On Wednesday night we got a lot of rain again in South Austin. At our house, for the second time in a month, we probably got more than 6 inches of rain within a couple of hours (when this happened three weeks ago we probably got more than 10 inches of rain in our area). So, anyway, for the second time in three weeks we got some rain seeping into our laundry as the water piled up in our back yard. In the effort to keep things from getting too wet or damaged, I was up for most of the night with our wet vac, cleaning up water as it accumulated and setting up fans to dry moisture out of the laundry room.
The next day we turned on the news and found out that over a dozen homes in southeast Austin had been completely destroyed. Five people in Austin and the surrounding community have been reported dead so far as a result of the flood. So, all in all we got off lucky, but we need to do some drainage work at our place to keep these storms from messing up our house.
|(a stone faced astronaut|
with a smiley martian)
On Friday we took it easy. We watched West of Memphis, a documentary about three teenagers who were tried and convicted for the murder of three young boys back in 1994. It was an interesting and disconcerting movie. Sort of an excellent about what happens when the justice system jumps to conclusions and overlooks evidence in defiance of logic. It's a tough movie to watch, but I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone do a better job of someone putting together a privately funded investigation.
On Saturday we ran some errands and went grocery shopping and whatnot. Saturday afternoon I went over to Ryan and Jamie's to watch the UT-Kansas game while Amy went to the gym. I had a fun time watching the game with them and their gang. I really enjoy watching UT play football when they're not completely collapsing.
Saturday night we went to a birthday party for our friend Ani. She and her husband, John, threw a party with a Mad Men theme. We had a good time. They made cocktails and served food, and people mostly showed up in sort of dressy attire- some of it with a 60's era theme. It was very nice of them to have us.
|(banana may or may not be telling Cruella|
de Vil to "talk to the hand")
|(the lovely lady in the right of this pic|
makes the lovely lady on the left even lovelier
because she does her hair!)
|(apparently it's TOTALLY possible|
to have a meaningful conversation about
Texas politics with a guy in a hot dog
We had a good time at Mandy's party Saturday night and wandered home and happily crawled into bed.
Sometime early Sunday morning Amy woke up not feeling very well. She hadn't had that much to drink Saurday night, but, nonetheless, I think we both initially thought it might have somehow been from alcohol. She quickly got much sicker than anything the alcohol alone would account for, though. She was up for a large portion of the night, and by the late morning on Sunday it was clear that something weird was going on.
Anyway, we ultimately had to take her over to a minor emergency clinic for some anti nausea medication. The doctor said she was sick from either food poisoning (she and I didn't eat the same stuff the day before- I had eaten at Ryan's when I went to the football game) or some kind of stomach bug. I felt really bad for her. She was doing better by that evening, though, for the most part (although feeling pretty worn out).
|(I was sleep deprived and sort of out of it|
when I walked past this dog wearing sunglasses
outside the pharmacy. He had the windows down
and was listening to the Spice Girls)
So that was the week and our weekend. A few ups and downs. Sunday evening was very quiet. I watched Walking Dead while Amy did some reading and ate chicken soup.
Hope everyone else had a good weekend!
Now let's hope we get some more rain, but that it doesn't flood again in South Austin.