Well, Sandy has officially sewn herself into her leather pants, lit her cigarette, teased up her hair, and started dancing her way down the coast. I’ve dealt with hurricanes before, of course, being a VA girl, but never one nicknamed “Frankenstorm”. Which, frankly, annoys me because it’s not called “Dr. Frankenstorm’s Monster”, but that’s a whole other can of nerdy worms.
As I write this, I’m sitting in my comfy orange chair, looking out at my little patio. This is my kind of weather right now: chilly, but not freezing. Gray and gloomy and rainy, but not apocalyptic. I like cloudy days – they’re calm and soothing. I always feel refreshed after a cloudy day. It’s like everything gets quieter when the sun goes away. This weather is just crying out for me to make tea and soup and take a nap. It’s just so peaceful!
Oh. Wait. This is temporary. This is a hurricane. This is gonna get real soon.
Last year, when I was pregnant, the hurricane situation wasn’t so bad. We only lost power for about 36 hours or so, and I was at work (where they had a generator) for the majority of the day. The guy at Starbucks gave me a free latte because I looked so tired. I only missed one shower. It wasn’t exactly a rough time. Morning sickness aside, it was pretty relaxing, actually.
This year, I have a baby. This is going to be a whole new experience. The rain and wind are picking up. We’re pretty prepared, and we should be okay for a few days if we lose power. Plus, once the storm is over, we’re able to walk to a good number of places that should have supplies if need be. We could also trek to my mother’s house and several friends if we really need to. However, I’m still nervous. I worry about losing heat, about the winds getting too high, about something happening to our cars. I worry about my friends and family. I worry about Adam having to work tonight, in the storm and dark and on the road (and, I must confess, I’m crossing my fingers that his store loses power and cancels his shift).
My hope is that everything will be far less severe than has been predicted. I just want to spend the evening reading books on my Kindle by candlelight and eating Halloween candy. So as of right now – about 2:30 PM – we’re safe and perfectly fine. Fingers crossed that this continues.