Empire State of Mind and a few fill ins…

November 2, 2012

This week cannot be over fast enough. It’s not one of my favorite weeks by far. After getting so very lucky when Sandy glanced by us with very minor damage, we started breathing a sigh of relief. Put it out of our minds and moved on. Just like we do a few times during hurricane season each year when something is brewing close to us. I kept my eyes on the storm track to see where it was heading and when it would fizzle out. Same as always. Only this one had other ideas. We all know what kind of ideas…

It’s been horrifying seeing the images come in and watch the news of all the devastation all along the Northeast Coast. I think, hubby was in utter shock as he watched his hometown get destroyed and parts of it burn.

I can’t seem to shake the sadness in my heart. It aches for all the people that were affected, the ones who are without power, shivering in the cold, without phones, internet… any modern conveniences. Never before have I been so aware of how we rely on all these conveniences… sitting, worrying, biting my nails, hoping for some sign, a message from people close to us.

Many of you have contacted me to find out if I heard from Hilary. I had been in touch with her just before the storm and then… nothing for days. I finally had the presence of mind to send a message to her mom. Such relief when I heard they were okay. (As okay as they can be in this situation.)

Tonight, I got a very short e-mail from Hilary… the subject line: ALIVE!!! So thankful for that!!!

I almost didn’t do the hop today. I just haven’t felt like blogging… but somehow I think, even if Hilary can’t answer our comments right now she’d be happy to know that we are all playing along and keeping it going!!!

Now, before I get to the hop, I wanted to share this video. I heard this song on the radio in the morning on the way home after dropping the kids at school and it gave me shivers and made me tear up… Who am I kidding, I was bawling.


Each week, Hilary plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on our own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Beckey from really, really, real housewives  – she came up with the last two statements

Hilary would LOVE it if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:
1. Growing up _____
2. Wouldn’t ____ be wonderful?
3. If I hadn’t _____, then I never would have _____.
4. When I _____, I like to _____.

My answers:

1. Growing up my friends and I spent every minute we could outside, building forts, hiking through the woods, and being carefree.

2. Wouldn’t not having to deal with hurricanes be wonderful?

3. If I hadn’t seen that ad in the paper for the CSR position, then I never would have met my husband. 

4. When I soak in the bathtub and relax, I like to have music on low and read a good book by candle light. (My idea of heaven!)


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  • Rebecca November 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Fridays are very busy, difficult days for me so I often miss doing the meme.

    Yeah, we in the northeast just do not have the infrastructure to deal with the bad storms. We’ve always had hurricanes up here, just not THREE huge ones in 15 months!!!

    • Susi November 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      It has been crazy, hasn’t it, Rebecca? I do hope that this won’t happen again for at least another 20 years!!! It seems lately that because of the weather pattern the storms have been pushed up that way. Hope you guys are doing alright.

  • Rorybore November 3, 2012 at 10:20 am

    It’s such a relief to hear that Hilary is okay! I do hope their home has also not suffered much too.
    It’s times like this that remind me how lucky we are to live where we do. Oh, there’s no real beach and the sun doesn’t shine as hot as other places – or for as many months. We have maple trees, not palm. I can only garden for about 5 months of the year. And snow storms are a real b#tch no doubt, but we’ve learned to deal. But I am quite certain we never have to deal with anything so destructive as hurricanes, or tornadoes, or earthquakes.
    Really, I have very little to worry about when I am soaking in that tub and enjoying my picnic. 🙂

    • Susi November 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      I understand exactly what you mean. That’s how it was for us in Germany… rarely any major weather disaster. After living here for the past 17 years I guess, I got used to it and I love Florida so much I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. 🙂

  • Beth Ann Chiles November 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I have been like you—- so worried about those who are suffering through this time. So glad Hilary and Marc are okay themselves even if their home isn’t. Take care my friend.

    • Susi November 4, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Thanks, Beth Ann. You too. Hope this week brings better things.

  • Hilary November 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Just saw this… Susi, I love you!

    • Susi November 18, 2012 at 12:08 am

      Awww. I love you, too!!! 🙂