Monday, June 19, 2006

You have got to be kidding...

It's been a little while since I've written. I've been busy, though, so I have an excuse.

Here's what has unfolded in my life:

(1) My brother and I found an AMAZING apartment out in the Medical Center area. We will be living right across from Hermann Park and the Zoo in a 2-bedroom/2-bathroom LOFT apartment. That's right, ladies and germs, we have a loft. The second floor is a spacious office area, and the 20-foot wall facing out has a giant warehouse-style window in it. It. Is. Beautiful. And it is only $1310/month. YES. I am paying $665/mo. to live in a beautiful apartment in a great neighborhood. Score.

(2) I will be lead-teaching (as in, teaching by myself, as opposed to some corps members who will be getting co-teaching experience only) two classes each day (as opposed to some corps members who will be doing only one) for 67 minutes per class (as opposed to some corps members who will get about 25 to 40 minutes at any given time). So I have a pretty sweet but also pretty scary assignment. It means I will get plenty of practice, at the very least. And it means I'll be tired but more ready for the four-classes-in-five-periods schedule I'll have in the fall.

(3) I have written five lesson plans--and rewritten one--and am all prepared for my first day of classes, which was supposed to be to be today, but...

(4) FLASH FLOOD WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX 511 AM CDT MON JUN 19 2006

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LEAGUE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... BRAZORIA COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS HARRIS COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS

* UNTIL 815 AM CDT

* AT 507 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED FLASH FLOODING FROM THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM MORGAN'S POINT TO PEARLAND TO BROOKSIDE VILLAGE TO HOBBY AIRPORT TO BELLAIRE TO 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF HOOKS AIRPORT.

* FLOODING IS EXPECTED IN OR NEAR... BROOKSIDE VILLAGE...PEARLAND... ELLINGTON FIELD...MINUTE MAID PARK... HOUSTON...HERMAN PARK...THE MEDICAL CENTER...JERSEY VILLAGE... RELIANT PARK...MANVEL...WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE...SOUTHSIDE PLACE... SPRING VALLEY...THE GALLERIA...HUNTERS CREEK VILLAGE...HEDWIG VILLAGE...BELLAIRE... PINEY POINT VILLAGE AND BUNKER HILL VILLAGE.

EXTREMELY INTENSE RAINFALL OF 5.75 INCHES HAS FALLEN NEAR HOBBY AIRPORT IN 75 MINUTES.

HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT IS DOING HIGH WATER RESCUES AT BELFORT AND TELEPHONE ROAD.

WASHBURN TUNNEL IS FLOOD AND IMPASSABLE.

UNDERPASSES AT INTERSTATE 10 AND FEDERAL ARE UNDERWATER.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL MAY CAUSE FLOODING OF LAND ADJACENT TO CREEKS AND BAYOUS...DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS. ADDITIONALLY... FLOODING MAY OCCUR ON...STREETS... FRONTAGE ROADS...AND HIGHWAY UNDERPASSES. AVOID LOCATIONS WHERE WATER COVERS THE GROUND!

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT FOR YOUR CAR TO CROSS SAFELY. VEHICLES CAUGHT IN RISING WATER SHOULD BE ABANDONED QUICKLY.

A FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL FOR THE WARNED AREA.

PLEASE REPORT SEVERE WEATHER TO THE COUNTY SHERIFF...LOCAL POLICE... OR DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY. THEY WILL RELAY YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.


So I think that's one of the funniest things I've heard or experienced in a long time. Quite literally, we're all dressed up with no where to go. They're probably going to hold classes for us (training stuff like we've been doing and would have done between teaching at our school sites), but they're not sure yet if they will be here at Moody Towers, somewhere else on the UofH campus, or at the school sites that aren't flooded.

I'm actually really glad that I have an extra day to prepare. I stayed up late-ish last night to get paperwork done (see above, about lesson plans), so I'm more tired than I'd like to be going into my first day of teaching.

Okay. I'm tired, and I have to pee, so I'm going to get going. :) Everybody have a laugh about this whole deal.

current music: "Switch," Will Smith

1 comment:

katy said...

your apartment sounds kind of amazing... i'm slightly jealous. oh well, good luck with your first day of teaching! (whenever it may be?)