A Little Excitement Today!

This afternoon, we needed to take a little trip to Staples (office supply store) to purchase some tax software. Yes, April 15 isn’t *too* far off, is it? Mark had spotted a good deal on Turbo Tax, so he wanted to pick it up while it was on sale.

We pulled into the plaza where Staples is located, and Mark and Ben went in ahead of me. I had to gather up some wrappers and cups from the truck to throw away. Mark and Ben entered the store and after visiting the waste receptacle, (yes, everyone on the face of the earth laughs hysterically as I refer to the “trash can” as the “waste receptacle”!) I walked over to the door to enter the store. As I was about to enter, it became apparent that the automatic sliding door was not sliding! An employee came to the door and pushed it open and told me to come on in..

Mark was sitting near the entrance past another set of doors, waiting for me. We were advised that the power had gone out in the store and they were using battery backup.  Thankfully, Mark had called ahead to the store earlier, so we had most of our goods waiting at customer service when we arrived.

Mark wanted to shop, but the girls there were so anxiety-ridden as they told us we had better shop quickly, as the backup power might not last very long. They also told us that because of the power loss, we might not be able to use a credit card for our purchase.  At this point, Michelle called on the cell phone (she wanted to sit in the truck instead of coming in with us) wanting to know if we were aware of the firetrucks in the parking lot.

We decided we had better just pay and go back later to see if the power was restored. We made our purchase and walked out to find three firetrucks parked not too far away from our truck.



Well, I told my dear readers that I don’t go anywhere without my camera! We watched the firemen for a little while…two men were up on the roof of the building, while others waited below. We were told by one of the firefighters that something had made a “loud banging” noise on the roof just a few minutes before we entered the store.

We finally pulled out after a few minutes and went to another store we had planned to visit.  We went back to Staples about an hour later, and evertyhing was back to normal. The girls told us that a transformer blew on the roof above a tanning salon, shutting down the power. They said that the firemen found the faulty transformer with some sparks and flames beginning to flare up.

We shopped for a couple more items and then were on our way back home…another exciting little shopping trip under our belts!

Back to “Normal”

The kids had another little break yesterday, as it was Martin Luther King Day. They had made arrangements for a friend to come over for a few hours, so the three kids had some fun listening to music. I had not noticed that the kids are a bit hard-of-hearing before…I wonder how many times I asked them to turn the music down…….

I began dinner yesterday morning, placing a roast on the stovetop and letting it cook all day. All I needed to do to finish up was place potatoes in the oven to bake and I also made some dinner rolls. A very easy day, foodwise!

Mark and I watched an afternoon Buffalo Sabres hockey game. The Sabres just seem unable to snap out of their losing streak. They had traveled to Phoenix for the game, and once again, they lost. It is disheartening, watching this team that was so unstoppable last year.

The kids went outside before dinner, and when I was going to call them in for dinner, they were nowhere to be found. I called up into the woods…it was actually getting dark, and there is no lighting in the woods! As I listened, I heard them coming towards me.

Mark and I ate dinner in the office, while watching the game and the kids ate in the dining area. Sage’s dad came by to pick him up at about 7, and after finishing up watching the game, I was too exhausted to do much of anything! I felt as though I crawled up the stairs at about 10 and went to bed.

I was awakened at 12:30, feeling as though I was going to die! My stomach hurt so badly, and I just felt as though something was “rising up within me”! Let’s just say I was sick for about an hour, then fell back asleep once again. I was fine this morning, so I am thinking I must have eaten something that made me dreadfully sick to have recovered so quickly.

After Sage’s dad came by to pick him up last night, I was able to pop outside for a few minutes to capture a photo of that fantastic moon! It has been putting on such a display lately, looking bigger than I have ever seen it!


The kids are back to schoolwork today, so things will be more peaceful than yesterday. Ah, back to the “norm”!