Monday, January 9, 2012

Sherman Minton Bridge Closure

The Sherman Minton Bridge is one of the three bridges in our area that connects Indiana and Kentucky. On September 9th of last year a crack was found in the bridge and so it was closed indefinitely. It is now January 9th, 4 months later, and we are still waiting. I think it is supposed to be done in April or so, but until then we continue to deal with the repercussions of a closed bridge.

When the bridge first closed, rush hour traffic was horrendous. Rory works across the river from us, so this impacted him every morning and night. Rory had to leave for work before 6 to get there at a decent time before the worst of the traffic hit. If he didn't take that early bus then his travel time would triple or quadruple. After a few weeks the city seemed to have things a little more under control and the traffic was looking better. Rory was able to go to work a little later and make it at a decent time again. The situation was still not perfect, but it was looking better.

Well sometime in the past week a couple changes were made that I think were supposed to continue to help the situation. In reality, traffic just got worse than it was in the beginning! Rory drove to work on Friday because the buses are always really off schedule Friday afternoon and he hates waiting for them. Lucky for him he hit traffic and spent about 30 minutes just stopped in one place.

This morning Rory came in and woke me up and asked if I could give him a ride to work because the bus hadn't shown up. This new traffic change has thrown everything out of whack again. According to mapquest we live 4.59 miles from Rory's office. Not too far right? It took us almost an hour to get to Rory's office this morning. An hour to go less than 5 miles!! That's what happens when way too many people are trying to use just 2 bridges to get to work in the morning. At least it only took me 10 minutes to get back home after dropping Rory off because no one wants to come this direction in the morning. :)

There is a radio show in the morning that we sometimes listen to if we're in the car that early. They put together a hilarious song about the closure. Someone called in Friday morning and asked them if they would play it again because the traffic had gotten so bad again. At least I think it gave Rory a good laugh while he was stuck in traffic. I've attached a link to the song. I apologize in advance for the few bleeped swear words. You might think this song is exaggerating, but this is how you feel when you're stuck in that traffic! :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

37 Weeks!

I'm full term! I can't believe I've been pregnant for 37 weeks already. It seems kind of surreal right now that I'm so close to the end. Within the month we should have a new baby! Crazy! I know people want a picture so I'm finally posting one. You may notice I'm not wearing my wedding ring. That's because it no longer fits... In the past few days my hands have swollen a little and my feet and ankles have swollen quite a bit. I'm ready for this baby to come! :)

This picture was taken after a large meal at Red Lobster... :) I don't know that it made me look any bigger, but I was pretty uncomfortable with a very full stomach. :) Why did we go to Red Lobster for dinner? To celebrate Rory passing his 3rd actuary test!!! He took it six weeks ago and just found out today that he passed! We're pretty excited. Just two more tests and an online class and he will have his first certification!

Merry Christmas 2011!

Our last Christmas before our family grows! We were planning on a pretty low key Christmas here by ourselves since it's pretty late for me to be traveling, but Rory's parents made it out to visit! After 26 hours of traveling they made it here! It was quite the accomplishment to get out here flying standby just days before Christmas. We picked them up from the airport about 5 pm the Friday before Christmas.

After a little shopping at Sams to pick up food for our Christmas Eve dinner we headed to Chuy's for dinner. Chuy's is a great Mexican place. After stuffing ourselves we decided to check out the Lights Under Louisville. It was a really cool lights display in a cavern under the city. It was pretty neat to drive through the cavern and see all the displays.

Christmas Eve morning we spent some time in the kitchen getting things ready for dinner and finished last minute things for Christmas. Then we went to the movies and watched the new Mission Impossible movie. After the movie we had time to play Rook while the food cooked for dinner. We had prime rib and au gratin potatoes for dinner. It was really good!

See our cute Christmas tree? :) Rory wanted a Utah Jazz tree so that is what we did.

This is a little better shot of the tree.

We had purple, green and white lights. Then Polly made us some Jazz logos and we put them on purple, green and gold Christmas balls. We also used a purple and gold garland. The final touch? Old school Jazz basketball cards. :) Oh and you can't forget the Jazz blankets we used for the tree skirt.

Before bed my family always opens up a present. So after dinner Rory and I each opened one up. Rory got to open up the power drill his parents got him so that he could attach the heater we got to the wall in the baby's room. :)

Rory gave me a sweet Jimmer jersey! Too bad it doesn't quite fit right now....

Christmas morning!

Don't you like our Jazz and Ninja Turtle stockings? :)

Rory got an awesome Leonardo snuggie! Plus some cool turtle socks!

The back view. Don't you love the shell? We had to get a shot where you could also see the sweet ninja turtle pjs too. :) Our son has no chance but to love ninja turtles. :)

We had to take a picture with our sweet new hats. Of course Rory's is Leonardo. :) Mine is a cute BYU winter hat. :)

Our first Christmas away from home was great! It helped to have Rory's parents with us to help us celebrate. We did have to take them back to the airport at 1:30, but it was fun to have them there for the weekend. Rory and I are excited to have a third member of our family next Christmas! I can't wait until I can buy our little guy Christmas presents! :) I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!