Every time I say “Oh Sandy” (which I’ve been saying a lot lately) I have visions of John Travolta dancing through my head. It’s just too bad that the “real” Sandy that I’m referring to isn’t filled with song and cheesy dance scenes.
Yes, my last post speculated that I was “back in the saddle” and getting enough sleep to start blogging regularly AND THEN…. we were hit by hurricane Sandy and, if you’re a new reader, you may not know that hubby & I live at the Jersey Shore.
Now let me start by saying that we are all ok… As hubby likes to say, our new little one “earned his man card” by weathering the worst hurricane this area has ever seen. He actually slept quite peacefully in what we have affectionately deemed his “Big Ass Bunny” (but we’ll leave that story for another day). We live far enough in land that we were not impacted by the horrible surge that decimated much of our coastline. And, we are EXTREMELY lucky in that all we had to deal with was a few days without power. Many of our friends and neighbors were not nearly so lucky.. there were so many fallen trees and power lines that damaged people houses and littered our neighborhood that I consider us to be more than fortunate. Maybe, just maybe, someone was looking down on us and thinking geez… maybe we should spare them. They did just have a different kind of hurricane come into their lives… one that was 6 lbs 9oz and required multiple, emotional trips back to the hospital. Maybe, we were spared because someone knew my mental stress capacity was at it’s limit. Or maybe someone, somewhere, was thinking: We better not hit her too hard or she may never, ever blog again!
I like to think, for all your sake, it was that last one that really happened….. so that I can attempt, once again, to climb back on the blogging horse and amuse with you anecdotes from our lives.
So here goes it……………
In case you don’t recall my post from last year when Irene came to visit us. Hurricane prep was not our strong suit. Well, I’m happy to say we learned from that debacle and we were vastly better prepared this time. Mostly because we already owned a generator due to that last storm (If you haven’t read that post HERE it is. Go ahead and read it, I’ll wait right here). So once again I bought our french toast supplies and some bottled water and we awaited the storm. Then I realized heck, we have a baby now and we should be MORE prepared. So we filled bathtubs with water, I ordered extra formula (how this helps since I need to buy it on line and I waited until the weekend of the hurricane is beyond me???!!!) and I bought the baby some nail clippers….. a baby MUST be well manicured for a hurricane DUH! Hubby battened down the hatches and filled all our gas tanks. We were ready.
And then hubby realized we were missing something incredibly important if we were to get stuck in our house for days………….
Of course… the ever important cookies stash!
So I made one more trip to the grocery store and as everyone around me purchased essential items…. I purchased some additional essential items: Donuts, cookies & diet pepsi. Now, we were READY!
And so, we settled into our home and listened to the wind howl around us. And then once the power went out, we were luckily a destination for friends and family for days since we had power (via the generator) and many of them did not. And, I do have to say…. Having cookies seemed to make everyone feel just a little bit better!
I know normally my posts are chock full of underlying humor and I don’t want to disrespect anyone who was horribly impacted by this storm. It was (and continues to be) devastating to so many. The area where we grew up is not (and will never) be the same. It’s heart wrenching to see so much destruction and so many lives changed forever. My heart goes out to anyone who was either directly or indirectly impacted by this storm. Together we will rebuild and reclaim the Jersey coastline.