fan Page as well as instagram (runningwithsass) so that you can see all the photos I am posting about the half marathon and Disneyland in general.

I will be attempting to update my blog with Disneyland posts while I am away, so stay with me if you want to see what is going on with the race and the west coast!

QOTD: Ever had a flight cancelled? What did you do?

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