“Why I’m Like This”

Here is what every conversation I’ve had today went like: “What are you doing about the hurricane?”

Answer two: “I bought a bottle of water. We’re staying.”

The deal is this: We have NOWHERE to go. Our closest family is in Tulsa. I know it seems like an easy task to drive there, but a nice little 8 hour drive could EASILY turn into 20 hours of hell. There are no hotel rooms. There is nothing. The traffic? What should take one hour (Galveston to Houston) is now five. I’ve seen the highway and it is SCARY.

To make matters worse, I broke a fainger nail. On the nail bed. Yes, I’m missing half a finger nail and it HURTS. How can I make decisions when I’m missing a freaking nail? Someone please explain this to me.

It is Hell here. Lines for everything. We have some cash, a 33 gallon bucket type thing for water. Powdered donuts and grape juice for when the going gets really tough. Remember in Armageddon when all the people were stuck in traffic and then the fireball came and the aliens ate them?

It is totally that here. I’m waiting for an alien to jump out and eat me. Considering we’re dealing with “the fifth most powerful hurricane to ever come out of the Atlantic,” getting eaten by an alien sounds like an adventure.

I guess its okay, as long as he stays away from my juice.

Update: No gas to be found here. All gone! For those of you playing along at home, we live in Montgomery County.

78 Responses to ““Why I’m Like This””

  1. MollieBee
    September 21st, 2005 17:29

    aw, fucking hell

    ignore my previous comment and stay as safe as you can.

    And Fuck Rita!

  2. MamaQ
    September 21st, 2005 17:42

    Fuck Tulsa, come to Jersey.

  3. sherry
    September 21st, 2005 17:51

    I’m thinking of you guys and hoping that everything’s okay. Stay safe (and doughnuts are a very good idea).

  4. Susan
    September 21st, 2005 17:53

    Please don’t die. I’ll be so bored at work without you. So could you please GET THE FUCK OUT OF HOUSTON?? Sweet, thanks. :)

  5. AMP
    September 21st, 2005 17:58

    “Semitone” is getting out.
    I have another blogger friend in Houston w/newborn twins.
    i cannot reach her and figure out what she’s doing.
    her family evacuated from New Orleans, and they were all staying w/her as their homes were destroyed.

    i’m extremely concerned.

    i went through Andrew (cat 5) and it was HELL. It destroyed everything. I wish you could get out. will your re-consider the 20hr. drive? SJ…it’s going to be shite. please…try to leave.

  6. Kristin
    September 21st, 2005 18:01

    Another Andrew survivor here telling you that a 20hr drive isn’t shite compared to what is heading your way, you are welcome to drive to Homestead, FL and stay here, but that more than a 20hr drive! ;) Just go somewhere other than where Rita is going!!

  7. girlE
    September 21st, 2005 18:06

    We’re undecided too, but I’m further east - near the TX/LA border. The parish south of us has evacuated but H & I are both supposed to go to work tomorrow. I’m still gonna be all packed up tonight just incase this Rita bitch decides to take a turn east!

  8. Sarcomical
    September 21st, 2005 18:09

    okay don’t freak me out like this. tell me you guys are safe. update on the half hours, m’kay?

  9. Sunshine
    September 21st, 2005 18:15

    Uh, I think you mean Independence Day with yummy Will Smith and our Prez has balls o’steel. Armageddon is where Bruce Willis blows himself up on the asteroid because Ben Affleck is going to be his son-in-law. But you have more important things to do, like joining the caravan to Area 51. And you need chocolate donuts for a hurricane. GET OUT OF THERE! Please?

  10. Jack's Raging Mommy
    September 21st, 2005 18:41

    Goddammit this week sucks, for almost everyone I know.
    I’ll be thinking of you.

  11. Stacey
    September 21st, 2005 18:46

    Ummm. Please leave. Please?

  12. Amy Steier
    September 21st, 2005 18:53

    I’m hoping you stay safe and that Rita isn’t as bad as they think it’ll be. You’ll be in my thoughts.

