Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Batten Down the Hatches

It started off as an ordinary day. I had one of my standard breakfasts. It probably looks familiar. I rotate the same handful of foods for breakfast, lunches and snacks at work.

Creature of habit here.


I have kicked the caffeine habit and go with plain decaf tea or coffee now, so there's a change :)

Mr. Blondie called around 10:00 and said I better pay attention to the storm warnings today. The terrible storms that hit Alabama yesterday are coming our way. He suggested I work from home for the afternoon and pick Emily up from daycare early so we'd be off the roads.

Most of the time he makes fun of the news stations for trying to make a story out of the weather, so when he expresses this kind of concern I know it must be serous. He was back at work today so he's been getting all the latest weather updates.

I left work at lunchtime. When I arrived home, the sky was starting to turn grey and the wind was howling something fierce. There was no sign of rain yet though.

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So I did the logical thing and immediately changed into my running clothes. Potentially taking a tree limb to the head sounded better than spending a full hour on the treadmill. I know you agree.

The plan was to do the first part of my run outside since I didn't want to stray too far from home. I ran for 35 minutes then took it to the 'mill. That's another mini-mind game I play with myself. Instead of breaking up my workout evenly I often do it this way....knowing I'm more than half way done when I switch to the less favorable activity (even if it's only by 5 minutes) makes it seem less daunting.

I had a big salad for lunch and toiled away on some more work before going to get Emily a little earlier than usual. Now we're cozing up for the night. Flashlights are out and I cleaned out the walk-in closet underneath our staircase in case we need to hunker down inside there later. Hopefully we won't.
I thought I was safe when I moved to Atlanta....no blizzards. hurricanes, tsunamis or earthquakes here. Alas, we've got tornadoes.

Stay safe tonight kiddos.

13 comments:

  1. I'm from Orlando and the weather here is way worse! The big trees in back of my house don't help either! Here's to no tornados!!!

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  2. I have to say, I'm pretty excited about moving to Florida, but the whole hurricane thing is a bit scary. ;) I hope you don't have tornados today... man they scare the heck out of me! Stay safe... and I hope you don't lose power either.

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  3. Congrats on the caffeine! How did you do it? Did you have headaches? I've tried and tried and end up with bad headaches each time. But, I always go cold turkey.

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  4. So sad all the damages done from the tornadoes. Hope you weren't near any of the damaging storms!!

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  5. I didn't sleep a wink last night I was so worried about the weather, and the Mr. kept calling to check on us all night. Fortunately nothing happened in our neighborhood, but a town 20 minutes southof us was destroyed and a few people died. It's so sad. It's unreal how many families were devastated by these storms.

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  6. I gave up caffeine cold turkey last spring after having some abnormal EKG's. The cardiologist was shocked to hear I was drinking 30-40oz of black coffee plus 1-2 cans of diet coke a day. I really didn't think it was that much. Apparently I was, lol. That much caffeine combined with dehydration from running in the heat will make your heart do weird things.

    That scared me straight, but a year later I still get daily coffee cravings. I drink decaf to satisfy it partially, but it's not the same. Going caffeine free is hard! I do indulge in a diet coke ever now and then when I'm at a restaurant.

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  7. That's a good idea to do only half (or a bit less hehe) on the treadmill. Much more bearable I bet!

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  8. So glad to hear that you guys are fine! Those storms are just insane, watching the coverage...I can't even believe all the damage that occurred.

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  9. Hey! I just posted about giving up caffeine. Then my mom told me she gave it up, too, a couple of weeks ago.

    Anyway, I sure hope you guys are okay and that your hubby's landings go well. Danny had a rough night a couple of nights ago trying to land into Salt Lake City. The wind shears were terrible, and he had to go around. As he was landing, he felt the plane drop then slam. The passengers were so grateful. One lady hugged him and started crying.

    Thankful for every moment.

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  10. I hope your family is doing fine after the storm. Your mind games are so effective to get your workouts completed!

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  11. I just found your blog. :)
    I'm glad to hear that you got through the storms okay. I have a lot of family back home in Georgia, but thankfully none of them were hurt or suffered any major damages.
    I like to split my runs sometimes too. Usually at the gym between the 'mill and the indoor track.

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  12. Hey! I just posted about giving up caffeine. Then my mom told me she gave it up, too, a couple of weeks ago.

    Anyway, I sure hope you guys are okay and that your hubby's landings go well. Danny had a rough night a couple of nights ago trying to land into Salt Lake City. The wind shears were terrible, and he had to go around. As he was landing, he felt the plane drop then slam. The passengers were so grateful. One lady hugged him and started crying.

    Thankful for every moment.

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  13. I just found your blog. :)
    I'm glad to hear that you got through the storms okay. I have a lot of family back home in Georgia, but thankfully none of them were hurt or suffered any major damages.
    I like to split my runs sometimes too. Usually at the gym between the 'mill and the indoor track.

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