Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Toto, we're not in Texas

The MOG was in Texas for 48 hours or so this week, during some scary weather here on the homefront. I called during a meeting yesterday to ask him when, exactly, is the appropriate time to pray the rosary in a tornado. That's just a joke, we're totally not Catholic. But you know, I needed to know the specifics, like a) what to take in the basement b) when to go to the basement c) how to get 4 sleeping kids into the basement very, very quickly and d) when to hide under a mattress. I'm new to tornados.

One reason I cannot determine this information for myself is, I don't understand radars. The fact that there is some red stuff over to the left of us does not answer the question of should I climb into the refrigerator. 

You might not know this about Richy, but he loves him some weather. He spent 10 minutes looking at radars and called me back. "Oh yeah." he says, "It's coming."

He thinks for a minute. "Might not be any big deal. Just go to bed and check the radar when Tristan wakes up at night."

I am not convinced, asking when, exactly, do we hide under a mattress.

"Well." he says, thoughtfully, "You'll hear the roof ripping off... just keep an eye on that radar. You'll probably have plenty of warning."

"If it hits our house, I'll find a way to get back to you," he says, like Daniel Day Lewis or Keanu Reeves or something.

It ended up being only thunderstorms, but I stayed up till nearly 1, watching the radar with a Ms. Teen America Puzzled Face.

He arrived home this morning, an hour before all of Kansas City started getting their ammo and heading for their basements, as there were, according to the Twittersphere, tornados all around us. Again, I am concerned. If most of our neighbors were holding prayer vigils underground, would it maybe be smart to join them? Richy is unconvinced. "It's not like, an F5," he says.

I pulled a reversal of my usual "submissive" shtick and headed downstairs. Toby and Brynn were in the process of watching Toy Story instead of doing their schoolwork. "Hey guys!" I said cheerfully. "Let's go hang out in the basement!" They were okay with that, as long as the movie came, too.

"It's probably no big deal," says Richy. "But put on shoes. Oh yeah, you're gonna need shoes, because if it hits us, there'll be broken glass everywhere. " He wanders off to find matches or to update his Twitter or something, casually.

We hid out for a couple of hours, most of which time he was outside watching for funnel clouds. He was right, it didn't touch us. But still. Somebody has to obey the weatherman.


  1. I've been thinking about you and how sad would be if you got obliterated off the face of the earth . . . and also wondering if you would still be able to blog if your house blew away.

    =) Glad y'all are unmarred.

  2. you know you could be blown far away and stuff and then you would be like "we're not in kansas anymore"


  3. Quick story. I'm a relatively new "Jess-ophile" (inwardly, I'm still debating whether or not that is way too creepy to use). And my husband thinks it's a little weird to follow a blog of someone you don't even know. Well, we recently had trEd, et al, swing through and he liked to mention how I follow your blog, like I'm some kind of wierdo. He was educated that your blog is quite the trend and that sort of thing is happening quite a bit. So later when I was reading your blog about shopping for homeschool curriculum and laughing out loud, I read some to him and he really enjoy it, too. He thinks you should write a book. I would read that book, but surely there must be a better way for you to make a quick buck. Magazine articles, tv sitcom?

  4. Ha! Yes, I should write a book. I should, I should. I will, someday. ;)
    and I refer to the dedicated blog readers as "bloggerati", but Jess-ophile is okay, too. I'm not easily creeped out, since I'm an active Facebook stalker of lots of people :)

    So glad you guys enjoy the blog!


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