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Natural Disasters

Dear Readers,

I hope you had a better weekend than I did. Like many of my fellow Winnipeggers, I spent the weekend bailing out my poor basement during a torential rainstorm. The city’s catch basins overflowed, spilling grey rainwater onto my floor, at a level of about two inches. It was not fun, and The Boy and I worked like mad to save our belongings (and the dry wall). The real lowpoint was when the dryer (which we were using to dry the floodwater-soaked towels) stopped working. I couldn’t imagine paying to have it repaired on top of everything else, but thankfully it had just overheated. It later recovered, and is now working fine.

I guess another lowpoint could have been when the plumber showed up and charged me $80 to tell me that the flooding was the city’s fault, and that there was nothing he could do. He kept apologizing for having to charge me, but he didn’t seem to feel too badly about taking the money.

Needless to say, all the goals I had of writing and working out this weekend went out the window (or down the drain). Unless Jillian would give me points for all the mopping, bailing, and wringing of towels I did. (At one point, four hours worth of this work without stopping for a single break.) And with another thunderstorm expected this afternoon, my home gym could be under water. Again. At least we managed to save the treadmill.

I do have some positive news on the writing front, however. An interesting group called Women On Writing is offering a wide selection of on-line courses, and a few of them look really good. I signed up for The Gatekeeper course, and also for the one on social networking, until I realized the social networking class started last Monday. Still waiting to hear whether or not I can participate.

As you may have already noticed, I really have to get cracking in order to meet my June 30th deadline for the novel’s first draft. Writing two pages per day is not going to cut it. Thankfully, Friday was my best writing day ever, and I’m finally getting really excited about the book again.

Making the Cut: As with other exercise/meal plans I’ve tried in the past, I’ve discovered that this one doesn’t work for me. The meal plan isn’t realistic enough to fit into my life, and working out at a high intensity for hours with barely any carbohydrates makes me feel weak and miserable. I’m going to continue to do the workouts, adding a bit more cardio, until I can return to my dojo, but as for the eating plan, I’m switching to a modified Body For Life, which made a lot more sense to me.
To bed at: 10:10 p.m.
Awake at: 8:15 a.m.
Novel pages written: 4.5

Thanks for reading!
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  1. Elspeth Cross

    I’m petrified to go into our new basement on Friday after all this rain.

    I hope your damage is minimal.

  2. Story Teller

    Hi Elspeth,

    I completely understand your fear! I hope it’s minimal, too…so far, looks okay, but it depends on whether or not the ground gets a chance to dry out.

  3. TS

    Oh I wish you would have called me! I could have told you that a plumber would have done nothing for you 🙁 (Well, besides install a backwater valve/sump pump)

    And uber crappy that your basement flooded! It seems to be quite a common occurance.

    So did the water come from your floor drain? Or from windows/walls? If the latter, make sure that you have extensions on your downspouts and level the yard around your house so that water drains away. I even have free dirt you could help yourself to 🙂

    Just trying to help! (I’m knee deep in flooding stuff right now as a result of the rains…)

  4. Story Teller

    Hey there,

    We actually thought the plumber could pump out the water, and he was completely confident that he would be able to resolve the situation until he showed up.

    The water came from the floor drain. All of our neighbors had the same problem, and one person said that this hadn’t happened in over 30 years of that home’s history! I’ve never had this problem either, but apparently something went wrong with the city’s catch basins. 311 said to file a claim with the city for damages, and our plumber said the same.

    Have lots of rock, etc. around the house already, but thanks for the offer!


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