the comics are all right

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On Saturday, I had to work a 12 hour shift, and my husband decided to stay in lab until I was done at 9:15pm. As luck would have it, my co-worker didn't get done until 10, so I had to wait that much longer. There was a tornado warning active that night, and people were freaking out about all the rain and the chance of a tornado. But I stayed completely positive, looking forward to a treat of a dinner when I got home.

When we came through the door, we immediately noticed that our kitties were acting strange. So my husband headed to the basement where we keep all the cat accoutrement so he could feed them, but as he turned the lights on, he discovered that our basement had flooded completely. The water was ankle deep. Did I mention this was shit-water? UGH UGH UGH.

A lot of our stored stuff is totally unsalvageable. My electric keyboard was totally soaked, as is my printer and most of my husband's luggage. All my comic book character plushies are drenched, and a lot of my winter clothing and bags are pretty much destroyed. Our wedding photos are also ruined, and a lot of my husband's letters to me are gone :(

On a much much MUCH brighter note: all our comics are in pristine condition, and our ice cream maker is safe!

To our surprise, the city actually sent their trucks out at 2:00am that night to flush the sewers, so we didn't have to clean up all that water in the basement. We live in a very old neighborhood, so the sewer system is really old and needs constant tending to. Our landlord was really great and got people to come in on Sunday to clean, flush, disinfect, and dry our whole basement. They're even taking care of taking out all the garbage!

Though this meant we didn't have to clean up, we still had to move a ton of the stuff that didn't get destroyed. And then we had to wipe up some mess. And we're exhausted.

Sorry to put a damper (HA!) on your Monday morning, but I just wanted to update you on the goings on around here. I've been really busy with work (that's another story, oh and you'll enjoy it) and making cute thing for the store. I promise to get a new outfit post up tomorrow. But for now, I'm still concentrating on getting everything cleaned up and catching up with chores that didn't get done over the weekend.

Thank you so much for all the kind words on twitter and Instagram. I'm all right, really! And I hope you all are safe and staying dry.
   

42 comments:

  1. Oh gahhh, Laura! I'm so sorry for you and your husbando! What an horrible, horrible thing to come home to and deal with all weekend. I'm shaking my fist at the weather/basement gods for you.
    I'm so glad you guys and your kitties are okay though. And of course we understand if you can't get an outfit shoot in whilst scrubbing the house and working like crazy. I hope this week is all rainbows and cute bunnies for you guys!
    xoxoxox
    Lar

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    1. Thanks, Lar! I'm hoping for rainbows and bunnies too!

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  2. Oh Laura, I'm so sorry! My basement flooded last summer, same amount of water and everything (though luckily with backed up rain, our sump pump didn't kick on, so the things it didn't immediately ruin were able to dry and be ok-ish again) It sucked something awful, though, cleaning everything up (not going to lie, some of it's still sitting there waiting to be thrown out because I got tired). I wish I could help you guys somehow. Stupid tornado-rain.

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    1. Thanks, Cassy! I seriously cannot believe how many people I know who have had the same thing happen to them! Tornado-rain DOES suck.

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  3. Oh dear, I feel so sorry for you... that must be so frustrating... I wouldn't mind empty luggage so much, but loosing old memories such as photos is terrible D:... but at least the ice cream maker survived : )

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    1. My husband and I were REALLY bummed about the photos, but it's OK:)

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  4. Oh gawd - I'm sorry to hear about your drama. Sucks that all your stuff got damaged too :( especially the irreplaceable items like the letters.

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    1. I know! Finding the letters really made me very very sad. :( So we're planning on starting writing each other again.

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  5. Laura, i am very sorry you had to suffer through water damage,
    but your positive words still makes me smile and i am glad to hear it was taken care of properly in timely manners.

    (i think i have the same pair of rain boots except mine is dark brown. love the dainty floral patterns! ^-^)

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    1. Thanks, Lena. Aren't the boots cute? I never wear them, but thank goodness I didn't throw them out!

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  6. That's so awful - especially the loss the wedding photos and your husband's letters to you. But I'm just glad to hear that that was the extent of the damage and that you're all okay. Hang in there Lady!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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    1. Thanks, Courtney. I know, I'm glad that there wasn't anything awful like the foundation or whatnot rotting!

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  7. Ugh. that is so horrible. I am so sorry to hear you've lost so many irreplaceable items.

    glad you are still able to see a bright side.
    i'd go put that icecream maker to good use.

    Chic on the Cheap

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  8. So sorry to hear about the flood. At least your landlord was good about it and not everything was ruined. I'm impressed that you're managing to stay positive! Sending hugs your way.

