Oct 29, 2012

Being prepared

"Be prepared" is the Girl Scout motto. I grew up hearing this in my head, and I'm "that girl" who is prepared. I carry everything but a kitchen sink in my purse, so it's no surprise I wanted to make sure Ben and I were prepared for Hurricane Sandy.

We have water...
...candles in case we lose power (as well as flashlights),
...plenty of "storm" food - all non-perishable...
...and I even made some pumpkin and zucchini bread, so we would have something homemade.
I know it looks like a lot (especially for only two people), but better safe than sorry. And it makes me crazy when people laugh and joke about "being prepared."

At this point the track of the storm has changed so many times, but it looks like it's heading right for us. Am I nervous? Hell yes. Am I hoping it all of a sudden changes course and heads straight up for Nova Scotia? Absolutely. But since that probably won't happen, I'm prepared.

It's a frustrating thing, waiting for a storm - but what else can I do? At this point we're just sitting, obsessively charging everything, and as they, "hunkering down."

Stay safe, friends.

9 comments:

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Its funny actually- I am a super prepared person. I have been known to bring outfit changes to parties with Eric's family because we are always there for at least 12 hours and the weather changes a lot in that time. I always have a sweatshirt, I always have bugspray and sunscreen. Yet... Eric and I went away this weekend, still haven't gone grocery shopping and I think we have a flashlight, somewhere? Obviously not good at being prepared for weather emergencies. I do have all my electronics charging though. Not going grocery shopping was probably dumb but I do have quite a bit of random food around so I think I could last awhile on that. We also always have a lot of bottled water so I didn't have to worry about that. I think the reason why I'm usually prepared with things like bug spray and sweatshirts are because I always am cold and always getting eaten alive by bugs. Yet, I feel like big weather things usually don't play out like they think they are going to. On the other hand, I can already see I may have judged this storm wrong- the winds here are already crazy! I'm sure by tomorrow morning I will be really, really wishing for your zucchini bread!

Stay safe! Let's hope this storm just calms down a lot before hitting anything other than ocean!

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Thinking of you and all my East Coast friends and family. When I was on the Cape for Hurricane Bob many years ago, we had downed trees on our property and lost electricity for days. Because my parents' house is on a well system for water, we also lost the ability to flush toilets (you could still flush, but there was no water to fill the bowl). We would drive to a local pond, fill a couple trash bins with water and use that to replenish the toilet bowl water. It was quite the adventure. Hope you and Ben stay safe and this storm doesn't do as much damage as they're predicting.

Melissa said...

Stay safe Becky! We're going to be getting the tail end over here- something like 6 straight days of rain and crazy winds, etc. We'll see how this all pans out. Scary stuff!

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

Oy. You poor east coasters!! I cannot believe how much you have been hit with bad storms!

I've been thinking of you both and praying. Please keep us all posted!

Nora said...

Being prepared is incredibly important! I remember preparing like this with my parents when I lived in FL all those years ago when Hurricanes/Tropical Storms would pop up seemingly out of nowhere. It's so important to be prepared! Will be thinking of you! Stay safe!

Lexilooo said...

I probably should have done some baking too.....

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Our place looks about the same right now! Today is Nathan's birthday, so I also made a cake & cookies, though we're already terribly tired of sweets because so many of the snacks we bought are unhealthy! Stay safe & fed & hydrated & all of that. Here's hoping it passes without injury or too much incident...

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Stay safe, friend! I think it's better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Plus you know you'll use everything you bought eventually!

Amber said...

I've been thinking of all you east coaster's today! Stay safe! Better safe than sorry I say!!

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