Saturday, February 16, 2008

Misleading....

This is a picture I took of outside our house this afternoon



Just kidding. Please read below.

Valentines day was our five year anniversary. Five years. It's a long time. Blaine has a really big project due at work, it was due on the 15th so he spent 14+ hours at work on our anniversary. Kind of sad. He has also been working really long hours for at least the last month trying to get something done. So we decided to go on vacation this weekend. We didn't have the time of the money to fly, or to really go anywhere, BUT we had priceline at our fingertips and bid on a hotel in Austin for the weekend (note:this was not a romantic weekend, but an escape weekend with children included). An added bonus to this was that on Friday I was checking the weather and the forecast read something like this:



"WARNING, IMMEDIATE DANGER. HAZARDOUS SEVERE WEATHER IS EXPECTED IN CENTRAL TEXAS ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY. IF YOU LIVE THERE-- MORE SPECIFICALLY IF YOU LIVE IN [INSERT THE CITY I LIVE IN HERE] YOU WILL MOST LIKELY BE INFLICTED WITH ALL OF HEDOUBLEHOCKEYSTICKS FURY. WE ARE NOT KIDDING. SERIOUS, HUGE F5, DESTROY-YOUR-HOUSE-AND-LEAVE-NOTHING-BUT-THE-FOUNDATION KIND OF TORNADOES. HAILSTONES THE SIZE OF YOUR HEAD, WIND LIKE THAT FOUND ON THE PLANET VENUS, AND TORNADOES THE LIKES OF WHICH WOULD MAKE DOROTHY QUIVER IN HER LITTLE RED SLIPPERS WILL MOST CERTAINLY DEVOUR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. ODDS ARE YOU WILL DIE, OR AT LEAST WISH YOU WOULD HAVE"

So I was not opposed to planning this little trip and staying in a nice, huge, secure hotel while nature's wrath was upon us.



Gwen was so excited and we have had the best time. It was a weird, but truly good idea to take a vacation from our life--even if we are only ten miles away. We've gone swimming, eaten pizza, watched movies, etc. And tonight we look forward to going and checking out the town.



However, I feel a little cheated because as we have been here I keep checking the weather (because I am an insane person who must know what mother nature has in store at all times, in all things, and in all places), and surely every time I check it the outlook gets better. Why just this last time it read something like "rainbows, butterflies and happiness are forecast for the austin area today". So really....the one time I am in a secure structure there are no violent storms. What gives?

See, I am a normal person when I am safe. I think it would be cool to see a big storm. Just not in my house while hiding in my closet. Oh well. Maybe for our six year anniversary!

5 comments:

Alison said...

I can tell this is your first winter/spring here.....you'll get used to the violent weather. It is always kind of freaky when they issue a tornado warning though, i find myself looking out the window expecting to see a scene from 'Twister'

JoAnna said...

Kinda laughing at the previous comment because I wonder, Kris... Do you think you'll ever get used to the "violent weather??"

Bret/Dad said...

So Kristi - you may not like your weather, but be glad you're not here at home. On the night before Valentines Day, we had such a violent storm (45-75mph winds with snow) that roads started shutting down which created gridlock (no one could move for hours) so parents couldnt pick up kids at school, so many kids slept at school with teachers, people abandoned cars to walk home or to safety, many couldn't leave work, etc, etc, etc. Janey ended up sleeping at her work that night - you'll have to ask her for details.

So while it was nasty in Austin - it was nastier in SLC.

Strong Family - said...

I'm glad you had fun! I hope you were swimming inside? It was freezing cold!

Sheyenne said...

Kristi you are too funny. I love the forecasts. Glad you had a nice time. You don't have to spend a ton of money to have a great time. Happy anniversary!