Hello everyone! Happy Spring! I didn’t realize it was here already until I looked at a calendar a few days ago. =)
Oddly enough, we had warmer weather last week than this week, but it’s averaging around 65*, so I’ll take it.
I spoke with my grandma yesterday and she said they were dealing with another bout of snow, so I kind of have to be grateful for our weather!
Wherever you are in the world, I hope you get to experience some nice weather this weekend. The only thing I’m not looking forward to is allergy season. When we moved down here last April, I felt crappy for about three months!
Anyway, some interesting things happened this week, so let’s review.
A Fire Scare
Earlier this week, I was woken up by the sound of a loud “BEEP, BEEP BEEP” noise coming from somewhere in the apartment. I immediately proceeded to have a panic attack while looking around for my cats.
There was just one string of beeps, which seemed a little odd. If there was actually a fire, wouldn’t it be going off continuously?
I moved around the apartment – I didn’t smell smoke anywhere. I decided it was probably a test. Then it sounded again.
I called R at work, because that’s totally helpful and rational (I am not good around
fires possible fires). He thought it could be a test, too, but we hadn’t received any notifications from our apartment complex.
I finally made my way outside. Nothing smelled like smoke, I didn’t see any smoke, and no one was gathering outside the buildings.
Since we’re on the third floor, I was able to look out over the parking lot. I noticed a van with “Fire Sprinkler System” on the side of it.
Looking around, I saw several guys going around to each of the buildings, hoses in hand.
At this point I was still pretty flustered because the fire alarms were going off right in my damn ear, and it was worse outside. It brought back some bad memories from high school fire drills!
R decided to come home to check everything out and calm me down because I could barely breathe. He then went to the office where he was told it was just a test.
Apparently, the sprinkler guys came unannounced, so they didn’t have time to alert anyone. I call BS on that.
Needless to say, I’m extremely grateful it ended up being a test. It got me thinking about what would have happened if it wasn’t, though. I definitely need to be better prepared.
So the strange happenings continue the next day, when the power suddenly goes out.
I was working from my laptop in the living room when the wireless cut out. Since we were plagued with wifi issues last year, I figured the router just needed to be rebooted.
It was a beautiful sunny day, so I had no lights on in the apartment. I made my way into our closet, where the router is, and went to turn the light on.
I turned the bathroom light on.
I went outside and saw that the stove and microwave clocks were both off.
Oh, crap. The power was out.
I call R again to let him know what’s going on. I decided to look at the website of our energy company, which happened to have a handy outage map.
Sure enough, there was a triangle right over our complex. 452 people were without power, and the estimated time to be fixed was another 3 hours away.
I had work to do!! Working from home is great, until something happens with the power or technology that’s completely out of your control.
But, thankfully the power came back much sooner than that – it was probably out for 30 minutes, at most. I was extremely grateful I didn’t have to relocate somewhere to get internet. (What can I say, I like staying comfortable!)
My Family is Visiting Soon!
I’m so excited that my grandma, cousin, and aunt are coming down to visit during spring break.
It feels like I was just in NY, but it’s been almost a month since I’ve been back. Plus, I didn’t get to see my aunt or cousin while I was there.
We’re not sure what we’re going to do yet, but we’re hoping the weather will be warm enough to visit the beach a few times.
My grandma is also quite sick of the snow, and we keep telling her to consider moving, so … we’ll see, but of course, I’m not holding my breath after last time!
I’m Going Back to NY!
So many exclamation points!
Yes, I already have plans to go back to NY in June. My cousins asked me if I was available to babysit, and I gladly said yes.
This might sound a little strange…why ask me when I’m all the way down here?
Well, my one cousin has to travel a lot, and in June, she’s doing 3 trips back-to-back. She was extremely upset at the notion of being away from her daughter for that long.
One of her trips is to LI, so she asked if I could fly up and babysit while she’s working, this way she can bring her daughter with her. The baby is nearing 2, and she’s extremely mobile. She didn’t want to ask my grandma to watch her since she’d probably get tired after a few hours.
She’s covering my flight and I’m super excited to be able to spend time with my … second cousin, I guess, since I barely ever got to see her when I was living up there. It’s pretty much a win-win situation for everyone.
I’ve actually never babysat before (I don’t really want children, and I’ve had next to no exposure to babies), so I asked my mom to come along. Her and I had been planning on taking a trip later in June anyway.
I’m thinking of this as a trial run to see how I do with kids. It’ll be an interesting experiment! Any time I’ve been around her she’s been a doll, so I’m not too worried.
Overall, I have a lot to look forward to these next few months!
What have you been grateful for this week? When’s the last time you visited with family or friends?