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23 January 2010 @ 05:16 am
"I heard he controls the weather and wrote the screenplay to Glitter!"  

Wow, it is literally 4 AM and I'm wide awake and I have no idea what to do with myself. So, perfect LJ update time, right? Of course right.

Let's talk about Thursday...


Yesterday it rained. And it rained and rained and rained. I may be exaggerating, but remember on Winnie the Pooh, when the rain rain rain came down down down, and Piglet floated away in a honey pot? Yeah, that's how it felt.

I didn't realize that it was raining when I left the house, otherwise I would have grabbed my completely adorable daisy rainboots instead of my very impractical pointy toe flats, and by the time I realized it was raining, I was already late and had no time to dig around in my closet to find said boots.

Anywho, my story continues as I drove down the dirt road and found myself sliding around at 10 mph. Apparently it rained a lot while I was sleeping.

I managed to make it into the school without much of an incident, which I considered successful since wet cement outside of the school usually results in me falling spread eagle on said cement, and small children rushing to my side to help me up. Yeah, that's happened an embarrassing amount of times since I've started working there. Damn cement.

And, of course, it was still raining, and continued to rain as my kids got to school and the rest of the preschoolers arrived. While the mainstream class dropped down to about 7 kids, all of my kids decided to show up, even though I had had absences the entire week. Of course that would happen. So, we kept the kids inside during outside play time, considering that it was STILL raining, and there was a lake forming in the sandbox, which was going to be one hell of a thing to rake the next morning. My kids were wired, let me tell you. I generally use outside play time as "Robin runs around and chases her boys until they are calm enough to sit through story time," and skipping the whole running around thing for more sitting and learning  was sooo not going to happen. And it probably didn't help that I gave them cookies.

I survived preschool and all the antsy kids with most of my hair still attached, and then I had to take my boys to their buses. In the rain. I should probably mention that this is not rain like we usually have rain, which is really more like sprinkling, but causes Arizonans to go in a happy rain dance frenzy, and draws stares from our winter visitors from the North. I had to pop the hearing aids off the boys and put them in their backpacks, and I showed some leg to the mainstream teacher to use her umbrella, which I intended to use for myself, but felt bad for one of my hoodless boys, so I let him hold it. I grabbed his hand, and Regina, my new aide, grabbed the other boys' hands, and we walked verrrrrrry sloooooowly to the bus (because if I was going to go eagle by running to the bus, I was going to take some children with me, and that may result in losing my certification).

So, 10 minutes later, we made it halfway to the buses.

And another 10 minutes later, all three boys were deposited at their respective buses.

And about 20 years later, I made it back inside. Completely drenched.

The aides from the special ed preschool next door suggested I should throw some things in the custodian's dryer with their shoes, so I wouldn't freeze to death. I pointed out that the administration would probably frown if I tossed my pants in the dryer and had to walk around in my thong the rest of the day. I kept my pants on. It was for the best.

Regina and I ate lunch together and planned for next week, shivering since we have no control of the heat at school. Then, we heard rumors that all the afternoon preschool classes were going to be canceled for the day. I didn't really think much of it, since I see all older kids in the afternoon. Then, the principal came on the loudspeaker and announced that all children who ride buses will be sent home at 12:30, and all other kids were to wait at school until their parents came to pick them up. And it was strongly advised that staff also leave as soon as all their children were gone. There are a few thoughts running through my mind by now:
A. Because of rain? Seriously?
C. Frakkin' hell, I have an IEP meeting at 3:45 that will need to be rescheduled.

So, after contacting the parents, having an informal meeting with the staff to go over goals, and contacting the parents again, we finally got to leave school. Which meant walking verrrrrrry slooooowly to my car. In the rain. And it's still pouring.

At this point, I know I'm not going to be able to get home. I had enough trouble going down the roads that morning, and with all the rain that followed, there's no way my car would make it. So, I had to make arrangements to stay somewhere in town. And buy provisions, so I could look halfway decent at work the next morning. I tried to run an errand at the UPS Store, but there was Lake Michigan in the parking lot, and I couldn't park in the high ground, so I gave up. I went to Dillards and bought an outfit with a gift card I got for Christmas (Lucky jeans on sale!) and stopped by Target for some essentials.

Then, I had to figure out where I was going to stay. I could either pop in on my grandma or my aunt, since they both had a couch or bed I could crash in, and are both up early enough to make sure I stumble out the door for work the next morning. My grandma could use the company, but my aunt has cable and internet. I would like to say that I'm not shallow, buuuuut...I went to my aunt's house :D

When I arrived at her house, in the rain (yes, I didn't forget that it was still raining), the news was on, we were having severe storm and flash flood warnings through the emergency broadcast system, and...the best news of all...SCHOOLS WERE CANCELLED FOR FRIDAY!!!


