Come on Irene! (and Barney Butter winner)

Hurricane Irene heading up the coast

Ok, before I start on my little rant about Irene, let me say all my issues are minor–people died in this storm (I believe 15), people had extensive property damage, and many are still today without power.Beautiful Vermont, in particular, was hit hard. I hope all of you in the path of Irene got off unscathed.

I really have nothing to complain about, but allow me to whine just a bit. We had no real damage here in central Maryland, just a few downed branches/limbs and general yard cleanup. However, Irene was a major pain in the ass for one big reason–my kids were supposed to start school today and they’re not!

As of last night, about 27 schools in our system still didn’t have power, so before they even got started, my kids are looking at an extra day at the end of the year. Let me tell you about the schools here in this area—they call off at the threat of snow. Last year, for instance, I believe total snowfall was around 15 inches (average here for a season) and yet the kids had something like five make-up days. So missing today was not a good way to start!

And did I have a list of things planned, including lots of work, for today? No, I had bon-bon eating on my list today. Thanks Irene. But like I said, minor inconveniences here for us compared to other areas.

On to fun things. My Barney Butter giveaway.I had 99 entries and picked number 84, which is Christy at My Dirt Road Anthem. If you’re not familiar with her blog, go check it out–chock full of great pics and fun posts.

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  1. Michael says

    Glad you guys didn't have any major impact. But I know it stinks when "plans" don't work out. Hopefully the kids won't be in school too many extra days this year.

  2. Katie @ Will Race for Carbs says

    Oh so sorry about school!! I live in Colorado so I have to laugh a little about school getting closed so much because of snow. We wouldn't even close school for 15 inches in one day! Glad you are safe and hope school is back on tomorrow!

  3. Jeff - DangleTheCarrot says

    Ha! I remember my first year in MD, it was 2000 and could not believe how the state flipped out at the "Threat" of snow. Being from Western PA I was used to snow all the time but apparently MD was not!

    I remember this one time a big storm had potential of dumping tons of snow if the temperature dropped enough, like forecasted. I was cutting across 95S from the NE and their were literally 100's of snow plows lined up along the road waiting to spring into action.

    Anyway, it rained a little. Kids got an extra day off.

  4. Marlene says

    Glad you guys were not hit terribly hard, but definitely a bummer to start the year off with a missed day! Hopefully there won't be too many more.

  5. Big Daddy Diesel says

    In Ohio, they called off school for just about anything, frustrating, not like when we were kids, we always had to goto school

  6. Melissa Cunningham says

    glad to hear you werent effected that much! although our schools werent closed due to power,we did miss the first day of school on account of the earthquake! and yup,VA schools close at the drop of a snowflake,so last year was crazy,lol!
    anyways,i do hope things go smoother the rest of this week for you and yoru kids!

  7. track coach and adorable wife says

    I'm happy that you are safe! Totally understand the whining though! Hope you get your bon bon day soon!

  8. Jill says

    I can't believe Baltimore doesn't incorporate x-amount of snow days into the school year. We have 5 here at our school distric, and we don't even have harsh winters. Last year we got one day off school because it was sub zero and buses couldn't run but rarely do we have snow days…unless we get that freak storm, which hits about every 8 years. I think this year is on the list.

  9. Fran says

    I'm glad to hear you're okay and have no damage. I have a blogger friend in Vermont and haven't heard from her yet. Hope she's okay.

  10. Char says

    Major condolences. There's nothing worse than thinking you'd have an empty house only to find that you don't. Hope they're at school tomorrow.

  11. LB says

    we didnt get a drop of rain here in the middle of NC just wind, eastern NC got a lot of course though. glad you made it thru without major damage!

  12. Jim ... 50after40 says

    Glad you didn't have any trouble. I can't help but think that if this would have hit in Mississippi or Louisiana where structures are hurricane ready, this might not have been as big of deal. Glad it wasn't any worse than it was!

  13. Richelle says

    I'm glad that the only Irene issues you've had have been minor.

    I like the spiff of "Come on Eileen"… very clever!

  14. MB says

    Damn Irene! Glad things are ok in your parts even if the kids are late getting back to school.

    We drove from Vermont to Boston late Sunday afternoon and luckily didn't run into any problems. Unfortunately, our neighbors in Vermont are dealing with massive destruction. It will be a long time before things return back to normal up there.

    I hope the schools get their power so you can ship those kids off.

  15. ajh says

    I would NOT want to start with a day off already. I couldn't believe it but we were all at work yesterday. Other parts of the state were cancelled for sure.