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Hurricane Party Every Time It Blows

I’ve been trying to think of a witty way to start discussing this hurricane aiming at the Texas coast, but really, I’m so sick of hearing about hurricanes that all I can think is “blah blah blah.”

I found out yesterday that some of my relatives that live in costal cities were getting ready to leave town for hotels. We, being the people that we are, said “okay that’s nice call us when you get there.” We went on our merry way, not too concerned about the weather. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that hey! We could be without power!

I’m not worried about flooding or anything like that since we live about 70 miles inland. I am worried, however, about winds (if they are high enough) ripping off our roof. (We live on the third floor.) I am VERY WORRIED about going without power for several days. In Houston. While pregnant. With a 14-month-old.

Someone shoot me now.

I finally convinced The Hubs that perhaps we should go get some water at the store, you know, just in case. We get there a little before 9pm and It Was All Gone.

In fact, I saw people loading their shopping carts with Perrier water. I silently laughed at the craziness of all the White People drinking their Perrier during a hurricane. I should have headed over to the cavier section to see if they cleaned that one out, too. They will probably be lounging in the “sun room” while the illegal maid runs outside to get the tree limbs of the Lexus.

So really, we don’t know what we’re doing. My in-laws have offered tobring me and Ellie to Tulsa for the weekend, but I have declined. Even though I am crazy and hormonal, I am staying with The Hubs. Who else would I take all my hormonal crazies out if he wasn’t there???

Knowing us, we’ll wait until Thursday night to make our decision. We just can’t make it too late because I have Survivor to watch.

33 Responses to “Hurricane Party Every Time It Blows”

  1. sunny
    September 20th, 2005 22:56
    1

    Dude, you’re totally going to catch severe hell if you’re the one of THOSE PEOPLE who just REFUSED TO LEAVE. Just giving you warning. If all else fails in the event of a horrible disaster, you can always send Ellie around the neighborhood to pick up jewelry for you guys to sell. You know, just an idea.

  2. robyn
    September 20th, 2005 23:01
    2

    As someone who went through two hurricanes with a 7-month old last year (and ended up pregnant with the second child when we said “funk dat” and evacuated for the third) — GET. OUT. NOW. It is hot. It is hell. And I can’t imagine what it would be like pregnant. We were without power for two days and we were dying. Spaghettios only go so far. And our oldest was young enough at the time he only ate formula and stage-2 jar food. I can’t imagine trying to deal with a toddler appetite limited to hurricane rations and no Blues Clues to break up the day.

    Seriously. Anything stronger than a Cat 1 even threatens here again and we’re basically in Georgia… Never again with small children. No way, no how!

    Thinking of you…stay safe!!!!!

  3. Debbie
    September 20th, 2005 23:07
    3

    If you are going to go then do it sooner, rather than later. I-45 is going to be a parking lot by Thursday. My husband bought water this morning, and filled up both tanks of the vehicles. Me, I went to Spec’s and bought some liqour. We are staying. My husband doesn’t seem overly concerned. I, like you, am concerned about the whole power thing. It would be bad enough to sit in the unair-conditioned air but no T.V.??? That’s torture.

  4. Vida
    September 20th, 2005 23:20
    4

    I just read “Pregnant. With a 14-month-old.” as this pregnancy being in its 14th month. I’m really tired, so that explains why the first thing I thought was, “Whoah, why hasn’t she been induced yet?”

  5. sleepingmommy
    September 20th, 2005 23:44
    5

    Fill up some containers around the house with tap water if you can’t find water anywhere else. You know. Just in case.

    Meanwhile stay dry and stay safe.

  6. Steph.
    September 21st, 2005 00:47
    6

    The water was gone by noon on my end of town. And, I opted for Propel fitness water just to have SOMETHING. I may be taking the kids and going for my hometown (not far from OK) myself. I’m waiting through tomorrow to see too. Let’s hope for the best with this thing!

  7. Lujza
    September 21st, 2005 01:19
    7

    Stay safe.

  8. The Merry Widow
    September 21st, 2005 01:33
    8

    COME STAY WITH ME!!! My only concern right now is being alone in this damn house. I went to Sam’s on Monday night and bought a crap load of water and batteries. I have an extra room in my house (with a bed, mind you), lots of candles, lanterns, and board games to play. Might I add that NONE of my games include axisis (sp?), allies, or zombies. Fun, yeah? Oh, and if you agree to come over I’ll buy you doughnuts. DOUGHNUTS I TELL YOU!!!

  9. AMP
    September 21st, 2005 05:47
    9

    SJ…we went without power for 7 days last Sept. during Frances in FL. G-girl was 6 weeks old. IT WAS HORRENDOUS. Let me say this again…IT WAS HORRENDOUS. Get out and go to Tulsa. I’m not kidding. Frances was a cat. 2. Rita will hit at 3 or 4. I’m not one to panic, but just having gone through Frances and Andrew back in ‘92 I can tell you this: your power will most DEFINITELY go out. and it will stay out for a few days (if not weeks). It is hellacious. The temps inside the house gave G-girl hives and rashes and no one could sleep. Please take your father’s advice and go. You’re right…the flooding won’t be a problem, maybe not even thewinds….but the power issue will. Email me w/questions, if you have any. Please, do leave. Please.

  10. Priscilla
    September 21st, 2005 08:38
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    As I was watching the news this morning (I’m in PA) I was thinking of you, wondering if you were going to evacuate. If it is headed toward you, which they say it is, please leave. I would hate to hear that anything bad happened to you or your family. Be safe.

