Saturday, May 1, 2010

cheer

{image of cheer number one}

Cheer is what I needed yesterday. Let me start from the beginning...

Thursday night Steven and I were playing Mario, at which I suck. Then we watched a few episodes of Seinfeld and Friends before going to bed. I was probably asleep by 11/11:30. I was having some crazy dream (the contents of which I do not remember) when suddenly I woke up. I figured it was the dream and I sat up to take a drink of water. And that's when it began.

BANG. Bang, bang, BANG.

I looked at the clock. 1:15. Ugh. I ask Steven what the heck that noise is, which was a stupid question, but it was 1:15 in the morning.

Bang, bang, BANG, BANG, BANG.

We just whispered about what it could be, listening to the various different bangs the thing could make.

It was obviously coming from the outside wall... we just didn't know what it was. The wind was really strong, we could hear the gusts. After laying there and determining that we weren't going to be sleeping for a while, I wondered where Elliott was. I called him and he came running into the room with huge eyes. Poor thing was scared half to death. I picked him up, gave him some pets and kisses and assured him it was not an ax murderer.

{image of cheer number two}

I checked the weather on my phone, it said the strong gusts would stick around until 4 or 5 AM. Great. I had to figure out what the sound was, to figure out if we could make it stop or if we would be up all night. We got dressed, I pulled on my rain boots and headed out the front door. My roommate heard us get up and joined us downstairs. We were all slightly freaked out.

No flashlight was necessary, the moon was shining brightly. I walked around the side of the house and saw something white wrapped around the back of the house. I thought, "Oh! The downspout has come loose, that's easy enough to fix!' Wrong. It was the flashing on the roof/gable. One side had peeled back and was swinging from side to side, banging the side wall, then the back wall....

The wind was blowing too hard for me to get a hold of the piece of metal to determine if I could pull it down or not, so I trudged back inside and went back to bed. We watched TV for another hour, and eventually managed to fall back asleep close to 3, if I had to guess. Steven put his headphones in to block the sound, I just used the TV to help hide the banging.

{image of cheer number three}

I'm surprised I was able to sleep the rest of the night, but I'm sure it wasn't the best sleep. Elliott woke me up bright and early, and I had the hardest time getting out of bed. After we were ready for work, Steven and I went to check it out in daylight, and he attempted to pull it down to no avail. I called landlord lady to tell her about it, and when I got home it had been taken care of. I was so exhausted all day, I was pretty much useless at work, and I took a long nap when I got home.

I honestly hope this never happens again... I had a similar issue with a flapping window screen last year. Luckily I was able to pull that out pretty easily!

The flower pictures brought the cheer to this post... : )

cjd

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