Armageddon is Near (and it is not because of the TV Challenge)

July 29, 2010

in Parenting

Nostradamus is SO 16th Century.

Last winter we all laughed (ok, maybe only some of us laughed) about Snowmageddon. Everyone living in the DC area was hit with a huge snowstorm in December followed by two back-to-back blizzards a couple of months later. Winter 2009-2010 was the “snowiest winter on record.”

The constant dump of snow through winter has been replaced by the hottest spring and summer I can remember in this area. A heat index of 110 is just not normal.

Forget Nostradamus, I am predicting that Armageddon is near. And not just because of a little snow and heat.

Two more reasons for my prediction:

  • A few weeks ago we experienced an earthquake that was a 3.6 magnitude IN MARYLAND. This isn’t California; we are not supposed to have earthquakes here.
  • Sunday we had a tornado tear through our area. In case you missed it in the last bullet, WE LIVE IN MARYLAND. Maryland is not just the Free State, it is supposed to be a tornado-free state too.

Nostradamus for the 21st Century (me)

While I should be packing and moving, since it is clear the Battle of Armageddon will be occurring in Maryland, I think we will stay. I have an awesome opportunity to be hired as a staff writer for Endtime News Digest (Tagline is: Countdown to Armageddon). I could be the front-line reporter and photographer for this fine news organization.

So, right about now you are wondering how I am going to tie this into the TV Challenge. Being the brilliant blogger-turned-jounalist, I will effortlessly segue into the TV Challenge.

The latest disaster (the tornado) left over 80,000 homes without power. As I write this, many are still without power. We didn’t lose power for more than an hour, but our internet/cable/phone service was down until midday Tuesday. This CRISIS service interruption helped significantly with the remaining days of the TV Challenge; we couldn’t watch and it wasn’t even mommy’s fault. We have had a wonderful week as a result.

What I learned from the loss of cable AND internet service was that Monkey is right; we do need a challenge for mommy in the next month. I can’t agree to 30 minutes a day of laptop time as he suggested. Since I am working hard to build this blog, Twitter and Facebook are part of my job. He is just too young to understand how hard mommy works when she is tweeting.

My plan for August is to have a blogging schedule, both for writing and promotion. This will help relieve stress for me (when am I going to have time to write) and create more structure for our family time as well.

Even though we have learned a lot as a family and I feel like a winner, I am going to concede that Alex is the real winner. She spent so much time working on this idea to improve her family life, but then reached out into the blog world for support.

Thank you Alex!


Alex@LateEnough July 29, 2010 at 10:28 am


oh, i mean: aw, thanks!

And I do MUCH better when I have times for being plugged in and times when my computer is away and my phone is off. That being said, I’m awful at actually DOING it.
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Jen July 29, 2010 at 10:30 am

If you reconsider a move…come on down to the land of hurricanes and oil spills…awesome combination, right?!?
Great post and good luck with next month’s challenge :)

SuzRocks July 29, 2010 at 10:32 am

My husband always gets after me for being on the internet/FB/twitter- now that I put up ads on my blog, I tell him it’s for business and that I need to do it in order to make money….heeehe.
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Kate July 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Oh my, it sounds like nature (Nature?) intervened. Big things are happening in your part of the world. I must have my head in hole not to hear about the end of the world. Or live far from Maryland and not watch much news. Because the TV has been off.

Well done. And, I look forward to hearing about your blogging schedule. I think I needto work one out too, so this writing, reading, playing doesn’t get in the way of my sleep or parenting.

Robin G July 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Sounds like you need to stock up on canned goods and water bottles.

Congratulations on your success, even with mother nature’s help (moms always seem to save us, don’t they?).

As for time without the computer and phone? It truly sounds like torture. Which is a sure sign of an addiction. Maybe time for some detox here as well.

Kristy July 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Has the world gotten warmer? That would be good to know. That would be a very convenient truth.

kellie July 29, 2010 at 6:42 pm

“Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” lol…okay these words may be a little strong but there is a small collective sigh that can be heard in our house.

Thanks for sharing the up and downs of this, it made it easier to keep going.

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