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I don’t mean to be rude.

I feel like this girl right now.

If you have tried to contact me in some form or attempt to contact me this week, don’t worry if you haven’t/don’t hear back from me right away. I’m not trying to be rude, I’m just super, super busy. I will get back to you though! Right now I’m taking a breather to let my mind settle before heading to bed.

Here’s a little look into my crazy life lately:

Thursday, October 9:

  • Class from 9:30 – 2:30
  • Went wedding dress shopping with a friend
  • Drove to Batesville to pick up Steven

Friday, October 10:

  • Steven rented a backhoe and demolished/cleaned up our backyard. (Photos to come!)
  • I finished editing Kayli’s pictures (check out my photo blog!)
  • I started on a 4 page (so far!) web site critique essay.
  • We went to the Westside/Highland football game (Go Warriors!)

Saturday, October 11:

  • I continued work on my essay.
  • Steven continued work on the yard.
  • I did LOTS of laundry.
  • I took 2 quizzes for my online class.
  • We had a date night and went to see Fireproof. Awesome movie! We both really liked it.

Sunday, October 12:

  • Revival started at church
  • I taught the toddler class.
  • Lunch at church.
  • I went to the bank while Steven went to pick up the TrailBlazer from the shop. (Oh yeah, did I mention we’ve been down to one car for a week now?)
  • We came home, Steven grabbed a container and went to get diesel for the backhoe, and I put together my photo equipment. I also discovered that one of my light heads doesn’t work! I’ll be on the phone about that in the morning.
  • Steven packed up and left for work, and I sat down to take a test for my online class.
  • I spent an hour or so photographying my buddy, Carter, at his grandparents’ house.
  • I had dinner with Jason, Nikki, and Carter.
  • I came home and worked on my web site critique essay some more.
  • I started the typed portion and did some more sketches for a 40-page design book I have due on Tuesday!

And the upcoming schedule…

Monday, October 13 (tomorrow):

  • Finish the web site critique
  • Work on more sketches
  • Class at 2:00
  • Gym time/studying for Abnormal Psychology Test (I multitask!)

Tuesday, October 14:

  • Web site critique essay due
  • Abnormal Psychology test
  • Design book, rough draft due
  • Write 3-page pager over the influences and contributions of the portable scanner to digital media and design

Wednesday, October 15:

  • Class at 2:00 – Paper over the portable scanner due
  • Photo session at 3:30
  • Church (or more likely, sleep!)
  • Put together door prize for Saturday
  • Start editing photos from this week

Thursday, October 16:

  • Clean house/laundry
  • Print order forms for craft show
  • Steven comes home

Friday, October 17:

  • Clean house
  • Put together background for Saturday’s craft show
  • Last minute stuff for craft show
  • Set up for craft show at 5:00

Saturday, October 18:

  • My first craft show!
  • Photo session with my cousin right after that

Sunday, October 19:

  • Back to church
  • Photograph a birthday party at Craighead Forest Park

See? I told you I was busy, busy this week!
P.S. – Please pray that I don’t lose my mind and/or forget anything really important!

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Day #22

I was finally able to speak to Steven again tonight. I talked to him this morning, as they were driving from Houma, LA to Texas, but a lot of the phone towers are out in Southern Texas, so we hadn’t spoken since about 11:00 this morning. His crew is staying in Woodville, TX. Phone service is sketchy where they are working, but closer to the hotel it is ok. He has absolutely no idea when he will be home. Today was day 22. (And no, I’m not sitting around counting. I honestly had to look at my calendar to figure it out.) The map below shows where they are.

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Steven will be home…

Drum roll, please….

Hopefully next month. 😦

He will definitely be in Louisiana until Hurricane Ike hits at the end of this week. If it hits the U.S., which is pretty much a given, they will head there as soon as possible.

Here’s a little trivia for you.

Officially, hurricane season in the U.S. is from June 1 to November 30. Snow/ice season can start in the Oklahoma/Kansas/Missouri area (all Steven’s territory) as early as October. Yes, as in next month. And as we saw this year, snow can continue to fall in March. As long as it isn’t ice, we are ok though. So, basically I have absolutely no idea when my husband will be home, or for how long. I won’t be surprised if they get home at the beginning of October, and are back out on the road by mid-November.

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Another update from the Mr.

I just talked to Steven for the first time today! I’ll admit, I was getting stressed. I knew he would call when he could. I just didn’t know when that would be. He said he’d try to call again tomorrow, too.

