In our household, normally dinners out are reserved for the weekends, the rest of the week we actually adult and cook something. Yesterday was an exception, neither of us felt like cooking, in fact I was happy to settle for a bowl of Lucky Charms. We ended up going to Red Robin, love their endless garlic fries, YUM! So as we are sitting there, I look around the room and notice that about 98% of the people in there, sitting around the tables or cozied up inside of a booth are looking down at their phones or tablets, some in conversation, others not so much. It’s sad that in this day and age, a lot of people can’t take the time out to just put that crap down and have a real one on one conversation. I am beginning to wonder if people just forgot how to have a normal conversation.
Emotionally, our family, hell, hundreds of families have been having one hell of a time. Although I want to jump in the truck with Russ and head to Sonoma County to help out in any way we can, we wait. We have several people that have been invited to our home, so for now, we will wait and prepare in case we are taken up on our offer. As Russ kept his house whom his daughter and her family are living in, there are 2 rooms available, our house has 2 rooms and my mom’s house also has 2 rooms. I understand that AZ is quite a ways from Santa Rosa, but if needed, we are here to help. We also have the word out among friends and have a few who have rooms available to help.
This is basically an update. The aunt and uncle in Puerto Rico have since checked in and aside from needing supplies and being exhausted, they are okay. It appears that the communities are trying to come together and plan a relief of sorts. There are a lot of supplies in Puerto Rico, but due to the destroyed roads, a lot of stuff is just sitting and not being distributed. So definitely praying for the best.
In reference to the Vegas tragedy, my heart literally stopped as not only did I have many friends who attended the festival, but family wise, we had several who were in attendance. I tell ya, that drive from Arizona didn’t take quite as long as the last time I went to visit my sister. My sister, brother-in-law, niece and her boyfriend were all there during the incident, the emotional torture seeing it on the news as it unfolded was something that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. The text messages we as a family received from my sister will forever remain on our phones, heartbreaking and Russ and I couldn’t get me there fast enough. My youngest brother also jumped on the road around the same time and for the first time since children, our race to get somewhere fast had nothing to do with a little competition between us, we just had to get to our family members. The first call came in about 1:30 am that they were okay, but were in a hospital. Aside from some cuts, scrapes and bruises, all of them are okay, physically… emotionally, completely different story. My brother-in-law was able to retrieve his truck but due to some holes in it, may have to relinquish it to the police. Not exactly sure how that all works out. Regardless, with a grateful heart I am glad that my family and friends are okay, but with a heavy heart my thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected.