Friday, September 12, 2008

Rain and Wind and Ike..Oh My

**update**- word from my friend (the crazy one who stayed and had me freaked out all night!) is that our area is okay...lots of downed trees and fences but power is back up and no damage to our homes...hurray!! (saturday 8:45pm)

I'm a hurricane evacuee!!

My area wasn't under a mandatory evacuation or anything, but my choices were to a) shelter in place (i just learned that is hurricane lingo for staying put) and almost certainly spend the weekend with with no electricity or b) spend the weekend snuggled up on the boyfriend's couch watching season 3 of Entourage on dvd. I choose b. I guess this is one time having a long distance relationship comes in handy. Plus, I like to fancy myself a rock star, but when it comes down to it I'm a big scaredy cat. I've lived in the area for just over a year, and this is my first experience with a hurricane.

Traffic wasn't too bad. I left kind of late last night. It took about an hour longer than normal.

I don't mean to be dramatic, but it is really weird to lock your doors and not know what things are going to look like when you get back. I don't think flooding will be the problem, but judging from The Weather Channel the winds are going to be brutal. Speaking of The Weather Channel, I can't stop watching it. It's like I've become obsessed. All day I've had the TV on hurricane coverage. Worrying about the people that didn't leave, friends and strangers, is tough too. To be honest, in the year I"ve lived there, Houston hasn't really grown on me, but now I suddenly feel protective and scared about what might happen to my city.

I'll leave you with some pictures from my late night evacuation.

Kaeli and Maverick are excited for our trip. Notice the kennel in the corner. My car is super cute, but super small!

Not the best picture, but hopefully y'all can tell that the lines for gas were LONG. Thankfully, I had filled up before the threat of Ike, and since I don't drive much I still had a full tank.

Maverick is the worst traveler ever. He wouldn't sit still and kept doing this annoying whining noise.

Kaeli passed out while watching movies on my iPod. Then I couldn't get it back and was forced to listen to crappy late night radio.

Attractive aren't I!! I was not a happy camper by the end of my little trip!!


Cherish said...

Oohh, sounds like fun at bfs house! Too bad its because of the weather though. My car was super cute and super small too and thats why it had to go when baby number four came along. Hope everything is just as you left it when you get back.

Melissa said...

Wow first post I read from you was a scary one, don't really have to worry about any hurricanes here other then the tail end of them which is high winds and rain. Good that you were far enough away hope all your things were ok!