My aunt is a high school teacher, so we went to bed early and slept in the next morning, and I relished being stranded, even though my phone died in the morning, and I fell asleep in my contacts, so my eyes were on fire. Then, my dad called tonight to say that the road was no longer treacherous, and I went home.

The end of my stranded experience.

So, I'm thinking I need to pack an emergency stranded kit in my car, in case of natural disasters in my future. Here's what I came up with so far:

-My shampoo and conditioner and brush and hair products (my hair was hellish to brush out after my shower today, and I'm thinking I'm going to have to wash out the product I got from Target. Ick)
-those Philosophy skin care samples from Sephora I've been storing up
-a laptop
-my glasses
-my boomerang pillow and snuggie (don't judge)
-cell phone charger
-cute outfit that can be nice enough for work or casual enough for not work
-flip flops

Thrilling, isn't it? I'll let you know when I add more to the list ;)

In other news, look at my new layout!!! Now you know why I'm up until...my gosh! It's 5 now.

Bed! I need to go to bed!

Didn't you guys miss me ;)
Current Location: bed
Current Mood: hyperhyper
Current Music: "Sleepyhead"--Passion Pit
bigbagofweird: Chuckbigbagofweird on January 23rd, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
LOL, you crack me up! I'm glad you finally got home safe and sound.

How is work going for you this semester?
robinpoppins: Chuck: thought bubblesrobinpoppins on January 23rd, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
Ok-ish. I'm still not really satisfied with my treatment, but I feel like I don't have a right to complain about it, because things could be worse. So, I'm holding steady and applying to grad school and looking for other jobs and trying not to pull my hair out. :)
jewelsverne: Gameshowjewelsverne on January 23rd, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Oooh, funky new layout, Schmoops! Ha! I'm glad you refrained from throwing your pants in the dryer, so says anti-thong girl. I just bought a pair of 'no wedgie' underwear and I've never been happier. I also love that you chose your aunt's house for the cable and internet factor.

One thing, though: your emergency stranded kit needs a couple Seinfeld DVDs. Preferably ones highlighting Newman. :)

*hugs the Schmoopster*
robinpoppins: GG: Luke robinpoppins on January 23rd, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
*hugs Schmoopy back*

Maybe I should make a Newmarathon playlist on my iPod. I always have it with me in case of emergency, and it's Newman! It's the perfect solution! You are a genius.

I may have to inspect this underwear in Nashville ;)
Katekatejaneway on January 23rd, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
Hee! The picture at the top is totally appropriate :)

Lots and lots of rain! Crazy!
robinpoppins: GG: LL B/W kissrobinpoppins on January 23rd, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Hee! I thought so. Thanks!
mag1: GG - TJHugmag1 on January 23rd, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
We did miss you! I'm glad that you were able to hole up somewhere safe and warm, but I think the emergency kit sounds like a good plan. *hugs*
robinpoppins: GG: LL awkwardrobinpoppins on January 23rd, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
I missed you! *many much hugs*
lorelaisquared on January 23rd, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
OMG! That sounds INSANE!

When I first read that they closed the schools for rain my brain was doing this weird "does not computer" thing... I realize it had to do with the water on the roads but SHEESH. Around here the thought of closing school for rain would make people laugh since it rains more days out of the year than it doesn't. I think your city needs better drainage systems.

An emergency kit is a good idea. Make sure you add a toothbrush and toothpaste too the list...

Glad you made it home safely. Is it still raining?
just......mechristinefalls on January 23rd, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
California and Arizona are getting the rain we normally get while we have this nice mild weather. :)

Glad you made it home safe Robin.
robinpoppins: GG: Lorelai OMGrobinpoppins on January 23rd, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and we'll let yo take the rain back ;)

I really like rain...from a distance.
just......mechristinefalls on January 24th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
We need the rain, because we need the snow in the mountains. There's not enough snow for the Olympics and they're bringing some in by truck.
robinpoppins: BBT: Sheldon *brainwaves*robinpoppins on January 23rd, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's totally insane, but I guess it makes sense with the flash flooding, in retrospect. It never just rains all day like it did on Thursday, so there was major flooding everywhere. Usually, it only rains for like an hour or two, tops. So very bizarro day.

Not raining anymore! Nice and sunny today.
lulu1960: Over the Counter Kisslulu1960 on January 23rd, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Let me have hubby pack your safety kit, on second thought maybe not. You will end up with air filters, 100 pack of masks and a roll of toilet paper.

When my brother helped me by changing my tire the other day, all he did was shake his head as he dug his way to the spare, that was under all the survival crap.

I love that you chose the internet.

It rained here too, I built a boat.

Very pretty layout.
robinpoppins: GG: LL daisyrobinpoppins on January 23rd, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Hee, and now that I've met hubby, the mental picture is much much funnier. What would I do with 100 masks? Mardi Gra?

Hee, we could've built an ark and then sailed to each other!!!!! How awesome would that have been?