Sorry for the Radio Silence!
I have not been very diligent about posting here lately because we have so much going on! Last month, Eric, Lila and I spent a few days upstate in Copake and Lila and I went to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. It was so much fun meeting up with friends who I usually only get to speak to via the internet. Our family also spent a day apple picking, which was really fun.
A week ago we were hit by Hurricane Sandy. Our house is fine. We lost power for a few days, but Eric had rigged a pretty ingenious homemade power generator with three car batteries, so we were able to selectively turn the hot water heater and stove on, watch the tv and charge our phones. Cell service was out for a few days as well, but towards the end of last week we did regain it and power.
Our neighborhood has a lot of trees down and still a lot of people are without power. We are really lucky that we got ours back so fast. Another storm is coming in tonight and I'm scared for what that means for those that were so hard hit by Sandy in Staten Island, South Shore Long Island and New Jersey. Eric and his dad have been spending almost every day since the hurricane cutting trees off people's houses near where we live. If you want to help those affected by the hurricane, this registry - http://www.amazon.com/registry/wedding/32TAA123PJR42 - which was set up by the group Occupy Sandy is a great way to do it. You can purchase items from Amazon that are delivered to a church in Brooklyn, which are then taken by Occupy Sandy volunteers directly to those in need. A friend of mine lives across the street from the church and she has been volunteering there. Yesterday she wrote on Facebook: "When the UPS truck arrived at the church this morning, it unloaded dozens upon dozens of Amazon.com, diapers.com, soap.com boxes full of supplies. It was amazing to see. They were quickly unpacked, sorted and many were sent out immediately. My favorite moment was when a driver about to head out came down and asked if we had any flashlights he could take...and was handed a box of flashlights that had just been opened! Thanks to all who are donating to this effort!". I bought some formula, diapers, wipes, flashlights and rubber gloves and had them sent. Now your turn!
In addition to hurricane recovery, we are also prepping for Lila's first birthday which is next week, and her party this Sunday. We are having about 20 family members over to the house. It should be a lot fun. I can't believe this little girl is one already! I've been doing some crafting for the party. Hopefully I will find the time soon to write up a post showing some photos of what I've made. There needs to be more hours in the day!
After Lila's birthday is over, I should have a few weeks (before rehearsals for new cast members at "Rock of Ages" begin and before I have to start Christmas shopping) to really get caught up here. In the meantime, I hope you are all having a happy fall!