  13. Jessica
    September 21st, 2005 19:30

    Shit. You’re welcome to come to Cali and stay with us. But then again, you just said you have no money, so I guess my offer is lame.

    Stay as safe as you can.

  14. Vanessa_AR
    September 21st, 2005 19:43

    Ooh, I don’t want anything to happen to you, either. Get on out of there now. Make the hubs go too. Please. Stay safe and take care of those babies.

  15. solistella
    September 21st, 2005 19:55

    I have lived in Florida my whole life. Welcome to my hell!!

    If you decide to stay, here’s some tips. Make sure you have flashlights, a cooler and lots of food that doesn’t have to be refridgerated. (Here, the electric usually goes out even if the hurricane doesn’t come near you.)

    We also fill up our tub just in case, but we’ve never been without water. Maybe it’s good luck or something.

    Be safe, and like my dad always warns me, don’t go outside when the weather dies down because it could just be the eye passing over ya!

  16. ieatcrayonz
    September 21st, 2005 20:04

    Fuck Tulsa, go to hell. Whoa, I think I just read those first two comments a little too fast. Brain not working.

    SJ, after you fill up the tub, make sure to save your pee. You might need it when the bottle of water and doughnuts run out. You’re braver than I, girl. Ride that bitch, and slap her ass on the way out.

  17. nine
    September 21st, 2005 20:04

    when i last checked the news before i left work, they said Rita was a cat. 5 so PLEASE get the hell out of there and go SOMEWHERE else, ok?

  18. Dana
    September 21st, 2005 20:08

    SJ, I sent you an e-mail with a viable evacuation solution. Please let me know what to do. Thanks

  19. Susan
    September 21st, 2005 20:10

    Sucks about your fingernail.

    (I am really very worried about you and Miss E and the hubs, but as I am a complete stranger who is not on speaking terms with any higher power, I don’t really know what to say. I will be thinking about you, though. A lot.)

  20. ands
    September 21st, 2005 20:19

    uhh…just come on down to disssney world….and await the next hurricane that will surely land here next!

  21. Sarah
    September 21st, 2005 20:23

    Please be safe.

  22. Rayne of Terror
    September 21st, 2005 20:24

    You can come to Illinois. We have a guestroom and shit’s cheap here. Houston to central Illinois, yeah about 20 hours with good traffic. My grandparent’s house is 2 blocks from the beach in Rockport, slightly east of Corpus. I bet it’s going to be anihilated :( ANyway, e-mail me if you wanna come to safer white people land. You can call from the road, just head for St. Louis.

  23. Orah
    September 21st, 2005 20:27

    Please leave now. Just go, start driving. Even if it takes you 20 hours you will be out by the time it really hits land. You can drive 10 hours, your husband can drive the other 10. This isn’t a small hurricane coming through, this is one big mutha. I think it is going to fill Camilles place in most devestating hurricane.

  24. robyn
    September 21st, 2005 20:44

    Take my “went through three of these #@$%! hurricanes last year” advice and if you’re not going to evacuate — at least get every piece of Tupperware you can get your hands on and fill ‘em with water and stick ‘em in the freezer now. In addition to a cooler, the freezer provides you a lot more storage space to keep food cold, the solid blocks of ice will melt slower, the freezer is already cold and not room temp to begin with like a cooler so it stays cold in there longer, and when the ice starts to melt in the Tupperware you have all that extra fresh water.

    It’s estimated you need one gallon of water per adult per day — and you being pregnant, you might require more. You also need to grab your marriage license, birth certificates, insurance papers, baby shot records, etc. and get them all in a Ziploc if you haven’t already. If you do have to run last-minute, they’re all there together and water-tight.

    I never could bring myself to drink the bathwater no matter how much I bleached the tub out to begin with, but it does make a nice clean water supply to wash baby items, dishes, etc.

