Rain!

Jan. 4th, 2008 04:09 pm
rendiru: (kayaking)
Wow, it's wet today! We had been warned that a couple of storms were heading our way, but it's been so long since we've had a big one that I had kind of forgotten what they were like.

I went to the store last night to pick up a few things and found that the entire population of the Sacramento valley had been there first. More than half of the bread was gone, there were no bananas, and when I went to pick up some almonds that were on sale, the bin was empty. I've never seen Raley's so poorly stocked. The gentleman who keeps the produce stocked and looking appealing told me that they simply hadn't expected to be so busy that day and that they would have some more bananas in soon. In fact, they may be there today, but I didn't look. But! As I meandered around the store I found a second bin of almonds that had plenty available, so I had some luck with that. Yay!

I was the only clinician on my side of the office scheduled to come in today, so I couldn't avoid trekking in through the heavy rain and winds this morning. I wasn't brave enough to hazard the freeway, so I took surface streets in. There was very little traffic, but the commute had plenty of challenges. As I tried to see past the sheets of rain, I had several types of road hazards to avoid.

There were palm fronds scattered in heaps around their trees, discarded Christmas trees that had been sent traveling through the streets like tumbleweeds, empty and half-empty garbage cans that had been blown over, and, of course, the ever present puddles. Now I don't mean those cute little puddles that were fun to jump in and out of when we were kids.

No, these were mutant puddles that were feeding off the rain and off the small hybrid cars that lacked the wariness to avoid them.

I made it safely to work and saw exactly one patient this morning. All the others called in while I was busy with that one and rescheduled, hoping to come on days where their chances of being blown off the road, crushed by a falling limb, or swallowed by a mutant puddle would be slightly reduced.

Shortly before lunch, I learned that my services wouldn't be needed in the afternoon either, as the doctor whose patient I would have been testing had been called into surgery, with all the afternoon's patients rescheduled.

I stayed through lunch to attend a coworker's going-away party, then signed out and headed home. The rain had picked up while I was at work and was now working with the wind to design breaking waves of water similar to those called up by Mickey Mouse as the sorcerer's apprentice in Fantasia, only without the benefit of brooms. I'm sure it would have been a lovely sight, but since my windshield wipers couldn't keep up with the amount of water pouring from the sky, I can't say for certain.

I do know that the amount of branches on the roadway had at least tripled. There were areas where lanes were blocked by fallen branches as large as some of the trees in my back yard. Other lanes were impassable simply from the volume of water on the roadway. It was flooded over the curb and completely covering the sidewalk at one intersection. Cars drew together like stranded campers huddling together for warmth as they tried to stay out of the worst of the flooding. It would have been a touching Hallmark moment if it hadn't made me fear for my life.

The air, while clean from the scouring it was getting, carried the scents of the broken trees to me even with the windows rolled up on my car. As I passed different neighborhoods, the sharp smell of Eucalyptus would make itself known, only to be nudged out of the way by the tang of pine sap. If palm trees have a characteristic smell, I can't recognize it. I think they only attempted to leap under my tires to draw attention to their sad, scentless plight.

Eventually I made it back to my home, my sanctuary. My sanctuary that had been without electricity since I left that morning. Thankfully, my husband had stayed home and had a cheerful fire going in the wood stove. The house was cozy and warm.

Still, cozy and warm only takes you so far when the light fades and I can no longer see the pages of the book I'm trying to read. We left our older son sleeping off his day, spent herding small children, and took ourselves off to find light, coffee, and free Wi-fi. That's right. We're hanging out at Panera Bread.

Eventually we'll head back home. If nothing else, we should try to eat what's in the fridge before it has a chance to spoil. I heard on the radio that there are about 350,000 people in the greater Sacramento area, including up in the foothills, who are without power. Last time we had outages this widespread, we were without power for several days. Still, we have water, we have lamps and oil to keep them going, we have wood and a stove to burn it in for warmth.

And when we need to get away, there's always Panera.
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Today started out as a long day. You know the type. It didn't start too badly, though I'm not thrilled with having to step out into the cold to get to the storage room so I can turn on the hot water. (I will be so happy when our house is re-piped and we can have hot water whenever we want. We've decided who will get our business and now we need to sign the agreement and put down our deposit. Hooray!)

Anyway, I felt pretty good on the way to work, and was even able to sing along with my CD a little, but almost as soon as I entered the building at work I was slammed by a headache - the kind that saps my energy and slows down my thought processes. It had been just long enough since breakfast that I didn't feel safe taking Excedrin. I thought I might be able to slip out of the office at break to grab something, but there simply wasn't time this morning.

