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Spoke Too Soon (IAN)

September 28, 2022

I was busy working . . .

Yesterday I was seeing patients, mind not unlike water when I received a text from the school: “Please come pick up your child immediately due to weather. Also, no school Wednesday.”

And then about 20 minutes later, “Also, no school Thursday.”


So I moved all of my patients to Friday and am bracing myself instead for 2 days of solo parenting, as I don’t feel like I can ask our nanny to drive in (she lives ~30 min away) when schools are closed.

(The hospital remains open though I think most outpatient offices are doing telehealth or closing. They did open a day care for essential employees but I think that’s largely for inpatient).

SO. Ummmm. I can’t exactly say that I have the most positive attitude about it all, having just emerged (barely) victorious from a solo parenting weekend. But it is what it is.

Activities we are planning:

  • Playing “store” (this is what kids are currently doing)
  • Homework (well . . now I have time to help C with his project! Silver lining?)
  • Some decluttering
  • Cookie baking (thankfully I think we have all necessary ingredients on hand – possibly these)
  • Workout (for me) while the kids watch something
  • Some iPad time

If we lose power . . . OMG. Let’s just hope that grid stays strong!

Tornado Warnings

You may not have heard of Cooper City. But it’s actually the small suburb where we live (between Davie / Pembroke Pines / Southwest Ranches)! We had a tornado warning which blared on my phone and when I went to the local news to check it out it turned out it was . . . here. The track ended up running ~1 mi east of where we live, but still – scary! I brought the kids into my windowless closet for that one as there are no basements in FL.

We had another warning at 1:45 am but thankfully that one wasn’t hyperlocal so we just went back to bed.

Wish us luck.

I can’t wait for October.

AND: thinking of those that are more directly in Ian’s path (Chelsea + others!). May everyone say safe, dry, and sane if your kids are stuck at home inside all day.


  • Reply MP September 28, 2022 at 8:56 am

    Halloween word searches
    Pumpkin muffin making
    Applesauce making
    Make a tray with orange and black items-take away 3 items and see who can guess what is missing first
    Make paper pumpkin drawings
    Crazy Halloween/spooky music dance-a-thon
    Ready a scary book together (maybe you,A,C take turns reading part of Harry Potter so G can enjoy
    Make homemade Halloween decorations (ghosts, pumpkins, bats)
    Halloween charades

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 28, 2022 at 9:06 am

      Love these ideas!!! Thank you ❤️

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns September 28, 2022 at 9:36 am

    I hope you guys stay safe and aren’t horribly impacted. I have several family members who live or winter in Venice, Fl and it looks like that area could get hit hard. 🙁

    This kind of time at home is the worst because you can’t really go anywhere most likely. Being stuck indoors for days on end is the absolute worst. I would probably allow a little extra screen time but defined periods so it doesn’t impact moods too much. Like a block in the morning and a block in the afternoon. And then I’d build activities around that.

    I hope you don’t have a solo parenting weekend ahead too. That would be really rough on the tails of all this solo parenting.

    As much as I complain about the weather in Mn, this is a reminder that we don’t have such extreme weather like other regions. We very occasionally get tornadoes but most of our weather is not dangerous.

  • Reply CBS September 28, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Yikes, that’s so stressful. Hopefully the power stays on.

  • Reply KDR September 28, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Thinking of you, Sarah! Hoping you and your family stay safe and sane

  • Reply Elisabeth September 28, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    I’m so sorry, Sarah! Wishing you all the best as you weather the storm and definitely praying your power stays on!!!
    Hurricane Fiona made landfall where I live over the weekend – we were so fortunate and evaded any major damage, but it devastated some other regions nearby which is so heartbreaking. These major weather events are always hard to predict too – a hurricane can suddenly change track and then suddenly become far more/less serious. As a planner, I find the unpredictability of it all very unsettling.
    Stay safe <3

  • Reply Chelsea September 28, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Hope all is well with you. It’s not bad here yet – I even got in a wet run this morning – but the storm is supposed to pass over us tonight. We are out through Friday. Hopefully everything will be more or less back to normal by Monday. Fingers crossed!

  • Reply Amanda September 28, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve been going outside for short walks — and I see a few neighborhood kids on scooters. As long as you stay close to your house, you can get outside. @Chelsea — stay safe.

  • Reply Coco September 28, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    we have about 20 typhoons per year in the philippines and get those warnings so often that I stopped paying attention to it. they just cancelled school one day last week and kids did zoom class. not fun but thinking about those people whose house get destroyed because of these, i feel like what we deal with is minor thing. all about perspective and embrace what comes with gratitude 🙂
    hope all plans go well.

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