Weekly Wrap-Up: Praying cats, Nerds, and Tornadoes

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday! I hope you all have had an excellent week. I think I have, but considering how quickly it sped by, I’m not entirely sure. It was an early break week for us. We usually do six weeks on/one week off, but I wound up pushing our last break week back since we’d had a lot of outside stuff going on and really needed more time to tie up loose ends before our break.

That meant I needed to do a little adjusting to get us back on the schedule we wanted to be on for our long break in December. No one complained about a slightly earlier than usual break. The fact was, we needed it. I’ve spent all week playing catch-up.


My cat is very spiritual – she prays all the time. Seriously, though, she sleeps with her face buried like this all the time. We wonder how she can breathe.

We’ve had some crazy weather in our area – severe thunderstorms and even a tornado warning Monday night. It’s kind of funny. We used to never have tornadoes here. I remember watches all the time when I was a kid, but never an actual tornado. So, most of us never took the warnings very seriously – until April 27, 2011.

These days, we all take tornado warnings seriously. Even so, I had to laugh at Brianna a little bit Monday. The warnings started flashing across the TV screen, so I was checking on my phone and Brian switched to the station with the most accurate weather forecasts because none of this had been predicted.

It turned out that the bad stuff was several miles south of us. I went to tell the kids so they wouldn’t worry. I didn’t tell Brianna, though. She was already in the basement. Nobody needed to tell her twice about tornadoes.

It turned out that she had the right idea. A small one did touch down just a few miles from us and caused some minor damage – minor meaning no one completely lost their homes. I’m sure the people with portions of their roof missing or the one family with a huge gap in the side of their home don’t consider it minor. Thankfully, the damage wasn’t widespread.


Who says you can’t have fun at cosmetology school? Every Thursday this month is a different costume theme. Yesterday was nerd day.

Brian and I may need to consider opening a laptop repair business. I just ordered our third replacement screen. When we finish this next repair, we will have replaced all of our kids’ laptop screens. Maybe now, they’ll take us seriously about how delicate laptops are. In his defense, Josh’s cracked screen was not his fault.

Brian’s talking labor charges this time, though. Although we’ve gotten pretty good at it, replacing screens is not a fun job. I’m so thankful for YouTube videos!

So, I never used to be a big TV buff…well, let me clarify. When I was a kid, I knew what was on every night of the week and at what time. I was our family’s personal TV Guide. As an adult with kids and a slight Internet addiction, however, I got to the point where I never watched much TV.

Until my youngest niece was born last December. I totally blame her.

I got hooked on Bones and Castle during my extended stay at the hospital waiting on the stubborn (but adorable!) little girl to make her appearance. I got Brian hooked and we wound up buying all the seasons of each on DVD and catching up. Now, we watch the new episodes each week.

When we caught up on those two, we needed something new since, by then, we were in the habit of watching TV together for an hour or so most nights. So, Brianna got us hooked on The Big Bang Theory, which I now quote as often as I do Friends.

As we watched The Big Bang Theory the last few weeks, we’ve seen commercials for Scorpion. It looked pretty good, so we finally decided to check it out this week. (Thank goodness for On Demand, so we could start with the first episode.) We are so hooked! Have you watched it yet?

Did you count? I am now up to 4 TV shows that I feel a need to watch on a regular basis. I’ve had people tell me other shows they think I’d like, but I try not to listen. I’m reverting back to my childhood!

I am so looking forward to this weekend. I think it’s going to be the first out of the last 5 or 6 in which we have no commitments. My kids may try to come up with some ideas for us, but there is nothing that I have to do and I’m excited about that.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Oh we love Bones, Castle, Revenge.. LOL And the list keeps going on. I told my hubby I wished they would spread some of these fall shows out over the summer so it didn’t totally feel like nothing was on when they all go off for the season. 🙂

    I totally understand you with the warnings too. When I watched that April 27th, 2011 tornado hit where my parents once lived and tracked it to near them but not on them, it was a scary thing. Glad you guys are safe and no major damage. Have a great week ahead!!!

  2. LOVE the nerd outfit – but she’s still totally adorable even with the taped glasses. 😉 Also, glad the tornadoes didn’t come any closer to y’all!

  3. Our weather was like that this week too. Interestingly enough, it was 35 years ago this week that we had a freak October snow storm that dumped 7 inches of snow here in our area. It was a very costly, damaging storm as all the trees still had their leaves and the heavy snow just made a mess.

    I hope you got all your loose ends tied up!

  4. Good morning!

    First, I enjoy reading your blog. You always have good insight on different things. I also enjoy your humor.

    Second, I have a cousin who plays a Bomb Squad Sergeant on Scorpion. I don’t have TV in my home (by choice), so I have no idea what this show is about or anything. I thought that was kinda cool that you mentioned this show.

    Third, I am all too familiar with tornadoes. Ohmysoulandbody…I moved from Arkansas to New York three years ago. Thankfully, I haven’t had to deal with but one or two and they weren’t really close enough to worry with. We don’t have a storm house here. But I was in my first blizzard last winter. I thought it was rather neat. But I stayed in my house and didn’t lose power. That makes all the difference.

    Thanks for giving your time and knowledge to this blog. 🙂

    1. Oh, that’s cool about your cousin being on Scorpion. (Psst…I think they have full episodes on CBS.com if you want to look for your cousin.) I’m sure you’re glad to be in a place less prone to tornadoes, blizzards aside. 🙂

  5. I have to say, I love the kitty cat!

    My husband and son just got into the Big Bang Theory, watching the older seasons in order on DVD. I can’t get into any t.v. series because I hate it when I miss episodes. If I can watch the whole season on DVD or Netflix it’s a little better, but I still have a hard time with a show that continues every week.

  6. Oh so glad y’all were kept safe. My husband won’t admit it, but he loves Castle too. I was DISAPPOINTED in the season opener, because I thought it was a little too scattered. Oh, but let’s talk about Scorpion. That is one of the best new shows. But I am a fanatic over NCIS. Love the new New Orleans one, I guess because they reference areas I grew up in around South Alabama and Mississippi.

    These shows are my unfortunate downfall and evening salvation. With homeschooling, a husband that travels a lot for work, mommy needs her wind down time. My daughters are teens, which adds to the drama in our house too.

    And just to add the interest RTR and War Eagle, busy weekend.

    Prayers and Blessings

    1. Yeah, we had a similar reaction to the season opener of Castle. We’re both hoping they’re not going to drag this out all season.

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