    STAY SAFE!!!!! And please listen to all the “been there, lived through that” advice you’ve been getting and get out. You have two babies to think of now, and trust me, I’d never do it to mine again — and our storms were just Cat 1 and Cat 3 — and not direct hits. We stayed for the 3 because the 1 “wasn’t so bad”. Well needless to say, they number those suckers for a reason… By our third strike, we were outta here!

    And a random hurricane supply factoid… (Tension breaker - had to be done.) Wal Mart admitted on CNBC last year that they ship several extra truckloads of strawberry Pop-Tarts to regions expected to get hit by hurricanes. Apparently they’re the non-perishable of choice. So don’t stay home without ‘em.

  25. MoxieMomma
    September 21st, 2005 20:45

    good luck, sj no matter what you decide to do. i do wish you would reconsider heading further inland. my bro and sis are headed to austin. i get why you’re staying put, but wow will the internets be worried about you.

  26. Sarah
    September 21st, 2005 20:47

    You can come stay in virginia with me if you want to.

  27. Jenn
    September 21st, 2005 20:52

    I hope you and your family will be safe. Would you mind sharing what county you live in? Best of luck and please keep us posted if you can!

  28. Eulallia
    September 21st, 2005 20:54

    I know some Mormons down there who are filling the bathtubs with water in case they’ll need it later. You know us Mormons, we’re super-prepared, so go fill your tub, girlie!

  29. LCA
    September 21st, 2005 21:30

    I don’t doubt that you’re on top of your hurricane shit and I completely support staying if that’s what you guys do. I’ll be thinking of you all–good luck!

    You’re a pregnent adventurer. Besides, what a great topic to blog about.

  30. Steph.
    September 21st, 2005 21:32

    Hehehe…I like crayonz reply.

    I’m leaving with the kids. My hubby is staying until he sees that he absolutely must go. Then, he’ll go to austin to a friends and get back as soon as he can. But, they did say on the weather tonight that if you’re not in a mandatory evacuation zone, you’re fine to ride it out in the safety of your home. However, in the same breath they said the main reason they were telling people this was so the roads wouldn’t be congested for the Galveston people. Lovely. Really makes you exude confidence about staying, huh? Take care of you!

  31. Shalini
    September 21st, 2005 22:53

    Come to Colorado, we are high up! Stay Safe!

  32. laura
    September 21st, 2005 22:58

    take care of yourself.

    i have no hurricane advice because…well…CANADA but yeah..be sure to blog and keep us updated when you can because lord knows i will be up all night worrying. damn ppd.

  33. kristine
    September 21st, 2005 22:58

    Um…Hitchhike to Sacramento California and you’ve got two new couchs to bunk on.
    Grab Merry Widow, her and I have some drinking to do!!

  34. kristine
    September 21st, 2005 23:00

    Oh yeah, I can invite Recovering Straight Girl to baby sit!!

    I’ll let you man handle the D70.

    admit it, you’re tempted.

    If not, you better make it to BlogThis 2006 in Nashville! Keep safe SJ!

  35. The Merry Widow
    September 21st, 2005 23:42

    I’m here with you, SJ. I’ll give you a call tomorrow morning. You and the fam can come chill with me. Besides, I only live about 5 minutes from your apartment.

  36. Lab Kat
    September 21st, 2005 23:49

    Hon, I live in Dallas. If you need a place to stay, we have it. Don’t stay there unless you absolutely have to…. you have my email addy.

  37. laurie
    September 22nd, 2005 00:45

    I went to Houston for my last radiation appt., left the Texas Medical Center at 2:45 pm sharp, we didn’t get to Dallas till 12:20 am!!!! 45 was baaaaad! I feel bad now, I would have brought you and your family back to Dallas with me!

    I hope you guys are safe.

