Well, unless a miracle happens and the roads clear by midnight we shall be Rita Warriors. I don't think we'll be able to get out of this. The traffic is just monstrous. Nobody can get anywhere. People are running out of gas as they wait. It's just an awful situation that I don't want to be involved in. You have to evaluate the circumstances and decide if you want to add to the problem. It took my neighbor 3 hours to get to Tomball. Normally this drive is only 20 minutes. So she turned around and she's trying to get ready here. She's an 80 year old woman so I feel badly she wasn't able to leave. But she has her two sons with her so I'm sure they'll be able to keep her safe.
We took a little trip to Kroger to try to add to our supplies. The gas station is out, of course. Have you ever seen a gas station out of gas? I hadn't until yesterday.
One of the things I wanted to try to get was bread. I couldn't believe it when I saw one loaf left of Mrs. Beaird's bread. I must have been a very good person in the premortal life because why else would I be blessed with this manna? As I reached for this golden loaf I realized it was twisted and smashed. As if an evil force had strangled my loaf of bread. But I have my priorities straight and I will not buy a foul loaf of bread. So, I'll be baking through the night tonight. Here's the empty bread aisle. Do you see my bread that was not meant to be?
I've never seen anyone so excited for beans.
Got Water? Kroger doesn't!
But look what Katrine has!
Look, it's even on sale! 3/$8.00
Others choose a different beverage. I can't help think Rita would be more enjoyable with some alcohol.
And the men in my life made sure to get a supply of swords. Because what else do you need to look a hurricane directly in its eye but two plastic swords from the Halloween aisle? I feel safer knowing my children will bravely hit each other with it until someone gets hit in the eye and the mother of the household takes it away. Here are the men with their swords:
I felt bad for the Kroger employees. They've been working very long hours. I made sure to thank my cashier for working so hard. I think it brightened her day because she said with a smile, "Thanks for Krogering!" (this is a little joke we have around here. They always say thanks for krogering. Like krogering is really a word!) But seriously I appreciate all that they were doing.
On the way out they had two guards (Kroger employees) standing at the door not allowing anyone to enter. I asked if they were closing. They said they weren't letting anyone in until the crowd inside had died down a little. They are closing at 5:00 tonight and won't open until Monday (if it's still there).
So, that's how we stand at this point. Waiting and hoping. More prayers that Rita continues east.
I think I'll go tape a window or something.