Holy windshield, Batman!

25 03 2009

C came home from work this evening around 5 or so.  As we sat upstairs talking, we looked out the window and remarked that the sky was getting awfully dark, awfully quickly.  She said that the weather had put Austin under a tornado watch and a hail warning.

It starts raining.  C says “I’m . . . going to move the cars now.  Just in case.”

Not 30 seconds later, I hear the door downstairs slam open.  “Move your car NOW!”

By the time I change pants, get downstairs, find shoes (she had taken mine), get the door open, C is running back up.  She is drenched.  She had already moved her car, moved my car, and taken the time to warn our asshole neighbor that he should maybe move his car as well.

And then we stood outside and watched this appear, in less than 5 minutes:

Our parking lot, being covered in hail.

Our parking lot, being covered in hail.

My parking spot, covered in hail.

My parking spot, covered in hail.

Now the hail's coming down so hard and fast, I can't take a picture through it! Go figure.

Now the hail's coming down so hard and fast, I can't take a picture through it! Go figure.

Our front steps, covered in hail!

Our front steps, covered in hail!

C, holding one of the larger pieces of hail.

C, holding a golfball-sized piece of hail.

So it hailed and hailed, it was awesome and weird and maybe a tiny bit scary.  Maya was terrified—I found her later huddled near a crate in a nest she had made out of some fabric.  Safe and sound and freaked on the ground floor.

As the hail died down, we saw a child from a neighboring apartment streak to play in all the hail on the ground.  At least his mama put a batting helmet on.  Which seems appropriate, as in areas near to us, baseball-sized hail was reported.  Go, little man!

He's rounding third, I think. Heading home?

He's rounding third, I think. Heading home?

Not 20 minutes after all this started, this is what it looks like outside.

Back greenbelt and dog-walking area. Sun is out!

Back greenbelt and dog-walking area. Sun is out!

Front parking lot yet again. Ominous clouds remain in the distance. Ooooh.

Front parking lot yet again. Ominous clouds remain in the distance. Ooooh.

All this to say, I think the weather is what keeps Austin weird (courtesy of C).





My latest addiction

17 02 2009

On the advice of H and her boyfriend, C, I started watching the BBC series Coupling.  And oh. my. god.  That show is funny as hell.  Witty, biting, clever . . . all the things I want out of a series.   And I am completely in love with the character of Jeff, played by Richard Coyle.  He’s strange and awkward and SO weird and just incredibly adorable.  Example, the following conversation is when Jeff is trying to flirt with a woman he really likes:

Jeff: Your eyes are beautiful.  You have the eyes of 10 women.
Julia:  Um, what?
Jeff:  Not in a jar, I’m not accusing you!

And I’m including the following clip just because.  If you’ve never seen the show, watch the show!!!

Love.  Love him to death.  If I was not in a relationship, with a woman, and if I were a fictional character on a now defunct British television show, could Jeff please be my boyfriend?





Wow

25 12 2008

H sent me this picture today, I think it’s from near Lafayette, LA.  It is just too spectacular.

sm-store
Fun for the whole family, apparently!  I just don’t want to meet that family.





Music I listen to on a semi-regular basis

21 12 2008

I posted a Halloween playlist a while ago, but this is my other one, stuff I listen to otherwise.  There’s no real theme, other than the fact that I like all these songs and most of them are fun to harmonize with.  Go and listen, it will brighten your day (maybe).  I didn’t want to post the actual player here, because I don’t like opening web pages and being forced to listen to something.  This way it’s up to you!  Giving you more control, that’s the kind of lady I am.

Sharon’s Playlist






Parents, teachers, friends, take note

12 12 2008

This is interesting, really.  And as a “gifted student” in grade school this hits home in more than a few ways.

The Inverse Power of Praise





Asking too much

23 10 2008

I’m willing to teeter-totter, but I won’t see Saw.

Yeah, that’s just me being stupid.  Seriously though, C keeps begging me to go to the movies to watch Saw V.  I’m not doing it.  I watched the first one and thought it was just gross.  Parts of it were funny, like when Cary Elwes detached his own foot and threw it across the room with a kind of “ARGHUHNNN” noise/grunt.  But other than that, I couldn’t stand it.  And I can’t believe that a fourth sequel is coming out.

This is the thing: I don’t mind scary movies.  In fact, I kind of like them.  But I don’t enjoy gore.  That’s not scary, it’s just disgusting.  Feeling nauseated is not the same as being frightened, unless you have a phobia about throwing up.  C thinks I’m crazy for not seeing the movie—I think she’s deranged for wanting to pay money for it.  Anyone willing to go with her to see it?  Because I’m not budging on this one.





Seasonal music

18 10 2008

I’m making a Halloween playlist for myself.  Not for the specific day, but mostly to enjoy the rest of my favorite month and get into a spooky mood.

You can go listen to it here:

Any suggestions on songs to add?