Saturday, September 11, 2010
For people who don't track tropical weather systems, an invest is an area of disturbed weather that has potential for growing into a tropical depression, then a tropical storm, and then a hurricane.
So Invest 91 started down by Venezuela, and is drifting NNW, through the Caribbean - nice warm water.
I don't know if it has grown in strength, but it sure has grown in size. We had rain in the early morning, strong wind all morning, and by noon it started raining. Now, it's very dark (4 PM) and pouring rain and there's thunder in the distance. I think this thing is growing on top of us, just as Earl did.
We're like a tiny dot in the hurricane bowling alley. We don't even make a dent in their development, our island is so small.
And of course all eyes are on the potentially evil Igor, most unfortunately named. Plus a wave that's in back of him.
Sometimes I wonder why we live here.....most of the time it's beautiful (as it was for my morning walk) ............ but then the weather turns on us, and becomes a destructive force.
All we can do is prepare, then wait and see.
Friday, September 10, 2010
I was listening to the radio as I was running around with errands at lunch time - and this song came on the radio, something with "How's the weather in your bedroom, is it raining all the time" or something.
And it got me thinking.
Not just about the weather in my bedroom, but the weather in our home. In our lives.
I've always thought of my life as being divided into parts - work life, home life, love life, family life. And post marriage, love life is combined with home life and part of family life.
So how's the weather in my life? Partly sunny and partly cloudy with work (beginning of a new school year with the usual schedule issues); home life and love life are a bit rainy (or windy) as DH looks for a new job and we both try to spend less and save more. At least it isn't stormy, right? No hurricanes or tornadoes in the near future.
How's the weather in YOUR home?
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Who names a tropical storm Igor?????
Igor is the guy who helps Dr Frankenstein make his monster. Igor is Lon Chaney, Peter Lorre, the guy with the accent and the limp and the drool.
He isn't going to be a friendly storm who passes by the islands, or a mild storm with minimal damage.
Igor is a home wrecker, a destroyer. He'll wreak havoc and huff and puff and blow everyone's house down.
I'm not happy with Igor. I'd rather see tropical storm Isaac, Isidore, Irving. Nerdy names, guys who belong to the AV club in high school.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
So what is "normal"?
Normal isn't always average. Normal is what we're used to. As in, life is going back to normal after the hurricane. Most of us have electricity, schools have internet again, cell phones work, stores are re-stocked. Life is back to what we're used to - normal.
Or, I've kept off the 10 lbs I lost when I was sick with dengue. My clothes fit better again, in fact I'm almost 1 size down from where I was in June. (10 lbs makes a big difference!) So I'm back to my normal.
Except that's where things get tricky. Because my normal is still overweight.
It's all too easy to think that our normal is good, is a place to stay. Because it's normal, right? It might even be average - especially since the "average" American woman is about a size 14-16. But that's still bigger than might be healthy, depending on height.
So while normal might feel good, it might not be good. Normal might not be optimal. Normal might not even be healthy.
I need to stop thinking of myself as at my normal, and start thinking that 140 will be my new normal. And then make that happen.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Gaston made it to tropical storm status, but never got to hurricane status. He dissipated, then kind of re-formed, then just hung in there as an area of "disturbed weather with the possibility of reorganization."
He's got some wind and a LOT of rain. Been rainy half the day, and predicted to be even rainier tomorrow. That's all we need, another 4 inches of rain on top of the 5 to 8 inches we had with Earl last week.
We're hoping the ground isn't super saturated. Today's rain is washing all the dead leaves down into the roads, making leaf pools. Really, you can't tell how much water is there, the leaves are floating on top. Eventually everything will wash into the soil or sea, and decompose. Right now, it sure looks like autumn.
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