Seven Quick Takes Friday is hosted at Conversion Diary.
Let’s get started …
This whole day has been completely thrown off kilter for me. It started by waking up to a day that was pitch as night. A storm was blowing in and it looked like it was going to hit right about the time I was due to drop the boys off at school.
It hit alright, but right AFTER I got home from dropping the boys off at school. The outside turned a yellow-gray and for those of you that live in tornado country, you know what that’s a sign of.
At 8:15 a.m., the tornado sirens started blaring and the winds picked up. I had turned off my computer before I left to drop the boys off (we get WICKED lightning storms), and I turned on the TV to see what was happening. Just as the weather guys (who are awesome, I might add), were talking about which path the storm would likely take (read directly at Springfield), the stupid satellite signal was lost and the TV went blue. (A major downfall with satellite service).
So, I turned the radio on and listened as the storm got closer. And I watched the funky colors outside change from gray to nearly black.
And then the winds started howling. The trees started bowing and I started getting nervous. I’m not normally one to get too worked up over a storm (I pray and I trust God), but it’s especially harrowing to be going through something like this when my family is spread all over the city. Dude is at his school, Jazz is at his school and Kevin is at work.
And I’m home alone. *gulp*
We had a few tornado sightings, but the winds are what did the most damage. Apparently, we had some rare weather thing happening – straight F1 tornado winds and the kicker? They couldn’t pinpoint just ONE area. In fact, our weather guy said that in all his years of doing weather, he had never seen ALL of the viewing counties under thunderstorm/tornado warnings ALL AT THE SAME TIME.
Damage reports started trickling in – a portion of one high school’s roof blew off (no one was hurt, thank God), a few elementary schools’ power went out, several business’ signs just sort of exploded, a tractor trailer overturned on the highway and about 2,500 people lost power.
My power stayed on (which is unusual, we usually lose power at the first puff of wind), but Kevin’s work lost power and he ended up coming home and doing some work for a few hours.
(Notice he has two phones at his ear. My husband is sort of a big-wig at work. *grin*)
I’m curious to hear how the boys’ mornings went and how long they had to assume the “duck and cover” position at school. Remember doing that in the hallway when you were a kid?
The sun is out now though so all is well. I swear, Missouri weather is like a cranky, unpredictable character in a story that you can’t control and love to watch.
What in the world IS this thing?
I found it perched on one of the rocks on our fireplace and no one is claiming him.
He looks evil. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by taking him down so I ignore him.
But it’s hard. I swear those beady red eyes are watching me. *shudder*
I Twittered this but seriously … I can’t believe this site is for real: http://bit.ly/YwKE But it is, and it’s sad.
And if you don’t want to click over and see for yourself (frankly, I don’t blame you), here’s the deal – this is a site where you can go and discreetly either flirt with someone online thereby building a flirtatious relationship OR go so far as to actually meet someone, in real life, to have an affair with.
Are you freaking kidding me?! As if married couples need an excuse to put another wedge in their marriage – we already have a 51% divorce rate – are we aiming for 60 / 70?
And if this isn’t enough to get your blood boiling, they actually advertise on TV!!
What the HELL is wrong with our society??
(I have to admit though, I can see some steamy stories coming out of this).
For those that don’t know, we, as in all four of us, are going on a cruise next month. We’re scheduled to stop at Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel.
*sound of needle scratching a record*
Hold the phone. Cozumel … as in Cozumel Mexico??
Yes. And considering the recent flu scare, I hopped over to the Carnival Cruise Lines’ website to see if that would affect our itinerary … and guess what?
It doesn’t. But all of the cruises scheduled to set sail between now and the week before we begin our trip? Have been re-routed to Key West.
I’m REALLY hoping they don’t re-route our cruise because I really want to take the boys back to where me and Kevin went for our honeymoon and I’m really curious to see how the island has changed in the 19 years since we’ve been there.
Yes. We will have been married 19 years May 26th. Has it been easy? Of course not. Have there been times I wanted to murder my husband? Oh, absolutely. Have I ever regretted marrying him?
At times, yes.
BUT, we managed to get past ourselves (because ultimately, you have to move past your ego when you’re married) and MADE it work. And we’ve never been happier:
I’m not supposed to tell you this, and I’m relying on the fact that I’m telling you this waaay down this post and Kevin always loses interest in my posts before he reaches this point but …
Kevin and I are both tanning. In a booth. But not together.
Though that could be fun. 😉
He is absolutely embarrassed about going. Which is silly, because a lot of men go to a tanning booth, but the biggest reason he’s going and I’m pushing him to go?
I don’t want him to fry on our cruise.
Kevin and I went on a Caribbean cruise for our tenth anniversary. And not only did he burn, he BURNED on the first day. And he was miserable the rest of the cruise because it was a bad burn.
It’s freaking hot at the Equator.
And I don’t want to see that happen to him again this go-around. In fact, we’ve got some free guest passes and I’m thinking about asking the boys to go tan.
Is that weird? Do teenage boys tan?? I guess the real question is, WOULD they go?
I’m thinking, no. So, I’ll have to make sure we make it to the pools several times before we leave for our cruise so they don’t burn to a crisp when we leave next month.
Especially Jazz – he’s so fair-skinned. Dude is like me, he has a lot of Indian blood in him so he tans fairly easily but Jazz? It takes him a while.
And yes. I think about these things. When we went camping in the Rockies a few years back, I “walked” the boys on the treadmill before we left so they wouldn’t
complain die collapse when it came time to hike the mountains.
It sounds a bit mean and totally controlling but you know what? We had a GREAT time and hiked quite a few trails.
And last but not least? I dyed my hair two shades darker yesterday. It’s actually closer to my natural color (though not quite as dark).
I feel like a witch and miss my lightened hair. But Kevin lamented on the fact that he missed my dark hair and quite honestly, my hair was looking a little like an orange that had exploded in the microwave, so …
I did it.
And it’s … different.
And I’m not sure I like it.
It’s hard to tell in this picture, but you’ll see it in the next Vlogemotions’ video.
(Man, I have a big nose. It’s a good thing I’m not self-conscious about it or anything. *grin*)