A word of advice: Don't catch a stomach bug two days before a colossal tempest is expected to swamp your home.
Just a very quick update, in case anyone is checking in on us. Most of the Houston area has now shut down for the weekend, in preparation for Hurricane Ike's coming. I've spent most of the last day and a half collapsed in bed, while my Wonderful Wife has been getting things stockpiled and battened down around the homestead.
We plan on picking Mom up tomorrow (Friday) morning and bringing her here to stay with us for a couple of days. Hopefully there won't be any storm damage or flooding problems at her townhouse, but things are stressful and confusing enough for her without a weather emergency taking place. With the increased chance of power and/or phone loss, plus the potential of being stranded for a few days, we will all feel better if she and her feline protector are here under our roof. We have water and food enough to last several days, so hopefully we will all weather the storm without incident.
For anyone else in the path of the storm, please be safe! We'll check in with family as soon as we can after Ike passes through.