September 13, 2013

i'm not gonna pout.

Currently I'm sitting in a hotel looking out the window at the sunshine and cars driving on I-25 while Elsie takes a nap.  I sort of feel like the sun is mocking me, like "don't be upset, it's a sunny happy day!"  Where the heck were you yesterday Mr. Sunshine?  I'm going to guess the people of Colorado would have appreciated you then.

As of now, well from what I know, we're pretty much trapped in Loveland.  My dad and Christopher flew into Denver today, and despite a valiant effort could not figure out how to get in to Loveland.  Road closures are popping up faster than... well I can't think of a good analogy.  But everywhere they were told to try had recently been closed due to the flooding.  So they headed back to the airport, just going back home.

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My mom and I made the trek out here yesterday, and upon arrival learned that our chances of making it up to my friend's wedding in Estes were pretty much nil.  Plus apparently Southwest opted not to put Ry's carseat on the plane (I know, gate check, carry it on, I'm aware), so we got to hang around baggage claim while we sorted that out.  Nothing like nursing a cranky baby on the airport floor.  Oh and the carseat did finally arrive, but they couldn't get it to us.  So it's just hanging out at the Denver airport (they were kind enough to give us a loaner, so not a HUGE deal or anything). 

Right now I really want to cry, because I hate that we are missing out on days with Chris.  That kills me.  And I'm just heart broken for my friend.  I can't imagine all that planning for a wedding and then a situation like this to occur.  But the fact of the matter is that I am safe and dry.  I'm 'stranded' in a hotel, with free wi-fi, an all you can eat breakfast buffet and complimentary full size candy bars.  And part of the reason we made this trip was to see family, which we still get to do.  So I'm not gonna pout.

I am safe.  My family is safe.  For me, this is merely an inconveinence.  Sometimes I want to punch perspective in the face, but it serves its purpose.

So let's look at the upsides, shall we?  For starters, we got to meet this adorable fellow:

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My cousin and I were due two days apart.  Elsie ended up coming two weeks early, and Roman two days late, but he makes my 'big' baby (everyone always tells me she looks so big?) like a shrimp.  He is such a cutie and so freaking happy.  I'm so glad we got to meet him.  And see our family of course.  We don't see them enough.

Secondly, what do you do when you don't know what to do?  Go to Target, duh.  There I discovered you can snag yourself some pretty fancy schmancy appliances.  I think the bold crock pot would make for a pretty festive party, would it not?  Also we spent a bit of time trying on sunglasses.  Because why not.

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Lastly, etsy shopping.  Nap time is so good for that.  Not so good for the wallet, but hey.  I managed to purchase a groupon for the pumpkin patch, two pairs of floral leggings, two headbands and a hair clip.  Chocolate and online shopping are good for the soul, no?

I've got everything crossed that we can get out of here on Sunday.  Chris is traveling to interviews and medical conferences and I really REALLY want to spend time with him before that, plus Ry has gymnastics and dance and we don't want to miss those!  BUT, it could be worse.  Thinking of all of you in Colorado.  I can't imagine what you are going through.  My heart goes out to you.  

 

6 comments:

a_est said...

Wow I hope the weather really chills out. I miss Colorado so much some days so I'm thinking of you all out there.

Amy S said...

That stinks big time. I live up in Fort Collins and we had to navigate our family who was driving in from Missouri. I totally could have helped you find the right roads to get your family to you! I am so sorry that happened, but as you said, it sucks worse for the people who live here right now. Super sad.

Erin said...

Yeah, we are renting a house in Estes Park in
10 days with my whole fam. No clue what's going to happen, it's a mess out there! Maybe we'll relocate to a hotel in Denver. Not going at all would suck! But yes, FAR worse for people who live there. So sad!

Jamie said...

I'm so sorry to hear you won't be making it to the wedding, but love your outlook. So happy you are safe and dry, and have chocolate to keep you company!

payettestork said...

Hope you're able to get out! We're down in Arvada (about an hour south) and are lucky to be pretty unscathed, but it's devastating watching what's happened. One of my favorite running trails is under water -- very minor in the grand scheme of things, but crazy to wrap my head around. Was your friend able to have the wedding? What a sad situation all around. I'm glad you're making the most of it, or trying to anyway.

Tania said...

Sending prayers to all the effected areas.