  38. paige
    September 22nd, 2005 00:47

    Darnit girl, that stinks. Too bad I’m not back in Texas yet or I’d make you drive up to Austin. If you do get into emergency mode, let me know and I can have my brother drive some gas over to you guys, he’ll be driving through Houston probably Friday night anyway. He and his girlfriend are heading out of Beaumont just in case, and heading to Austin where my parents and sister are, so it would be no biggie. He can drop off a couple gas cans to you if you need it. At least you’re on the north side of town!

  39. jenB
    September 22nd, 2005 00:49

    ok, i am watching the news and FREAKING OUT! please update when you can. Let us know if we can do anything. *worried in the tundra*

  40. Arianne
    September 22nd, 2005 02:47

    Well now, I was going to join the ranks in beggin you to leave, but now that I heard the fantastic news that you will have an unlimited supply of strawberry Pop-Tarts, no more worries!

    Also, Los Angeles is only a wee bit to your left and I have extra beds and two crazy little boys who could keep E occupied and have you mourning the day you found out it was a boy. Come on ovah!

    P.S. I’ve been “out” since right before you got pregnant…so a very belated CONGRATS!

  41. Q
    September 22nd, 2005 03:03

    DAMN SJ… this hurricane is bad enough that we here all the way in Europe get constant updates on it! There are so many people here having offered you help or a place to stay… not like it matters what a blog lurker like me has to say, but for the sake of your babies PLEASE consider evacuatiing afterall. What’s a 20 hour drive in comparison to the life of your family? At any rate… I wish you all the best, I’ll keep you in my thoughts, and goddamn, you better keep us updated on matters at least hourly! :P

  42. Mushster
    September 22nd, 2005 05:55

    I’m away at the moment but I just had to check in to see if you were ok. If you decide to leave, please please please don’t hesistate in taking up an offer from some of these wonderful people.

    Take care and I’m thinking of you all over there.

  43. ginger
    September 22nd, 2005 05:58

    Take care darling. From the safety of the UK, hurricane Katrina looked like hell on earth and my instincts would be to run to a safer place. I guess you have your reasons for staying put though. Let us know how you getting on, a lot of people will be thinking of you.

  44. AMP
    September 22nd, 2005 06:07

    ok…checking in again. this morning (9/22) rita strengthened to 175mph!! 3rd strongest hurricane in history. i know of your present plans (thanks for emailing) but i think you should somehow try to get moving somewhere else. power will be out for probably 10 days. it’ll slam into the coast at a cat. 4 so it’s going to be DEVASTATING. DEVASTATING. please re-consider your plan. try to get on the road….can you go north and get out of texas altogether? stay at a hotel? I know, no $$ but can you at least charge it on the credit card and pay it off later? i know, high interest rates but…i’m telling you, this is no fucking joke. this thing is bigger than Katrina.

  45. shannon
    September 22nd, 2005 06:45

    been thru it last year with an 18 month old and being 7 months preggo and all i can say is leave now if you can. Otherwise, make sure you have supplies as we were without power for over a week and all the grocery stores had no power so had no food and all the water was gone. And try to find gas somewhere…could you fly to OK?

  46. Elenor
    September 22nd, 2005 07:24

    Good luck, I’ll be keeping you and your family in my prayers, and hopefully everything will turn out OK.

  47. shelby
    September 22nd, 2005 07:25

    okay well who’s blog am i gonna read if you die??? no more funny sj posts!!! damn

  48. Autumn
    September 22nd, 2005 07:53

    God bless. Toothpaste is filling.

  49. Tuesdayef
    September 22nd, 2005 08:19

    Stay safe!

  50. NinaKaye
    September 22nd, 2005 08:31

    I guess I’d better go gas up the car. I’ll be evacuating my home, since I live in a mobile home, and going to my mother’s. Even though it’s only like 3 miles away, I don’t wanna run out of gas getting there!!

