|Credits: NASA TV|
Right about now- we are anticipating the arrival of an unwanted guest: Hurricane Sandy. The one and only great thing about a hurricane is that you have time to prepare. Here is what our last week has looked like:
One week out:
~Someone at work mentions that it's going to be a little bit windy next week.
6 days out:
~I see my first report on the news about a hurricane building in the Atlantic. Hmmm. Interesting. But this is nothing new.
5 days out:
~Hurricane strikes the Caribbean causing catastrophic damages.
The realization a hurricane may quite possibly be imminent begins a buzz in the air.
4 days out:
~Look up the National Disaster Preparedness list online and realize that I have absolutely nothing on this list except for band-aids.
~Go online to Amazon and order every item from Amazon with two day delivery.
~Order extra band-aids.
3 days out:
~Life continues as normal.
~Attend planned events with the family.
~Everyone out and about begins warning each other to be safe.
~Go grocery shopping on the way home and buy plenty of milk, toilet paper, water, and bread.
2 days out:
~Begin to fill up every gas can we can find as well as each of the vehicle's gas tanks.
~Dust off the generator and ensure it starts.
~Bring in the deck furniture.
~Nonperishable foods and hand-crank radio arrives from Amazon.
1 day out:
~Head back to the store and buy more milk. And toilet paper. And wine.
~Cruise around town, studying everything- taking it in- just incase it is not the same next time I see it.
~Eat Mexican. Unsure when I'll get the chance to eat Mexican again.
~Go home and do all laundry.
~Do all dishes.
~Linger in a hot shower. Anticipate losing power at any minute.
~Make sure cats are inside. At least the ones I like.
~Run the dishwasher, do laundry, and vacuum while continuing to anticipate the electricity shutting off at any time. This may be the last time will have electricity for at least a week (as was true with the last hurricane that passed through).
~Start eating everything in the refrigerator so it does not go bad- when the electric goes out.
~Move all albums and irreplaceable items to the middle of house and away from windows.
~Keep checking Facebook via phone to compare notes with friends as to what's happening where they are. Try to post the most impressive picture.
~Keep checking the weather channel. Every. Five. Minutes.
~Let the kids watch as much TV as they would like in the basement- assuming we won't have cable for the next week.
~Hold breath every time the wind picks up or I hear a loud noise.
~Check the weather channel again.
~Check the cars.
~Wash the dishes.
~Have a glass of wine to calm my nerves.
And that is where we are now. Still haven't lost electricity- however the TV keeps promising the worst is yet to come. The anticipation, of course, is worse than anything. But I just have to have faith at this point and trust that come what may- I don't think we could have prepared much more.
Hold on East Coast- let us brace for impact!