They are now in Houma, LA. (See maps below.) I talked to him yesterday just before they drove down and again when they arrived – after driving through the hurricane- and I hadn’t heard from him since. Here is what he had to say:

– No power in the town at all.
– They do have running water.
– Only one person on his crew has cell phone service, and he is on “Roam.”
– They slept in a shelter last night, but will have a hotel room tonight.
– They’ll be there a while. He thinks about a month. He also said that he has been told this is Entergy’s second largest outage ever – second only to Katrina. They didn’t even do any repair work today. They just spent the day cleaning poles out of the streets.

Please keep these guys in your prayers.


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Update from Steven

Hurricane Gustav is bearing down on the coast. Steven just called from a co-worker’s phone to say that he no longer has service on his cell phone. The red dot on the map below shows where they are staying to wait out the storm. They’ll have damage there, though. Well, obviously if he’s already lost cell phone service. He said he’d call me again as soon as he could.

Hurricane Gustav Notes, Stats, Facts
12:35 p.m. ET 9/1/2008

Editor’s Note: This is a running collection of notes, reports, and statistics about Hurricane Gustav.

12:35 pm ET

A couple of tornadoes have been reported in the Florida Panhandle — one in Gulf Breeze and the other at Eglin Air Force Base.

And a NOAA tide station at Burns Point, La., reported at about 11 am CT sustained winds of 53 mph with gusts to 74 mph.

11 am ET

The NHC says the center of Hurricane Gustav has made landfall near Cocodrie, La.

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Frequently Asked Questions

With Steven being gone this week, I’ve gotten lots of questions. Actually, I’ve only gotten a few more than normal. People usually have lots of questions as soon as Steven mentions traveling or working out of state. I’m not sure if people are concerned or just curious as to how our crazy life works. I guess as newlyweds that barely live together, we are a bit of an oddity.

Anyway, here are a few of the most commonly asked questions.

Q. Who does he work for?
A. Razz Electrical Services. They are based in Louisiana. This answer has actually changed a few times in the last few years. He started out at U.U.C.I. from Conway (he was working in the Fayetteville area), and he then went to Pike Electric, which is based in North Carolina (he worked in MO and TX).

Q. What exactly does he do?
A. Steven is a lineman. He builds power lines. He has been in the linework business for almost 2 years now. He loves his work and plans to do it until he retires.

Q. Isn’t that dangerous? Don’t you worry about him?
A. Yes and yes. I try not to think about it though. I’ve watched him work, and I know that he takes the proper safety precautions. That’s all I can ask of him. I can’t control what other people do, so I just pray. In my own little world he is getting up and going to work and it stops with the word “work.” I do pray for him everyday, but I don’t think much about what he is doing other than that. I just remind myself that technically he is no safer doing that than any other job. When God says it is time to go, it’s time to go.

Q. Do they pay good?
A. We aren’t starving. 🙂

Q. Do they pay for his hotel/food/gas?

A. Hotel-Yes. Food- He gets paid a weekly per diem. Gas- No.

Q. When does he come home?
A. Normally he leaves Sunday evenings, works Monday – Thursday and comes home Thursday nights.

Q. Do you stay at your house, all by yourself all week?
A. Honestly, I get this more than I ever thought I would. The thought of doing anything else never crossed my mind until people started asking. Yes, I stay at our house. Where else would I go? We have 3 dogs and a cat, and I don’t think they would travel well. I have always enjoyed being home by myself and am not bothered by it.

Q. How do you do it? You must miss him a lot…
A. We lived over an hour away from one another when we met. In the 4 years we dated, we lived in the same town less than 18 months, and that was broken into two segments. I got most of my crying out the first 3 months we dated, when he lived in Batesville. (He would drive to Jonesboro on Friday night or Saturday afternoon and would go back on Sunday evening. I hated Sundays.) He went to doing linework in the fall of 2006, and we were forced to get used to it pretty quick when he spent a few weeks in Oklahoma that October working his first ice storm. Honestly, you get used to it though and fall into the routine. It isn’t always easy, but it isn’t the end of the world either.

Q. Will he ever work close to home?
A. I have no idea. There is always the possibility of his crew getting a random assignment close to home, but it isn’t very likely. Other than that, the answer is no, unless he gets a job with a local co-op. We’re waiting until after I graduate to worry with that though.

Q. What will you do when you have kids?
A. I’ll send them on the road with him. 🙂


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