Thursday, May 19, 2011


Motivation is something I've been seriously struggling with lately. I'm just not finding the energy to do much anymore, and don't really feel much like trying. (And before you ask, yes, I DID go back to the doctor and got that prescription refilled!) I've been working pretty much nonstop, and when I'm not at work I'm asleep. Somewhere in all that I may eat something, and occasionally I even get to spend some time with The Hubby.

On the good news front (and there's quite a bit of it!):
  • We are still safe and secure, currently living with The In-Laws, and our animals are still with us. And they're loving the new digs.
  • Since we've been able to get back to the house, we've been able to slowly start getting some of our stuff out. Not the big stuff like furniture and major appliances, because most of those are done for, but some of the little stuff and some of the stuff with sentimental value. We were able to save most of our pictures, wedding bands (with both of us working in factories we can't really wear them day-to-day), The Hubby's collection of Ninja Turtles (sigh), guitars/amps, the TV and the Wii (but not the cords), the lockbox that holds most of our important documents (And some of those documents were even salvageable. The lockbox floated the best it could, but alas, it was under the bed... It would have been fine otherwise!), and a bunch of other miscellaneous stuff. 
  • As soon as our county was declared a disaster area, FEMA stepped in. We applied online for assistance, our house was inspected, and within two or three business days we got some money in the bank--enough to pay off what we owed on the house.
  • Everyone has been so amazing through all of this. Offers of help have come in from all directions, and sometimes from totally unexpected sources. So many offered to share their homes with us, or have been willing to donate items, or to store stuff for us, or were willing to provide the work or tools needed to move belongings or work on the house. And of course all the "let me know if you need anything"s. We've been amazed at the outpouring of support we've received, and are so grateful. We are truly lucky to have the friends and family that we do.  
Although this whole situation really, really, REALLY sucks, I'm (we're) handling it really well , especially thanks to our friends and family members. Things could have been so much worse for us. Now we're able to be cautiously excited. Worried and stressed, but excited at this opportunity to make changes in our lives.  Now we "get" to buy a new house, with new furniture, all on our own. It'll take a while, and we'll probably be sleeping on our recently-purchased air mattress for quite some time and, once we get into a new place, investing in some bean bag chairs for a while until we can afford *real* furniture, but we'll get there. Slowly but surely we will get there.

Thank you all so much for being patient with me on my total slacking regarding posting! Although it didn't help that Blogger was down for a few days, either... I know I still have quite a few stories to tell from the past couple weeks, so I promise I'll be back to posting more regularly again soon. Also, note the new "the title may be a *bit* misleading" label. I'm sure this will not be the last time it will be used, but it is indeed the first. Maybe I'll go back through older posts and see if it applies elsewhere. Meh.