Thursday, September 11, 2008

The calm before the storm

You know you work a lot when the first thing you think upon hearing that a hurricane is approaching is, "Hey, that means I get a day off work!"

But before that day off, there's a lot to be done. The last few days have been hectic - making plans, executing plans, changing plans in mid-execution - but we did it. Our little corner of the company is tied down. Here at the house, I'm well-supplied with the essentials and ready to ride this thing out, wherever it decides to go, and I have a couple of fallback positions in case I need to bug out.

So: calm. The sky overhead is a bright blue and there are white puffy clouds moving through; it's as close to perfect as a September day gets in this part of Texas (which is to say, it's 96 degrees and the humidity is only 40%.) Work and home are secure. There is nothing that demands my immediate attention, which strikes me as more than passing strange on a Thursday afternoon, but there it is.

There's a hurricane coming. Maybe now I can relax.