1. I am really bummed that our magnificent autumn colors will pretty much be wiped away (see photo) after this storm passes. It never lasts long enough.
2. I am baking like mad. Wheat bread. Banana Bread. Cookies. It is out of my control. Much like "nesting" a few days before Asher's birth when I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't go back to sleep until I had scrubbed every inch of our apartment down. I must control something in this universe so I will bake!
3. Because our basement is prone to flooding and we haven't been willing to shell out the thousands of dollars necessary to make our house more flood-resistent, we own sand bags. We strategically placed them around our backyard and basement door. Our next door neighbors, on the other hand, did pay an insane amount to "flood proof" their yard and basement this summer. This storm should be the ultimate test to see who made the wiser choice.
4. I am grateful for technology which provides us with relatively accurate forecasts days in advance. Hundred if not thousands of lives will be saved in this storm alone. Waking up to a monster hurricane in your front window would be terrifying without prior warning. But knowing a hurricane is probably headed your way a week in advance is a bit unsettling too. I basically had shopped and prepped on Thursday....forgetting it wasn't coming until Monday. And then I had to do it all over again this weekend. It feels like we've been waiting for Sandy to show up for dinner for weeks.
5. I find it ironic that my mom, who is the Goddess of Emergency Preparedness, has never had to touch any of her supplies. I honestly can't remember the last time her Portland neighborhood even lost power. Meanwhile, preparedness slackers such as myself and my sister, Katie, in Dallas, Texas, have been dealing with a constant barrage of weather emergencies and all of her goodies would have come in handy. My sister recently spent a day in her home's "tornado room" with her two young kids while a tornado passed by. Just this year, we've lost our power several times (once for almost a week!) Perhaps someday I'll get my preparedness shista together.
6. Easy Ed will be spending the duration of the storm in a cushy downtown DC hotel, courtesy of the Post. I will miss sharing Sandy with him, but I'm glad there is no chance he will have to be out driving in the mayhem.
Wish us lucK!