Thursday, May 8, 2008

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

Boy howdy did WE ever have our share of excitement last night! See this?

This is a weather radio. Specifically, this is OUR weather radio. Yes, it's a fuzzy weather radio. And it doesn't do a darn bit of good if it's not plugged in.

We had several lines of severe weather come our way yesterday, with the worst sweeping through last night right after 7PM. In fact, my mom called about 6:40 to let me know it was coming, since she knows I don't watch TV. Thank you, Mom! I was keeping an eye on the internet radar, but it's not the same as TV, since I had no idea how bad it was.

Just after seven, and just after the Hunny got home, it all hit. I have to tell y'all, the Hunny is the cutest thing when it comes to emergencies. He ran upstairs to the TV to see the radar, Oatmeal Head turned on the computer to track the radar, I said, to no one in particular, "Where's our weather radio?" It magically appeared. And then the tornado sirens went off.

Well that was when the Hunny kicked into emergency mode. Meaning he paced and panicked in the most adorable way. The kids and I cleared out the closet under the stairs - here it
is all put back together (no, people, I'm not posting from a Starbucks somewhere, even thought that WOULD be pretty cool):


We cleared it all out and Little Guy hung out there with the dogs for awhile, talking to one of his friends on my cell phone (yes! it came! I'll show you in a minute), while the Hunny stood at the door listening to the sirens and shushing the rest of us. The sirens would stop and the Hunny would make to go upstairs. I'd call his butt right back down.

All of this was a truncated version of Hurricane Charlie, when we lived in Florida. It was the Hunny's first hurricane and he was about to burst. He'd get all nervous and worked up, then in the worst of it he was dragging the kids outside to watch the transformers blow around town while I'm yelling at him to get them back in. I gave up after awhile. I've since learned to give up much sooner.

The sirens wailed off and on for a good half hour, making us a little nervous at first. Then we were bored. The poor dogs were wild eyed the entire time. I sent
Maybelline for the camera so I could photograph the insane wind and rain (and the terrified dogs in the closet), but the Hunny wouldn't let me and take pictures. For Pete's sake, I didn't hear any freight trains! We survived. There was a moment when I think the Hunny and I were both wishing the wind would rip off all the siding so the insurance company would take care of it. Alas. It was not to be. And the kids have long ago learned to be calm in an emergency situation. The most excitement that happens with them is Little Guy worrying about his cat. Otherwise it's all good.

Okay, so this new phone of mine? SLEEK MOTO F-3? LOVE IT!!! Check it out:


I know - it's kinda fuzzy too. But isn't it pretty? The Hunny, who loves his games and features, took one look and had phone lust. I suspect he'd be bored with it inside of two minutes, but it is pretty and sleek - almost nothing to it. And I found an online manual for it in English (the one I received was in Spanish - no habla Espanol).

The screen is way cool! I can read it no matter the angle or lighting. I can text if I want to, but since that costs money, it ain't happenin'. The ring tones are SO MUCH FUN!!! I squishy heart the ring tones - all seven of them. And the menu is very small. BUT! I can set alarms on it if I need to. Yay! So it has everything I need, nothing more, nothing less. And it was 30 bucks plus shipping. How awesome is that? Awesome!

I'll be on a field trip with fourth graders today, visiting Woolaroc. Loving it! It's where the buffalo roam. And I'll probably wave in Mayberry's general direction in passing. Hello Magpie! And wave in the Pioneer Woman's general direction in passing. Hello Ree! And I'll take scads of pictures just to torture you all with! You knew I'd do that, though. The camera's already in the car.

Until I write again ...

Flea

19 comments:

OHmommy said...

Snap away... I can't wait to hear all about it.

Mental P Mama said...

I'm glad y'all are okay. Would I get custody of you-know-who? Just wondering...

Lori said...

Wow, the whole family plus dogs in the closet. FUN!
So, do you recommend the weather radio or is it really useless?
We are supposed to get what's left of that system of yours here tonight. It seems that everytime we are expecting possible tornado weather it is in the wee hours of the morning at a time I would never have the TV on!

Asthmagirl said...

So glad that you're okay. Maybe you should give mental temporary custody just in case.

That phone rocks!

Jan Parrish said...

Glad everyone is Ok.:)

Nicki said...

I live in Illinois where the tornado sirens go off all the time in the summer, along with tornado-like weather! Nervewracking, isn't it? I have gotten used to it and now when the sirens go off I basically just go down in the basement (where the computer and TV are conveniently located) and chill out... but, like your kiddo, I too worry about my cat!
Glad your house didn't blow away!

Melissa said...

I'm glad to hear that you made it through the storms. Love the new phone...you need to start texting...give us time, we'll bring you over to the dark side yet!

Tammy said...

I'd be like hubby and freak out. I'm glad everyone is okay.

noble pig said...

Geez, that sounds terrifying. My kids say we can never go to Oklahoma because of the tornados. I think I'm with them!

Coffee Bean said...

ooooh... I so don't miss stormy nights like that! I'm glad y'all made it through and can't wait to see your pictures!

Law Student Hot Mama said...

That sounds intense!

I grew up in a hurricane-prone coastal area . . . we evacuated at least once a year with the pets, photo albums, and insurance papers. And nothing would happen. Then we'd decide "eh - it doesn't look too bad - we'll ride it out." And it would be category 4.

Go figure.

Glad you guys weathered it well!

Mayberry Magpie said...

I totally missed the whole thing. Or maybe it didn't get as far as Mayberry. But I heard everybody in the office talking about it and I was, like, huh?

Mayberry Magpie

P.S. I always feel sorry for folks who don't grow up in Oklahoma and have to face tornado sirens. I'm so blase about it now.

Poltzie said...

Wow I can't imagine weather like that. Not sure if I'd prefer it to our freak blizzard but either way I'm glad everyone was ok (oh, and sorry about the siding, maybe next time?)

Karen said...

So glad everyone is alright. And that phone! Wow.

Tanya Brown said...

Ugh, I hate, I hate, I hate that sort of weather. It's one thing I definitely don't miss about that part of the country. So glad you and your home came through it safely.

Karen Deborah said...

Where was oatmeal head? We've had amess of storms this year already. My husband would never get in a closet, he'd rather blow away.Can't wait to see the buffalo, that will be cool.

Harmony said...

Sounds like a lot of...um, fun? Well busy at that...I am pretty scared of the thought of having to be in, around, or anywhere near a tornado. I would probably be pretty hilarious...if you like seeing a grown woman claw and climb up the nearest persons head...screeching and calling for safety the whole time. Yes...I'm ashamed.

Colleen said...

I'm glad we finally moved the cats' litterboxes out from under our basement steps...that would've been a really smelly time down there Thursday night! :) Glad you don't keep catboxes there, either.

Colleen said...

and maybe we should get one of those since tornado-prone northern VA thinks they're too good for sirens. ;)