Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happiness is...surviving a disaster. (Part 2)

As someone said at church today: Some people have Shark Week, we have Disaster Week. And we've all lived to tell about it. 

Irene didn't affect us nearly as much as we'd all anticipated (at least in my neck of the woods.) Aside from a few broken branches and a bit of flooding in our basement (nothing that a healthy stack of towels couldn't handle) you'd never even know she'd been here. If there's one thing I've learned since living out on the East Coast it's how to panic. I suppose with this many people crammed into the same spot the over-dramatized and dire predictions do encourage people to be more prepared than would otherwise be, but I have yet to experience something that lives up to its pre-event hype. (I suppose that's probably a good thing.)

In the midst of all the chaos and upheaval (both real and incredibly over-hyped) though, I managed to find a few random things that made me smile this week:
  • Cheesy mid-week movies with even cheesier lines that stay stuck in your head for days afterwards

(They seek him here, they seek him there,
those Frenchies seek him everywhere
Is he in heaven or is he in hell,
That damned illusive Pimpernell?)
  • A bird wandering the aisles in the grocery store
  •  A double rainbow
  • Made up words-hurriquake (goes nicely with snowmageddon, don’t you think?)
  • Choristers with a sense of humor: today at church we sang “Master the Tempest is Raging” and “How Firm a Foundation”
  • A hurricane induced movie marathon (Jane Eyre…the good one, Charade, Just Go With It, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Vantage Point and a few episodes of Suits)
  • Fresh figs (surprisingly delicious, way better than disgusting Fig Newtons)
  • Getting lost in a good book
  • Hints of amazing sunsets (which never really happen out here because of all the darned trees)
  • Potatoes masquerading as cupcakes
  • Plans to re-decorate my bedroom (there will be paint involved, I just haven’t decided what color yet)
  • Finding out that Richard Castle books really do exist! (sort of)

Of course I didn't have my camera with me for any of these events so my goal for this last official week of summer is to take my camera everywhere, capture some amazing last official week of summer moments and blog about at least 3 or 4 of them to give you all something to read about.  Here’s hoping there are no more disasters coming our way to throw a cog in my works (volcanoes? Plagues? Rivers turning to blood? I’ll have to re-read my Old Testament to see what else we’re missing.)

So, dear readers, what do you have planned for this week? Please, tell me all about it!

1 comment:

  1. A note on the Richard Castle books: I am about two chapters into the first one now. It's pretty good so far, but there is a lot more bad language and swearing than in the t.v. show, and I have noticed a few spots already that seem to be typos. I get the feeling they kind of rushed through that editing step... or maybe I just don't get it It has been a long time since I took an English class ;)