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you be illin’

I’m sick. It sucks.

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back to the grindstone … maybe?

Getting a bit more clear air today. Able to open the windows. Work will finally open tomorrow, but I have a raging sinus infection, cough, and allergies. Not sure if I’ll go to work or stay home.
Our friends and family are safe. Not everyone can say that. The death toll is up to 12 or 13, one being a firefighter from near San Francisco.
I’ve lost count of the structures and homes that have been lost. It’s around 300 for Scripps Ranch alone. I think over 300,000 acres have burned so far – I don’t remember if that includes the San Bernardino fires or not.
I keep wondering when it’ll finally be over. I remember how scared I was when the fires were rapidly headed our way. I know how frantically I tried to figure out what I really needed to take. And I wondered what we’d do if we left and couldn’t return. I think that’s how some people wind up among the homeless population. Scary, isn’t it?
I pray for all the families that have lost lives and property during all of this. And I hope it ends before more lives are lost. Joanie has some great info if you want to donate to the affected families.

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Shut ins

Have you ever been locked inside your house, no a/c, no way to air things out, no ability to open the windows? It gets stifling.
Damn, when will it end?

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mellow evening

Went over to a friend’s house for dinner. This friend and I share the same birthday – he’s exactly 12 years older than I. Had good food and pleasant time with friends. It was much better than being cooped up all day, avoiding the smoke.
We didn’t realize how different the air quality was until we got out of the car back home. Woah. *cough* My sinuses and throat are really strained right now. But it could be much worse.
As far as we know, we aren’t in imminent danger unless the winds drastically change. No work again tomorrow. I guess I’ll continue to study for that postponed mid-term.
Thank you everyone for your thoughts and concern. I only hope the rest of our friends and acquaintances should be so lucky. We feel very blessed at this time.

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Jeepers

Thirty?

Where’d my twenties go? Thanks for the well wishes everyone; I appreciate it more than you know.

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2nd update

It was touch & go for a while when the fires reached the 805, but the flames have since receeded. On the other hand, I know too many people that actually had to evacuate and the status of their homes is unknown.
Most of the area schools & colleges are closed. Which means my mid-term has been postponed. I have mixed feelings about it, due to the nature of the postponement.
So far we’re okay and friends are okay. That’s all we can hope for at this point.
But just in case, our cars are still packed. The wind is an unpredictable bitch.

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Update

Looks like the fires are a lot closer than we had thought. Scripps Ranch is much closer than the other fires.
And I do mean fires. There are, at last count, at least 4 raging right now. And with the Santa Ana winds, it’s not a good thing.
Definitely no evacuation plans yet, but we’re keeping our ears open for more news.

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Fire in the hole

Woke up to orange skies today. It really feels strange around here. The fire in Camp Pendleton apparently has jumped over into Ramona. With the winds the way they are, it is raining ash here. Ugh. Definitely some bad air quality. I hope the coastal winds shift & drive it back.
But mostly, I hope the firefighters are able to get it under control. I can only imagine what those close to the fire feel.

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Yes!

Wooooooooooowwwwwwhhhhhooooooooooo!

more…

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Loyalty

Do you ever get frustrated and feel that you don’t inspire a lot of loyalty in your friends?
Or maybe I’m just whiny because my birthday approaches (yes, #30!) and I have to take a mid-term. And there will be no parties before or after that day.
And my friends would rather go to Halloween parties. Every year.
Not that I want a huge, stressful shindig. I just want them to get together with me. Without pulling teeth. Then again, my closest friends have been out of town or really busy with work. I think it’s time to cultivate more friendships to ease the fact that many of my friends have moved.
Got a lot going on. Yeah, I’m throwing a pity party. Everyone’s invited.

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