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The Storm Always Passes

As I stood in the corner, drenched from head to toe, I watched the storm wreak havoc in the streets.  Strangely, I was at peace.  I waited until the wind slowed down and there was no thunder to walk the next block. Barefoot, I made my way through the empty streets of Alexandria, avoiding the fallen trees and power lines. By the time I made it back to my office, I was feeling refreshed, amused at the looks I got from everyone in the building.

At the beginning of the storm, I was inside a Starbucks with a couple from Texas celebrating their 46th anniversary.  As the power went down and the wind knocked an umbrella on to the window, I continued to watch the storm.  Smiling as I heard them talk about how much they love DC and watching the cars slow down as the traffic lights blacked out, I let my mind clear.

My own life has been somewhat of a storm lately, as everything went up in the air, got mixed up and the pieces start falling back down into place.  Some things have been out of place, feelings have been overwhelming but as the storm clears, I see that I can avoid stepping on the fallen power lines and get back to my safe zone.  At the end of the day, I know who I am, where I want to be going and how I got here, in spite of lightning (doubt) trying to strike me relentlessly.

At the end of the day, the storm always clears and the sun will shine through.  Sure, there might be some cleaning up to do but as long as you have your health and loved ones, everything else can be rebuild even if you’ve been uprooted.

How hard did the storm hit where you are? Did you lose power?

Happy Friday 🙂

My work building

King Street, Alexandria

Fallen tree/lamp

Outside of Starbucks

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  • OneBlondeGirl August 6, 2010, 10:23 am

    Wow. I didn’t realize that storm wrecked such havoc. Of course, being safely tucked away in a housing development in Woodbridge, I find I’m missing out on all the good stuff (we had a lot of rain and thunder and lightning, but apparently not the wind). Ugh. Can’t wait to get out of this “community” and into the real world (I LOVE Alexandria).

    • PrincessQ August 6, 2010, 10:27 am

      Well, Springfield didn’t get the wind either. My mom said that she didn’t even realize it was that bad…No damage out there as far as I know. And no damage in my neighborhood in DC. I think it was very localized.

  • Cassie August 6, 2010, 11:37 am




    that is all I have today!!

    • PrincessQ August 6, 2010, 11:43 am


      A hug from you is all I need!!

  • Chrissa August 6, 2010, 11:38 am

    First, this was awesome.

    Second, Holy shit!

    • PrincessQ August 6, 2010, 11:43 am

      First, the blog or the pix.

      Second, I know right?!

      Third, <3

  • Grace August 6, 2010, 11:44 am

    Shockingly, no, I didn’t lose power… I work from my home out in western Alexandria. Made a real mess of my porch, but other than that, we kept it together over here. That was pretty crazy weather…. seems like this has really been a year of especially crazy weather.

    • PrincessQ August 6, 2010, 11:48 am

      I’m glad you didn’t lose power and were safe!

      It’s been crazy this year…strange enough, I kind of love it.

  • spleeness August 6, 2010, 2:28 pm

    omg! I can’t believe what you were able to capture. I was in Alexandria too yesterday and boy did we get hit. I was scared. They said wind gusts were clocked at 69mph. How did the door shatter like that? Did it just get ripped off its hinges by wind?

    • PrincessQ August 6, 2010, 4:41 pm

      I think so. I wasn’t there when it happened and my boss didn’t see it either but from the looks of it, the hinges were definitely coming loose.

  • Suburban Sweetheart August 6, 2010, 2:57 pm

    Holy shit. Def not that bad in my neck of the woods.

    • PrincessQ August 6, 2010, 4:40 pm

      Yeah, it was weird. Springfield and DC were definitely better off than Old Town

  • Aunt Bitch August 6, 2010, 4:29 pm

    But… why were you barefoot in the storm? Didn’t your mother tell you you’ll catch pneumonia?

    • PrincessQ August 6, 2010, 4:40 pm

      Barefoot versus flats that kept sliding in the rain. I’d rather catch pneumonia than break my neck

  • LA Cochran August 7, 2010, 1:43 pm

    My (usually 40 minute) commute home took TWO HOURS! ARG! At least I didn’t get hit by a tree.

    • PrincessQ August 9, 2010, 12:25 pm

      Insane!! Very glad you didn’t get hit by a tree!

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