Saturday, September 13, 2008

Oh, What a Night ...

You probably just thought that Texas is the only place being affected by good ol' Ike. Well, we're not getting it so bad here in Louisiana, but enough to cause me to not get a good night's sleep. I know. I realize people are flooding in Galveston, but people, I'm sick of the hurricanes and I really need some sleep. 

We were under tornado warnings all night and let me tell you, the wind was whippin' around pretty bad. Last night, I stopped by the grocery store just to pick up a delicious dinner of frozen pizzas and ice cream. When I came out of the store, there was a torrential downpour. Seriously. Raining sideways ... the kind of rain that hurts, especially when you have no umbrella. Duh.

So, all this to say ... I was really concerned about the three trees in my front yard that are right up close to my house that had already been affected by Gustav. Would they snap? Would they fall? And in which direction? One was already leaning quite a bit.

Because of this, Beau and I decided to sleep on our big air mattress at the foot of our bed because if the trees did fall, they would fall directly on top of us while we were sleeping. 

First of all, let me say, air mattresses and I don't mix. It obviously had a leak, because every two hours or so, we were having to pump it back up. 

See these happy people here. This was not us last night. I'm not sure why they're so happy about sleeping on a plastic bed filled with air.
Here's the deal:  Beau is significantly larger than I am (yes, I asked him if I could say that, and if he would be offended). So, the physics of the whole thing was not working. The mattress would lose air. His side would sink, causing mine to rise, and consequently cause me to roll toward him. Most of the night, I was just trying to stay on my side of the mattress which was significantly higher than his. It's like I was hanging on for dear life at the top of a cliff. 

After I'd finally had enough, I got up and went to sleep with K Belle. The sound of the wind was really loud and not allowing me to sleep too soundly. 

Then ... surprise, surprise ... here comes La Petite Belle ... all three of us in K Belle's full-sized bed. At this point, K Belle began to snore. I'm talkin' SNORE ... like a 70-year-old man snore. 

I began to battle in my mind where I should go because no sleeping was gonna go on for me there. Should I just go in La Petite Belle's twin bed? Should I try to go back on the air mattress? Where should I go?

Oh ... to heck with it! I'm going back in my bed. Waving and possibly falling trees are not going to stop me from sleeping anymore. So, I went back in my nice king-sized bed, alone, and prayed that God would not allow a tree to crush me in my sleep. And, then, and only then, did I sleep.

And I slept until 9:15 this morning. Haven't done that in a long time.


THE ROOST said...

Glad you finally got some sleep. These storms are awful!

Rachel said...

Yeah, I feel your pain.

Ike knocked our power out AGAIN last night. It was over 80 degrees in our house. I slept in nothing but undies & a sportsbra (TMI???) with no covers. I even washed my hair in the tub in cold water last night just before going to be to see if it would cool me off. It didn't.

Thankfully, THANKFULLY Entergy just got our power back on after 2 days. We did go outside in the wind this morning because it felt much better than the suffocating stillness of our house.

Gotta love Louisiana in the summer!

Beachy Mimi said...

The people on the air bed are actually laughing at you (the purchaser) thinking "sucker". I've done the air mattress dance and it is not a happy place to be. I'm glad you are safe and you got a good sleep.

From A Creative Heart said...

Glad to read that you were ok....these storms are just scary stuff.
I am a fairly new reader to your blog and have really enjoyed it!!!

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

*Laughing* Not at you - just becasue I can relate with the airmattress and mismatched sized adults debacle.
I am glad that you finally got some rest. No rest+lots of dreary rain= grumpiness. Maybe not for you, but definitely for this mama. :)

Lynellen said...

Glad you're ok! Any damage around you? Any pictures to share?

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Wow...I think I would've cuddled up in the twin bed. :-D My imagination is probably too active to have let me get over it.

Sounds like a restless night...hope you get a good nap today too!

Ed's Blog said...

That was pretty funny. We have one of those and everytime we have had to get it out, I am the one who has to share it with my hubbie. I am on it trying to get comfortable and hubbie lays down and almost always bumps me off the side of it. You're right the picture is not showing all it is cut out to be...
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Jeanette said...

Our teenagers are completely killing our sleep schedule. Who has a party that lasts until 11pm?? Don't they know I go to bed by 10:30 and am in my jammies by 8?

I hope you got to take a nap this afternoon. I did :}

We have had a ton of rain in the last 3 days and it will continue thru Monday.

We are just praising God that we have power and our basement is dry. Some of our neighbors are not as lucky.


blessedwith5 said...

I just have three words for you . . . SLEEP NUMBER BED! I understand the whole tree falling on your head thing - We have a big tree that belongs to the neighbor right by our master bedroom - I always cringe when I think of it landing on our house!

Keep safe!

Tiff said...

Been there, done that, have the t-shirt with the air mattress dilemma! UGH....
Glad a big tree didn't crush you, but sorry you didn't get much sleep. Here's hoping tonight is better.
My brother's in Humble, outside of Houston, and they are saying there may not be power for 2 to 4 weeks, holy cow! Baby Sadie will only sleep if you swaddle her and it's like 100 degrees in their house... Guess who else isn't gettin much sleep? :-O

Tammy said...

Ahhhhh, the ol' air mattress. I can NEVER sleep on those things. My mom has one at her house, that has since been disposed of, but the last time I slept on it with the hubby I woke up on my back with my J.Lo. booty touching the ground. Imagine the comfort there.

Glad to hear y'all survived the storm and no trees came crashing down.

jennifer said...

I know you are SO SICK of the weather drama. Sorry my friend. I feel so sorry for all of the folks dealing with the flooding and damage to their home, not to mention no power. I hope things have settled down for a while weather wise.

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Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh, the dreaded air mattress! I feel your pain. I went on a missions trip to Mexico one time, and the people we stayed with put me on an air mattress. It went flat in about 15 min., so they went and lugged in another one. Same thing. I didn't have the heart to tell them anything, so I just dealt with it. Not fun.

Birdie said...

*L* What a nightmare. You know what me & Big D used to do?? Well way back when we were in our early twenties and had not a lick-o-sense, he was in the military and we lived on base. We had very little spendin' money, so when our poor waterbed mattress got way overfilled, rendering it useless, we decided an air mattress would hold us til we could scrape up with $300 to buy a cheap mattress. After about a week, it started deflating so we'd wake up and be on the hard wood. We'd have to take turns pumping it with a stupid, loud hand pump, half asleep at least twice a night. It went on like that for MONTHS. We still talk about how insane that was to actually live like that. What on earth were we thinking??? Glad you guys made is safely through the night *L*