Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hurrication Irene

I'm so far behind on this blogging gig. It's really quite depressing. There are so many memories I want to be sure to preserve here, but I can't find the time to do it the way I want to. Once the ballerinas go back to school, hopefully, I'll get a chance to sit down and record them.

But, thank you to those of you who checked in to see that we were ok after the "big" hurricane. Yes. We survived Irene. And the earthquake. Even though we were only 19 miles from the epicenter. It was a close call. But luckily, we're all still alive. Crazy world we're living in these days. Maybe Nostradamus is right? I'm starting to believe...

The Irene predictions were starting to get a little hairy. And we'd been talking about taking a little road trip all summer. So we joined forces with some of our best buds. And hit the road for a little hurrication.

After some major yard securing. And tree trimming. And coop relocation. We were ready to go. But the chickens had other ideas. Dixie decided, "Hell no, we won't go!"

Luckily, the story has a happy ending. That includes BSD stripping down to his tightie whities.  And diving under our deck. I'll spare you the rest of the details and photos. Although our neighbors had front row seats. As they were up on their roof. Doing their own hurricane prep. You can email them if you want the insider scoop.

Six hours. And one quick sanity break later. 

We made it to the mountain resort located ONLY THREE HOURS away from our home on the coast. Where we watched the hurricane happen live. On TV. Instead of outside our kitchen window.

We partied. And napped. We read. And played.

There was food for days. Good wine. And good music.

Endless rounds of Crazy Eights. Continual pick-up games of Bananagrams. And a tense game of Pictionary on the last night.

There was wine tasting.

And mini golf.  
Followed by a side jaunt to a quaint town. Where we got our junk on.

And our pizza on.

Found a fab indie book shop. And picked a few too many peaches.

Something about the country had us wondering if we could ditch our beach life and move. Maybe it was the ice cream.

Or the scenery.

Or the fact that we're chicken farmers now.

I'm not sure we're ready for such a drastic change. But it's nice to know we're covered. If we do decide to pull a Green Acres.

Top Five Things I Learned During our Hurrication:
  1. It's awesome to vacation with people who have better music on their iPods. And who can perform live.
  2. The spelling gene is passed down by the father.
  3. Our early bird personalities may be found annoying by those who prefer to sleep in. 
  4. My family is not going to strike it rich on Win, Lose, or Draw. We're more WipeOut material.
  5. Ballerinas have REALLY stinky feet.


{Amy} said...

kim- glad you all are safe and i love "hurrication" : ) too funny! looks like a wonderful time and a move tot he country might just suite you guys! looks like such a fun place.

needsatimeout said...

We made it through the hurricane as well except it was a tropcial storm when it hit us. I took a nap only to wake up and then lose power which was off for 32 hours thankfully not as long as some people's power.
Some schools already have a week worth of weather days to make up and it's not even winter.

My Interior Life said...

So glad you're okay! I was starting to worry about you since I hadn't seen anything from you in about a week. And the ballerinas' shoes on the top of the car is hysterical!

Amy said...

So glad all is okay after Irene.

Looks like you had a great vacation.

as the pics.

Bridget said...

So glad you all are okay after Irene, and I love these pictures of your hurricaction!!

karren said...

I am glad you are safe. I enjoy your blog pics and your sense of humor!

Gabe said...

You always make me laugh. . . that first picture is too funny!

Spelling is most definately passed down from the father. . .I have a learning disablitity where spelling is involved!

Glad you survived!

Amy said...

So glad y'all are okay! You are the first person I thought of for both the hurricane and the earthquake. Sounds like a great vacation but you should have come to see me! ;-) Love all your photos.

Kerri said...

Not sure how I missed this post! You guys are hilarious! That first picture cracks me up! You sure know how to make the most out of a sticky/scary that! Looks like a perfect weekend with the family all safe and sound!

Kristin said...

I'm so glad you are all ok and I should have known that you'd somehow figure out how to turn an almost disaster into a fun-filled family event. It looks like a good time was had by all and I'm so glad you got to spend time with good friends and listen to good music. There is nothing better than that is there! As usual, you had me in stitches, and I've decided in your spare time you really need to start writing a book about your life and the way you see things. It'd be a best seller!

Nicolle said...

That first picture cracks me up!

Love all of the mountain getaway pictures. Oh how I would love to live that close to the coast AND the mountains.

Cindy S said...

we were evacuated from the OBX. we actually briefly considered staying until some burly men showed up to board up our rental house. not so good for the view.

glad you're blogging again.

i'm don't seem to be able to get back on the horse. (sigh)

A Mom Anonymous said...

1) Glad all is well that ends well!
2) I want chickens! I know I would do 100% of the work though and I'm not ready to take that on just yet. But I soooo want chickens!
3) It's the Keen's. I thought they were supposed to have the "stink guard" stuff to them but noooo, they produce NASTY smelling feet. Like retching, dry heaving, "go scrub your feet now!" stink.