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  • Regularly write to my Grandma in Denmark.
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  • Walk the dog three times a week.
  • Cook and eat better.
  • Re-institute the cleaning plan.
  • Work on my writing career--such as it is.
  • Reduce body fat and maintain current weight.
  • Take dance lessons with DH.
  • Do more crafts!
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Weather and MEN

First of all, my crew and I are fine. In fact, much to my chagrin, I was pretty clueless as to the severity and extent of the weather until I left work to pick up Sonshine from school (after all was said and done in my neck of the woods) and there was *no music* on any of the stations. Nothing but news reports.

So note to self: when DD texts me from home six miles away asking if I hear sirens, turn on the radio. Seriously, I could have been in the path of the largest tornado and would have been scrambling for cover way too late. Not good.

It's not that I wasn't aware that there was bad weather. I was. It was raining and windy--it was sideways, 'cause otherwise our office door doesn't get wet when it rains. :( (big clue there, Jen) I had gone to the local news channel's website and looked at the radar which did show the size and severity of the thunderstorms and the fact that most of my section of the county was under both severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado warning. BUT here in North Texas you just never know and without the radio on and reporting real time what's going on, it could have been pre-emptive because conditions *looked* favorable. Most of the time, nothing.

Luckily, no one I know suffered more than severe hail damage.

And it's sad/funny how life goes on. When I left work, I took Sonshine to the mall (to get a suit for his band contest on Thursday) as if it were a normal day.

After dropping him back at the office with his dad so that he could re-load the OS onto one of our PCs that he infected over the weekend, I headed home expecting several hours of relative quite in which to do some serious revisions. About an hour later I hear the front door open and Sonshine call greetings to his big sister.

Moments later, DH saunters in to the bedroom and asks if he can talk to me about something. This is usually never good. What else can I say but, "Sure."

So he sits on the bed and asks, "How much trouble will I be in if I spend $600?"

I ask, "On what?"

And he says," The Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars Bundle?"

"But we just bought a new Xbox a few weeks ago."

"I know, but..."

Well, it turns out he'd actually already bought the damn thing.

No, I'm not mad. Since we just deposited a nice chunk of change, money is not a worry at the moment. And the kids had a blast. It was heartwarming to see these two of my kids who often times drive each other nuts and push each others buttons having such a good time together.

One other upside is that I was still left alone to revise in peace. :)


mtnchild said...

Very glad you and the family is ok. Just goes to show that you really do live in your own little world. Pay attention girl!!!

For the last 3-4 mornings I've woken up to snow. It is usually gone by 2-3 in the afternoon, but it is still cold. I hope when Susan and I get back that Spring has sprung ... I don't think I could bear more winter around the first of May!!

Love you

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  • DH = my husband
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