We’ve had a couple of brushes earlier this summer with eastern Pacific hurricanes that thankfully turned out to be not all that, but the one that’s currently on deck, Kilo, looks to be the real deal. Almost all current projections show that it will reach hurricane status, possibly Category 2, and up until today it looked liked Kaua’i was going to be directly in its path.
But, this morning’s forecast on the NOAA tracker predicts that while the storm will still be turning and heading north toward the islands, it should also turn to the west in time to miss us.
So . . . big, big sighs of relief here this morning. We stay prepared for storms, but it’s always best if they just don’t show up. Fingers are all crossed that the prediction holds and Kilo gives us a wide berth.
In the meantime, on this very steamy afternoon I am:
- Reading: My library loan of Snow Country ended before I could finish it. I had a difficult time this past week finding time to read, and usually fell asleep after reading just a page or two, so the fault is purely my own. I have no idea what I want to read next.
- Listening to: The hum of the fans. It’s been exceptionally hot and humid here the past few days and today is more of the same.
- Watching: Brett and I finished the Inspector Morse series yesterday evening (I still teared up when Lewis says good-bye to Morse at the end), so tonight we have just Midsomer Murders. We’ve been talking about wanting to watch Criminal Minds, so may start that, but we also have a whole list of great crime dramas that are available for streaming that we’re going to look that over to see if something else catches our fancy.
- Cooking/baking: I made a matcha-chocolate chip cake yesterday, so no baking today. It’s too hot again anyway. Everyone was on their own for breakfast this morning, and dinner tonight was supposed to be Sticky Hoisin Roast Chicken Wings along with some rice and a salad, but it’s just too hot to turn on the oven. I think instead we’ll have some grilled teriyaki chicken thighs; nice, cool zaru soba; and a sliced cucumber salad.
- Happy I accomplished this past week: This last week was another not particularly ambitious one for me. We did get to the beach and the farmers’ market, and I got my hair cut, did some baking and got lots of chores done around the house but otherwise didn’t do anything remarkable.
- Looking forward to next week: I’m hoping to wake up on Tuesday or Wednesday and learn that Kilo is definitely heading west rather than heading to Kaua’i. There’s not a lot we can plan or count on right now until we’re sure the storm will not be coming our way. If it does look like it will miss us, Brett and I will do our big monthly Costco shop on Tuesday. I both look forward to and dread that experience, but supplies are getting low.
- Grateful for: I’ve been through two hurricanes/typhoons in my life (a Category 1 hurricane in Key West, and a Category 3 typhoon in Japan), and while they were not fun and quite scary at times, I am thankful that I somewhat now know what to expect and am able to better prepare for a big storm’s arrival and aftermath. I’m also thankful we live up in the hills, and do not have to worry about storm surges or flooding.
- Bonus question: Do you follow politics? Yes; I’m actually a bit of a political junkie, and keep a close watch on what’s going on in the world of politics. I read the news daily, as well as some political blogs, but I don’t watch any cable news (nor want to). I was raised that politics was not something to be discussed in polite society, so you will never read any of my beliefs or opinions, or who I’m voting for, or what drives me crazy and so forth, here on the blog. I love to talk politics and enjoy a good debate, but this is not the venue for it.
How is your Sunday afternoon going? How did this past week go for you? What’s coming up that you’re excited about?