It’s been quite a while since I posted on this site but I always knew I’d be back. Over the years I’ve had a bunch of sites and year before last year I went through my files and took them all down, all but this one. I didn’t take down this site because I LOVE internet marketing, I guess you could say it’s my passion.
At the time when I decided to take down my sites, I had just been promoted at my job and it was taking a lot of time and energy to get my new department turned around. I didn’t have any energy left to do internet marketing. I’d get home at 7 or 8 at night after being at the office for up to 12 hours that day. I had nothing left. So, I had to decide where my focus would go and at the time it was to my day job, which pays me a good salary.
Now fast forward to the present, my day job is the same job but my department is under control and has been for a while. I know the systems and processes I implemented like the back of my hand. I arrive at 8 in the morning and leave promptly at 5. Since we moved closer to where we work, I’m home at 5:30. Additionally, our daughter graduated from college where she played volleyball for four years, and we don’t even travel to watch her play any longer. I now have some time and I’m feeling the itch to come back and build my online empire !
So I thought I’d make this post to let anyone who might be subscribed to my feed know that I’m back and they will start seeing posts again. Sometime in the next couple of weeks I’m going to sit down and make a plan and set a direction for this site and I’ll post that information then. I would be working on it this weekend but on Tuesday morning my hard drive crashed so I ordered a new computer (the one that crashed was old, I really needed a new one anyway). I should get it tomorrow and I imagine I’ll spend the weekend downloading my stuff from Carbonite (I LOVE CARBONITE) and loading up all my software. I’m not sure what I’ll do about all my saved passwords but oh well, I guess I’ll figure them out as I go. Once all that’s done, then my mind will be free to do some planning.
I want to thank everyone (if there is anyone) who is reading this post. Thank you for sticking with me, I know I’ve been a little undependable. I’m hoping to correct that image of me in your eyes.
I’m also going to send out this post as an email and give all subscribers the opportunity to unsubscribe.
Thanks again and I’ll be talking to you again within the next couple of weeks.
Today is Sunday, September 14th, two days after Hurricane Ike hit the Houston/Galveston area. Brent and I were very blessed, the only damage we had were to a few shingles on our roof and Brent has already repaired them. Our electricity went out at 3:00 a.m. during the storm, we were sleeping in our master bedroom closet because that was the only room in the house that didn’t have a window. If we hadn’t been in there, I would not have slept at all. It was still scary because once the winds got to full force (they estimate 80-100 mph where where are), things were hitting our house and we didn’t know what was happening outside.
The next day we prepared ourselves for the heat and living without electricity and just after I opened our windows around 11:00 a.m., our electricity came back on. I couldn’t believe it, but as soon as we knew for sure it was going to stay on, we called family so they could come over and stay with us.
God bless those who lost much, especially those down in the coastal areas. The news on TV is continuous and it appears Galveston took a big hit. There was one video where they were showing the Hooters that was over the water on the seawall, it wasn’t there, not even the pillars it stood on. It was totally gone. Please be safe and take care in the aftermath, and pray for those who weren’t so lucky.
Today may be the last day I’m able to make a post for a while depending on how well Houston handles Hurricane Ike. We went to bed last night and the winds were still only 100 mph and this morning they’ve increased to 105. They’re saying landfall will be around 1:00 a.m. tonight, so there’s not much time left for it to strengthen, which is very good news.
Brent and I have decided to stay home. We made hotel reservations in San Antonio and thought we’d go, but he works in retail and felt an obligation to his employees and customers to stay. Even though we had today scheduled as a vacation day, it just didn’t feel right to him to leave his employees without a manager, especially since the company’s headquarters has given no direction as to how long they should remain open. We had planned to go to Austin to watch our youngest daughter Brittany play in a volleyball tournament at University of Texas (they played #3 ranked UT last night and actually won one set ~ a big deal for a Southland Conference team). Hurricane Ike trumped the volleyball.
