Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Weathering the storm

A friend just sent me this lovely quote:

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass ... it's about learning to dance in the rain."

I'm going to take it to heart in the future, but right now we are literally ... waiting for the storm to pass.

Tropical Storm Fay has been dumping nonstop rain on us since late Monday night. High winds have strewn debris all over our yard. The streets are flooded and we've had to pump out the pool three times now. And Julia's starting to get cabin fever because she hasn't been out in two days. I'm trying to make life more pleasant with lots of stories (she brings me books now and says "read a storwy, read a storwy..") and Elmo videos. But I would like for the rain to stop now, please. Thank you. I've had all the Cat in the Hat I can take.

Fay isn't the only storm we've been weathering this week. Our company, Gannett, announced there would be 1,000 layoffs company wide. We found out Friday there would be 21 at our newspaper -- 10 through jobs that hadn't been filled and 11 layoffs. We were on edge all weekend. Turns out, both of us get to stay employed, for now. The newspaper business is not a good one to be in anymore. And that makes me sad.

So tomorrow, weather permitting, we're driving to Tampa for our appointment at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Hopefully, I'll have something good to post.


Anonymous said...

Carrie --
I wish good news traveled as fast as bad news does. I'm sure I've missed out on a million great moments over the past couple of years.
I'm glad you have this outlet and that you're using it so well.
Please tell Mike I'm pulling hard for him.
If you drop me a line at, I'll send you pictures of my son, James Newman (aka a physical entity)

Take care and be well,

anjacara said...

I was able to allude cabin fever with Anja by just letting her put some rain boots on and play in the rain. The wind only knocked her over a few times. :)
I am just kidding. She got knocked over A LOT!