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31 December 2004 @ 01:20 pm
With all the news about the terrible devastation and loss of life from the tsunamis, my Mom has been having a lot of nightmares recently. :( She was only six years old in 1946 when the big tsunami hit Hilo, but she remembers it well. She was walking to school with my aunt and for whatever reason they were late that day. Luckily they were because they weren't too far away from their house when the first wave came in. My uncle (who was much older and going to a different school at the time) saw the water gushing through a grating in a fence nearby on his way to school and he knew something was wrong since the tide had never come in that high before. He ran back toward home and found my Mom and my aunt and yelled at them to run back home - which they did and luckily they were all able to get to higher ground before the real devastation hit. The house two houses below theirs was completely washed away in the waves, it was just a miracle that they still had their home to go back to when it was all over, and an even bigger miracle that they were close enough to home to get to safety in time, since a few others who were walking to school that day weren't so lucky. A little over 150 people died in that tsunami, and I know it pales in comparison to the thousands who've lost their lives recently. But I guess all the talk about it lately has brought out some pretty scary memories for my Mom. :(

On a completely different note, I spent yesterday night making manju for the dinner we're having at the in-laws tonight. As I was leaving work yesterday, I told my boss that I was going to go home and bake. She said, "Oh my god, I thought you said you were going to go home and bake!" I told her that WAS what I had said and she looked completely shocked and asked, "Do you know how to do that?" Haha! If you knew my boss, you'd completely understand since she's really not one for cooking. ;)

And hopefully the fireworks here won't be too bad this year with all the projected rain in the forecast. Last year it was ridiculous! The streets were so smoky that Mark could barely see 5 feet in front of him as we were driving home. :P I know that it's a cultural thing here and expected, but I can't see how some people can spend upwards of $800 on fireworks each year. :P I'm hoping tonight is a little quiter than last year. Thankfully Sydney doesn't freak out too much with all noise - in fact, she's usually pretty good about it each year.

Hope you all have a safe and happy New Year! :) I'm off to clean up around here in preparation (since they say the way you leave your house on New Year's Eve is the way it'll be for the rest of the year) Yikes! :) Hope you all have a good one! Be safe! :)
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ajayne on December 31st, 2004 11:31 pm (UTC)
Wow! I can only imagine the flashbacks your mom is having right now. :( I hope she's OK and the flashbacks stop soon.

You have a wonderful new year as well, Sheri! Stay safe!
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on January 1st, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Andrea. I think all this talk and all the news footage recently has been bringing back a lot of bad memories for her. :(

Hope you had a nice one, Andrea!
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on January 1st, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)
I hope your Mom is okay and that her nightmares will stop soon!

The fireworks here on the street were around 30 minutes. Luckily, Micki was really good - she even fell asleep for some minutes. :)

Hope you have a wonderful New Year! :)

Please take care of yourself, Sheri.

Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 1st, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sabine. Luckily she and her family made it to safety back then, though! They were very fortunate.

The fireworks here started last week (even though they passed a law here saying that fireworks could only be used from 9pm on New Year's Eve until 2am (?) No one listens, however. :P

Happy 2005, Sabine! I hope it's a good year for you! :) *HUGS*
irisheyes77 on January 1st, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
Happy New Year! :)

I can only imagine how your Mom feels right now. :(
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on January 1st, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
Happy 2005, Amanda! I hope the year is a good one for you and your family!
karmastyxkarmastyx on January 1st, 2005 07:23 am (UTC)
I hope you all have a safe and wonderful new years.

Happy New Year!! :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on January 1st, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
Happy 2005, Laura! Hope you, Tommy, and Brock (poor baby!) have a great year! :)
Carriecarrieh on January 1st, 2005 11:32 am (UTC)
It's awful enough just watching the news at the moment, it must be all the more horrific if it brings back bad memories of a similar experience. Hope your mum is okay.

Happy New Year to you and Mark (and Sydney).
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on January 1st, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Carrie. I think that it makes her thankful too, though that no one in her family was injured or lost their lives that day. Hopefully her nightmares will stop.

And happy 2005 to you, too. :) Hope you have a good year, Carrie! :)
ex_angeldove677 on January 2nd, 2005 07:30 am (UTC)
That Tsunami is so darn scary!!! Nothing else in this world that scares me more than earthquakes. You can prepare yourself at least on a tornado & hurricane but NEVER an earthquake!!! It is so unpredictable. I've experienced the most intense quake in the Phils. many years ago, at 7.0 and that was STRONG. It killed thousands of people on that Ruby Tower collapsed. But a 9.0 earthquake--HOLY COW!!!! This is a killer!!!! This calamity (besides the war in Iraq & 9/11) just makes me think MORE that Christ is really, really, really coming very soon!!!
ex_angeldove677 on January 2nd, 2005 07:38 am (UTC)
I forgot to tell you....
I got so carried away telling you my story...but I wanna tell you...when I did the GOOGLE search, I saw some of the pictures in the 1946 Tsunami tragedy in Hawaii. Now, I know why I don't really care living by the beach. Told hubby, I don't really care much of the beach as long as I live "by the forest" I'm happy. Anyhoo, your mom is sure pretty fortunate. There must be someone up above WATCHING over them!!!
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on January 3rd, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
Re: I forgot to tell you....
It is very scary - which is one of the reasons I fear where I live. I live VERY close to the beach and sadly our island is so small that a tsunami of any magnitude would really be terrifying. :P My Mom and her family were very lucky though - I know someone was definitely watching over them that day!
morsefan: Me 2morsefan on January 2nd, 2005 08:37 am (UTC)
I did a bit of the "go home and bake" thing myself this holiday weekend. All sorts of recipes I'd wanted to try for a while, slipping them in before the spartan dieting begins (LOL!). Actually, I love the "splenda" baking sweetener, though I had so many brown sugar recipes, I can see how it, the fat free milk and butter, and the low-fat cheese can really make a difference. Next I'll be doing egg-beaters in my quiche -- grin. But seriously, I feel like I have food for weeks, I think. That will be nice!
Sheri: Side Showshutterbug93 on January 3rd, 2005 03:22 am (UTC)
I actually enjoy baking and prefer it to regular cooking so when there's a potluck at work, I usually try to bake something for dessert. I'll have to try splenda in my baked goods - I've heard that there really isn't too much difference in taste and it sure cuts down on a lot of calories! :)
morsefan: Me 2morsefan on January 3rd, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
I thought the Splenda worked well, and I don't think there was much of a taste issue. Now that I see just how much sugar there is even in cake (!) let alone the frosting, topping, etc., it must really help to cut down on the "badness" of the goodies.