Anyway, it was in part because I just have so much crazy stuff going on. Parties, holiday planning, extravagant dinners....the usual. Also, trips to Target to pick up super secret presents that can't be featured on the blog.
Ok, fine. These stocking stuffers can go on the blog because I'm 99.99% sure my cats can't read this.
I bought these tiny little stockings a while back because I thought they would be adorable for the cats. Plus, they were 87 cents and I'm a sucker for anything that costs less than a dollar. But - NOTHING fits into them. They're that small. $1.74, wasted. Dang the holidays are expensive!
So...crazy exciting life at Christmas. Buying cat treats at Target. Hubby and I got there last night at 4:45, and went our separate ways to pick up a few top secret items. I was checked out and back in the car 12 minutes later, where I not-so-subtly made fun of hubs for taking ages (ok fine, 20 minutes) to finish his shopping.
The weather was INSANE yesterday, with tons of really heavy rain and wind. On the drive back we heard a loud siren but had no idea what it was for. When I lived in Hawaii that siren meant a tsunami warning, but I had a strong feeling that inland Georgia was pretty safe, tsunami wise.
It only took a minute or so to click that it was probably a tornado warning, and I started analyzing every cloud for....I have no idea. I guess I though they would look like funnels or something. Can you tell I've never seen a tornado?
In the next few minutes it got dark as the sun set completely and then all of a sudden the ground was COVERED in debris - mud, leaves, grass. What was black tar a minute before now looked like a muddy trail. A few seconds later we saw tons of downed pine trees blocking the other side of the road, but no emergency personnel yet. A tornado had come through a minute or two before, about 10 minutes from our house.
You guys, ask me if I am scared of tornadoes and I will probably say no. But when I realized how close that was to us last night I seriously started bawling. So emotional. We were fine, there were no major injuries reported, but a few homes and barns were destroyed.
I guess there's no better way to feel at Christmas than truly thankful for my life, my family, my health and my home. And yes, I told my hubby that his sub-par shopping skills that made us leave Target a few minutes later were what saved out life. I think he feels pretty good about that. And maybe, just maybe, it was a good reminder for me that Christmas is NOT entirely about presents, fun songs and sugar cookies.
|It's possible that Christmas is about more than cookies.|
What are you thankful for this Christmas?
A home that is perfect for Tim and me, two wonderful little cats who love me even if their treats won't fit into their stockings, good health and a loving family!
Have you ever been in a truly bad storm/hurricane/flood, etc?
I never have, that I can remember. Some bad typhoons in Hong Kong, but really everything is pretty safe and there is no real danger most of the time.