Since switching to a 4‑day work week, my weekends have been more relaxing and fun-filled. This weekend was no exception.
Thursday night I was able to go to Courtney’s Double-header. Her team won against the first team they played, but lost against the second team them played. The Tornado’s I think were their name. We call them the Shrinkydinks. They are professional players, just shrunk down to kid size. They were freakishly good.
Friday we cleaned house and got ready for Game Night with a bunch of friends. We usually have a game night once a month. This time we were joined by my long-time High school friend Kelly and her husband Brad. It was so great to see her again!
For some reason, it was also the night to just let go and have fun. I got tipsy and tired, one of our other friends got drunk, Amy got drunk (and then tried to type–unsuccessfully–on facebook.) And the hubby of one friend, unfortunately, had to work. He brought his laptop with and was ‘coding’ at my desk. I ended up keeping him company for most of the night. (still had fun just visiting with him and not trying to fall asleep). I was pretty tired from getting up early–I had woke up at 4:30 in the morning on Friday.
Everyone had a great time and it was great to just hang out.
Saturday we met my dad, sister and her new boyfriend for lunch. Being my charming self, I convinced my dad to give me his surround sound for an early birthday present. It’s a nice Yamaha, that also can take my video signals and act as a switcher. So I no longer need my manual hand switcher (you push a button to switch between signals). We then went back to my house for my famous Polynesian Chicken Shishkabobs for dinner. They were a big hit. and watched a movie.
Then on Sunday, Amy went to pick up the kids from her sisters house up north. On her way back, she saw black smoke coming from our neighborhood. She called us to see if it was near us, it was on the other side of the park.
What happened is that our newly appointed fire-chief lives in our park. He was grilling on his deck, turned everything off and somehow the deck and pine tree next to his deck just went up in flames (a neighbor said she heard a “whoosh” and everything was a flame). Because of the high winds, Amy said the flames literally were reaching across the street and melting siding off neighboring homes. Half of a home next to the one on fire burned away, and then 3 other homes around it have massive vinyl melting.
Amy was in full C.E.R.T. mode and directing people away, and then directing home owners to shut down all their electricity and gas stuff as gas lines were exploding and power lines were on the verge of melting. She assisted the Chief of Police in making sure the correct people’s statements were taken. The officers were taking statements from the heard of people who congregated AFTER the fact and didn’t get any from the neighbors that were outside and actually saw what happened, so Amy made sure they talked with the officers.
She was really the only resident allowed behind the police tape because all the cops knew her from C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) and knew she was trained and could help. Which she did. She stayed over there until everything was contained.
We then learned that there was also a fire in Centennial Square, a brawl in Centennial Square and then a grass fire in the City Park behind our neighborhood. So it was a very busy day.
We then all relaxed and watched movies/TV on the new surround sound. I promptly fell asleep in the chair…