We live in the very northwest section of Houston in a suburb called Cypress and the prediction is that the winds here will be 75-100 mph. We’ve done all the normal stuff, we have water, food, batteries, candles. We exchanged cell numbers with those neighbors that we hadn’t exchanged numbers with in the past. I wish we had remembered propane for our grill before the stores ran out. We’ve brought everything in from the yard. We’re able to get one car (our better one) into the garage. I took digital photos of everything. I cleaned the bathtubs yesterday and today we will fill them with water. We did not board up the windows, actually, no one in our neighborhood has (yet), so today we will move our furniture away from windows toward the middle of the room just in case a window breaks. I’ve already touched base with my kids, actually we’re staying in constant contact, today we’ll call other family members that we haven’t talked to yet.
In watching the media all day yesterday, last night and this morning, it appears our city leaders have done a very good job of communicating and evacuating the areas that need to be evacuated. It’s nothing like when Rita was threatening us three years ago, but no where near as many people are leaving either. Many gas stations are out of gas, but they say tankers are on their way to refill. The freeways were jammed up a bit last night but this morning, they’re clear.
One thing I saw this morning on TV that’s a bit scary was a reporter down in Galveston standing on the seawall. For those of you who don’t know what the Galveston seawall looks like, it’s a concrete wall that runs the length of the island that’s about 15′ tall. Usually, there’s a beach at the base that’s about 100 yards or more (depending on the tide) from the base of the seawall to where the water from the Gulf of Mexico rolls in. At the top of the seawall there’s a wide sidewalk where people normally ride bikes, jog, or stroll up and down the island, and then there’s a 5-lane street (one’s a turning lane). The reporter was standing across the street from the seawall and behind him you could see the waves crashing over the seawall onto the street. People who had not left yet but were heading out, people who were born and raised there who stopped to talk, said they’d never seen the water like that this many hours before a hurricane actually hit. They were taking heed and leaving.
We expect to be without electricity fairly quickly, in fact, by the time some of you read this in your feed reader or email, it’ll probably already be out. We don’t have big trees, but there are electricity poles where we live, it’s not underground. We actually have a flight to California on Thursday and I’m wondering if the airport will be operating. I sure hope so, if we’re out of electricity for 5 days, it’ll be nice to get out of here. Anyway, I don’t know when my next post will be. If we get to California on Thursday, I’ll update you to let you know how we fared.
We’re ready, but still a bit scared. It’s been 25 years since Hurricane Alicia hit our area and I remember being scared then. We made it through that one very well with no damage, we didn’t even lose our electricty and I pray for the same with Ike. I also pray that the people of our wonderful city come through this well.
If you’re in the Houston area, God Bless you and be safe.
We’ll see you on the other side of Ike.
It’s been a long week and I don’t think I got all the sleep I need. That makes for some cranky times but I’m doing my best to fight it. I’m sure I’ll get a good night’s sleep tonight since tomorrow’s Sunday and I can sleep in just a bit.
So, do you know why I’m so sleepy (now I get tell you a little about me and my family)? Well, our daughter Brittany plays volleyball for Texas State University and their season started last Saturday. We took off work last Friday and went to San Marcos, Texas to watch her play in the their home tournament. Then we spent all day Sunday spending money on her. The team won three of their four matches and all in all, it was a good weekend.
But that’s not what made me sleepy, it was the Tuesday night game against Baylor University that started it all. Brent and I took off work at 2:00 p.m. and were on the road by 3:00. Two hours and 45 minutes later we pulled into San Marcos, stopped for a bite to eat and headed over to gym. It wasn’t a good night for the Texas State Bobcats, they got stomped, three games to one in a match that was best of five. It was 9:30 when we headed to Whataburger for dinner with Brittany, 10:15 before we were on the road again headed home.
Yeah, it was a really short night after we hit the bed at 1:00 a.m. and to top it off, the first week of the month is brutal for me at my day job. I’m an accountant and in closing the prior month’s business there are deadlines and long days. I was so glad to see Friday and get some sleep.
Brittany and the Bobcats are in Arizona this weekend playing some really good teams in another tournament we decided not to attend. They lost two matches and won one against Texas Tech. Not too bad since they kind of anticipated those losses, Arizona is a PAC 10 team and that conference is the best in country. And Santa Clara was even better, they beat Arizona.
I better be sure to get in a bunch of sleep before Tuesday as we’re going to do it all over again. They play at Texas A&M on Tuesday and then there’s another tourney at University of Texas that runs through Friday.
This is our third year of doing this as Brittany’s a Junior but why does it seem so much harder this year?