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Archive for 8. September, 2010

2010/251: Bonus – Hermine

Yes, this storm we are in the middle of right now has a name, and is leaving north Texas (and other areas as well) a complete mess! All I can say is Tropical Storm Hermine needs to move on asap! We’ve gotten 5 inches of rain so far (since yesterday morning) and it’s not over yet!
We had some rain late last week and our roof sprung a leak… there was water running down from the ceiling in Melissa’s room! Greg called the roofer, who was able to come out the next morning and take a look. He told us that we would need different types of shingles for the flat roof above Melissa’s room, and he was going to e-mail us a quote.
It was sunny after that, but sometime yesterday morning it started raining again, and by about 4:30pm, we had water dripping from the ceiling again. Greg called the roofer back, who was able to come out during a break in the rain and patch up the roof. It didn’t stop the leak, but it slowed it down. Still, I’ve been waiting ever since for the ceiling to come crashing down. So far, so good (knock on wood!).
So now we need a good three DRY days, and then another day and a half for the roofer to do the work. Anyone want to trade some sunshine for a steady downpour? I’ll be happy to trade!


2010/251: Summer Road Trip, Part 8

Monday, August 16th, we went to the Mall of America. We went early and got there right around the time they opened, and were able to get a pretty good parking spot, too. It’s best to write down where you park, because it’s not just remembering A2 or C5, nope, there’s a lot more to it. We were parked in P4 West Arizona, 14 Aisle C…. which is somewhere around Macy’s. I think it was the second floor.
That place is huge, though!! You’ve all seen the big malls with the circle (road) around the outside of the parking lot. Well, the Mall of America has stop lights in that circle!

From one of the travel brochures we picked up:
With more than 500 stores and 4.3 miles of storefronts, it would take 86 hours to visit each store in Mall of America, if you spent 10 minutes in each. The mall attracts more than 40 million visitors annually. The four-story mall features four anchoring department stores: Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Sears.
The mall has 50 restaurants and two food courts. Attractions include Nickelodeon Universe (theme park), Underwater Adventures Aquarium, Lego Imagination Center, and several movie theaters.

We spent a whole 5 hours in the mall. Greg was a little disappointed: it’s just a mall! Well yeah, what did you think it would be??
We had planned on leaving the mall around lunch time and going to one of the diners, but then changed our mind and ate lunch at the food court. Didn’t want to give up our good parking space 😉 That still left us with one DDD diner on our list to try for dinner.