Well, I'm pretty exhausted... it's been a long day around here, and not just for me! The whole state of Florida is preparing for Hurricane Irma, and it hasn't been easy.
I was scheduled to train someone new at work today, but when we checked the schedule yesterday, we discovered that there were no trainees scheduled to work with me! I was given the option of working a regular shift (since the managers didn't want to take hours away from me) or taking the day off if I so chose. Since I knew there was a lot to do at home, I chose to take the day off so I would be able to help my mom.
With everyone else at work or at school, it was up to my mom and I to get sand bags today. We thought it would just take an hour or so to drive over, fill the bags, and come home. Boy, were we wrong! We sat in the car, on the road, waiting to pull into the lot where the sand was being kept for more than an hour. It was crazy! Everyone in town was waiting to fill their sand bags as well, and it took forever. We actually thought that we weren't going to make it back in time to pick up my sisters from school because it started getting so late.
Luckily, we ended up having just enough time to fill the bags and make it back home. Boy, filling those bags took a lot out of us though! Who knew that sand bags could be so heavy? My mom's back hurt from shoveling the sand. My legs hurt from squatting to hold the bags open. We were a mess. But luckily, there was a kind man there who helped us fill our bags much more quickly than we could have on our own, and he even helped us load the car.
I have to head back to work again for two more days, but then I'll be home with my family when the hurricane does hit. Thank goodness that I'll be with everyone at least.
Good luck to anyone else riding out the storm down here!
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