Hi everyone! You may not have really noticed, but I have been incommunicado since Wednesday (luckily I had pre posted everything!). I have been able to keep up with stuff on my phone and with a couple quick jaunts to Barnes and Noble and Panera for free Wi-Fi. In case you don't follow me on Twitter or Facebook or just missed it on either - my apartment complex was hit by a tornado on Wednesday night.
There were three tornadoes that hit Massachusetts on Wednesday June 1st. It was the scariest experience of my life. I was in my car and just getting ready to pull into my complex after work when it came - it hailed, my car got swept to the side of the road and a tree limb fell on my windshield - pushing the wiper through the glass and shattering it everywhere. I was able to get back up to the apartment - and it looked like a war zone. Luckily our actual building has no damage, but there are 65 apartments that have now been deemed unlivable. My boyfriend was home at the time and said it was crazy. Luckily there were was no one hurt at our complex. Just after we got the car covered with plastic and I got done with the insurance company, we were told by the fire department to go back inside and hunker down because another bad storm was coming where there had been another touchdown. So into the bathroom we went with the cat and cold dinner to wait out this storm. We have been without power (and at the time of this writing we still are) for almost 3 days now. There is an alarm in our building that is super high pitched that has been going off the whole time. Wednesday night I had a nightmare and couldn't sleep because of the tornado.
I have been so thankful for several things in the last 2 days - my insurance company (for making everything go smoothly from the claim to the rental car to fixing my car), the Southbridge Conference Center for letting anyone come down for hot showers (you can't imagine how wonderful this was!), the Red Cross for bringing bottled water and snacks, and my wonderful neighbors. I have to thank my boyfriend for really holding me together - it has been hard - I was shaking so bad when I got out of the car. He has made sure that I have eaten, slept, called everyone I needed to, asked the questions I need to, and been overall a wonderful rock. It has been a very tough year for us with so many terrible things that have happened. I also want to thank you all for being my support when I needed it!
We just posted some photos to Facebook - so drop by and take a look. These are just some of the photos of our complex - the street below us was pummeled as well. I would be remiss if I didn't point out that Old Sturbridge Village was hit by the tornado as well - we went and checked it out today. None of the actual buildings had damage but some came very close. There were many trees down in the back pastures and some of their old apple trees were uprooted.
But hang in with me and I should be back up and running in a few days.
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