  51. Kristy
    September 22nd, 2005 08:32

    Delurking for a sec. Driving to work today in Fort Worth, every hotel/motel parking lot was PACKED. Lines at all the gas stations. Traffic was insane. I’m talking very very way up North Fort Worth! Weatherman this morning said this thing could be a cat. 1 when it rolls through DFW. I don’t even know what that means! We live in N. Texas! If it’s already crazy up here, can’t imagine how it is for y’all. I don’t even know you, but sure wish there was something I could to to help. Prayers for your beautiful family.

  52. Kelli
    September 22nd, 2005 08:41

    You don’t know me from Adam, but I live in Lufkin - a mere 90 miles up the road from you. We have room (and a 19 month old for your kiddo to play with). If you decide to get out, you are more than welcome here. We’ve got food and adult beverages - what else do you need?

  53. Erica
    September 22nd, 2005 08:55

    As funny as I thought one comment was to “ride that bitch”…that was fabulous…please do be careful. I can’t imagine how overwhelming this must be-I hope you guys figure out some kind of solution and that everything will turn out ok. Please, please be careful. Ok, I’ll go back to the comfortable hole I lurk in…

  54. Curly Girrrl
    September 22nd, 2005 09:15

    lady you better call me and let me know that you are alright. or email me. or send a smoke signal. every time i try to call me people in houston the lines are messed up. please be safe and careful. life would suck without you.

  55. Stacey
    September 22nd, 2005 09:28

    They’re turning the 45 & the 65 (?) around this morning, if you can please go. :(

  56. sleepingmommy
    September 22nd, 2005 09:29

    Been thinking about you (and a few others) every time I hear more news on Rita. PLEASE be careful and stay safe. Prepare as best you can for the worst if you can’t get out of there.

  57. thehoneybunny
    September 22nd, 2005 09:33

    come to boston, SJ! i need spunky tell-it-like-it-is chicks in my life. i’m sick of the meterosexuals and cotton candy girls. i can’t beat them all up by myself!

    stay safe!

  58. MollieBee
    September 22nd, 2005 09:37

    hey babe, just letting you know i’m here worried sick about you.

    Ok, that was probably not want you need to hear right now.

    just heard on the news it took someone down there 8 hrs to drive 6.5 miles. fuck fuck fuck.

  59. mmc
    September 22nd, 2005 09:43

    You can’t stay! We live in West Austin and you’re all welcome to crash here. Plenty of room. Already set up for guests w/ kids who decided not to visit this wkend…what’s wrong w/ them? NOT serial murderers/psychotic. Just a bunch of boring folks living in white-people land. You have the email addy.
    (I’m disinfecting the tub as I type so I can stockpile water, a city rec.)

  60. sarah
    September 22nd, 2005 09:49

    Stay safe! I’m in Harris County with no where to go! Four house-fulls of family are all going to meet at my grandparent’s house & stay through the storm… We thought all of our houses have about an equal chance of making it through, but they have a generator that is big enough to power their house & 2 of their neighbors! So… if we make it through ok, we’ll be set! Now we just have to worry about making it through… Be safe & good luck.

  61. Sara
    September 22nd, 2005 10:04

    I’ve been listening to the news and thinking about you. Really hope everything “turns out” okay for everyone, and for you. Be safe!

  62. cas
    September 22nd, 2005 10:12

    call me

  63. S
    September 22nd, 2005 10:55

    Good luck to you and your family. I will send prayers your way.

  64. Janis
    September 22nd, 2005 10:58

    I hope you and yours stay safe.

    If by chance you could make it to Utah, we’d gladly take you in. I know.. If Tulsa ain’t happeing, Utah ain’t either. Just wanted you to know you’d have a safe, warm dry place with a crazy family if you needed it.

    Be safe!

  65. Aims
    September 22nd, 2005 11:02

    SJ, Please don’t be one of the one’s saying “I shoulda…” on Saturday. Please, there are plenty of people willing to help you and your family get out of there. Safety first, woman, for you, hubs and the kids! Again, it’s up to you. I’ll be here waiting, watching to see what happens. My prayers are with you…

  66. Janis
    September 22nd, 2005 11:02

    And yes, I do know how to spell happening. On of my twins thinks I am a chew toy today and she bit me as I was typing.