I was feeling kind of grumpy about it, and had all but resigned myself to a dreary morning, when my day was made brighter by one of my clients. I had seen him a couple of weeks ago and had chatted with him about reading habits, writing, books - you know, things that make life good. He mentioned that he wrote a weekly column that appeared online and in several papers, mostly about his experiences as a chaplain at the hospital. It sounded interesting and we had a lovely conversation.

Today he stopped by and left me a copy of his book: No Small Miracles. I thought that was the sweetest thing! I can't tell you how happy that made me. He came while I was in the middle of an appointment, so I didn't get to tell him "thank you" in person. I'll have to settle for sending him a card.

You can read some of his essays at his website.

My headache didn't go away, but it wasn't as important after that. Funny how that works, huh?
rendiru: (flower)
One of my patients dropped by today and brought us presents - wood cut fans. Evidently she has had these for more than 30 years. They are so pretty!



I feel so special! We keep telling her that she doesn't need to bring anything when she comes in. She keeps saying that she knows, but that she likes to do it, so we thank her, smile, and appreciate what she brings.

Misc.

Jun. 22nd, 2004 09:20 pm
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C was given this huge purple pillow last month. He left it in the middle of the living room floor today and Sparky found it as soon as she came in. I think she knows that she's not supposed to be on it, but she looks so cute there that I didn't shoo her off. I hope the pictures show up - they're kind of dark... )

Today was a loooonnnngggg day at work. Every patient took longer than normal, plus I had my student working with me today - that always slows things down. I expect the next week and a half to be full of long days like this - it's the price I pay for taking a vacation next month. [10 days and counting!]

I was too tired to plan anything for dinner, so we had breakfast. I was so happy - my milk gravy turned out really well. I haven't made it in years, so I wasn't sure that it would (it rarely did before), but I had a craving for it as soon as I decided to do breakfast foods for dinner. We had bacon & eggs with biscuits and gravy. Yum!
rendiru: (flower)
I had to leave choir early tonight. I was getting dizzy and feeling like I was about to faint. I have no idea why unless it's my allergies. I had just told my friend who sits next to me that I was going to leave, when the director decided to practice the song that has my solo. It's like she knew I was about to go and wanted to get it in first. LOL I left after that one instead.

Later
My son called from his friend's house. He had been at a surprise birthday party for one of his good friends. The friend's mom was going to drive him home, but everyone decided to go to their house instead. Since she needed to be there to chaperone, J was left without a ride. Well, he could have had a ride, but it would have kept him out past his curfew, so I went to get him.

I got the giggles today at work. My office shares a suite with three ENT doctors. One of them had an entire class of 9- or 10-year-olds from his son's class into the office today for a field trip. I guess they must have been studying hearing and speech or something to do with the anatomy of the head and neck, because the teacher had volunteered to be 'scoped. (Now, I don't know if this was to look at the sinuses, the vocal folds, or to look down the esophagus, but any of those can be an uncomfortable experience - I don't think I would volunteer to do that.) Anyway, there were 27 children packed into the procedure room just after lunch. Dr. G was in the hallway getting things ready, when he suddenly announced to the class as he walked away with their teacher, "I'm just going to go take a look at Mr. -- before we start to make sure he doesn't have any ear wax or boogers." I just about busted up laughing.

Maybe you had to be there. :-)

Anyway, I'm going to turn in early and hope that this light-headedness goes away with an extra hour of sleep. G'night.
rendiru: (flower)
I finished A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer last night. I picked up this book because I loved Sorcery and Cecelia by the same author and Patricia Wrede. I was a little disappointed by this book. The characters fell flat and parts of dialogues were a little obscure - that is, I didn't really get a feel for what the character meant. Perhaps I am just obtuse. I would have gone away happy if I had liked the ending, but, alas, that was not to be. I'll see if hubby wants to read this, but it will likely be traveling soon.

Whine anyone? )

I've taken a chance and purchased four hours of dance lessons each for my friend and me. We've been talking about it for months, and I'm hoping she'll like the idea. (This is her belated Christmas gift.) I'll give her a certificate for it after choir tonight. We have the option of starting as early as tomorrow night, but I think it's more likely that we'll start next week. Now, I have to be careful not to fall over while walking, so this could be very interesting. :-) I'm pretty excited though!
rendiru: (Default)
Patients have been canceling their appts all morning. *Yawn*

The good news is that my afternoon is now free, so I'm going home at lunch time.

/happy dance, happy dance, doing the happy dance

More reading time for me!

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