Crazy weekend story:
Ok, so I posted when I was packing for dh. Got him out the door, on his way to the volunteer weekend, and I went back to sleep. L and I slept for a bit, then got up and packed some things (mega giant zucchini, rice milk, extra dipes) and headed to mom's to use the kitchen. We made Mary's soup and Kathy's bread and had extra left to freeze. On the way to mom's in the car, dh calls me and asks if I'm still home, and I say no, but if he needs somethign urgent, I can go back, or I will be home around 4 and can do it then. He says not to worry, so I go on my way.
Had a nice lunch with mom, dad, L, my nona, brother's gf, and my niece. MMM good foods. Mom's godmother came to visit and meet L. And she got 2 short naps in. We also still had my friend's furniture from IKEA in the car, we were going to drop it off to her at 5 and head out to the end of the event to have dinner with dh and friends. Usually I also volunteer - it's the big fundraiser for the local MS society, it's a 150 mile bike tour from Cleveland to Cedar Point, sleep, bike back, 75 miles each day.
SO dh calls just as the first storm comes in, would I pretty please when I go home pick up a computer to bring to him. I'm thinking no biggie, it's just the laptop. NO, he wants the DESKTOP. I say "are you f-ing kidding me?" and he's serious. Apparently all the technical crap he did (there are GPS tracking devices in each of the medical team vehicles) aren't reporting back to the medical officer so they are unable to track them, unable to give 911 an accurate location ("I'm on SR 113 in the middle of a cornfield" doesn't work for EMS). And the laptop he has isn't able to do the technical changes to the trackers, they've tried.
So ok, I understand, and I agree. There are like 2300 people out there that need medical support. But he also wants a monitor. WTF???!!!?! a monitor?!?! Ok, so he has a new flat panel one that weighs only 20# that I'll bring. No, don't bring that he says, it'll get broken and it was $$$$. Well I told him his choices were risking the flat panel or no computer at all, and he relented. We leave mom's (I take niece with me, figuring she's bored and would enjoy the getaway and that I really need help with Lauren since she's cranky and I'm going to need to load software and put a computer in the car while keeping her safe).
So like I said, it had started to rain. Just a regular heavy summer storm. We get on the freeway and it's serious downpour. Like everyone is stopping because it's not safe to drive. And I keep going. Niece is saying "wow, this is really hard to see, how do you know you are still on the road?" and such. And I should have stopped. But I only had 2 more exits. So we get off freeway, drive through neighborhood. There is 6" of standing water on my street. There is 6" water on my walkway to my house. And it's coming down even harder now. So I climb in the back of the van to get L, and we all exit through niece's door and run for the house, leaving our shoes in the car.
Soaking wet, get in house, remember we have a leaking problem in the basement, the waterproofing guys won't be out until next month to fix it. Niece goes downstairs to see, comes back "wow, we could swim down there" - ok, not as bad as she made it out to be, but much worse than we've had before. 3" in the low spots, water backed up into the utility sink waterfalling over the sides, sump pump can not keep up with the volume. I find the old drain that was apparently disconnected, open the cap, and water goes down. So something is still connected. For all I know, it might just be feeding back into the water that is pouring in, but I feel better watching it wash down the drain.
Stand in 2" puddle and program computer. Get software update. Oops wait, the power goes out while I'm doing this. Wait for it to come back, restart home network, reconfigure part of network to get computer back on, then do software update again. All the while screaming at dh on the phone for making me do this. Lauren gets really fussy, stop to feed her. Back to basement. Carry computer and monitor and bag full of keyboard and cables out in the rain to the car. Old lady upstairs comes home and parks very close to the van, so I can't open the door to get the stuff in there. And she rolls down her window and wants to chat. UH HELLO OLD LADY, move your f-ing car! I'm literally dripping and standing with a 30# computer in my arms and she wants to CHAT!!!
