If you live in the midwest, you expect there to storms often this time of year. For some reason, this year there seems to be extra crappy weather! In a 3 day span a couple weeks ago, we had 2 separate storms with high winds that damaged a lot of trees and some homes.
Tonight was a pretty typical humid June night. I was just finishing up a listing appointment (for those of my readers that don't know me out there in blog land, I'm a realtor) and it started raining. No big deal. I drove to my next appointment to show a home to 2 buyers that I had never met. We're walking through the house "new paint here, updated master suite here, kitchen needs work, yadda yadda." Then, the tornado sirens go off! What the heck!?! I guess there is usually a "buzz" of bad weather coming in town and I hadn't heard anything that day. Of course I worked from home today so who knows.
I pulled the radar on my Treo (thank you technology) and there was a huge bad blotch over Lincoln. Um, not good news. We headed down to the basement and all our phones starting ringing. Our families were making sure we were down in the basement and safe. So, for the next HOUR, we hung out in the basement peeking out the windows at the weird weather conditions. *Reminder* I didn't know these people before this appointment. They were super nice, though, so that helped. :)
As the sirens continued to sound, I called a good friend who happens to live next door and me and my two new clients ran over to her and her husband's basement to wait out the storm. Fortunately my friends are really chill and it wasn't weird at all to hang out in their basement with strangers. :)
The first chance things settled down I hydroplaned, I mean drove home. When I pulled up in my driveway the sirens went of AGAIN so we got our dog children and headed down to the basement. Mark watched the weather while I watched last week's episode of Men in Tree's on our mac. I missed last week's episode because there were weather bulletins interrupting the entire show. Go figure.
The other fun part to all these wonderful storms (ahem) is that we have 2 spots in our basement that are leaking water. The one spot kept me busy with a night of drying up puddles with all the towels we own. Hopefully we can make some changes by bracing our walls, re-grading our flower beds, etc to get the water to stop. If not, we'll have to have drain tile and a sump pump installed and we'd rather go to Vegas than waterproof our basement! ;)
Oh well, at least the night made for a good blog post to look back on.... :)