Thursday, September 22, 2011


Yesterday at work we had a little excitement. At about 10 AM, the fire alarms started shrieking throughout the building with a loud announcement that a fire had been reported in the building. We all stood around for a couple of minutes wondering if we should heed the alarm, then grabbed our "important" stuff (purses, phones, etc.) and headed to the stairwell. Let me tell you, I was very happy I was wearing the comfy shoes! We got to the building lobby and then outside, where we were handed cold bottles of water. At which point it became obvious that it was drill and not an actual emergency. Although it was the first drill where I've had beverage service. ;-)

We were all herded across the street and down a block to a waterside park. Even a helicopter swung by to see what was up. Maybe it was part of the drill too?

Speaking of shoes (I was), I picked these up last night at Target.

Along with a bunch of other stuff that I've already decided I'm not keeping. Target's fit model (or models, who knows how many there really are) is just enough off from me at any size that I'm better off not buying clothing there. I realized that years ago but I thought I'd give it another shot. I brought some stuff home to evaluate different styles, etc. in a more relaxed setting, but I'm not going to settle for "almost" when I know I can either buy or make "great" so I'll be making some returns on Saturday. The shoes I'm keeping. I wore them bare-legged all day today and while they're not as cushy as the comfy shoes, they were fine and I didn't feel any need to kick them off as soon as I walked in the door. The heels are higher than they seem in this photo — between 3 and 4 inches, which is HUGE for me. I never thought I'd be wearing heels again.

Today was fairly uneventful, until the drive home. It had been POURING the last hour at work and the streets downtown were flooded. Like 3 ft. deep in places. Really. It's amazing how quickly rainwater accumulates here. Even after 22 years, I'm still impressed. So, like many other commuters, I did a u-turn from my usual route and slowly made my way through the deluge to different streets. Surprisingly, the detours only added about 15 minutes to my trip. Not too bad.

Parting Shot: The Marine is on his way back to Yuma as I type. Thankfully, the impromptu gift I ordered through Amazon got to him in the nick of time. Now he'll have something to read on the flight and over the next six weeks.


  1. What an excitement filled day!
    The highrises that I have worked at have just made you go stand by the fire escape for the drills.

    You sound like me. I grew up sewing all my clothes so the thought of actually trying on clothes in a store totally creeps me out. Its so nice to be able to check them out at home on your own time.

  2. Look on the bright side. They could have had you walk back up the stairs. :-)

    My mother used to sew all her dresses. Not sure if you know what feed sacks are, but she would take feed sacks and make her slips. They would last forever. We grew up hearing her say. " Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without." Still good words to live by.

    I enjoy reading your blog.

  3. I remember one fire drill that evacuated our building as the result of the CEO's secretary blowing out 50 candles out on her birthday cake! We never let her forget it.
    And I've only been here a month or so but it is unbelievable how quickly the streets fill with water. Whole lanes disappear!

  4. What a cute pic of your son, such a happy smile. We get that terrible flooding down here after about 5 minutes of that heavy rain. It's definitely impressive.

  5. Those are great shoes! At the last large corp I worked at I was one of the fire captains, which meant we devised ways of making lists (and keeping them current) so that we could take roll once everyone exited the building. The beverages were a nice touch. No point in losing anyone while they're waiting for the all clear.

    We finally got some rain here in central NC. Apparently, there was a little "rushing" in the back yard, since all the grass is flattened. Luckily, it drained very quickly. It's right by my "walk out" basement sewing room, so I worry sometimes. I'm actually meeting with the insurance agent in a few weeks and I'm going to pose some "hobby property" questions to him. Most expensive room in the house, since computers got cheaper... :-)


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