This weekend, we had four soccer games and three hockey games .... and a hurricane to prepare for.
The last hurricane that hit our town knocked out our power for three days and caused excessive damage to our trees. I'm hoping that this storm will simple pass us by, but it seems unlikely. The news media keeps telling us all to prepare for when Hurricane Sandy touches down, but I don't really know what to do. We can't reach our gutters to clean out the leaves by ourselves and we can't install a generator in one day - we're kind of stuck.
We're up a creek without a paddle, so to speak. And the creek has white water rapids, high winds and ominous tree branches dangling overhead. It is during moments like this, that I wish I lived in a nice, city high-rise somewhere. One with a Super and a condo association fund to pay for all repairs.
I had exactly twenty minutes to run to the grocery store this morning (at 7:30am), and I stocked up on kleenex (Henry and Josie are both suffering from terrible colds), bread, peanut butter and jelly. There was no sense in buying anything that needed refrigeration, since if our power goes out, there won't be any refrigeration to be found. I did get peer-pressured into buying three gallons of water, although I'm not sure why I bothered. Running water is the one thing we DO have in our house when the power goes out. When my parents lose power at their house, their toilets don't flush and that's a whole other set of problems! (and the reason why they got a generator.)
Last year, we got a snow storm the day before Halloween... this year it's a hurricane.... what's next? A plague of locusts?
It's 3:00pm, and the girls and I are finally home for the rest of the day. We can't prepare the outside of our house for the storm (which is worrisome), but we can prepare ourselves. For the next few hours, we will be doing the following:
1. Taking long, hot showers so if/when the hot water stops working, we will be sweet smelling
2. We will bake brownies, so if/when the oven stops working, we will have plenty of fattening sweets
3. We will do laundry, so if/when the washer/dryer stops working we will have clean clothes to wear
4. We will watch (some) television, so if/when the electricity goes out we will not go through withdrawal from Cupcake Wars
5. We will find the flash-lights and the candles/matches, so if/when the electricity goes out, we will be able to read and make those peanut butter sandwiches.
And when the storm hits tomorrow, hopefully, we'll be ready for it!