Ok, so I got her to move, and came back inside. Find dress from SIL for niece to change into once we get going. Pack up baby and niece, it's time to go to friend's house and drop off really big boxes from IKEA. Drive through 8" of standing water on my street (yep, flooded over the curbs and onto lawns) and toward mall where freeway ramp is. Get stuck in slow traffic, I figured there was an accident near the freeway and that's why. NOPE, the entire road is under water. People sitting on top of their cars in the intersections, etc. So I turn into the mall - thinking there are 2 ways out - either around the flood and to the freeway exit I was aiming for, or to the back of the mall, up the street and to the next exit. Well option 1 was also under water, as was the Sears parking lot. More cars with water above the doors. Slowly get to far side of mall, other side of mall also flooded. Again, cars under water (the lot here is lower, the cars are UNDER water) and apparently there is 3' of water in the basement of Kaufmanns as well. Yikes. So we go back to the middle of the mall and exit back to the street and try to go up to the next freeway exit. Nope, traffic stopped.
I call friend and tell them that everything is flooded and I'll have to bring the furniture Sunday, and they are ok with that. So now I have to get over to the OTHER freeway that is closer to the lake. Down first street, nope, it's flooded. Back in traffic. Back to main road. Down 2nd street with a freeway exit. Nope we get 1/2 way there and have to detour. All the way back to my house, and one exit the wrong way from my house we find a road to the freeway. Get on, still pouring rain. Drive in crazy rain for 30 min. until it starts to get better. Drive 30 min. more to get to exit where dh is staying. Have dinner w/dh and buddies, take dh and computer back to hotel to reprogram the trackers. It's like 8:30 and something isn't programming right. Niece is begging to get in the pool.
So we go to play in the pool, dh and 6 buddies are all frantically working on the trackers. Niece discovers dance floor near pool, creates own personal dance studio and amuses self and others. 9:30, still working. 10:00 still working. So niece and L both have 9:00 bedtimes. Back to hotel room, L and I curl up on the bed and she nurses to sleep. Niece discovers wireless internet on dh's laptop.
11:00. Still working. But he says it's almost done. 11:30, they are done, everything works right. I told dh I wasn't driving home. No way I could get us all safely there I was too tired. He offers choices of trying to find me a room or driving me home and then driving back. I look at his roommate for the weekend and say "can we just stay here" and he's ok with that. So L, dh and I sleep on a double bed, with L's nipple in my mouth the entire night. Luckily she doesn't make a lot of noise at night. Poor kid had to sleep in a sposie though, because I didn't have enough cloth to get her home the next day. Got a cot for niece, and roommate takes his own bed.
5am, both alarms are going off. Dh and his roommate are up, showering, packing, out the door around 6. I go back to sleep until 9. Check out and hit the road. Get niece some McD's for breakfast. Drive along, try to find dh at the lunch stop (41 miles of biking) because I know where that is. Turns out I forget where it is. I get lost. Dh has laptop and map software and won't help me get found. Finally after stopping to feed L, we get someone to help us. Get to lunch stop, but dh has moved on in his medical vehicle. I'm starving, I can't eat McD's for breakfast. L is cranky and needs a nap. Luckily lunch stop is only about 10 min. from friend who needs IKEA furniture. But they won't be home until after 12:30. So we hang out with bikers, talk to a guy on a hand bike (had polio, can't pedal), check out the goldwings, the recumbants, and find a few kids who are riding along. Niece decides she wants to ride next year on the back of dh's bike (he's talking about riding instead of volunteering).
I find grapes, bananas, and water. Niece gets oranges and a ham sandwich. And the head of the medical teams stops for lunch and is profusely thankful that I brought the computer out. Made their lives 1000x easier he tells me. At least he was kind, dh didn't thank me much.
So we finally reach friend, go to her house and drop off IKEA boxes, and head to my mom's. Eat some real food, L and I settle in for a nap, leaving cell phone far away so we can't be bothered. L wakes me after 2 hrs. Dh calls, wants us to join him for dinner with buddies again. Ok so we go. Dh uses last cloth dipe as a burp cloth, I can't change L again, no spare sposies either. See lots of friends I haven't seen in a while, but am also cranky and tired.
That was the weekend. Last night dh and L went to bed, and when I got there at 9:30 she woke, and woke 3x before midnight. Nursed every hour or more, and I'm still tired.
Basement is still wet, although only small puddles, no thick water, and it was all clean, no sewage. Must go do laundry though, as the piles of dirty clothing will mildew if I don't. And must do dipes and clean out van. Whee!!