    Why do little ones have teeth?? Why???

  67. Texas T-bone
    September 22nd, 2005 11:03

    You’ll be OK if you still live on the second floor, right? Maybe you can trade some of the grape juice for some gasoline. Somebody stuck in traffic has got to be seriously jonesin’ for some grape juice. While they’re drinking it, you can siphon all the fuel out of their tank. Plus=fresh minty, gas breath that can catch fire.

  68. Debbie
    September 22nd, 2005 11:31

    SJ, we tried to leave at 4 this morning. Had to turn back and come home. I am not going to end up running out of gas and sitting on 45 through this thing. We are waiting to see if the traffic clears out by tomorrow morning or we will just stay put. What did you end up doing?

  69. Stacey
    September 22nd, 2005 11:40

    People have put their cars in neutral and are pushing them to save gas. Wow.

  70. ieatcrayonz
    September 22nd, 2005 11:46

    From your county website:

    Hurricane Rita Information
    For More Information, Please Call 936-538-3499
    For Transportation Assistance, Please Call 936-539-4144

    I’m sure that they’d fly a chopper in to pick up a pregnant woman and her young daughter. Start calling… Or maybe some of your friends could call and pretend to be you, give them your address, and you’ll hear the sweet knock of rescue victory come morning. Maybe…

    If you couldn’t tell, I don’t think anyone really wants you to stay. It’s not just the storm, it’s the living hell and dangerous conditions for a pregnant woman in the aftermath. My God, woman, even the lurkers care whether you live or die!

  71. Amanda
    September 22nd, 2005 11:47

    God I hope you’re okay. Update soon as you can!!!

  72. Tiffany
    September 22nd, 2005 12:12

    I know you’ve probably gotten hundreds of these, but I just sent you an email about a place to stay if you do decide to leave.

  73. surcie
    September 22nd, 2005 12:23

    Thank goodness you’ve got donuts.
    Good luck and Godspeed!

  74. Kelli
    September 22nd, 2005 12:35

    Lurkers, regulars…the consensus is that you reeeaaallly need to start packing, chica. Austin, Lufkin, Fort Worth, Dallas - even up here in Ardmore, OK we have room and board for SJ and company. I know I would hate to leave my home “just in case” - but please consider it. We LIKE you, we REALLY LIKE YOU.

  75. Susan
    September 22nd, 2005 12:47

    I hope you’re not posting because you’re on the road somewhere. Or because Crayonz sent a helicopter for you.

    And dammit, woman, I just wasted an hour watching CNBC, just to see if you were going to be okay. So POST SOMETHING already.

  76. Janis
    September 22nd, 2005 16:29

    I think SJ cares if she and her child live or die too. But right now, there is no way to get out.

    Gloom and doom comments do not help.

    Want to help? Start sending donations into the RedCross or other groups that will provide aide in the aftermath. Start sending clothing, food, water.

    Light a candle, say a prayer, meditate, sacrifice a chocolate bar to the gods. Whatever your belief system calls for, do it.

    Second guessing anyone’s decision in the face of an onslaught from mohter nature is not helpful.

    Adding to one’s fear is also not helpful.

    Not trying to chastise, just saying there are more productive areas to expend ones energy.

    Me? I’m off to light candles, pray to a god I don’t have much faith in, and hope to hell that this thing peters out or causes minimal damage and no loss of life.

  77. Randy Schulze
    September 22nd, 2005 17:03

    It’s not just the 20 hours. It’s the not knowing where or if you can get gas. And don’t forget: It’s 100 degrees outside. Stay put. We’re in Montgomery county too and we are staying put. Not to be macho, but because it’s the best alternative.

    Good luck.

  78. Surcie
    September 22nd, 2005 18:51

    SJ, since you turned the comments of on your most recent post, I’m posting here just to say I’m praying for you and your sweet little family.

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