Yesterday, late in the afternoon, it started to get dark and look like it might rain. I usually leave the office anywhere from 6:00 to 7:00; I'm not sure what time the storm started, but I think it was sometime around 6:30. I could have left then, but I wasn't quite ready to. Shortly thereafter, the storm started in earnest -- thunder and lightning and hail, and I wasn't going to go out in that.
So I waited. Kurt and I were the only ones left, everyone else had already gone. We stood at my office window and watched the storm, and saw lightning strike a building in the distance, which was kind of cool. A little after 7:00 there was a lull in the storm, and I took that opportunity to leave; I think I was tracking the storm, though, because it rained REALLY hard all the way home. I needed to mail something at the post office, and I needed to get a few things at the grocery store, but I was afraid it would start hailing again, so I went home.
I microwaved a potato for my dinner (Bob was working late), then went back out to the post office and Target. I don't think I've ever been at Target at 10:00 at night before -- that's when they close. So it was kind of a long day.
While I was eating, I had the television on to see what the weather was doing, and I saw that there was a big fire in Kansas City, Kansas in the industrial area; a tank full of some kind of fuel had been hit by lightning, and was burning. I wasn't sure where it was in relation to where the office is, but on the way to work this morning I saw the smoke. I held up my cellphone camera and took a couple of shots; they definitely aren't great picture, but you can see the extent of the fire. They had to close the downtown airport last night, but the news this morning said they weren't worried about the fire spreading to the other fuel tanks, and were going to let it burn itself out.
These are pictures of the polymer clay beads and pendants I made last weekend. They were supposed to be "faux bone," or ivory, but I didn't get the grain fine enough, and I think they look more like wood. I didn't really like them when I first made them, but now they're kind of growing on me.
Some random cat pictures: