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Rest

This week has been a dizzy one! Work stress, car stress, house stress, everyday by myself-ness, which isn’t all that good for me. Mostly, I’m fine but I tend to like being or playing at carefree and that has been tough these past few days.

Today, after I did my errands, but before I did any chores, I made a cake. Well, I’m making a cake. It’s this one, and all I can say about it at this moment is that the batter is scrumptious and dark. It is in the oven now, and then it will have to cool a bit.

Baking is very homey and good, and as long as I’m not making cookies or anything that is supposed to be pretty, I enjoy it. Some of my friends are major cake decorators, and I love looking at their creations, but I don’t have that kind of talent (or patience). Cookies are incredibly tedious, unless they are brownies or other bar cookies. But everyday, non-frosted cakes are just right–the kind you can whip up in an afternoon and nibble on during the week.

After the cake is done, I am going to do some boring chores. Vacuum the downstairs, mop the kitchen floor, clean the bathrooms. And then I will probably have to work on my cases for Monday. Blah.

But I am hoping to get everything that must be done over with today, so that tomorrow I can rest and enjoy myself. If I want to read my mystery books, then I have to do that on the weekend, while there is still daylight after I stop so I don’t scare myself.

It’s already the end of August, and I haven’t hiked a mile! Maybe September will be better. And cooler! Hope you are all doing well and having a homey day.

Prep time!

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I didn’t want to leave Reed without a hurricane evacuation kit, but events conspired that made it difficult to get everything we wanted done in two days. So now I am sending him lists each week to help him put things in a kit. I can’t say that Houston will be hit by a big hurricane this year, but being prepared and not needing it is FAR better than being unprepared and needing to get out of town safely.

I’m also having to double check what I need here at home, since it is not unheard of for Raleigh to be hit pretty hard if a big one comes through. Fran was only a cat 3 storm in 1996, but it caused significant flooding.

You can find things that you need for a hurricane kit at the NOAA site. That’s a good start for an emergency kit.

Of course, hurricanes aren’t the only thing that we need to prepare for. Flu season is coming up, and swine flu may be pretty prevalent, even if it isn’t very virulent. There are lots of reasons to be a little bit more self-sufficient. FEMA recommends that you be able to take care of your own household for at least 3 days, and be prepared to shelter in place for up to 2 weeks. I read a blog about self-sufficiency that is geared to people who are concerned with peak oil, but most of the advice about doing for yourself and building community is good general advice about being more self-reliant. Here’s a link to her food storage posts.

Be safe out there!

Long time, no see!

I really am sorry that my blog falls to the bottom of my to-do list most of the time, because it has been a fun place for me. I am behind on my hiking goals, my 30x30 list, my other adventures, and many things that are more mundane. It is hard to catch up.

Reed has a new job in Houston, for those of my readers who aren’t on fb, and we’ve moved him out there. I have pictures up on fb of the apartment and our downtown adventure. This is a new experience for us–living in different time zones–but still the same familiarity of being apart. I somehow thought that we would make it til October before visiting, but after the first week, I see that is nonsense. It’s not that I sit around moping for Reedikins, but it is nice to be with him at least sometimes! ha.

There are good things about being apart, and I try to remember them to make the best of it. Well, mostly just opportunities to do things that would otherwise be considered inconsiderate–like making dinners that he doesn’t really enjoy, but I do, or watching tv that is boring to the other person, or going out in the evenings instead of being home. Of course, I would rather be in the same place, having to listen to anime, than be apart and able to eat portabello mushrooms for dinner, but if you know me, you know I like having my way so this is a chance to do everything MY way.

Another thing about being apart is that you have a chance to realize how much the other person does for you. When it’s just you, you have to make all your food when you’re at home, no one brings you a glass of ice water or does the dishes or takes out the terrible, drippy garbage bag or runs errands while you are at work. When we lived in Athens, sometimes I would fuss about Reed not doing much around the house. Then he moved to Raleigh and suddenly I had a whole lot more stuff to do on a day to day basis. Talk about an unpleasant surprise! Needless to say, I try not to be so whiny anymore.

I think that is all I can come up with in my pep talk. Now I have to go work on cleaning the house!

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