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    1. You always gotta look on the bright side, right? :)

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  9. Oh, I'm so sorry, Laura :( And the wedding photos and letters... :( I'm glad people came to help clean it up, though, and hopefully you'll be able to salvage some things. And make new memories :)

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    1. Perfect time to get your husband to write you new letters!

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  10. Oh no! I'm so sorry that is horrible :( Glad your landlord helped take care of it asap for you. /hugs

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  11. Oh I'm so sorry that happened to you guys! It majorly sucks. Glad your landlord helped you out like that.
    Hope things get better soon!

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  12. So sorry to hear about losing such cherished items. But, at least you two are okay, in good health and safe. Wishing you a peaceful week through it all dear.

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  13. Your wedding photos and letters- those things are irreplaceable, I'm so sorry to hear that Laura! On the plus side, those are adorable wellies!

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  14. Oh gosh! This is awful so sorry you lost all those belongings, the photos and letters especially :(. Glad you are getting things back on track though.

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  15. Man that sucks! At least you were able to salvage a little bit of your things and your landlord was able to get someone in to help clean it all up. Hoping you will have a better week :)

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  16. Oh, wow. The situation's almost the same here but not in my City. Manila was flooded too and I can only imagine the horror. Weather's pretty tough here too. It rains, sun shines. Vice versa.

    I'm just glad everything's okay with you, Laura. =)

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  17. Oh no, so so sorry this happened to you Laura! I know it's such a crappy thing to lose belongings that meant something special to you. I'm glad you and your hubs are ok though. Wishing you a much better week darling, along with plenty of energy and some little blessings to come your way in the midst of this downer. xo Marisa

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  18. Oh my goodness that is awful. Such a shame about your photos and letters. Good on you for looking at the bright side though... Take care of yourself and each other.

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  19. This is so sad to hear!!!!!!! I can totally imagine how much work needs to be done to clean up all the mess!! At least you are not alone and have your husband by your side. It really suck that the flood ruin your photos and love letters but great that you stay positive!! Hope everything will be alright!! Take care and god bless you!!!

    ang-closet365.blogspot.ca

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  20. Oh my goodness! I'm glad you keep your sense of humour in this situation, but I am sad for you losing your wedding pictures! I hope you have digitals that you can get reprinted.

    As to clothes & luggage, oh well...shoppping time!

    Talitha xx

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  21. oh no, Laura!!!
    so sad to hear about your wedding pictures AND your husband's love letters :(

    I'm sure something good will come from this
    at least the ice cream maker is safe! THAT's got to be count :)

    <3
    The Sweetest Escape 

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  22. I'm SO SORRY to hear about this...those surprise losses are really hard to handle sometimes...and it sounds like you lost some important things and of course had a lot of hassle. Wish I could help you out in some way!

    <3 Cambria
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  23. Oh my gosh :( I'm so sorry this happened! I hope EVERYTHING is all better now.

    xo,
    janmloves.blogspot.com

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  24. Oh Laura, how awful. I can't begin to imagine how tough a situation that would be to come home to, especially knowing so many of the things you hold dear were ruined. At least you, your husband and kitties were safe! Please let us know if you need anything!

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  25. oh no! hopefully you can get some reprints from the wedding? or you'll have to go and have a mini photoshoot for your next anniversary? and the poor kitties! i had a similar shit-flood issue in my old apartment and the professional cleaners did an amazing job. those giant tupperware storage tubs are quite handy...

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  26. Oh no, that's awful! Losing irreplaceable things like photos is the worst. It's nice that you have a good landlord, though. Flooded basements are terrible. When I was young our basement flooded every time it rained.

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  27. Oh no! So sorry to hear this Laura, hope you can get re-prints of the photos? What a nightmare! Hope it all gets sorted soon xx

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  28. Laura, love, I'm so sorry to read this happened to you! I'm especially sad that you lost you wedding photos! Oh no! I hope some of these things can be replaced. I love your positive outlook, however. We have much to learn from you, my friend. I'm so glad you're okay! Hang in there! :)

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  29. AHh, shit-water! I'm so sorry to hear about that but it sounds like you have a really amazing landlord! It is always such a bummer losing precious things that have such sentimental value :(

    <3Honeysuckelle

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  30. That sounds just awful, but I'm glad to hear that your landlord and the city jumped on the problem. Yay for saved comics.

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  31. Oh no. I'm so sorry to hear your wedding photos got ruined. Is there any way for you to replace them? On the bright side, at least not everything in your basement was ruined, you had help cleaning up, and there was no damage to the building. Nice wellies, by the way.

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