Hurricane Gustav Evacuation Update – 9-3-08


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Friends:

It is Day 4 of our Evacuation journey. Today, I slept in. Exhaustion finally engulfed me. I skipped breakfast. My husband woke me up to tell me that he had to return to Louisiana by tomorrow morning. He works as Parking Director of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and was ordered to report to work. He has to ready the campus for returning doctors, medical staff, and students.

But we can’t return home yet. There is no power, no sewerage, no fuel, and no groceries available. City services are minimal. So we are migrating south to Diamond Head, Mississippi. Diamond Head is about 50 miles from New Orleans. We rented a 2 bedroom condo. It will be our “home away from home” until we can go back to Harvey. My husband will commute to work from there until we can return home. So he left for Diamond Head ahead of us at about 8:30pm. I will leave as soon as I finish this blog so that I can drive in the cool of the night (no AC in the van). Hopefully, there will be less traffic on the road as well. Mom, Clay, Soleil and the kids will leave in the morning. They need a full night’s rest. We will see them later in the day.

To add to all the chaos of having to uproot again, I had to finish a book. I reviewed the copy edits to my new book, Tangram Tales: Story Theater Using the Ancient Chinese Puzzle.

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Tangram Tales Revisions 9-3-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Tangram Tales Revisions 9-3-08

When I finished, I celebrated with a bottle of Johannesburg Riesling from V. Sattui Winery in Napa Valley. My husband and I picked up the bottle on a recent trip to San Francisco and a tour of Napa Wine Country. And yes, we evacuated with our wine!! Wine is good for relaxing, de-stressing, and pain relief. LOL

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Celebrate Good Times! 9-3-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Celebrate Good Times! 9-3-08

Yes, pain relief… I pulled a muscle in my right foot. I don’t know how I did it but it hurt like Hades! I had to apply pain relief cream and ice it down. The bad thing is that it’s my driving foot.

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Icing Sprained Foot 9-3-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Icing Sprained Foot 9-3-08

Soleil was hard at work too. She had to complete an assignment from art class. The picture is of Cane and Abel. She is a freshman at LSU in Baton Rouge (most of the city is still without power). Not only did she finish her drawing, she had extra work to do as her teacher assigned “evacuation homework.”

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Soleil's Artwork 9-3-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Soleil's Artwork 9-3-08

The highlight of our day was the “Mother of All Storms” – “Cooking Storms,” that is. My mom, using two small portable electric burners cooked a HUGE meal.

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - The Kitchen 9-3-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - The Kitchen 9-3-08

Now check out this spread. Mom cooked chicken adobo (a Filipino specialty), jambalaya, and lo mein, all on those tiny little burners. Clay and Mom fed the front desk (3rd night in a row) and hotel guest passersby. One of the guests from New Orleans, Angelle, said, “You guys taking camping cooking to a whole new level!” LOL

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Cooking Up A Storm 9-3-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Cooking Up A Storm 9-3-08

The kids went swimming today and tore up their toes on the rough pool bottom. It still doesn’t quell their unbridled energy. Several of the hotel guests commented that they were so “well-behaved.” That’s funny – they don’t get to see them inside our rooms! Hahaha Actually, they are pretty well-behaved in public. That’s where it counts, right? Here, I caught them having a quiet moment with Soleil, watching music videos on her laptop.

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Kids Chillin with Soleil 9-3-08

Hurricane Gustav Evacuation - Kids Chillin with Soleil 9-3-08

Okay, now it’s time to get on the road to head to Mississippi. Let’s pray for a smooth, uninterrupted, safe journey there. It’s supposed to take 5 hours. Here’s hoping…

Until next time…

Warmly, Dianne