  11. Aims
    September 21st, 2005 08:41
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    Thinking of you and your family, SJ. Given the chaos of the last few weeks, if you have some place you all can go, sounds like a good move to me. They’re evacuating the evacuees for goodness sake! And? I imagine, as others have said, it’ll be hell trying to get out after it hits. Prego + dark + hot + toddler = MISERABLE!! Whatever ya’ll decide to do, I’ll be praying for your and everyone else’s safety. All the best…

  12. Curly Girrrl
    September 21st, 2005 09:08
    12

    evacuate to chicago. you can be MY evacuee. but no seriously, i think you should leave for the weekend. get that baby and get on out!

  13. clickmom
    September 21st, 2005 09:09
    13

    I’d leave too. After what happened with Katrina it just seems like a big game of russian roulette.

  14. NinaKaye
    September 21st, 2005 09:36
    14

    I’m 200 miles from Galveston and I’m worried about the power going out. I HATE being hot. I do have my battery powered fans…but we haven’t got any water, food, or anything. And I really don’t want to go without a bath for more than 24 hours. I feel dirty just thinking about it. If I lived in the Houston area, I’d be outta there.

  15. ieatcrayonzwithnuts
    September 21st, 2005 09:46
    15

    Aw man, you’re not coming? And I was just thinking about how fun it would be to sit around and pretend to drink margaritas. Well, if you do come, maybe we could arrange a road trip to see Susan at Friday Playdate. Or not, it’s a long drive for a hot mama.

  16. ieatcrayonz
    September 21st, 2005 09:47
    16

    I don’t really eat crayonz with nuts. I prefer them raw.

  17. Susan
    September 21st, 2005 10:47
    17

    Luckily, here in San Diego the only thing that threatens us are earthquakes. And Mexicans.

  18. Undisclosed
    September 21st, 2005 10:54
    18

    You be careful and take care of yourself! Update us so we know what’s going on!

  19. peefer
    September 21st, 2005 12:03
    19

    I would most definitely stay home and watch Survivor. As long as the power stays on, you can find inspiration from Stephanie. And when it goes off, you get to play your very own version of the game.

  20. poobou
    September 21st, 2005 12:08
    20

    My brother is in Houston and had the same problem finding water in the store that you did. He’s most likely going to Austin to stay with some relatives. Sounds like a horrible situation. And dude, no A/C or TV? Unless you REALLY like taking 15 cold showers a day and reading by candlelight, get. out. now. And take the Hubs with you - his employer can’t possibly be that unreasonable when the damn mayor is asking “all but essential personnel” to leave.

  21. cas
    September 21st, 2005 12:15
    21

    The no power thing is worrying me to bits. It’s a great time to have overseas houseguests! I’m already planning which closets for us to hide in when the windows implode.

  22. Lucinda
    September 21st, 2005 12:42
    22

    Gosh, between you and Steph, I feel like I’m in Houston panicking, too. Hmm. My unasked-for advice is to leave, what with the unborn child and no water and all. But like I told Steph, if I actually WERE you, I’d probably stay. Sucks, though, don’t it?

  23. Surfie
    September 21st, 2005 12:55
    23

    Alicia caused power to be out for 2 weeks, and she was a low Cat 3. I am so outta here. We are on the dirty side of the storm too, SJ. You might want to reconsider.

  24. MollieBee
    September 21st, 2005 13:01
    24

    Please be safe, SJ.

  25. Angela
    September 21st, 2005 13:01
    25

    Um, I lived in Baton Rouge for 16 years of my life and made it through countless hurricanes without ever evacuating. I guess we were idiots, but hey, whatever! My sister and I were always just excited that we could set up out “tents” in the hallway with our Barbie family and fill the bathtub with water.

  26. Susan
    September 21st, 2005 13:20
    26

    Hey, did you see that H&M fired Kate Moss?

    Oh, wait, we’re talking about the hurricane . . . right. Sorry.

    Evacuate. Come to Oklahoma. Play with Crayonz and me. We can all mock Kate together.

  27. Amy
    September 21st, 2005 13:53
    27

    I was wondering about you and your evacuation. Personally, I vote you stay just for the comedic blog material it will provide. I can only imagine the posts after four days of no power and the little one throwing blocks at your head in a non-air conditioned, dark room.

    Stay safe!

  28. debutaunt
    September 21st, 2005 14:38
    28

    We did Alicia in NW Houston/1960 area in ‘83. Mom/Dad/SEVEN KIDS (yes, seven) for five days with no running water and no power. The hood flooded too for three days so you couldn’t drive out. My dad was an Air Force officer though so we had plenty of food/water, but it sucked to not be able to bathe for nearly a week. Um. And hot. It’s like 95 out.

    Take thee out of the Whitelands. If even to just get some tv & ac time. Pretend it’s a mini-vacation.

  29. ieatcrayonz
    September 21st, 2005 15:31
    29

    Are you getting on the plane yet?

  30. gorillabuns
    September 21st, 2005 16:01
    30

    i’d leave. it’s hot as hell with air conditioning. i can’t stand it when the house is less than 70 degrees.

    go to tulsa. the chances of being hit by a tornado are much less there than the effects of the hurricane coming your way.

  31. Aimee
    September 21st, 2005 16:56
    31

    Get out of town, Girl! If you can, leave. Just checking on you as we’re loading up and getting the heck out of dodge. I’m not risking ANYTHING with these two boys. Take care of yourself. Prayers to you and yours!

  32. MollieBee
    September 21st, 2005 17:28
    32

    SJ, a Cat 5 storm (yes, it’s now a 5) is nothing to fuck with. I hate telling you what to do so I’m just gonna say:

    Fuck Rita!

  33. Texas T-bone
    September 22nd, 2005 11:05
    33

    Or you can stay and you can live Survivor. Just be doubly thankful (I’m sure you are) that you don’t work for a newspaper. They’d have you out there writing stories about how the wind feels.

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