What Would You Take?

We talked about it some more last night, and talked about it again this morning after watching the news, and we realized … there is no point to staying here in Houston. We either get to have a fun little weekend road trip because no storm hit (crazy things have been known to happen), or we are safe, sound, and dry far away from here. So we are heading to Austin, where the “Hacker House for Wayward Girls” is now going to be the “Hacker House for Wayward Geeks”. Our schools have all been cancelled, Mike’s office has closed – it is time to go.

It is strange to walk through the house and think about what we will be taking with us. I’ve packed the important documents. The pets are coming with us. We’ll take the laptops and the external hard drive with the backup of the main computer. I’ll be packing up the photographs – everything I can get my hands on. My textbooks. Jason wants the X-Box. Yarn. Obviously clothes & makeup. A few old cookbooks that we got from Mike’s Great Aunt Yvonne, who might have lost all of her others in Hurricane Katrina.

After that, I don’t know what to pack. Everything else can be replaced. As long as we are safe, that is what matters most.

Funny how all of this “stuff” doesn’t matter quite so much when you can only take a few items with you. I have a feeling I’ll be doing another house purge when I get home.

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

21 replies on “What Would You Take?”

I just received the CNN alert that Rita is now a Category 5 storm. I think you are making a wise decision. I hope that you will have a home to come back to when it’s all said and done. I also hope that more people make the same decision as you! Travel safely…

It’s interesting to see the different reactions to what’s going on down there. Like I told Emily, I have no idea how I’d react to something like that, because I’ve never been through one.

Hope you have fun and come home to a clean, dry house.

Keep us posted!


Wow. Like I told Emily, I’ve never been through something like this, so it’s really hard to say what I would do in your situation.

It’s interesting to see the varied reactions to what’s going on down there.

Hope you have fun and come home to a clean, dry house!


Be safe! I hope you guys just have a fun few days away.

I’ve often thought about what stuff I’d take with me if I had to evacuate my home and I don’t know. The pets and my computer and my spinning wheel, definitely. Everything else, I’m not sure.

Wait. Someone is going to come and clean my house for me while I’m gone? AWESOME! 😉

Just kidding. Thank you to everyone for the well wishes. I need to finish packing and get things into the car so we’re ready to roll early, but I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much it means to us that you guys are thinking of us. We truly appreciate it.

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